This past weekend was a reminder just how special the current talent around the league truly is.
Fans were treated to one of the best slam dunk contests we’ve seen in years, featuring Zack Levine and Aaron Gordon that brought me back to the days of Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and, for the old-school fans, Michael and Dominique.
You were reminded of the shooting prowess of Klay Tompson and Stephen Curry in this year’s three-point contest, and if you needed any reminder how bright the future truly is for Karl Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis, you were able to see them light up the Skills Competition and Rookie-Sophomore game respectively.
There are so many diverse, talented, unbelievable athletes that are ushering in a true golden age of NBA basketball.
The league is in the best shape it’s been since the days of Bird, Magic and Michael.
However, the All-Star Game that was played on Sunday night is an absolute mess.
Serious question for anyone who invested in the game, did you honestly find yourself entertained?
I most certainly did not.
The final score was 196-173. Defense was optional, effort was optional, and the overall product on the floor left a lot to be desired.
The NBA All-Star game can do better than what we saw on Sunday night.
You have arguably the best 10 or 15 players in the entire world on the same court together.
Lebron vs. Durant, Curry vs. Wall, Carmelo vs. Harden, the match-ups that you have between West and East have the potential to be flat-out sizzling. Instead of that unbelievable basketball prowess being on full display, it’s a 2.5 display of indifference.
So, my solution for progressive NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would be simple: let’s fix this mess of an All-Star Game.
Let’s make the game count.
East vs. West, best of the best, but with the winning conference earning the privilege of having home court advantage in June’s NBA Finals.
I truly believe that would work wonders. I think the motivation level for Curry, LeBron or Durant would be a lot different knowing they have a chance to have a seventh game in the Finals in their respective team’s building.
Sure, the argument can be made that my proposal would be unfair to a team that has an all-world regular season.
However, who says it has to be fair. I would rather see a team like the Golden State Warriors sacrifice home-court advantage in order to watch a special All-Star game year in and year out.
The added incentive would do wonders as far as improving the product on the court and would give NBA fans the treat they deserve this time of year.
Major League Baseball follows this model regarding their All-Star Game, and it’s not a coincidence that their all-star game is the best in all of sports.
The game should go beyond an exhibition, with that sort of talent on the court, let’s make the game special.
After what I saw on Sunday night, it’s time to change it up. Next year, let’s make it count.
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