Erik Spoelstra taking responsibility of voting for All-Star reserves ‘a lot more seriously’ than past years

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat follows the play during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat follows the play during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra isn’t sure how the new voting format that determines All-Star starters works. And he isn’t sure how Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was left out of the Western Conference’s starting lineup.

“How is Russell Westbrook not in the starting lineup?” Spoelstra asked Monday morning.

Starters previously had been selected solely by fan voting. But this season, All-Star starters were determined by a combination of fan, media and player voting.

The player voting produced some interesting results. Mo Williams and Ben Simmons were among the players who haven’t played a minute this season, but received votes from other players around the NBA.

“I am very disappointed in the players,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Monday’s game in Miami. “They asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. I don’t know what the point is. It was too bad.”

The new voting system ended up having a big effect. Continue reading “Erik Spoelstra taking responsibility of voting for All-Star reserves ‘a lot more seriously’ than past years”

Will Miami Heat host NBA All-Star Game in the near future?

In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Miami is known for hosting big events.

But it’s been a while since it’s hosted the NBA All-Star Game. Miami has hosted the event just once, when it was held at Miami Arena in 1990. Continue reading “Will Miami Heat host NBA All-Star Game in the near future?”