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All-Star Players’ Vote shows Lillard ‘Disrespect’

Brad Botkin of CBS Sports is flabbergasted that Derrick Rose received more player votes than Damian Lillard

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The NBA All-Star reserves will be announced this Thursday, and it’s likely that Damian Lillard will be named as a reserve for the event. But CBS Sports’ Brad Botkin is flabbergasted that the players’ vote had Derrick Rose over Lillard.

What I do have a problem with is how one particular part of the voting went down in the West. It didn’t affect the actual starters, so it’s easy to overlook, but enlarge the fine print of the tweet below and you’ll see that the players -- you know, the ones who “really understand what’s going on out there” -- voted Derrick Rose ahead of Damian Lillard

Botkin goes on to make his case:

But for the players to vote Rose ahead of Damian Lillard is complete and utter nonsense. It’s embarrassing, to be honest. Lillard, once again, is averaging over 26 points game to go with 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds. The numbers aren’t even close, nor is the value. Once again, Lillard has the Blazers in the top four of the murderous Western Conference. All the guy does is win with a roster that only a handful of players in the world could do as much with. Rose, to state the obvious, is not one of them. He’s not even a starter on the freaking Timberwolves. Now, in the players’ eyes, he’s a more worthy All-Star starter than Damian Lillard?

So much for the players “really knowing the game.” Read the full piece here and get a dose of some serious Lillard love.