2012 NBA All-Star Game Showed Downward Spiral for League

Tyler Smith@tylersmith800Contributor IIFebruary 29, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Eastern Conference pushes the ball up court during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We are fortunate to live in a country that provides entertainment in every aspect of the word.

Whether your preferred form of being entertained is through cinema, literature or sports, filling a craving for that sweet tooth is easily attainable.

In an age where social media and self-praise are amongst the most popular ways to loathe and boast, there remains the gratitude given to worthy individuals for accomplishments that are unachievable by the common man.

Any young child who spent the majority of their free time playing sports can attain that athletic ability is a gift from above.

While breaking into sports, it is looked at as nothing more than a fun game.

As we continue to grow with the sport, those who have the passion, competitiveness and talent eventually break out and take the lead on teams and within youth leagues.

This is where the elites begin to shine. They are good at every sport they play. They make the sport look easy, and those who are not as talented watch with envy.

Basketball is arguably the most athletic of any professional sport. A 6’8” man who can sprint, jump and has the finesse to put a round, bouncy ball through a metal rim from 30 feet away possesses something special.

As fans, we expect great plays from athletes in every sport. The hardest tackles in football, longest home runs in baseball and pinpoint putts in golf. While the aforementioned plays are remarkable to watch, they become the norm.

Seeing Blake Griffin rise five feet off the ground and catch a 40-foot lob from Chris Paul is a different story. Almost comparable to super human.

In the early ages of basketball, we saw many changes to the landscape.

The AAU basketball association began in 1888 as a unit to expand the sport into other countries.

AAU worked closely with overseas Olympic organizations in providing education and training for the sport in hopes to attract a global audience.

The AAU was successful until the base of the league fell apart in the 1920s, due in most part to the American pastime of baseball taking over among professional sports.

However, the lack of proper management was the beginning of the demise.

The glory of sports, regardless of age group, is the chemistry that exists between an assembly of individuals and their exclusive ability to mesh their unique talents into a an awe-inspiring display of teamwork and execution.

The NBA saw an extremely rocky summer during 2011 and the labor negotiations.

Following the 2011 playoffs and NBA Finals, the league had not seen that successful a season since the 1995-96 campaign that saw Jordan’s Bulls capture greatness yet again.

The NBA glorifies its athletes extremely well. The league needs to instruct the players on the importance an All-Star event has to the league for future fans, players and the organization itself.

The recent 2012 All-Star Game was a dreary display of athletic ability and attentiveness.

The All-Star Game should bring out the competitive fire within each player selected. Derrick Rose supported this cause by deciding not to dance his way onto the introduction stage.

Just as the AAU and ABA fell apart, so can the NBA.

David Stern needs to design an appropriate path to begin taking as soon as 2013.

The lack of care, passion and desire of the players is completely unsuitable for future success of the NBA as a whole.

If you are not striving to be an All-Star, then what is your desire? Aside from winning championships, of course.