Was Brook Lopez Snubbed Because Avery Johnson Was Fired?

The Brooklyn Nets DO NOT have a single player that will be representing the borough in Houston for All-Star weekend this year.  The reserves were announced last night on TNT and surprisingly, the Nets did not receive an invite.  The New York Knicks managed to get two players invited to Houston in Carmelo Anthony (starter) and Tyson Chandler (reserve).

There is much speculation today as to why the Nets were shut out of the game and the theories are running rampid.

Avery Johnson

From Zach Schonbrun of the NYTimes…

The Knicks will have two representatives in the N.B.A. All-Star Game in February. The Nets came up empty-handed.

The Nets were left out for the third time in four years. None of their three top stars were named to the team.

Brook Lopez, who leads all N.B.A. centers with 18.6 points per game this season, was the most notable snub. Chandler, Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Miami’s Chris Bosh and Chicago’s Joakim Noah fill out the frontcourt for the East.

Deron Williams (7.8 assists per game) and Joe Johnson (17.4 points per game) could certainly make cases for All-Star recognition, but the more surprising exclusion was Lopez. His player efficiency rating — a statistic derived by ESPN’s John Hollinger to measure a player’s production — is fourth in the league (25.42), ahead of Anthony.

On the TNT broadcast Thursday, the N.B.A. analyst Kenny Smith suggested that Lopez was omitted because the Nets had fired their coach, Avery Johnson, in December, and the coaches who chose the All-Star reserves held that against the team. “Coaches don’t like other coaches getting fired,” Smith said.