Don't look now, but as far as the All-Star Game goes, NBA centers have suddenly gone the way of the dinosaurs.
There are so few dominant centers in the league that the NBA decided to take the center position off the All-Star ballot, leaving fans to vote for a starting lineup using two positions, guard and frontcourt, in the league's midseason classic.
The centers, obviously, are furious with the NBA for making it appear as though they're not an important facet of the game.
"I think they should bring it back," New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler said. "If you're starting any team and you're building a team you obviously have to have the center position. It's not a lost art. We've still got obviously great big men."
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard sees the exclusion as a slap in the face for all the hard work centers have put in.
"I don't think it's fair for all the centers to be taken off the ballot," Howard said. "Basically I just feel like we're not needed any more. That's why I created the Center Center for Centers."
Howard has a PSA -- it lasts 2 minutes, 13 seconds -- on YouTube called Save Our Centers. It's his tongue-in-cheek way of trying to save the center position, and includes photos of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yao Ming, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Brook Lopez, Manute Bol, Ralph Sampson, Chandler and others.
"This year centers have been left off the All-Star ballot leaving dozens of centers -- centers just like me -- feeling alone and scared," said Howard on the YouTube PSA. "Thankfully you can help.
NBA centers battling for respect in tonight's All-Star Game
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