Starting with the Slam Dunk contest; I agree with Shaq, there needs to be a monetary award for the winner. I want to see Kobe, Lebron, Dwight, Josh Smith, Nate Robinson, and other dunkers of that caliber. I don’t want to see the Jamario Moon’s of the world as the sole competitors. If you place a one-million dollar reward to go to the charity of the winner’s choosing then that might entice the stars to do it. It’s just an idea. Now I see they are doing the 2 minutes to complete a dunk rule again. Did we not learn from the Birdman fiasco? C’mon that is a ridiculous amount of time. I also see they have a dunk in game (between DeMar DeRozan and Eric Gordon) this year. Let them both in. I think 5 or 6 competitors is better than 4. I’d also like to see 3 finalists and not just two. I do however like the fan voting on dunks. I do not like the instant replay option however. I also do not like the mandatory use of an NBA player as a prop rule. I mean seriously David Stern don’t ruin the dunk contest.
The 3-point contest is pretty much golden. I would like to see maybe one more finalist in this as well, but overall it is a great event. I am just glad they aren’t doing the two players shooting against each other thing again.
Can we scratch the Shooting Stars competition? I can’t possibly be the only one who doesn’t like this am I? I’d rather see a Past Stars game. You know a 10 minute per half game of guys who are still younger than 45 or so. I would much rather see guys like Vlade Divac, Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton, Robert Horry, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, etc. get out there and play a pick up game than watch this crap. I do not care that a WNBA player can sink a jumper. This is lousy T.V.
I am not much of a fan of the skills competition but it isn’t all that bad. I would like to see defense added to it. I mean like adding Terry Tate the Office Linebacker to the competition. Give these guys a 1 or 2 second head start and then unleash The Office Linebacker. Kind of like the old American Gladiators. Seriously though I’d like to see an increase to 8 competitors and watch these guys go head to head at the same time (from opposite directions or something). Then have a final four and finally a championship. I just want to see them under a little pressure.
I am not necessarily a huge fan of the H.O.R.S.E. competition but we have all played H.O.R.S.E. since we were kids so I say leave it alone. H.O.R.S.E. is very much a part of the basketball culture.
Now finally onto the actual All Star game. I don’t know if this is a popular opinion but I don’t like fan voting in any sport the way it is now. I understand the whole “it’s for the fans” argument but Tracy McGrady, A.I., and maybe even KG do not belong in the game. I appreciate what these players have meant to the sport but the All Star Game is no longer rewarding superior effort. Guys like David Lee, Josh Smith, Chris Kaman, and others do not deserve to be sitting at home instead of being recognized as one of the best. If nothing else I think the fan voting should only count for say 33% of the vote. The other 66% should be split amongst coaches, players, and select media. Well there is my rant I hope you all enjoyed it.