Fans Will No Longer Have Full Control Over NBA All-Star Voting

Player voting will account for 25 percent, while a select number of media members will cast their votes and determine the other quarter of the total.

When NBA All-Star voting begins Christmas Day, fans will have only half as much say as they used to when it comes to choosing starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference.

Players previously were chosen entirely by fans, a situation that last season, for example, led to the selection of veteran Dwyane Wade, even though by his own high standards he was having a relatively mediocre season for the Miami Heat.

Players and select media members will be eligible to complete one full ballot each, with players indeed able to vote for teammates or themselves if they wish.

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Twitter, Facebook and Google Search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.

Twitter: Tweet, retweet with an National Basketball Association player's first and last name or Twitter handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE. Each post may include only one player's name.

The NBA announced on Monday that players and select media covering the league will be included in the voting process. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day throughout the voting period. Starters will be announced on TNT, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner, on January 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

Coaches in the East and West will continue to vote for the seven reserves in each conference.

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