November 18, 2008
While the NHL figures out how to deal with artificial All-Star votes, the NBA seems to have run into its own little "All-Star dilemma" — China. Via Nets Daily, Marc Spears of the Boston Globe reports the league fears that Nets second-year forward Yi Jianlian could not only cut into vote totals for LeBron James and Kevin Garnett but also challenge them for a starting forward spot on the Eastern Conference team. Last season, Yi received an incredible 450,000 ballots ... as a write-in! "If he is voted in as a starter, it could rekindle the debate over the fairness of the system." Yeah, that'll be fun.