Steve Kerr, All-Star Coach, Rips Players for ‘Mockery’ in Voting


Steve Kerr, who will coach the West All-Star team, said he was “very disappointed in the players.”

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MIAMI — Golden State Coach Steve Kerr said he wished players had taken their voting for the N.B.A. All-Star Game more seriously, calling it a “mockery” that nearly 300 players in the league wound up on at least one ballot.

Players had a say in deciding starters for next month’s game in New Orleans, with their selections accounting for 25 percent of a given player’s total score in the balloting. Fan and media votes were also part of the process of selecting starters, and N.B.A. coaches vote this week for the reserves to be revealed Thursday.

“I am very disappointed in the players,” Kerr, who will coach the Western Conference in the game, said before the Warriors’ 105-102 loss at Miami on Monday night. “They’ve asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. I don’t know what the point is.”

Nearly 100 players got only one vote from either themselves or N.B.A. peers in the All-Star balloting,…

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