The 2011 NBA All-Star game kicks off tonight and the San Antonio Spurs will be well represented.
Tim Duncan will be starting for the Western Conference team while Manu Ginobili will be a reserve for the West squad coached by Spurs' Gregg Popovich.
However, one Spurs' player notably left off the All-Star squad is Tony Parker.
Many felt Parker deserved a spot on the West roster especially with the season he is having. Parker is averaging 17.4 points, 6.7 assists, 1.3 steals per game. Basically all his numbers are up from last season.
There was also the argument that if the Boston Celtics can have four players in the All-Star game based on their record then Spurs should have the "Big Three" in Los Angeles seeing how San Antonio has maintained their league-leading record.
While I was in Philadelphia during the Rodeo Road Trip, Spurs' Richard Jefferson spoke to me on Parker's snub and had this to say:
"You look at we have the best record in the best conference and he wasn't able to make it. I know the West is loaded but that should put even more of an emphasis on how impressive our record is and how great he has been," said Jefferson.
"We've blown out a lot of teams, so him and Tim (Duncan) might not play in the fourth quarter so their numbers aren't indicative of guys that are going to be playing 40 minutes every single night because their teams need that."
Jefferson continued, "He does what our team needs for us. Again I would never disrespect somebody and say they don't deserve it but that being said, I definitely believe my teammate deserved it."
I believe all Spurs fans throughout the world will agree with Jefferson.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? You read what Jefferson had to say but do you think Parker should be playing tonight?
Tony Parker is talented, team oriented, entertaining, AND he gets the job done. He definitely deserves to be playing on the all-star team. I don't know what criteria are used, but it seems to be the most flamboyant are thought to be the best. MG, Spurs Fan from San Antonio
I felt Tony Parker deserved to be selected to the All Star game. I am just getting tired of San Antonio not getting any respect at all. They would rather show dunk highlights of Blake Griffin, talk about the woes of the LA Fakers, and keep up with LeBonehead James.
@TP9Mom you know as much as TP should have gone, i'm sure he will have the last laugh in June when he is holding the NBA trophy and a champ again
Tony Parker is an All Star, somehow he doesn't always get the nod from fans and NBA coaches. Overlooked is the right word for it, I guess.
I agree with @JeffProjectSpurs if Boston has 4 players in the ASG because of their record then why the Spurs can't have 3 players in ASG? They have the BEST record in the NBA. IS it because they are a "small market" team?
Parker has accomplished more than any other all-star caliber guard in the West. That premise alone should get him a nod. ESPECIALLY if Rajon Rondo is considered an all star (the East must be BEGGING for all-stars if Rajon is one....)
TParks has always ever outplayed D-williams, Chris Paul, and Brian Westbrook, when these two teams go against the Spurs.
@RyanBreivik totally agree. if the 4 celts got in bc of their record then the sas need to have the big 3. the nba also snubbed bonner for 3 point shoot out
This is definitely going to be good. Saturday night was great and Sunday night is even going to be better. Watch NBA All Star Game 2011 online at http://www.movies-tvshowsonline.com/nba-all-star-game-2011/