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Heat Owner Arison Spearheads Twitter Campaign To Boost Bosh's All-Star Voting

Arison's efforts on Bosh's behalf led the player to call the owner a "cool guy"
Heat Owner Micky Arison, along with Fs Chris Bosh and LeBron James and G Dwyane Wade, “got busy" reminding fans that yesterday was the final day to vote for starters for the Feb. 17 NBA All-Star Game, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. Bosh said, "We had to hit a little stride before the polls closed. If I have the opportunity, I felt like I was in striking distance, so why not?" The All-Star starters will be announced Thursday. Bosh in the most recent release of balloting totals trailed  Celtics F Kevin Garnett 390,751 to 362,973 "for the third and final Eastern Conference frontcourt starting spot" behind James and Knicks F Carmelo Anthony. James on Sunday wrote on his Twitter feed, "Help get my homie/teammate 2 the NBA All-Star game! Vote by txting 'Bosh' to 69622 & tweeting 'Chris Bosh #NBABallot." But it was Arison who "has been the de facto campaign manager, not only pushing for Bosh, but making sure that votes cast would be counted.” Arison on Friday wrote on Twitter, "Please tweet Chris Bosh #NBABAllot or U can text bosh to 69622 to vote Chris an All Star Starter. RTs dont count." For Bosh, Arison's efforts were "particularly rewarding." Bosh said, "It's cool. I mean, just to see someone who's so involved with the team, who cares about his guys. He's just a cool guy. ... He loves his team and just the guys who really help out with the team and the staff and everything" (, 1/14).
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