At least when it comes to the All-Star game, the NBA's dealing with it's shrinking pool of centers problem - or what some label the "Duncan Dilemma."
The league is removing the position entirely from the All-Star ballot, so reports NBA.com's David Aldridge.
"The league will announce Wednesday a change to its All-Star ballot that will, for the first time, allow fans to vote for three undefined "frontcourt" players instead of having to vote for two forwards and a center. With more and more teams playing smaller than in the past, the definition of "center" was becoming increasingly difficult -- not to mention finding enough quality big men for whom to vote.
"For years, for example, the Spurs have listed Tim Duncan as a power forward, even though everyone on earth knew he was their starting center. And so when it came to All-Star balloting, Duncan would take up a forward spot in a very crowded field of Western Conference stars instead of his logical spot in the middle. This was good for Duncan, who surely would have made his 13 All-Star teams anyway, but it often cost another forward a shot."
Some hoop writers like Pro Basketball Talk.com's Kurt Helin believe this is long overdue. Can't say I was moved way one or another. Then again, there hasn't been a Wizard in the All-Star game discussion for a bit. Perhaps if I worked myself into a lather over a potential frontcourt oversight I'd be more jacked. In that case, Nene better return from his lingering foot injury and quick.
At least now should Nene, Emeka Okafor or Kevin Seraphin play their way into a no doubt or fat chance All-Star debate, there won't be an argument as to which of Washington's bigs is the center and which is the power forward.
That's for Randy Wittman to decide.