Fans can vote for All-Stars on social networks
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA and Sprint opened up All-Star balloting Tuesday at an event in Houston, the city where the game will be played in February. Fans were able to vote today starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
As in years’ past, fans will dictate which NBA stars start in the All-Star game with their votes. The one big change this year is that NBA fans will be able to vote on social media networks for the first time ever. So, if you want LeBron James on to be a starter, it can be done on Facebook and Twitter. Not a bad move by the league.
The Houston Rockets have four players on the ballot, including Jeremy Lin and James Harden, who both could make their first All-Star teams. Should we really expect Lin not to be a starter at point guard considering his popularity globally? Poor Chris Paul.
Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT (Hopefully by Charles Barkley) on Jan. 17.
Here’s the nuts and bolts of how the voting works, via the NBA’s release today:
Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include a player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT. Facebook voting will allow fans to fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, on a custom application on Facebook.
Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS.
NBA fans can fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.