A lot of chaos aired around the All-Star game this year. Many players condemned the game with tension of COVID situation rising. The All-Star week is one of the most awaited week in the season. This year Atlanta is hosting the All-Star game. However, players like LeBron James, Lou Williams, Kevin Durant were concerned regarding the health issues. The health and safety protocols in the NBA has been very stiff. Players are even getting debarred from playing games. The voting period came to end and the teams were announced for both the conferences. Despite this selections, analyst Stephen A.Smith reveals his disappointment in not seeing Damian Lillard as a starter for the Western Conference Team.
Damian Lillard has lately been in an elite form. He has got the NBA enchanting his name in almost every Portland game. Dame has now started entering the NBA records. From being the most clutch player to getting into debate of best point guard. Damian Lillard has proved his worth this season. He has been on fire with every game. However, instead of Damian starting in the All-Star it is Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks who is starting the All-Star. Every NBA fan and analyst believe that Dame is way better than Luka.
Stephen A.Smith debate on Damian Lillard not starting in All-Star Game
Undoubtedly Lillard has shown better game than Luka Doncic this season. But the voting plays a crucial role selecting the starters. NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith believe that it was unfair for Lillard. He said, “The man’s got his team fourth in the West. He’s leading the NBA in clutch points this season. He could be league MVP and now you are telling me he’s not even going to be a starter in the All-Star game? Have we lost our damn minds? No! No! I love Luka but no! … The tie breaker should have been the player whose team has the better record [and] that would happen to be Dame Dolla.”
It was a definite stage for Dame. After Lillard and Luka match-up, it should have been clear who was better. Damian Lillard made a crucial game winning 3 point shot over Luka Doncic. This was enough to prove who was the better one. Even he has led the shorthanded Blazers to fourth seed in the conference while Dallas are struggling for top 8.