The Envelope, Please
Results of fan voting for the NBA All-Star squads were scheduled to be announced late this week, and unless there was some last-minute ballot stuffing from some overzealous city (don't laugh—it has happened), the starters were set as of last weekend. Coaches will then vote to fill out the seven remaining spots on the Eastern and Western Conference teams, choosing two guards, two forwards, a center and two at-large players.
Here's one person's view of who should suit up in San Antonio's Alamodome on Feb. 11.
Starters (voted by the fans)
G: Michael Jordan, Bulls
G: Anfernee Hardaway, Magic
F: Grant Hill, Pistons
F: Scottie Pippen, Bulls
C: Shaquille O'Neal, Magic
Reserves (voted by MacMullan)
G: Terrell Brandon, Cavaliers; Reggie Miller, Pacers
F: Vin Baker, Bucks; Larry Johnson, Hornets
C: Alonzo Mourning, Heat
At large: Patrick Ewing, C, Knicks; Dennis Rodman, F, Bulls
Toughest Omissions: Guard Derek Harper is having another exemplary year for New York and is a sentimental favorite here, but Brandon gets the nod for overcoming a fractured right tibia, brilliantly replacing Cleveland legend Mark Price and leading the talent-starved but unexpectedly successful Cavs at both ends of the floor. Guard Nick Anderson and forward Dennis Scott have been important to Orlando, but they cancel each other out. Bullets forward Juwan Howard was difficult to overlook; Knicks forward Anthony Mason was not, because of his me-first approach. Hornets swingman Glen Rice and Bucks forward Glenn Robinson received consideration, but this voter puts a premium on defense, and those two come up short.