They're really close to making Yi Jianlian an All Star game starter
Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 1,521,272; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,101,541;
Yi Jianlian (NJ) 959,324; Chris Bosh (Tor) 601,204; Paul Pierce (Bos)
387,105; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 236,360; Shawn Marion (Mia) 230,119; Danny
Granger (Ind) 155,484; Josh Smith (Atl) 131,281; Michael Beasley (Mia)
121,632; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 114,869.
Ugh. I know it's just All Star voting and the game is meaningless. But this is the first sign of alienating US fans at the expense of foreign markets. I know China's got a ton of money to spend on NBA merchandise, but the NBA's main consumers are still here in the US.
This, in itself, is not a big deal. I mean… who REALLY cares? In the end, it's a meaningless exhibition… and I'd kinda rather have our guys rest. But EVERY other player on that list below Yi deserves to be above him. Some guys have bonuses that depend on this stuff.
Besides… this gives people something easy to gripe about… and that's never ideal for any business.