Carmelo Anthony rails against changes to NBA All-Star voting
The NBA this week announced significant changes to the league’s All-Star balloting procedures and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony made it clear he’s not a big fan of them.
The new policies, which will go into effect on Christmas when All-Star voting opens, primarily involve spreading around who’s got a say in the process, thereby diminishing the role fans play in deciding All-Star players.
Anthony believes fans should solely have the say-so on which players receive All-Star honors.
“I do think we got to keep the fans engaged,’’ Anthony said, via the New York Post. “It’s what the fans look forward to. I don’t think players should vote for other players. It’s a fan’s game.’’
As it stands going forward, fan voting will account for 50 percent of the outcome, with NBA players and a select 75 media members comprising 25 percent of the vote each. The outcome of player and media voting won’t be made public.
Still, Anthony especially disagrees with how the media now will play a role.
“Now you got guys got your power pack. I’d rather leave it up for the fans,” Anthony said. “That’s why our league is one of the biggest out here because we have some of the best fans.”
Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving similarly took a potshot at the media being involved in All-Star voting, saying, “Leaving it up to the players, that’s good as well. Leaving it up to the fans, that’s good as well. But the other 25 percent I think they need to throw out.”
Anthony was also asked if he will vote for himself. His answer, given he’s been named an All-Star starter eight straight years, arguably isn’t all that shocking.
“I don’t see why not. If the president can vote for themselves, why can’t we vote for ourselves?’’ he said.
Anthony does make a good point about how fans should be the sole deciders in the All-Star process. But fans also are routinely swayed by popularity over merit. It seems the NBA struck a good balance with the new changes.