Last night the NBA held their 2021 All-Star game between Team LeBron and Team Durant. Team LeBron took home the win, 170-150, and Giannis took home the MVP. Let’s be real, the All-Star game itself is the least cared about part of All-Star weekend. Everyone comes to see the three point and dunk contest. Which after the last few years, should the NBA reconsider it’s All-Star weekend format?
The three-point contest was stacked and was a lot of fun watching Curry put on a show and as a Celtics fan seeing Tatum and Brown participate is awesome. But the elephant in the room is the dunk contest. The last legit one was Zach Lavine vs. Aaron Gordon. Since then this event has been terrible. And honestly, it has nothing to do with the dunkers and people who participate but rather it is the people who don’t. With all due respect, I did not want to watch Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons, and Cassius Stanley dunk at halftime of an already pointless game, but it’s great that they did it and tried to give us a show. I think the NBA should have cancelled the game this year instead of putting out a half assed, rushed event. Which is exactly what it was.
The skills contest was rushed, the three-point contest was rushed, the slam dunk contest was rushed… it was all rushed and just thrown together. Which I understand because of money and stuff, but this couldn’t have hurt an already stale event more. Like I said the dunk contest has been irrelevant for years. But instead the NBA still rolled it out. Despite it all being rushed, Adam Silver still put out an event and it flat out sucked. Every single player said, “we should not play this” and yet Silver still did it. I have never really criticized Silver for NBA events but when you rush and half ass something you are going to hear it.
I am not sure if the NBA needs to re-evaluate their entire All-Star weekend needs but until you can get big names into the Dunk contest, that has to be postponed to a 2v2 or 3v3 tournament, or something that will be fun. Also, when the fuck did they take out the Shooting Stars event? That was by far my favorite. I loved watching the NBA, WNBA, and the Legend shoot half court shots. Not sure why that got eliminated… but it is much more entertaining then the dunk contest.
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