All-Star games, no matter what sport you’re talking about, can often be a bore. Sure, it’s nice to see the best players in the sport compete with each other but the problem is, it’s usually not competitive. Instead, what we usually see is a lot of offense with the players showing off their best tricks. The NBA All-Star game is normally the biggest culprit of that.
While these tricks and big offensive games can be entertaining, it loses the element of competition that is normally associated with a game. This year, however, the NBA is working to fix this problem. Last night, they were successful in putting together one of the best All-Star games in any of the four major sports in a very long time because of a format change.
This year, the league made each individual quarter its own game. At the end of a quarter, a winner was declared, money was given to the captain’s charity of choice and the next quarter was a fresh start. Then, at the start of the fourth quarter, the points from the last three quarters were added together and the teams had an untimed quarter to reach a specific amount of points.
To be honest, the first three quarters looked a lot like they have in previous years. It was more about showing off and not about competing. There wasn’t much passing because whoever got the ball first was the one that was shooting. Team Lebron won the first quarter, Team Giannis won the second and then the teams tied in the third. Going into the 4th quarter, Team Giannis had the point advantage and the task was laid down that the first to 157 points would win.
Suddenly, it was like a whole new game. It was competitive, they played defense, there were even some real plays drawn up. It was what we all wanted out of an All-Star game: the best players in the league putting their all into the game and competing at the highest level.
The final minutes of the All-Star game were WILD 🤯 pic.twitter.com/pp8XRJ7mdi— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 17, 2020
My only complaint? Team Lebron winning with a free throw. As good as it was that fouls were actually being called, it was a bit anticlimactic that the final and winning shot was a free throw. Despite that, there wasn’t much to complain about when it came to this game. Fans loved it, the media loved it and it seemed the players loved it too. The NBA may not have figured it out completely but they’re moving in the right direction.
Hopefully, the other three major sports will take a page out of the NBA’s book and make their All-Star games more competitive. If they want to be able to market these events better, this is what they need to do. After this, people are actually excited about seeing the All-Star game again next year.
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