So, the Republic of Georgia might just actually send Zaza Pachulia to New Orleans for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
The Golden State Warriors center is currently second among West frontcourt candidates in the first round of All-Star voting, after a shocking close call (fourth) last year.
If his homeland succeeds, Pachulia will not only see himself starting for the team with the best record, but also in the upcoming midseason exhibition with the best of the best.
Indeed, what Georgia has done deserves some props. Although the thought of either Klay Thompson or Draymond Green being excluded from the ASG just because a whole country rallied behind their lesser teammate is downright ludicrous.
Even with the reduced impact of the Fan Vote, you can't ignore the power that basketball aficionados have in their hands. No wonder players, teams, and even other entities, are going to great lengths to catch everyone's attention.
This isn't actually a campaign, but rather a hilarious recording of Tony Allen making his picks. Knowing him, it didn't come as a surprise that the defensive menace was able to produce absolute comedy gold.
The Grindfather ended up voting for his teammates (understandable), while mocking a few names on the list (unfortunate). Things got better when he did the East, selecting Kemba Walker, Andre Drummond, Luke Babbitt, Michael Beasley, and Mo Williams. He isn't serious with those last three, is he?
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
You'd think that Charlotte would be missing out on the festivities when the NBA pulled out the ASG from the city. Kemba and the organization would have something to say about that.
While leading the Hornets this season to a respectable record (20-19, eighth in the East), the spitfire guard makes his case as an All-Star by dressing up like Chuck Norris' titular character in the '90s TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger.
One thing's for sure: with that outfit, he has Russell Westbrook's vote.
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Of all the players on this list, Boogie is undoubtedly more than deserving of a starting spot. But with the Kings record (16-22, ninth in the West) and deluge of quality big men in his conference, the enigmatic center needs all the help he can get. Apparently, he's on to something...musical.
"I think I can sing," he told Sports 1140 KHTK recently. "You know what? I got a deal for everybody: If you guys make me a starter in this year's All-Star game, I will release my R&B album. And it won't be an April Fool's joke this time!"
If you don't like that, there's always discounted sushi.
Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers)
It's no surprise that NBA teams have been reaching out to the Philippines to exploit its social media savvy populace. That said, local sports-themed pages believe that our very own Jordan Clarkson can make it to the grand stage:
As one of the more popular comments read, "If Georgia can do it for Zaza, why can't the Philippines, a basketball crazy nation, do it for JC?"
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Seriously, read his tweets and you'll understand why JoJo's the best at what he's doing.
These crazy battles are over 9000!
Plus, the Nike Hyper Court app is finally here
It's because she's really the cutest
Spoilers ahead—read at your own risk