Imagine if the NBA All-Star Game rosters starters and reserves were based solely on statistics.
No name. No face. No reputation.
Just per-game statistics through the first half of a season.
Would Kobe Bryant, who barely has played enough for the Lakers this season to need a shower, have been voted as a starter for the Western Conference?
Of course not.
Would DeMarcus Cousins, who has the best stats of his career in his fourth NBA season with the Kings, be on the West roster?
But statistics are one thing, and a players name and reputation are a different story.
Thats why Bryant recognized as one of the best in the game, injured or not was selected as a starter, and Cousins whose rep continues to be as a grimacing, technical-foul magnet who calls opponents clowns will need a ticket to get into the game.
The kick to the teeth came Friday when new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver overlooked Cousins stats (22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds) and picked New Orleans second-year big man Anthony Davis (20.7, 10.4) to replace Bryant on the West roster, giving the host city a representative.
But really, Davis is better than Cousins?
Cousins reaction on Twitter? Politics ... ha!
While Cousins has worked to improve his image as a team leader, to keep his head up and technicals down, his past transgressions still haunt him.
Cousins is finding, fair or not, that improving his reputation is harder than improving his statistics.
Why isnt the Kings DeMarcus Cousins an All-Star?
• Hes not good enough.
• He has a bad reputation.
• He plays on a last-place team.
• He has little national exposure.
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