Found February 12, 2012 on roundballchat.com:
PLAYERS: Josh Smith
TEAMS: Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith was not elected to this year’s NBA all star game and he is not happy about that. The fans vote for the starters and the coaches’ vote determines the reserves. So as you would guess there is a lot of lobbying and politicking going on especially among coaches. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle reportedly lobbied for Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki made the team despite having a down year and he even said himself he did not deserve to go to the game. Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that politics are behind his all star snub “I guess I don’t know the right people or kiss enough [butt].” “You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved in the All-Star selection,” Smith said Friday. “Once you get that it’s really about politics, then nothing really surprises you. I call it ‘Nothing But Associates,’ NBA. It’s all who you know.” “I can’t really point a finger and blame anybody because, at the end of the day, when you lea
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