SECAUCUS, NJ, Jan. 31, 2007 -- You all are a passionate bunch. When we asked you to vote for the starters, LeBron James received the second-most votes in All-Star balloting history. And when we asked you for input on the reserves (the league's coaches make the actual selections), you flooded our inbox.

Of course, we had our fair share of homers, voting for the likes of ... well, we'll just show you the following submission from Tom of Palm Bay, Fla...

I am totally amazed that none of the Suns are starters, especially since they are the #1 team in the league. For Guards, Steve Nash and Raja Bell. Center, Amare Stoudemire. Forwards Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw. For the wildcard spot you have to include Leandro Barbosa. How can you not? He is up for the 6th man award.

Ok, Tom. The Suns are right there with Dallas (and may have been ahead when you wrote this) for the top record in the NBA, and this author agrees with you about the MVP, STAT and Matrix, but going beyond those three is pure, blind homerism, even if you're not from Phoenix.

Tom isn't the only one who was upset that Nash wasn't voted in as a starter (and that Shaquille O'Neal was). Here's Barry from Wales' take...

A few players that should undoubtedly be in Vegas: Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson.

You could make extremely strong cases for each being in the starting line-up and you know what... Melo Dwight and Steve should be. How can you argue with the leagues best scorer, the Beast of the East (sorry Shaq) and the only man capable of making an All Star game flow like it should (and let's not forget back to back MVP's)?

I'm just gobsmacked they're not in the starting line-ups, if they don't even make the reserves this All Star game is taking place on some alien planet, forget Vegas!

We applaud Barry's use of the word gobsmacked, and and we really can't disagree about Nash and Dwight, but we can tell you that you should have voted more often then.

The most interesting argument is the one over Carmelo Anthony, who was suspended after the Dec. 16 fight in New York. Not only did 'Melo's actions hurt his reputation, they also caused him to miss 15 games, which must be taken into account when evaluating the first-half performance of potential candidates. For those reasons, this author did not include Anthony among his reserve picks last week. And not surprisingly, several people, including James from Sydney, Australia, disagreed.

You're not putting Melo in? What is with that? Melo has to be a lock, leading scorer in the league, he was screwed last year, and you want to screw him this year? That's not right. Melo may have been suspended, but he shouldn't have been out that long, and he did the right thing by not appealing and taking all the distractions away! MELO has to be, I repeat, HAS TO BE in the game. He should be starting, after all K.G took an airswing, but people still put him in the starting lineup!

It will be interesting to see if the coaches agree with James. Of course, with Carlos Boozer injured, another spot in the West should be open.

On to Carmelo's new teammate. Calib from Philly is apparently still an A.I. fan, even though the Answer is no longer a Sixer...

I believe that Allen Iverson should be named to the All-Star team. This will be the first year since 1999 that he will not be a starter. He definitely deserves a spot especially since he has been playing so unselfishly and making everyone around him that much better. He is showing us how versatile a player he his. Not only can he score, but contrary to many people's belief, he can be a true point guard as well.

Staying in the Western Conference (but on the East coast), Kalita from Durham, N.C. makes here case for Josh Howard...

There is no doubt in my mind that Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks should be selected as a reserve for the West. Not only is he the second leading scorer for the Mavs, his defensive tenacity and rebounding prowess has greatly and continues to greatly attribute to the Mavs success. Furthermore, the Mavs are the Western Conference Champions and currently have the best record in the NBA at 37-9. He has also been named Western Conference Player of the Week twice this season. Objectively speaking, in my mind there is no doubt that Josh deserves a reserve spot on the West All-Star team and there should not be a doubt in anyone else's' mind either. I hope the coaches do the right thing and select him as an All-Star because he deserves it!

One player who might be overlooked a bit is certainly not being disregarded abroad. Someone named "Memo" from Istanbul makes a plea in the name of his namesake...

I think that Mehmet Okur totally deserved the All-Star and in Turkey he is a total hero. We try to watch him every night. My brother, dad we wake up every night at 3am just to watch Memo. Please let him in. Looking forward to hear from turkey!! Go Memooooooooo!!!!

That's certainly not the only e-mail we received from outside the U.S. that makes a case for the local favorites. "Nacho" from Madrid gets creative...

Since Pau Gasol is not in the starter's list, why not having him as a main course? The all star menu should include the best delicatessen and spirits. Including Pau would make the evening an unforgettable occasion. I would also recommend some fresh Canadian-Iberican delights: Jorge Garbajosa and Jose Manuel Calderon; and for dessert let your senses enjoy the party and try Portland's Spanish Chocolate, Sergio Rodriguez.

Excellent stuff, Nacho. Of course, none of the Spaniards really have a shot (Pau's injury keeps him out of serious consideration).

Zorik from Glendale, Cal. is calling for second Laker to make the 270 mile trip East...

I can't believe no one is giving Lamar Odom any credit!!! The guy was almost averaging a triple-double when Kobe was gone for the beginning of the season. He helped LA pass the suns and the spurs two great teams in the West and if you look at his numbers, I think he deserves a spot.

While Lionel from Pittsburg, Cal. finds a reason or two for the Warriors to send a player to Vegas...

I firmly believe that Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors should be elected to the All-Star game. He is a team player that makes everyone around him better. Though the Warriors record is not over .500, he has shown leadership and a great role model to teens, like me. Another reason to choose him to go to Vegas is because there has not been a Warrior representative since Latrell Sprewell played for the Warriors. I hope that he makes the All-Star team. Not like players who has attitude, such as Allen Iverson, who shows no class as a veteran in the NBA. NBA is about class, professionalism, and mature individuals. That person is Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors. Help us be recognized and help Baron Davis be a part of this All Star Team. He rebuild the Warriors and I hope that his hard work pays off...

Laumol from the Netherlands is single-minded, which we like...

KIDD, KIDD, KIDD. What could be more entertaining (THE main purpose of the weekend) than a guy who loves to throw passes for others to finish (in spectacular fashion). KIDD, KIDD, KIDD!

Keith from Orland Park, Ill. likes another guard in the East...

There is no reason why a guy like Ben Gordon who comes off the bench to put up 40 a couple of nights and average 23 points per game off the bench shouldn't be on the all-star team. Thank You

AK from an undisclosed location prefers Gordon's teammate...

BEN WALLACE MUST BE THERE FOR THE EAST. He is not doing so good this year because he changed his team. He is still adapting but, he will provide the defensive presence in the All-Star Game. BIG BEN WALLACE

We hear you AK, but seriously, do you really want a defensive presence at the All-Star Game? If you do, we might need another representative from the second leading scoring team in the league to tip the scales back to the 'O'. That's where Ray from San Francisco comes in...

Caron Butler hands down, are you kidding me? This "Tough Juice" has been unbelievable this season. Although, he's still under the shadows from Jamison and Agent Zero, but come on! He has taken his skill into the next level and really exploded this season. He deserves respect and credit more then anyone. That's why I think Caron Butler should be an All-Star.

With the Wizards holding the best record in the Eastern Conference, do they deserve another spot? Well, according to Matt in Sherwood, Ore., where a team resides in the standings shouldn't matter...

The only player that I want to make a case for to appear in the All-star game is Zach Randolph. Most experts currently list him as one of a group of players who should not make the team because of his being on a sub-500 team. Well that's ridiculous. The Blazers almost already have as many wins as they did last season, and we're barely 1/2 way through the season! He's putting up career numbers (24/10) and proving that he is one of the top offensive players in the game today. To leave him off the team would be crazy!

Finally, we have Danny from Garden Grove, Cal., who selected someone that no one else did. That's right. Out of the several thousand e-mails we received, not one other person picked who Danny did...

It has been my dream to go to a All-Star game. I wish you would pick me please!

Well Danny, we tried to get a feeling for what the coaches are thinking, and from what we can tell, you probably don't need to worry about painting All-Star colors on your sneakers.