Originally written January 24, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Well, at least Stephen Curry took the news well. Curry, of course, is the point guard for the resurgent Golden State Warriors, a fourth-year pro whos averaging 20.9 points and 6.6 assists, and shooting 45 percent on three-pointers. Most folks will tell you Curry is the main reason the Warriors have gone from spending nearly a decade in the dumps to a real threat in the Western Conference. Yet the only Warriors player named to the Western Conference All-Star team was forward David Lee. Now, nothing against Lee, whos been a major factor for the Warriors this season as well. He certainly deserved a spot. Even Curry said so. "Congrats to my bro @Dlee042 representing DubNation in Houston, Curry posted to his Twitter account, in reference to Lee. Proud teammate. Lets go. Others, however, were less thrilled with Lee being the only Warrior who was voted in as a reserve by the West coaches. Charles Barkley told a national television audience he was so angered by Currys omission that my heads about to explode. Warriors backup point guard Jarrett Jack tweeted, I really need to take a deep breath so I won't say something I'm not supposed to. And Warriors fans everywhere felt like theyd been kicked in the gut -- twice. But the trouble here is deciding who shouldve been left out. Joining Lee as West reserves were the Spurs Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, Thunders Russell Westbrook, Rockets James Harden, Trail Blazers LaMarcus Aldridge and Grizzlies Zach Randolph. Hard to overlook anyone on that list. All are top-flight players from playoff-contending teams. Meanwhile, not all reserves in the East can make that claim -- with the 76ers Jrue Holiday and Cavs Kyrie Irving joining the Heats Chris Bosh, Knicks Tyson Chandler, Pacers Paul George, and Bulls Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. Holidays team appears unlikely to make the playoffs unless Andrew Bynum eventually makes his Philadelphia debut, then stays healthy and plays with some serious passion. Irvings team lost 32 of its first 43 games. Yet Holiday and Irving are making their first All-Star appearances (as are George, Noah, Harden and Lee). Keep in mind that the reserves, again, are selected by coaches, who cant vote from players from their own teams. What actually may have hurt a guy like Curry the most? Well, the fact that fans select the starters. In the West, the starters are Dwight Howard (Lakers) at center, Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Kevin Durant (Thunder) at forward, and Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Chris Paul (Clippers) at guard. In the East, its Kevin Garnett (Celtics) at center, Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) and LeBron James (Heat) at forward, and Dwyane Wade (Heat) and Rajon Rondo (Celtics) at guard. Now, the Lakers and Celtics are both traditionally strong franchises with huge fan bases. But do those two teams, given their first-half disappointments, really deserve to have two guys apiece starting? The fans say yes. The coaches would probably tell you no. Curry and others like him Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, Hawks forward Josh Smith, and so on -- can only sigh. Now, this isnt to trash the guys who made it. In the East, Holiday and Irving are two of the most dynamic guards in the game. Irving, in particular, makes for good TV. And thats what All-Star weekend is all about. Plus, he can really play. Earlier in the week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted he voted for Irving -- although Rivers made it clear it wasnt easy, considering the Cavs record. In the West, not enough coaches made that difficult choice to include Curry. Difficult, of course, because there were so many other worthy candidates. Still, of all of them, Curry is widely considered one of the two or three best, and certainly one of the top seven. Yet hell be at home, just like the rest of us, when rest of the stars are taking center stage. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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