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Why NBA All-Star Game rosters should be more than only 12 players

Why NBA All-Star Game rosters should be more than only 12 players
Published On: Thu, Jan 31
Mar 14, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola (4) falls onto Indianapolis Star photographer Matt Kryger (left) and NBA Photos photographer Ron Hoskins (right) during a game against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Boston defeats Indiana 93-89. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

No fewer than 20 NBA players,A including Klay ThompsonA andA Draymond Green of the Warriors, have spent the past seven days wondering where they will be on Valentinea€™s Day. Theya€™ll have a much better idea in a few hours.

Will it be Charlotte, N.C. for the NBAA All-Star game?

Or might it be someplace with fresh air, clean water and warm beaches?

There are 14 vacancies on the All-Star Game rosters, with each side allowed to add seven reserves that will be announced Thursday. The roster limit is 12 a€“ for no good or rational reason.

That number should be increased to 13 or 14 or maybe 15. And we say this not only because Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who has been a head coach in two of the past four All-Star games, believes the rosters are too small.

a€œ(Adding) three might be a pretty dramatic difference,a€ says Kerr, who is in line to make his third appearance as a coach next month. a€œOne or two would be fine. I think 13 makes the most sense. We have 13 suited up every night. It seems like we should have 13 in the All-Star Game.a€

Well, yes, you should have 13, at the least.

Even when NBA teams voted unanimously, in 2012, to increase team rosters from 12 to 13 active players, the All-Star Game roster remained at 12.

There were 14 players on each aside in the 1972 All-Star game before the limit was trimmed to 12 in 1974. It further trimmed to 11 in 1978 before going back to 12 in a€™82 a€“ when there were 23 teams.

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