The penultimate All-Star results were announced today and Amar’e Stoudemire has leapfrogged past Kevin Garnett to snag the second starting forward spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad. However, you know that the Bostonites are gonna rally and try to pack the polls with more votes so KG can regain his lead (one can, after all, vote again every day), so New Yorkers need to double their efforts to ensure that our MVP candidate doesn’t get beaten out by a guy who’s been injured and missed a chunk of the season already.
While Amar’e's gain is nice, it still is disappointing to see that Raymond Felton is just seventh amongst guards. Yes, the top three of Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo should likely be ahead of him, but the next bunch is questionable, if not downright inferior. We’ve got Ray Allen, John Wall and Brandon Jennings? The last two have also been injured for large parts of the season, and both their teams have worse records than the Knicks. And honestly, I think the coaches will more likely vote for Felton than any of those four, so he still should have a good chance to make the game. Sure, there’s no way he’ll catch up to those top three guys in votes, but c’mon, we gotta do better. Oddly, Danilo Gallinari has more votes than Felton, and anyone who’s watched any games this season knows that Felty has been far more instrumental to the team’s success than Gallo
As further proof, notice how they haven’t missed a step while Gallo’s been out. On the other hand, when Felton stinks, we tend to lose big (see games against Miami, Lakers & last night against Utah). Methinks there might be a correlation between his superb playing and our plus .500 record.
So keep on stuffing the ballot box. We’ve got another two weeks to show Raymond some respect and to ensure that Stat remains on top.