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Boston’s Ray Allen wants to change All-Star voting procedure

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Perhaps weary of losing out to the likes of Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, Celtics guard Ray Allen says the NBA needs to prevent the biased masses from having too much influence in All-Star voting.

‘I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they’d like to see in the All-Star game,’ Allen said, ‘but I don’t think it should be 100%.’

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Allen is calling for change in an All-Star selection process that he says has ‘watered down’ the game. He proposes that the fans and the media have a 50-50 say on who starts in the annual hoops showcase.

Unfortunately for Allen, the NBA isn’t planning on making any changes.

‘We look at it as a great way to engage the fans,’ NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said. ‘We think it’s a good system.’

McGrady held a small lead over Steve Nash for the Western Conference’s second starting guard spot when the NBA released an All-Star voting update on Jan. 7. Iverson had a comfortable lead over Vince Carter for the Eastern Conference’s second guard spot.

Do you think Allen is right, or do you feel the NBA should limit the fans’ influence on All-Star voting?

-- Austin Knoblauch


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