The New York Knicks can’t even win on their day off. Kristaps Porzingis missed out on an All-Star starter nod, bested by Mr. I-Don’t-Play-Back-To-Backs himself, Joel Embiid. Apparently NBA players (whose votes counted for 25% of the overall tally) chose Kristaps into the starting 5 over Embiid, but it was not to overcome the fan (50%) and media vote (25%). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Democracy simply doesn’t work.
Also: Congratulations to those who bet on Ron Baker receiving more All-Star votes than Courtney Lee.
Ron Baker, Willy Hernangomez and Tim Hardaway Jr. each received two votes from the players to start in the All-Star Game.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) January 18, 2018
Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina and Lance Thomas each got 1. #knicks
In more physically punishing news, Knicks fans’ collective granddad, Clyde Frazier, was hit in the face with basketball in the first quarter while calling New York’s 105-99 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday night. Clyde pressed on, however, because he is a goddamned champion—calling the rest of the game with an ice pack on his face.
“If I didn’t I would be in trouble,” Clyde said. “I wanted to keep the swelling down.”
You’re still our hero, Clyde.