The Rising Stars Challenge is more interesting than any recent NBA All-Star Game
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- by Dean Lake,
Back in my day we didn't have a namby-pamby NBA All-Star game where all the players laughed it up, hucking up threes and alley-oops while playing zero defense. NOPE. The good old days of the All-Star Game had players setting concrete screens, playing tight man-to-man defense in even more tight shorts. The only players shooting threes were over in a league called the ABA (which stood for Always Back Asswards).
The NBA All-Star Games of yore at least had the appearance of players putting forth an effort to show team basketball - or at least a variety of skills. Not today.
If I'm going to watch a bunch of guys walk up and down the court just to throw a telegraphed alley-oop in which the only drama is whether the backboard will break because the dunker has to hang on the rim for five seconds to make it look like he really tried, then give me the young players to watch instead. At least it will give me a chance to see more of the up-and-coming talent in the NBA. They take more risks (hey, they are young!) and try a little harder. If we get lucky, we might get to see one of them destroy Shaq or Chuck someday (fingers crossed!).
Back in my day we didn't have these youngster games. We had an old-timers game where a third of the players would be in the infirmary by halftime. Some gruesome injuries those were. Rick Barry screamed like Nancy Kerrigan meeting a lead pipe to the knee. The entire game was like a cross between Benny Hill and some geriatric Harlem Globetrotters. Ah, good times.
Are you more interested in the All-Stars or the Rising Stars? Would you like to be seeing something else for All-Star Weekend?
Now, get off my lawn.
I cannot begin to describe just how on point this is. I hate everything about All Star Weekend now. The laughing when you get crossed up, the incomplete alley oops - it's just not right. Plus most of the guys play together anyway (Bosh / Wade / James) so there isn't even that factor anymore. It is a very lackluster weekend and I prefer to watch the young guns go at it. At least they have a bit of a go!
Put me in the camp of old school daydreamers who look back and miss the NBA of yesteryear. This doesn't keep me from watching or even enjoying today's game, but it just seems like a different brand. It isn't exactly like getting used to New Coke, but it's close.
Yes, a New Coke reference. Maybe I belong in the Sidelines Old Timers game.
@Dean Lake Couldn't have said it better myself. At least the young guys put forth a little effort to try to get themselves recognized as legitimate players. The Irving-Knight duel for several possessions was a blast to watch. I don't really know what else they could possibly do. I'm not a fan of All-Star games in any sport except for baseball because there isn't any real competition and I can't blame the guys for not trying all that hard either.