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Adam Silver: “There are a few players having outstanding seasons that could have been selected for these first two slots. The coaches pick the reserves, but we have access to all their votes, so we do look to see who the players were that were next in line in terms of coach voting. That becomes relevant. I think at the end of the day, particularly as we add All-Stars with the Commissioner’s selections, the markets become relevant. In the case of LaMelo, Charlotte was able to be represented, which they hadn’t been before he was added. I’m not going to say it’s not a factor that the All-Star Game was in Cleveland this year, but even independent of that, Jarrett Allen is having an All-Star season and there’s no doubt he deserves to be recognized.”

“Personally, I think Jarrett got snubbed,” Bickerstaff said. “You look at what he’s done over the year, and there’s no real way to justify him not making it. Obviously, it’s difficult because there are a lot of talented players out there, but again, if we respect winning the way we say we respect winning, there’s no way that Jarrett Allen doesn’t make the All-Star team. I’ll speak on his behalf. I’ll obviously let you guys talk to him, but we’re extremely disappointed that he didn’t make it. But we know who Jarrett is. He’s going to continue to go out and prove people wrong and play with that chip and that edge.” Allen is averaging 16.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game this season, which are both career highs. He’s shooting 67.4 percent from the field. Allen is one of their best interior defenders, and when paired with Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen for their big lineup, they dominate the paint on either end of the floor. Allen’s success this season has played a large part in the Cavs’ stunning turnaround.

“When we all sat there, and we heard DG — I think he was the second of the reserves to be named — and to not hear JA’s name, I mean, I was gutted. And gutted for him. It kind of blew my high last night,” Love said. “I’ve always said like since he’s been here, he’s been so steady for us. But yet he’s one of those guys that, we weren’t exactly competing for a playoff spot last year. And yet every time that we lost, he came in and was upset. And I looked over at that, and said, ‘That’s a guy that I want to compete with every single night.’ And like I said, he worked so hard in the offseason to get himself where he was. We all kept in touch, and he just continued to keep his head down and worked. And he got a big contract, and he’s proved that he might be underpaid. I mean, he’s an All-Star. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Julius Randle misses out on a $600,000 All-Star bonus

On Thursday, the NBA released its All-Star reserves and Julius Randle was shut out — as expected — denying him a chance of a second straight appearance in the All-Star Game, which will take place Feb. 20 in Cleveland.  “Nah,’’ Randle said when asked if he’s disappointed. “I’m trying to win games. That’s what I get paid to do, win games.”  Randle missed out on a $600,000 All-Star bonus. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Randle is treated like an All-Star considering the attention he’s paid by opposing defenses. But the coach said he didn’t get the selection from the coaching vote because of the Knicks’ 24-28 record — which currently has them out of Eastern Conference play-in round.

“In any given year, there’s always a number of guys who are deserving and don’t get it,’’ Thibodeau said. “There’s not enough spots for guys who have had All-Star type years. A big part of that is the success of the team. I know from voting it’s a tough position for coaches to be in. You get down to the end and you’re wrestling with it. You got three or four guys and two spots or one spot. You’re saying how am I going to determine who actually gets there? Usually the next criteria is what’s the impact on the team. What team is doing better.’’  Asked if Randle is playing at an All-Star level, Thibodeau said: “Yeah, when you look at all the things that he does, our team hasn’t played up to what we should be playing up to. There’s a lot of things that go into it.’’ 

In his 1,419 minutes, the Warriors have a stingy 102.0 defensive rating. He’s always there, and he’s always sturdy. “Availability,” Thompson said of Wiggins. “I mean, he’s in the lineup every night. I used to be like that. Andrew is just an iron man of sorts.” Wiggins has only missed four games this season — health and safety protocols — and one game all of last season. In his eight-year career, he’s only missed 18 total games. That’s long been his most underrated quality. He’s there every night, absorbing 35 minutes at the league’s most valued position.

Based on a report from Alex Shultz from SFGate, the Warriors made the shrewd move to bring onboard K-Pop star BamBam earlier this year. He made a post on Instagram announcing his partnership with the team as a “Global Ambassador” and quickly got to work. The very same day, he made a post in support of Andrew Wiggins’ All-Star campaign that quickly went viral. The tweet garnered 68.1 thousand likes, 36.8k retweets and nearly three thousand quote tweets as of time of writing, which according to SFGate is the most traction any single tweet has received in support of an NBA player’s All-Star candidacy.

Marc J. Spears: Second ballot of NBA All-Star voting. Ja and Luka in a battle for second West guard spot with Klay nearby. Andrew Wiggins third in West forward voting. Trae, Zach and Harden fighting for second East guard spot. pic.twitter.com/RIDYE7R0Qt

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