Tweet of the Night: Joe Johnson reacts to All-Star reserve selection, Patrick Patterson upset with pick

BKN_Johnson_JoeThe All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday, and while there were some snubs (there are always snubs), the players that made it were all deserving.

Well, almost.

To the surprise of many, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets made the roster for the East. The Nets have played tremendously well in the month of January to bring their record up to 20-23, but it’s still a losing record, and Johnson is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists on the season – not exactly off-the-charts stuff from a statistical standpoint.

The most notable omissions from the team were Lance Stephenson and Kyle Lowry. Stephenson, who has been a catalyst for the best team in the league – Indiana Pacers – is averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Lowry has been the captain of the ship for the division-leading Toronto Raptors, averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.2 turnovers and 1.6 steals. Both players appear to have the better resume than Johnson on better teams, so it is especially strange that coaches, of all people, made this particular decision.

Johnson heard the news and had this to say:

Patrick Patterson, a teammate of Lowry on the Raptors, was less than pleased with the voting results:

It’s a very fair question, really.

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog

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  1. jerry25 says

    Its obvious the reason Joe Cool was selected, is because Toronto already had a representative in DeRozan and IND already had 2 representatives.
    Record should not be a main requirement for selection, but rather how much a player contributes to a team. Lopez was destined to be the Nets selection, until his fracture.
    True that Joe had cooled off in the last few games, but he was the most consistent Net.
    At end of season, Nets will be in 3rd place, anyway.

    What was most unfair was that Kobe was selected by the Fans. Fortunately he won’t be able to play. There likely will be a replacement player in East too – There always are injuries.

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