Tuesday, February 6, 2007

No player was “snubbed” last week when the NBA announced its reserves for this month’s All-Star Game.

Josh Howard wasn’t snubbed. Ray Allen wasn’t snubbed. Baron Davis wasn’t snubbed.

And most of all, Eddy Curry and Carmelo Anthony were not snubbed for an All-Star berth.

Yet a Google news search returned 473 examples of All-Star snubbery over the weekend.

There are only 12 spots — five starters, seven reserves — on each conference’s All-Star team. When a borderline player isn’t included, that’s not a snub.

If Steve Nash or Dirk Nowitzki weren’t selected to the team, that would be a snub.

The disappointment of Curry and Anthony was most disappointing.

“I was upset I didn’t make the All-Star team,” Curry said.

Curry averages 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists. He shoots 58 percent from the field and 61 percent from the free throw line. He’s an OK player.

But of all the players who were left off in the Eastern Conference, Emeka Okafor, Michael Redd, Antawn Jamison, Luol Deng, Mo Williams, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson and Al Jefferson are all better than Curry.

That’s almost another All-Star team.

Curry isn’t even the best player on his own team.

David Lee is better. Lee averages 10.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shoots 61 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. He does all of this in four fewer minutes than Curry.

Lee doesn’t even start for the Knicks. The fact he should start is fairly obvious to everyone except Isiah Thomas.

Anthony is in a different situation. He is the most gifted scorer in the league, an All-Star every day of the week — when he plays.

But Anthony was suspended 15 games for throwing a punch and backpedaling at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 16.

When the All-Star reserves were announced, the Denver Nuggets had played 43 games. Anthony had played in just 28 (65 percent) because of his suspension.

“I hope no one holds that over my head over anything,” he said. “Things happen. One incident like that is held over one person’s head, life ain’t fair.”

Life isn’t, but this is. Fifteen games is a significant amount to miss over an entire season, much less half a season.

Anthony still has a chance to play in the game in Las Vegas because commissioner David Stern will choose a replacement for Yao Ming, who was voted in as a starter but will miss the game with a knee injury.

But he shouldn’t choose Anthony, because All-Star players — players who want to be lauded — don’t get suspended for 15 games.

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