The NBA released its All-Star fan voting totals thus far and, in the shocked of all shockers, no one from the Los Angeles Lakers made the lists. Not even Marcelo Huertas. The voting is obviously rigged.
All joking aside, anyone who expected any Lakers to earn significant voting should probably get themselves checked out. Kobe Bryant absolutely deserved to play in the game last year as a lifetime achievement award, but for his actual play last season? Yeah. No.
I do think eventually, as more fans get behind the young core, they’ll receive a bump in voting compared to from other franchises, but before we start talking about even the possibility, the organization will have to enjoy more consistent success. And this has been blogging, by Magic Johnson’s Twitter account.
The lists only go to the top ten vote-getters, so I am curious to see where the first Laker might fall in actual voting and who it might be. If I had to guess, I’d probably say D’Angelo Russell would top the Lakers in voting, closely followed by Julius Randle, then the aforementioned Marcelo Huertas. And that has nothing to do with the personal voting campaign a certain SS&R blogger might have undertaken.
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (and friend of the Locked on Lakers podcast) broke the Western Conference voting.
Here are the Western Conference All-Star vote totals: pic.twitter.com/42Pj9cio9H— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 5, 2017
First, charge your phone, Tim. Second, we have to talk, Warriors fans.