Brushing up on how the participating players of the NBA All Star games are chosen…
Phew! This biz is complicated! But it makes sense.
With a combination of votes from fans, current players, basketball media, a pool of 24 players is formed. The two players (one from each conference) with the most votes are given the title of captain. The captains then choose the rest of their players from this pool.
Right now, as I’m writing this article, Lebron James and Luka Doncic have the most votes in the Western Conference. Giannis Antetokoumpo and Pascal Siakam have the most in the Eastern Conference.
Pascal! My man! He’s in the running and I’m so proud!
I mean, this guy has had some obstacles to face this year. He suffered a groin injury that had him on the bench for weeks. Back in November, Ibaka and Lowry sustained injuries that kept them from the court for several games, meaning that Siakam and his bros had some extra pressure on his shoulders. Last year, Spicy was named the NBA’s Most Improved player for the 2018-19 season.
I want him to make the All Stars team so badly! Imagine the honor to follow up on your Most Improved award with your first All Stars game? I can’t even.
Okay, so anyway. Besides my feelings of anticipation for Spicy…
I dunno if you noticed, but when K Low had that adorable moment with his son during Sunday’s game against the Spurs, the little Lowry lad was wearing his Fully Charged hoodie – the campaign slogan designed to garner votes for Lowry to make the All Star team. So, not only did Kyle reach out to kiss his little guy during the game, Karter Lowry’s outfit was all about his dad! How sweet is that?
And then there are the photos on the Raps Facebook page where Kyle Lowry is wearing his Too Spicy hoodie, promoting Spicy P for the All Stars! Now, this is a team that loves each other!
Basically, the Raptors are a team that deserves players in the All Stars game, whoever they might be. How can you deny a collective heart like this? Never mind their hustle! Gah!
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