TNT’s Marv Albert wants All-Star rosters expanded, which could help players like DeAndre Jordan make the team

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan would likely benefit from if All-Star rosters expanded/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


Play-by-play man Marv Albert and analysts Grant HIll and Kenny Smith – the TNT team that will work the Feb. 15 All-Star game in Madison Square Garden in New York City – hosted a conference call Thursday morning. They answered a variety of questions, one of which was about perhaps enlarging the All-Star rosters from 12 to 15. This, of course, would help players like DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, who  has yet to make his first All-Star team.

Albert is all for it.

“I would propose a change in the system,” said Albert, who will be working his 20th All-Star game. “I would change to a 15-man roster for each team. It’s an All-Star game. Why stay with 12? It’s an expanded league with 30 teams. There would still be unhappy players (who don’t make it), but I think it’s better for the NBA in terms of marketing to have more representation of cities in the game and that would lead to even more interest.”

Smith never made an All-Star team even though he averaged more than 17 points in two of his 10 seasons. He has mixed feelings.

“I like Marv’s proposal, but I also like the debating about players who don’t make the team,” he said. “Like when a guy like Damian Lillard (of Portland) doesn’t make the All-Star team, that always leads to a lot of speculation.”

Grant Hill draws closer to his Clippers debut after two pain-free practices

Grant Hill couldn’t say for certain Tuesday whether he would play in the Clippers’ home game Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks. After a light practice Monday and a more strenuous one Tuesday, he made it sound as if it would only be a matter of time before he makes his long-delayed and much-anticipated 2012-13 debut.

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