NBA all-star game is tonight, in about 45 minutes. Although Michael Jordan is a reserve for the east, he is not in the starting lineup for his final appearance in this game. More background on this is here.
Should Jordan be in the starting lineup? Of course the lineup was voted on by the fans, and Jordan didn’t make it, but should one of the starters step aside for him? One obvious choice to step aside would be Vince Carter (for several reasons), but he has refused. Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson have both offered their spots to Jordan, but he has refused. What do dopers think about this situation?
As for my opinion:
I think there should be 5 guys offering their spots to Jordan. He is arguably the best player to ever play the game (definitely one of the best) and one of the most popular athletes of all time. He has contributed to the popularity of the NBA and the game of basketball as much as anyone. He deserves to go out as a starter. I do think he should have gone out as a starter years ago as a Bull, and not came back as a Wizard, but that is beside the point.
I really think the guy to step down should be Vince Carter. Carter has no business being on the team this year, much less starting. He has only played in 15 games this year, and wouldn’t be anywhere near Atlanta if it weren’t for the fans voting. I really think not stepping aside is making Carter look bad. I expect Carter to be booed when he is announced.
I do have one scenario that I really hope happens. Maybe Jordan really will start, and they are just keeping it a surprise. Maybe Carter has even already agreed to step aside, and all the talk about him refusing is just to build up suspense. To be honest, I don’t expect this to happen, but it wouldn’t suprise me.