Gee, it’s almost as if Mark Cuban was talking about something else Wednesday when he went off on NBA All-Star voting (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
Of course, the Mavs owner was — in his own inimitable way.
On the surface, though, Cuban — by seeking answers to three key questions — seems to just want to make the All-Star Game great again.
1. Was there All-Star voter fraud?
Clearly, Cuban can’t stand the idea that votes went to a player some see unfit to play, let alone start, in the leading All-Star Game in the free world.
“There must have been voter fraud, because I would have bet JaVale McGee really got 3 million, and him and [Mavs rookie center] A. J. Hammons probably split that. I know I was registered with five different teams, and I’m not eligible to vote. I’m calling for an executive investigation and I’m going to sit down with [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and we’re going to get to the heart of this, I truly believe. If we can’t protect the integrity of All-Star voting, this league has serious problems. I think Space Ghost even got a vote in there.’’
2. Is the Electoral College All-Star voting system the best route?
The new system — split among players, the media and fans — saw 324 players vote, 128 of whom didn’t vote for LeBron James and 154 who left Kevin Durant off their ballots, as opposed to the previous system that left the vote to fans. Not cool, Cuban says.
“It’s just unfortunate, but when we went to the Electoral College format and there were segments of the NBA who got votes, I know they won the popular vote. But we went away from just the popular vote to the Electoral College version of NBA voting, and that is what you get.
“I think Donald Trump tweeted about it a couple of years ago, and he was right.’’