NBA Avoiding Yi-pocolypse As Garnett Leads China's No. 2 Baller in All-Star Voting
The scenario everyone feared, though, is looking possible. For the second forward slot in the East, Kevin Garnett leads New Jersey's Yi Jianlian by about 130,000 votes. It's a big enough margin for now, but the fact that Yi leads Chris Bosh (by 80,000) and Paul Pierce (by 200,000) has to be giving David Stern a stomachache. I mean, it's great that China has helped make basketball the most popular sport in the world. But Yi starting the All-Star Game over KG, Bosh or Pierce? That'd be a domestic disaster. And incredibly hilarious.
In other somewhat discouraging news, it appears Allen Iverson will be an Eastern starter once again. Chris Paul's lead over Tracy McGrady for second among Western guards is a tenuous 60,000-vote spread. Rafer Alston has ridden Yao's gravy train to almost as many votes as Brandon Roy, while deserving Yi-mate Devin Harris is behind ... Luke Ridnour. Man, All-Star voting is weird.