My first reaction when Roy made the all-star team was HE MADE IT!!! YES!!! FINALLY!!! NATIONAL RECOGNITION!!!, etc. However, my second thought was, "great, this also means he'll get more rest because he won't play as much as he would have in the rookie /sophomore game." Am I the only one that feels this way?
Next, consider this idea on a long-term basis. As players get better aren't perennial all-star appearances a bad thing? That extra rest would likely be especially nice as one gets older and, ironically, more likely to make the all-star team. And, to make matters worse, if you back out the league has some punishment, or something, I believe, so refusing to show up isn't an option. In ten years if Roy has become a regular participant in this showcase I'm going to really hope that the coach (hopefully Nate, knock on wood) puts some serious limits on his minutes.
Now, take this one step further - what if Roy were to make the national team? He was already offered a spot on that practice squad thing this summer. I, for one, hope they overlook him and he never gets the chance. The additional wear and tear must be draining, especially if a player goes deep into the playoffs (crosses fingers). Look at Clyde Drexler and Michael Jordan the season after they made the finals and then spent the summer with the Dream Team for evidence of the strain of constant high-level basketball. Further, Toronto already lost a player to injury in international competition.
I guess, the bottom line is that I'm selfish and don't want to share Brandon, GO, LaMarcus and potentially lower their effectiveness while playing for the Blazers. Does this sound ridiculous? Or is it a legit concern as the Blazers improve?