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DeMarcus Cousins does not seem pleased about Anthony Davis being chosen as All-Star

Anthony-Davis-HornetsAnthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team on Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant. The Pelicans star is having a phenomenal sophomore season and the game is being held in New Orleans, so he seemed like an obvious choice.

Davis is averaging a double-double with 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the NBA with 3.3 blocks per game. As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, fans voted Davis seventh among front court players in the West. Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge were chosen as reserves by the coaches ahead of Davis.

Another candidate to fill the roster spot would have been Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 22.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He tweeted the following when it was announced that Davis had made the team.

Cousins is probably right. His stats are certainly comparable to Davis’, but Davis doesn’t make headlines for not allowing his teammates to shake opponents’ hands. Couple that with the fact that the game is in New Orleans this year and it is no surprise that the higher-ups chose the hometown hero.

2014 NBA All-Star Game jerseys will feature sleeves

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The NBA unveiled sleeved jerseys for its Christmas Day lineup this year, and the new threads were not well-received. Dirk Nowitzki and other NBA stars thought the jerseys were awful, while one player even claimed they affected his shot. Too bad, because it looks like they’re coming back for the All-Star Game.

Phil Hecken of Uni Watch shared the photo you see above on Thursday morning. No, those aren’t soccer uniforms. Paul Lukas of Uni Watch confirmed that they are the real deal.

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Deron Williams doesn’t think he deserves to be an All-Star

In terms of statistics, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is having one of his worst years as a pro. He has openly admitted that he has struggled to learn a new offense since leaving the Utah Jazz, and as a result he is averaging only 16.8 points and 7.7 assists per game. Despite all that, Williams was second in the Eastern Conference All-Star voting earlier this month, trailing Rajon Rondo by about 325,000 votes.

Williams is still one of the better guards in the game, but his performance this season certainly hasn’t been All-Star worthy. He knows that.

“I just think there’s people playing better than me,” Williams said Tuesday when asked if he was deserving of an All-Star spot, via ESPNNewYork.com.

The worst part of Williams’ game this season has been his shooting. He’s shooting just 40.9% from the field overall and 32.8% from three-point range. However, he has definitely improved since P.J. Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson as Brooklyn’s head coach. The Nets are on a six-game winning streak, during which Deron has shot 46.8% from the field and 48.3% from beyond the arc. He’s averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 assists during that stretch.

Chances are, Williams will be left off the All-Star roster. The fans select the starters, and it appears as though Rondo will be the starting point guard for the East. The coaches pick the reserves and Kyrie Irving is more deserving than Williams. That being said, he has shown signs that he is turning his season around. That’s good news for the Nets as they look to assert themselves as one of the better teams in the East down the stretch.

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Charles Barkley: Fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote for All-Star game

Fan voting for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game is underway, and Charles Barkley is disgusted with some of the results thus far. Because of the way things are going, Barkley believes the fans should no longer decide who the starters for the All-Star game will be in the future. In particular, he’s baffled that Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett are receiving so many votes.

“I don’t think the fans should ever vote because they just vote for their favorite players,” Barkley told WMSF-FM in South Florida earlier this week, via FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson. “I’m a big Kevin Garnett fan. But there’s no way in the world he should be starting the All-Star game right now. And the same way with Dwight Howard. Those fans who have penciled those two guys in (to) start… that’s a travesty to be honest. I like Dwight Howard but he ain’t played like no All-Star this year and Kevin Garnett (the same).”

K.G. and Dwight are having rough seasons. Garnett, who is 36 years old and at the tail end of his career, is showing his age. He is averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which certainly aren’t All-Star numbers. Howard has yet to find his groove with the Lakers, as he’s averaging 17.3 points and 11.9 rebounds — his lowest totals in seven years.

While you could still argue that Howard is one of the best centers in the league and doesn’t have much competition (an argument Shaq lives off of), the All-Star format has changed this season. Fans can now vote for three forwards and two guards and omit a center if they so choose, meaning they don’t have to vote for Howard at all.

At the end of the day, the outcome of the All-Star Game is meaningless. Like the MLB, the NBA cares more about keeping fans involved and making them a part of the process than it does about whether or not the best players are chosen. That’s part of the business end of professional sports.

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Kobe Bryant reportedly suffered broken nose, mild concussion on Dwyane Wade foul (Video)

There was nothing dirty about the way Dwyane Wade fouled Kobe Bryant on Sunday night, but was it too hard a foul for the All-Star Game? Typically we’re used to seeing guys clear the way for their opponents so they can put on a show for the fans. With the East trailing by 12 early in the third quarter, it appeared D-Wade had enough of that no defense nonsense and wanted to make Kobe earn his points at the foul line. He came over the top and delivered a hard foul — one that apparently had some lasting effects.

According to Adrian Wojnarowkski of Yahoo! Sports, Kobe suffered a broken nose and a mild concussion on the play. Bryant still went on to break Michael Jordan’s record and become the All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer, but the Lakers are hoping it didn’t come at a significant cost.

NBA All-Star Weekend Parties in LA: Here Are Your Options

With NBA All-Star Weekend comes plenty of parties that are loaded with athletes, celebrities, and top-notch musical entertainment. Since we know many LBS Nuts are from the Los Angeles-area, we figured we’d show you the flyers for some of the top party spots for this weekend in case you’re interested in going to a banger. At least do it for me while I’m stuck out here on the East Coast where everyone’s acting like today’s 52-degree high was a regular day in Tahiti.

Friday, Feb. 18

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Joke’s Up, Who Voted Bruce Bowen 3rd in the All-Star Game?

I’m well aware of how wacky fan voting for All-Star games can get. We had Giants fans using online programs to vote Barry Bonds into the All-Star Game. There was a movement to get scrub Rory Fitzpatrick into the NHL game a few years ago. The Canadiens got four players into this year’s All-Star Game, possibly because of fervent hometown fans. Usually this stuff doesn’t really surprise me. Until now. Spurs fans (and Rockets fans for that matter), came pretty hard in the All-Star voting this year. Fans of Bruce Bowen managed to vote him third of all forwards in the Western Conference. That’s behind Tim Duncan who led all forwards far and away, and Amare Stoudemire who only beat Bowen by 70,000.

Bruce Bowen and his nearly 1.4 million votes, finished higher in the final ballot than the following players in this order: Ron Artest, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, and Pau Gasol. Artest and Melo both have been injured (though they’re still better than Bowen), but Dirk and Pau are the ones that really bother me. Dirk is a former MVP who is playing good basketball again this year. Pau never won an MVP, but he’s an All-Star and a big reason why the Lakers are as good as they are. For him to be under a million votes is a joke. I’m not going to bother going position by position here, but I just want an answer: how did Bruce Bowen get voted third of all Western Conference forwards??