Tuesday, February 21, 2006

NBA: New Ideas for All-Star Week


Let's face it. NBA All-Star weekend has gotten pretty boring. That skills thing is silly, and the dunk contest has basically become an excuse to show candid shots of P-Diddy, AI, and Dirk clowning around for an hour with Eva Longoria looking impressed on the sideline. It seems like it's time to gets some new, creative events out there for All-Star weekend.

Jeff suggested the excellent idea of a game of horse between NBA stars, although in his typical modesty he attributed the idea to someone else. I think maybe a 2-on-2 game featuring teammates might be fun to watch. I would like to see what our readers think would be some good new events to liven things up...

5 comments:

Josh B. said...

definitely...all-star weekend has become somewhat boring the last few years (other than vince's 2000 performance)...bringin' in the legends is an awesome idea for the 2 player shootout, but hell i'd like to see them play a game. i'm not sure against who yet, maybe each other. but yeah man, there needs to be some changes. and the skills competition??? PLEASE...i mean thats a 6th grade basketball camp activity.

also, and am i the only one who wasnt impressed w/ nate robinson jumpin' over 5'6 spud webb?

-josh

Jeff said...

HORSE would definitely be pretty great. I'd love to see the stuff that Iverson, Nash, Kidd etc. could come up with. "Lefty, off Walton's face, around the back, off Walton's face again (but much harder), off glass. Swish."

I think that someone at True Hoop or Globetrotter (other blogs) suggested a one-on-one tournament, which would be awesome, but I see a few problems with that idea. First, you couldn't really have small guys versus tall guys. Either the small guys would keep blowing by the tall guys, or the tall guys would just back in every time and lay the ball in. Either way, not very entertaining. Second, I don't think that that many players would want to put their pride (and health) on the line in something like that. But maybe I'm wrong.

Josh: the Robinson dunk over Webb was great theater, and a great dunk, but what was going on with the scoring there? I couldn't quite pick up what happened, but it looked like Kenny Smith changed his score for Iguodala's final dunk, giving Robinson the win. I noticed that the crowd booed when this happened, and that no one cheered for Nate as he got the award, apparently sensing foul play. If anyone can clear this up, I'd appreciate it.

CJB said...

Regardless of the 'verity' of the results, what needs to change is players doing the same dunk again and again until they get it right. It's way too anti-climactic. If you miss a dunk once it should be over....

Jeff said...

Agreed. Watching Robinson try that through-the-legs dunk over and over again was painful, and pretty much ensured that I would never watch the dunk contest again.

How about a bake off? I hear that KG makes a mean bundt cake.

mothy said...

Actually, what if they paid homage to a recent Setshot post and inserted a "regular joe" into a 1-on-1 contest with an NBA player? It would be something that you had to enter with a chance to win, but that might put our suspicions to rest.

I think a second idea would be to see who could dunk on the highest rim. Let's see if rumors to the effect that Penny used to be able to pluck a quarter off the top of the backboard were hyperbole or not. Like a high jump competition, keep "raising the roof" and let's see what the freaks are actually capable of...