I think I speak for most of the NBA when I say that All-Star Weekend comes as a welcome reprieve from the status quo.
Not that I don't enjoy watching meaningful basketball as much as the next hoophead. But it has become clear that teams across the Association, especially those battling for playoff positioning, were (and are) in dire need of a break. That extra rest should allow those players dealing with injuries to heal and those who are simply fatigued to recover from a grueling 50-plus games to start the 2013-14 campaign.
In the meantime, watching the best ballers in the world dribble, pass, shoot and slam their way through the festivities in New Orleans should suffice. So, too, should a fresh set of power rankings...
OK, so maybe the Slam Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Contest and the All-Star Game itself are more entertaining, but that's not really a fair fight, now is it?
In any case, if you'd like to see how all 30 teams stacked up last week, click here. Otherwise, click/swipe ahead to find out where your favorite team(s) stand as the basketball world converges on the Big Easy.