If I told you there were these two players, which one would you say is the more likely All Star?
Player A: 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 18.66 PER
Player B: 24.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 22.99 PER
Keeping in mind that they play the same position, if I tried to make an argument that Player A was a more deserving All Star than Player B everyone would laugh me out of the room. Well, Player A, Mehmet Okur is now an All Star and Player B, Zach Randolph is not. That is completely ridiculous. I was ok with the whole Dirk, KG, Duncan thing, clearly they are better and you can't have an All Star Game without those guys, but Mehmet Okur? Would you trade Randolph straight up for Mehmet Okur? No, of course not.
Emperor Stern essentially gave the bird to the Blazers twice with his recent All Star reserve selections. Presumably Okur was selected because the Jazz are good, but then he selected Ray Allen off the Sonics, who have one of the5-7 teams that are considerably worse than the Blazers. Thanks for that.
Anyway, I'm in a silver lining type mood this morning, so maybe it's a good thing that Zach isn't going to the All Star Game. Look, he's had a great year, but Zach in Las Vegas unchaperoned for 4 days is a BAD idea. Needless to say I'm not too concerned with Brandon Roy being there. He'll probably walk up to a craps table all cool and calm-like and roll an hour's worth of 6's and 8's, thank everyone, and stroll away.