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All-Star voting tweaked to avoid bias towards big names

The NBA has used fan voting to select the starters for its midseason game since the 1974-75 season.

According to an announcement from the league, fans will make up 50 percent of the vote and the media and players will each account for 25 percent. This year, the association will extend the platform to include - NBA players and NBA media. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each association when choosing starters. In an interesting twist, players have the option of voting for their teammates and are eligible to vote for themselves.

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The NBA All-Star voting process has been tweaked in what appears to be an effort to encourage selection of players based on form rather than reputation.

Voting begins on Christmas, ends on January 16, and the starters will be announced January 19 on TNT. As always, fans can still submit one full All-Star ballot per day through NBA.com, Twitter, Facebook and Google Search. Starters will be announced on TNT, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner, on January 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

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Police say they have identified that Lashkar-e-Taiba is behind these bank robberies as terrorists have been hit hard by notes ban. More than Rs 25 lakh have been looted from two different branches of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Budgam and Pulwama districts.

Coaches in the Eastern and Western Conferences will continue to choose the seven reserves on each squad for the game scheduled for February 20 (AEDT) in New Orleans.

The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star reserves, which are selected by National Basketball Association head coaches, will be announced on January 26.

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