NBA All-Star Game 2.0: An Assist from the NHL

February 4th, 2011 by Jason Platzer Leave a reply »
We stand at a crossroads. Despite the incredible talent, the NBA All-Star Weekend is boring.

As a kid (in the 80s and early 90s), I remember sitting transfixed to the television for the entire weekend. On Friday night, you'd have the opening festivities, followed on Saturday by the Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Shootout.

The Dunk Contests were the stuff of legend, with Jordan and Dominique battling for aerial supremacy. The Three-Point Shootout featured all-time great shooters like Larry Bird, Craig Hodges and Mark Price.

All this was followed on Sunday with an All-Star Game that featured the likes of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, et al. Like Earvin Johnson, it was magic.

Fast forward to "modern times" and the NBA All-Star Weekend has grown stale. Most times, I don't even watch it anymore. Sure, the dunk contest between Dwight and Nate was entertaining, but does anyone even care about the Three-Point Shootout anymore? Now they've even introduced H.O.R.S.E. in an effort to spice things up. Really? H.O.R.S.E.? The Rookie Challenge and the Skills Challenge are similarly ...

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