GM Billy King 'Speechless' over Brooklyn Nets Getting Snubbed by All-Star Vote

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King announces the firing of head coach Avery Johnson during a news conference at the PNY Center on December 27, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King had an interesting reaction on Thursday night after the reserves were announced for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

In something of an oxymoronic fashion, the man took to Twitter and simply said he was "speechless" after learning that no players from his team were selected to participate.

It's no surprise that the coaches named zero Nets to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster, with the exception of center Brook Lopez. Point man Deron Williams has struggled with his shot all season, and two-guard Joe Johnson has been largely inconsistent, up until recently.

However, there is another rumor circulating as to why the Brooklyn Nets won't have any representation in the All-Star Game. ESPN's Mike Mazzeo tweeted a quote from Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who essentially said that the coaches were mad at Williams for allegedly getting former Nets coach Avery Johnson fired. As a result, they punished the Nets by not naming any of the team's players to the Eastern Conference roster.

Even Johnson's son, who was not shy with his opinion when his father was fired, agreed with Barkley, voicing his support for Lopez. Though the Nets' players were not playing overwhelmingly well until recently, it is indeed shocking that people are so quick to point fingers at Williams as the reason for Johnson being fired and Brooklyn not being represented at the All-Star Game.

Whether or not Williams was the reason for Avery Johnson's firing is debatable. He admitted that he wasn't comfortable in Johnson's system, but did not go so far as to completely lash out at the man.

However, to believe Barkley's opinion that the coaches were "hating" on the Nets because of this assumption is ridiculous. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez weren't snubbed because of some personal vendetta. They were snubbed because there were better or more marketable players ahead of them.

Let's start with Williams. He is averaging 17 points and 7.8 assists on the year, but is shooting just 40.5 percent from the field. His teammate, Joe Johnson has fared a little better, posting 17.4 points while making 43 percent of his attempts and 38 percent of his threes.

However, neither man is as having as good a season as Kyrie Irving or Jrue Holiday, the two guards named to the team instead of them. Irving and Holiday are simply having superior seasons, so Williams and Johnson were understandably passed over.

The only snub that doesn't make sense is that of Brook Lopez, who has shown great improvement on defense this year. He is averaging 18.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, and he was definitely on the All-Star bubble from the start.

Sadly, Lopez was passed over in favor of Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah and Chris Bosh. Chandler and Noah are both having great defensive seasons, so they earned their spots, but the coaches picking Bosh over Lopez is an odd choice. It reeks of them wanting to have Miami's "Big Three" on the All-Star team, or just a marquee name to round out the reserves.

It's understandable that King would feel "speechless" about Lopez, but that was a close call with Bosh because the coaches were in an odd position. They either could have gone with a solid group of defensive big men in the reserves, but that would have meant playing without the Big Three. Since the NBA is a business and the All-Star Game is all about making money, the choice became obvious.

In terms of Williams and Johnson not making the team, that's a much more open-and-shut case. Their numbers were simply not good enough for them to be selected, and to say that the coaches had a vendetta against Williams is ridiculous. This is the All-Star Game, not the Almost-A-Star Game, and the coaches picked the players that they thought best met that standard.

This season, none of the Brooklyn Nets met that criteria.