Everyone likes to bash the fans ability to choose the starters--and every year at least on undeserving but popular player gets to go to the ASG, taking a slot from someone who arguably deserves it more.
(That would be you, T-Mac.)
So here's a quick question: Who should determine the make-up of All-Star teams? Who is most qualified?
The fans. They buy the tickets, the show is for them. If they want to see guys like T-Mac or Shaq, its their business.
The coaches. It's their job to know the ins and outs of the game, and who they want on their team.
The players. The guys who play the game should know who's best at it.
Team management. (Owners, GMs, etc). They own the league, let them choose.
The league office. David Stern gets to select injury replacements. Let him (or his flunkies) choose the team. The buck should stop with him.
The basketball press. Many competent (and incompetent) journalists--bloggers, play-by-play guys, beat writers, talking heads, columnists, etc cover the game. They (think) they know more than anyone about it.
The network. The ASG is all about drama, so let the guys whose TV contract dollars run the league chose that team which would attract the most viewers.
Statisticians. Let guys like David Berry or John Hollinger--armed with their formulae, their computers, their regressions to the mean--choose the team. (The formula is published prior to the season; no changing it mid-season).
A selection committee. Just like the NCAA Field of 65--get a bunch of the above together in a smoke-filled room, and let 'em hash it out.
Randomly. Why not? Draft picks are settled by ping-pong balls, why not toss a bunch of players names into a hat and draw the team on live TV? Plus, it would be fun to see "now starting at center for the Western Conference--Darko Milicic!" Stern would love that.
So, BlazersEdge readers. Who should get the final say as to who gets to go to Nawlins?
(A final parting thought, though I won't add it to the poll. Let the fans in Portland and Sacramento, and any other city with "inadequate hotel space" to actually host the game, choose the teams...)