The NBA will announce the reserves for the All-Star game tonight. Here are the details about where you can watch the drama unfold.
Where?: On your television, TNT more specifically.
When?: 6 p.m. local time, during TNT's pregame show. Since they have a whole hour to kill, you can expect them to wait until the last possible minute to make the announcements, but at least we get to listen to Charles Barkley
And what's going to happen again?: The NBA will select the seven players who will make up the Western Conference team's bench during the All-Star game later this month. They will also choose a player to fill in for Yao Ming, who was voted in by fans as a starter, but will miss the game with injury.
Is there going to be food served?: I don't know really, I just assumed you'd be watching it at your place.
Why do I care?: Because Kevin Love of the Timberwolves is a very strong candidate to get one of the eight spots.
Does he actually have a good chance?: I'd certainly hope so. He's averaging over 20 points a game while leading the league in rebounding.
If his numbers are that good, why wouldn't he make it?: Well, some voters take team record into account. They feel like if a guy is truly all-star level, then he can elevate any group of players and make them successful.
Of course they have a losing record, have those voters seen his supporting cast?: I guess not.
But ... Darko Miicic!?!?: Preaching to the choir, buddy.
So do you think he will make it?: Yes, I do. You can ignore numbers to a certain extent on a losing team. But Love's numbers are just too insane to throw out the window. And he really benefits from the extra roster spot opened up by Yao Ming's injury. I don't think the voters can look past him this year. But don't hold me accountable if he doesn't make it, these popularity contests are weird things.
So we're done here?: Yup, enjoy the show.