The NBA All-Star ballot will be different in 2013

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The NBA All-Star ballot will be different in 2013

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- Small ball has made its mark on the NBA All-Star ballot.The league announced Wednesday that it was dropping the center spot from the ballot in a nod to the way the sport has changed in recent years.Fans will vote for three frontcourt players and two guards, instead of two guards, two forwards and a center.NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson says having a center on the ballot was "outdated and not representative of today's game or players." He adds that players have become more versatile and "this ballot will more accurately reflect that versatility."Teams like Miami (Chris Bosh), Boston (Kevin Garnett) and San Antonio (Tim Duncan) all used forwards as center with great success last season.The ballot comes out Nov. 13.

Pierce laughs at Ryan-Brady matchup; LeBron praises Blount

Pierce laughs at Ryan-Brady matchup; LeBron praises Blount

LeBron James and Paul Pierce were among those to voice their support for the Patriots during their AFC Championship win over the Steelers Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. 

Pierce seemingly took a playful jab at Matt Ryan after tweeting throughout the Pats’ win. Pierce posted multiple pictures of himself during the AFC Championship, tweeting at the end of the game that he didn’t love the former BC quarterback’s odds against Tom Brady. 

James, meanwhile, gave props to Pats running back LeGarrette Blount, who had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.