Let's begin by getting this straight; the NBA All-Star weekend events are great. The dunk contest is the most entertaining event out of all of the All-Star events, and the rookie-sophomore challenge is fun to watch. The future of the NBA is showcased in this game.
But as much as I enjoy the precluding events, the big game itself is what I dislike the most.
The NBA All-Star game is the least exciting All-Star game out of the four major sports (football, baseball, basketball, and hockey,) and the game needs to match the electricity of the previous events of the week.
The primary thing wrong with the game is the players. Couldn't the correct players be picked for the game?
Players having great seasons, such as Kevin Durant, Al Jefferson, Carlos Boozer, and Deron Williams, get an All-Star bid taken away from them because the wrong players were picked.
Meanwhile, guys like Yao Ming (who always starts,) Shaquille O'Neal, and David West undeservedly make the roster. Additionally, Tim Duncan should not be starting over some of the reserves, and Allen Iverson getting voted in by fans as a starter was the biggest mistake this year.
Most of the time, high-scoring games are fun to watch. But in the All-Star game, there is simply too much offense. In fact, the last time a team scored under 110 points in the game was in 1976.
Even though a few regular season games have as much scoring as the All-Star game, the shots they put up are different. In the All-Star game, scoring and flashiness are two focal points. In a real game, teams look for the best shot and want to force their opponent to miss.
The game features a lack of defense as well, with some of the best defensive players in the game putting forth sub-standard effort. In the MLB All-Star game, for example, all of the players put out a full effort, with the games featuring great defense and pitching as well.
Additionally, the announcing of the starting lineups is ridiculous, with a mini-show being put on just to show everyone who the starters are.
Last year in New Orleans, a whole stage was set up, with jazz players blasting out long solos for a couple of minutes while the backups were being announced. And it only got worse when the starters were brought out.
Couldn't the starting lineups be shortened to two or three minutes? Showcasing the starters does not need to take up seven to ten minutes.
The excitement during the game simply is not very high. Constantly watching players run down court and fire up shots is not very exciting. The occasional incredible shot boosts up the excitement for a little while, until the TV switches to another commercial break.
In summary, the game itself is hyped up too much and can't match the expectations.
To get more people to watch it, the NBA could decide to do a shirts vs. skins game with David Stern on the skins, or..., you get my drift. Simply put, the NBA All-Star game is not exciting enough, and needs to make sure it selects the correct players in order to be called an true All-Star game.
Now about the shirts vs. skins...