OAKLAND When he worked as a broadcaster, Mark Jackson was adamant that David Lee didn't deserve to be an All-Star with the New York Knicks in 2010.
No matter how eye-popping Lee's statistics looked, Jackson said, the power forward played on a bad Knicks team.
Now, Jackson is coaching Lee on the Golden State Warriors, and he has changed his tune but not his reasoning. The Warriors are winning, and Lee is a big reason.
"So I've got to be one of the guys now that (says) he's on a good team putting up numbers, shouting to everybody that he deserves it," Jackson said.
Whether Jackson's fellow coaches heed his call is another matter. Voting by fans for the All-Star starters was set to end Monday night, and neither Lee nor point guard Stephen Curry Golden State's other hopeful to play in Houston on Feb. 17 was expected to earn that honor, with both far behind in the most recent results. Starters will be announced Thursday, and the reserves, voted on by coaches, will be announced next week.
With the Warriors (23-13) off to their best start in 20 years, Lee is the leading candidate to end the NBA's longest All-Star drought. Golden State hasn't had an All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
Lee entered Monday ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring average (19.9 per game) and tied for fifth in rebounding (10.9).
"That's the biggest mark of an All-Star is guys that can make their teams better and try to win," Lee said. "They didn't sign me here to put up numbers or to have fancy dunks. They signed me to win ballgames."
Timberwolves Minnesota announced that power forward Kevin Love will have his third and fourth metacarpal in his hand repaired today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Love broke the bones during a game Jan. 3 at Denver, a recurrence of the injury he suffered doing knuckle push-ups Oct. 17 at home.
Spurs Guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss 10 to 14 days because of a strained left hamstring. The Spurs said Ginobili had an MRI after being injured in the second quarter Sunday night against Minnesota.
Lakers Forward Pau Gasol is expected to miss his fifth game in a row tonight because of a concussion.