Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 11/20/14

As reviewed in a previous article, the NBA All-Star ballot will not include the center position.  Instead, those players will be referred to as “frontcourt players”, which is a bit absurd.  One center really dislikes the new rule change that the NBA implemented with the voting system.  That center is Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.  In a report by ESPN Los Angeles, Dwight gave his opinions on the whole balloting system for the All-Star game.  He stated, I don’t like it at all.  We work just as hard as anybody else.  I don’t think it’s fair to take away a position which ahs been here for life.  You need a center on the court.  So I don’t think it’s right.  That’s like taking away a guard.  That’s how I feel. The Lakers center would continue on to say, The game changes every day.  It changes every year.  You look at the game back then and now, centers are bigger, stronger, faster.  Guards are bigger, stronger, faster.  So the game evolves.  That doesn’t mean you take out a position because the game is evolving, because the players that play center are evolving also. This is a very good basketball-related point.  Stu Jackson, the NBA’s VP of Basketball Operations, needs to realize he is implementing this new ballot rule that really takes away from the sport of basketball as a whole.  The game was meant for five players of different positions for a more rounded game.  Stu Jackson believes that all five players are capable of playing any position, which is true, but that does not mean you can take away the importance of one position and cater to another.

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