This week, the roster for the NBA All-Star game have been published and as always, we hear some voices of players who aren’t happy with their absence in those published rosters.
3 of the biggest names in the NBA who won’t be playing in the traditional All-Star Game are Kyrie Irving (mostly due injuries), Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.
Beal said – “A little pissed off about it … It’s disrespectful. … I’m gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure.”
"A little pissed off about it … It's disrespectful. … I'm gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2020
Strong words from Bradley Beal postgame when he was asked about missing the All-Star game. pic.twitter.com/VxaZ5VieUn
Devin Booker said – “It was always a goal of mine, but it just re-proves the point that the NBA is different than the game that I fell in love with at the beginning of all the best players in the All-Star game growing up, And now it’s an entertainment, drama, political-filled league. But we’re a part of it now. It pays well, so I guess we should be quiet about it.”
Q: How would change the format?— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) January 31, 2020
A: "Put in the best players." Devin Booker on #NBAAllStar snub. #Suns pic.twitter.com/B2cXXj8nAi
Other NBA players shared their thoughts about it –
smh ??♂️ https://t.co/CAFa79sBgx— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 31, 2020
We need some consistency in what’s rewarded in the selection process. D book should be a perennial all star, but he isn’t based on winning. But the guys that’s winning not getting in either lol. So is it numbers, or winning, or name recognition?— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) January 31, 2020
F%?!*n Joke @DevinBook https://t.co/E5iwlehLXr— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 31, 2020
Damn that’s wild https://t.co/7hhlQisiV7— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 31, 2020
And on the other side of the coin, there will be 9 first time all stars in the game, on of them is Bam Adebayo who got the news with his family –
The moment Bam Adebayo found out he was an All-Star ❤️?— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 31, 2020
(via @ByTimReynolds, The Associated Press) pic.twitter.com/pEfPewN75Z
The game this year will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash in January.