The first returns of NBA All-Star fan balloting came last week, with a few surprises. Derrick Rose ranked second among Western Conference guards, while Lonzo Ball (and his 11.4 PER) garnered over 175,000 votes - more than Devin Booker and Chris Paul.
Fan voting is common in all sports, but Charles Barkley is sick of it. On Thursday night's "Inside the NBA," Sir Charles compared that sort of popularity-contest balloting to the 2016 presidential election.
"What happened last time we let (the public) make a big decision?" he asked aloud. "White House."
Barkley should remember, however, that the NBA's All-Star balloting, revised in 2016-17, could mitigate that. Fans now only make up 50 percent of the vote, with players and select media making up the other half.