Paul Millsap fans of the universe, it’ll be ok. Take a lesson from Paul himself, who doesn’t seem too worried about his all-star ballot snub.
Tim Buckley of Deseret News quoted Millsap on the snub:
“It would matter a little bit, you know,” said Millsap, who’s made a career out of being overlooked and under-appreciated. “But my main thing is winning.”
Paul Millsap has been left out, talked down, overlooked, shrugged off his whole career – why should that change now. He’s playing for a Utah Jazz team out of Salt Lake City that gets minimal national attention and little ESPN love. Additionally, based on what it takes to be an All-Star in the NBA, Paul Millsap isn’t. He’s much more than what they have to offer.
Let’s look at a few players from last year’s 2010 NBA All-Star roster to build my case.
If, to be an All-Star like Zach Randolph or Carmelo Anthony, you have to completely surrender on the defensive end and give up on your team, then Paul Millsap is not an All-Star.
If, to be an All-Star like Kobe Bryant or Jason Kidd, you must be a small measure of a man and cheat on your wife or abuse her, then by this measure Paul Millsap is not an All-Star.
If, to be an All-Star like Allen Iverson or Chris Bosh, you must mock the word practice and “chill” instead of give everything you have every night, then Paul Millsap is not an All-Star.
Granted, many of those who make the All-Star roster are fine athletes and citizens, but many are not high quality men. They may be decent basketball players, they may light up the scoreboard from time to time, they may be popular players from large cities, but one thing they aren’t – they’re no Paul Millsap.