NBA  > General NBA  > Jianliang Probably Made It In
February 12, 2009, 05:45 AM
Opinion: Yi Jianliang made it into the all-star game. There is absolutely no way that a concerted effort from his home country would have come up short. His fans in China had a full-on campaign going to get him in, and the sheer number of internet users there (more than the USA) would have rocketed him into the all-star game.

This would have made fools of the NBA and shown how flawed the voting system really is.

This is not to say that he deserves to be in the game based on his statistics or skills. Not in the least - he shouldn't even be mentioned or in the running. But, if this is true, then the rules state that the players with the most votes are in.

My guess is that something must have been fishy in the voting to cause him to get a close 3rd place. It made sure that he wasn't in the game, but still made it seem like the votes were counted. Putting him in 12th place with 52,000 votes would have been obvious tampering. Putting him in 3rd, knowing there were full-on voting campaigns for him, makes the "close" loss seem more plausible.

Everything I've said is mostly important when considering next year - which will be an absolute mess now that the flaws have been exposed.

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