NBA All-Star Game: Fans get a couple answers wrong in voting

COMMENTARY — Tim Duncan, not Dwight Howard, should be starting as Western Conference center, and Tyson Chandler should be starting at center for the Eastern Conference, Kevin Garnett.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013
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photo - San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 95-88. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani) ORG XMIT: TXMS106
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 95-88. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani) ORG XMIT: TXMS106

Fans got a couple of answers wrong when selecting starters for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 17. As usual, centers were the center of attention.

San Antonio's Tim Duncan, not Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, should be starting as Western Conference center.

New York's Tyson Chandler should be starting at center for the Eastern Conference, not Boston's Kevin Garnett.

No major complaints other than that, but there nearly was a disaster.

Houston guard Jeremy Lin finished just 45,346 votes behind Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul for the second starting spot at West guard alongside Kobe Bryant.

We're talking about 900,000 votes being cast, so roughly 45,000 votes can happen in a hurry.

For Lin — the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent — to have captured a starting role as a West guard thanks to the Asian vote (a la Yao Ming) would have been sheer Linsanity.

By his own admission, Lin is not having an All-Star year. Even if he had the numbers to warrant consideration, Lin still would be nowhere near the ilk of Paul.



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