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The players asked for a change. After fans almost made Zaza Pachulia an All-Star last season, the players wanted to be part of the voting process.
Then they didn't take it completely seriously.
Players like Brice Johnson, Khris Middleton and Mo Williams all received votes to start the All-Star Game despite not having played in an NBA game this season.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr noticed and took exception to how the players voted.
After telling the media in Miami that he had already submitted his votes for the reserves, Kerr pivoted to his criticism of the players.
"I am very disappointed in the players though. I mean, they've asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. So I don't know what the point is. So, that was too bad but all in all, these things are always going to be debateable about who's starting and who gets named. There's always going to be worthy players left out of the starting lineup, left out of the roster entirely. It's the same thing every year and I don't know what the perfect answer is," Kerr said before Monday's game against the Heat.
Kerr was then asked to expand on why he thought the players made a mockery of the vote.
"I saw the list. I saw all the guys who got votes and I don't know. Are we allowed to vote for yourself? Yeah? So I don't know, are guys voting for themselves? I mean, there are 50 guys on there who had no business getting votes. So although A lot of people wrote in their buddies for the presidential vote as well, so maybe that's just their own way of making a statement, but I just, I think if you're going to give the players a vote I think they should take it seriously," Kerr said.
Since Larry Miller died back in 2009, there have been some around the league that thought the Jazz might eventually be sold out of the family, most likely to an owner looking to move them out of Utah. The Miller family has denied that vehemently, and there has been not even a step that direction, but it’s easier to kill Freddy Krueger than an NBA rumor.
Monday, the Miller family killed that rumor for good, taking an unprecedented step that will keep the Jazz in Utah for a long, long, time.
Gail Miller has transferred ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena into a Legacy Trust that will keep the Jazz in Utah for what she said would be “generations.”
“As a family, we have always considered the Utah Jazz a community asset and it has been our privilege to serve as stewards of this team for more than 30 years,” Miller said. “There have been many opportunities to sell and move the franchise, but from the day Larry and I purchased the Jazz our goal was to keep the team in Utah. The Legacy Trust will help to ensure this commitment is kept for generations to come.”
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