Debatable is a term thrown around whenever controversial statements pop up. Following the NBA’s announcement that Kevin Love was named a starter for the West, ESPN did a 5-on-5 discussing the selections and omissions and the question of least worthy selection was raised.
I don’t necessarily consider All-Star selections to be worthy of a lot of debate — All-NBA selections, either, for that matter — as voting by any group is going to carry a considerable amount of conspiracy, oversight and bias and if you don’t get what you want, you’ll find a way to see whatever slight you want to see.
However, what happened last night makes the matter somewhat less debatable…
Brian Windhorst, ESPN: Kevin Love. The obvious answer here is Kobe because he has played two weeks all season, but I understand giving the spot to him as an honorarium. This is a tradition, in fact. As for Love, ideally you should have at least played in a playoff game to qualify to start the All-Star Game. I don’t feel that strongly about this one — I had no complaints when LeBron started before making the playoffs in his second season. But when it comes to “deserves,” it’s debatable that Love has been one of the best two players at his position in his conference so far.
Ideally, the All-Star Game deserves better commentary.