When the first wave of All-Star game vote totals were announced, there was a little bit of a surprise when it came to the East guards. Kyrie Irving, who had not played a game during the time period of the first voting wave, received the second highest number of votes, which would mean a starting spot. On one hand, Irving is coming off an All-NBA season, has started the All-Star game (and won the MVP of that game) in the past, and has been a prominent member of Team USA recently. He also has his own NIKE shoe. Of course the fans are going to vote for him.
On the other hand, he hasn't, you know, played basketball. It's an exhibition game, and the voting is kind of silly. It's not like they are going to be playing this one with the intensity of a playoff game, right? Who cares?
Well, John Wall cares.
In an article titled "John Wall says trailing Kyrie Irving in All-Star votes a 'joke'" from J.Michael, the Washington Wizards guard has a lot to say:
"It's a joke" Wall, who didn't make one mention of his strained right ligament in his knee, bruise on the same knee, high right ankle sprain and bone spur, told CSNmidatlantic.com after his 15th double-double. "I played like horseshit the first month and a half but I still was averaging like 16 and eight. That's not bad numbers."
"I guess it's the record. No offense Kyrie, he's played (three) games," Wall said. "If he was healthy he probably would be in that position because he'd be playing well. I can see him there because that's how talented he is."
Honestly, the internet is blowing up about this and I don't really see the point. John Wall is correct about Irving, but he's probably missing the point of why the fans vote for this stuff in the first place. It's a game to celebrate the game. I just don't really get worked up about awards or the All-Star game at this point. And while Wall has been very good in December, and while Wall was hurt in November, the Wizards really struggled and Wall played poorly. If he duplicates his December performance in January (and I'd bet he does!), he'll be going to the All-Star game. He might start.