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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Sad truth: If an All-Star doesn't fit, somebody must sit

That is the title of Tony Mejia, CBS Sportsline.com's staff writer's article on how Dwight Howard was snubbed for an All-Star spot. The whole article could be read at:


Politics is a dirty thing!!!


  • At 11:59 PM, Blogger TragicFan said…

    Sorry - But I got to agree with Sheed getting the spot over Howard.

    It is Howards second year on a team that is going no where but down. The fans couldn't vote him on, so we are to cry to the coaches?

    The Pistons are everything the Magic wish they were. If we ever get our act together I hope our ball boy makes the All Star team. Until that time we get what we deserve.

    Then again - I think it is a travesty that T-Mac on a team far worse than the Magic gets the starting nod for the west. Especially after he was such a lazy bastard here.

    Politics have nothing to do with it - We basically suck. I hope we have the sense not to let Howard get away after next year.

  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I agree,dwight doesnt deserve it yet,he's a great rebounder but thats it,all five pistons should have been reserve's in my opinion,but i think only four made the cut as reserves,and no starters for them i thought was crazy!

  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    The top rebounder in the league shouldn't get a nod while his numbers are much better than Rasheed Wallace? All-Stars should be all about individual achievements and forward-looking. Read Tony Mejia's entire article. Even from Bull's 72-wins team only Jordan and Peppine made it to the All-Star. Forget about Howard...Jaimeson and Webber had better numbers than Rasheed.

  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Matt you cant listen to those journalists for even one minute,throw the stats out,and you can see that sheed was chosen as a center,which he deserve's the nod at center,the players you named are all PF's and werent gonna unseat jermaine Oneal,ben wallace & Chris bosh at the PF,the east is real deep at dwight's position,so the coaches chose sheed to be the reserve center(really a PF),who plays the center for det!

  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Two things with dwight,(1)If dwight shot free-throws better it might have translated into more victories,how many times has the magic lost b/c of free-throw shooting,sure its not dwight missing them all,but his % is probably the worst of the players that actually play,and that would be a good place to start the criticism! (2) Dwight's assist totals,dwight's like a black whole,you throw the ball in to him and it's never coming back out,dwight's gotta learn that its not always about taking the shot,throw it back out sometimes and re-post to get deeper position,or develope a turn around jumpshot so your not dropstepping 15 times in a row,b/c bogut did great against dwight's dropstep,if dwight corrects those two area's then everybody else will see his improvements and the fans will enjoy picking someone so good for the game,dwight's just a great rebounder right now thats it!

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    You forgot to mention Yao. Houston has two starters. Yao is one of the most overrated centers of all time. Of course everyone thinks one of these years he is going to become that "super-star", but it's just not going to happen.

    Although I love Sheed's game, he's not an all-star. Putting up 15 and 6 isn't exactly impressive. I can't argue with Billups, RIP, or even Ben, especially because there are no centers out there.

    With all of that said, nobody was jobbed worst than Gilbert Arenas. Once again, as I've always said, the most underrated player in the entire league.

    I think politics have a lot to do with it. That's why players like Redd and Arenas were left off. The same reason players like Billups and RIP were never included when they deserved in years past. But the NBA is having to recognize the Pistons because there is a good chance they'll be going to the finals again. Although, the NBA would much rather have Miami with Shaq and Wade, the Cavs with King James, or in the beginning, the Pacers with O'Neal. The NBA is nothing but politics; that's why Jordan was always there in the end. David Stern said it himself once, that he prefered the Bulls in the Finals because the rating where always higher. In the end, it'll always be about dollars and cents. If you notice, this is the first year the Pistons have gotten any respect at all, but that is only because the east is looking so bad next to them. Last year they were to busy down on their knees for the Heat. Anyway, whatever... I'm done ranting, for now...

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Wow, I'm totally disagreeing with you about Dwight. He deserves a lot more credit than that. How could the #1 rebounder in the league not be apart of the all-star game? That is the ONLY reason Ben Wallace will have been there 4 times now. God knows the all-star game isn't about defense. And as far as the Wallace's go, Ben is a center, he's listed as a C anywhere you look. But if you want to look, just go to NBA.com. Sheed plays PF, in which again, I have to agree with Matt that Jamison or even Webber deserves a spot more than Sheed. Don't get me wrong, I like the Pistons a lot, they have a great TEAM. They are what great team basketball is all about. But to say "throw out the stats", and put every one of the Pistons starters on the all-star team is crazy. The all-star game was never about rewarding teams, it's about rewarding players. The Pistons deserved some credit, just later in the year when they're on the way to winning the NBA Finals.

  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    It's interesting to see who commissioner Stern will pick to fill in Jermaine's place. For the same dollars and cents logic, he should market a future great in Dwight.

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You guys all bring up good points about some very deserving players who were left off the All-Star team... it happens every year.

    As for Howard, we'll just have to enjoy watching him and JNelson in the rookie-sophomore challenge (assuming Nelson is healthy by then).

    One year, hopefully soon, Howard will be a perennial All-Star, leading the Magic into the playoffs on a yearly basis.

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger TragicFan said…

    Matt and all,

    Don't get me wrong, I love Howard and if he develops right he will be an all-star.

    In my opinion it just isn't time. Sure, his stats are good but has he carried this team? Lead the team during tough games? Put them on his shoulders for the win? Sheed has done all those things this year in various games.

    Howards time will come, but right now he is just a kid learning the league. I hope the jersey he is wearing is Magic when he makes it.

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Intro,have a conversation with any eastern conference coach,and they'll tell you that the toughest match-up (outside of shaq of course)in the east is sheed,he's an all-star in their minds b/c he would average more like 22pts 12rbs if the team around him wasnt as good,he can do it all,shoot it from anywhere,pass,rebound & plays D,he even cut down his tech's and has been a model citizen for years now,the biggest thing was everyone can see what his presence did to detroit,he was the piece that put them over the top,each individual player on the pistons (starters) would average more points if they werent playing together,thats what those coaches factor in,not so much just pts and rbs,and also ben is 6ft 9,sheed is 6ft 11 1/2,you can read all the programs you want,visit all the website's you want,but the truth is in the games,and when you watch the pistons play,ben always guards the PF and sheed guards all the guys 7ft and over,that makes sheed a center,no matter what poeple list him at,if ben was guarding seven footers all the time the pistons would get killed! And you can disagree with me about dwight if you want,but the fact is,some bright NBA coaches didnt vote for dwight,b/c they felt like him being the leading rebounder wasnt enough to make the all-star team,dwight is so limited that he doesnt strike fear in them like sheed does,and discounting how much that weighs in is underestimating nba coaches,everytime dwight's played against sheed so far,sheed's straight up dominated dwight in head to head's,slappin dwight's shit and all,in the east sheed's always gonna be all-star,he's only got a few more years so dwight's got plenty of time!


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