Sunday, February 20, 2011

NBA All-Star Weekend

NBA All-star weekend has evolved over the years. The past format was pretty simple and only consisted of the legends game, 3 point and dunk contests, and the actual All-Star game. Today it has evolved into a huge hyped up production. Here are some of my thoughts on the activities from the weekend.

The Legends Game-The legends game used to be a staple activity until the participants started having multiple serious injuries. Putting out of shape, competitive legends on the court was not a healthy combination. The NBA finally decided that it would be more entertaining to watch a rookie game than see past legends carried off the court on a stretcher.

The 3 point contest- The three point shooting contest has remained pretty much the same since the competition started. It's still pretty entertaining and is one of the better activities.

Dunk Contest-Most people remember the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest as the year when Spud Webb upset Dominique Wilkins for the title. I remember it as a time when the NBA didn't know how to pick a decent judge. Martina Navratilova and Joe Piscopo were on the judges panel. Really!!?? I'm also not a fan of the viewers texting in to determine the winner these days. The dunk contest went through some rough years, but it seems to have gotten better recently.

The Skills Challenge-This is one of the newer and lamer events. Why not just have the players doing relay races like carrying a spoon in their mouth while they balance an egg in it? It's just not that exciting.

The Celebrity Game- It's an interesting concept to combine NBA players with celebrities, but there is something wrong about tuning in for the game and having to watch Justin Bieber play basketball. The only thing that could make it worse is seeing him voted MVP. How did he end up edging out Yao Ming for that honor?

The All-Star Game- The actual game is my favorite activity. It's fun to see the players show off. It's obviously a one sided display of offensive skills since they don't play defense until the last few minutes, but it's still fun to watch.

There may be a lot of hype behind All-Star weekend and sometimes it's not that great, but it's still one of the few events I look forward to every year.


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