Feb. 24, 2021 –
BY MATT EDGAR
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – I’m not really a Trae Young fan, I admit that, but I’ve got his back on this one! Tuesday night Trae was left off the Eastern Conference reserves and Adam Silver should be ashamed of himself! First, he has the stupid idea of an All-Star Game during the grind of an NBA season during the pandemic, when these players actually deserve a break. Then, he can’t even make sure that our home town Hawks have one player on the Eastern Conference roster! Seriously? You bestow on us “the honor” of allowing Atlanta to the host the NBA All-Star Game in the midst of a season beset by COVID and you can’t even throw us a bone and let one of our own have a seat on the bench and represent the ATL? It’s truly a slap in the face!
I know Trae isn’t liked all that much by his peers and coaches. I know that because he couldn’t find his way onto the reserves in the first place, but that is a story for another day. Heck, I’m not fond of the kid myself but this is about Adam Silver doing what is right and letting a long-suffering fan base have a little pride. By the way, there isn’t one person in the NBA sphere….media, fans, experts, players, etc.….that would have batted an eye at Trae being announced as an All-Star, not one! I would imagine Tony Ressler isn’t too pleased either as this doesn’t bode well for him and his beleaguered franchise in league circles. To add insult to injury, not long after the reserves were announced and Trae wasn’t included, the Hawks fell to the lowly Cavs, who had lost ten in a row. Welcome back from paternity leave, Coach Pierce….yet another story for another day.
Within minutes of the announcement and Trae’s snubbing, I had a friend text me with the simple phrase of “That’s so Atlanta”. Maybe he’s right.