‘Tough Day For Me’: Utah Jazz Star Mike Conley Dejected After NBA All-Star Snub

Published 02/25/2021, 11:33 AM EST
Feb 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) reaches to steal the ball by Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


One thing you can always count on when the All-Star team is announced: the Snubs. Unfortunately, there is only a limited place to make it to the team and there will always be some players who have had a resume worthy enough to make it but still don’t make the cut. And if there is anyone who is the biggest snub in the league’s history, it is Mike Conley.

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Once again, the Utah Jazz point guard did not make it to the roster. This might have been the last and best chance the 33-year-old had to make it. Even though he had hoped that this would be his year, it all came crashing down.

Mike Conley has accepted his fate

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In his 14-season career, the veteran guard is yet to be picked for an All-Star Game. Despite the Utah Jazz being the top team in the Western Conference with a 26-6 record, he was not even picked for reserves.
Conley, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds, has been an integral cog alongside Donovan Mitchell in bringing the Jazz success this year. So, when he still got left out of the All-Star list, he showed some disappointment.
After the matchup with the Lakers, he talked about LeBron James and Anthony Davis making it to the list but not him. ” They obviously know it was a tough day for me, as well as something to celebrate for them.… Tonight, I honestly was just playing the way I’ve been playing, but with a little more motivation. It’s disappointing, but that’s how my career has been.”
However, he added some humor to it and stated, “Really thought this was the year. I joked that I blamed [teammates] that we should have started 31-0.… We’re making history in so many ways, and we’re not being rewarded for that.”

Mike added that he "really thought this was the year. I joked that I blamed [teammates] that we should have started 31-0. … We're making history in so many ways, and we're not being rewarded for that."

— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 25, 2021

The bigger picture

There was some hope for Conley to still make it to the roster as Anthony Davis’ replacement. However, that opportunity went to Devin Booker instead.

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Although it is quite disheartening for Conley to not be a part of the All-Star team, there is a lot more for him to look forward to. The Utah Jazz is the most dominant team in the West and making the reigning champions fear for their shot at the title this season.
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Feb 24, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) while shooting the ball during the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz won 114-89. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Conley hasn’t won a single championship in his career, and their chances look pretty high so far. As honorable as it is to play in the All-Star weekend, there is nothing like a championship.

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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