4 Events That Should Be Added To All-Star Saturday
NBA All-Star Saturday went down in New Orleans last , and save for the New York Knicks finally winning themselves a title, Kristaps Porzingis doing the honors in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Other than that, a three-point showdown would've been more accurate if Imperial Stormtroopers joined in on the fun, and the slam dunk contest...well let's thank the basketball gods that Glenn Robinson III that exists.
It's sad, but All-Star Saturday, once one of the most anticipated events on the NBA calendar, is dangerously trending toward Pro Bowl territory, and it needs some sort of spark fast. Here are four events we think should be added, giving it a much need boost...
The NBA probably has the best mascots, even when they don't have anything to do with the team they represent, like Clutch, the big teddy bear that patrols the stands for the Houston Rockets. Each conference has a fair amount of mascots to form a full team. Find me a person who hasn't envision the The Suns Gorilla post up on the Spurs' Coyote, and I'll introduce you to a liar. Even if they don't have a costumed mascot, that shouldn't be a problem, as wouldn't you like to see Spike Lee go up against Jack Nicholson in a one-on-on showdown?
Old Timers' Day
This would be a resurrection of the "Legends Classic" event, held from 1984-93, but tell me you wouldn't want to see, say Magic Johnson team up with Kobe Bryant. The art of the Old Timers' Day is pretty much gone, the enjoyable time-honored tradition seemingly limited to just outdoor hockey games and New York Yankees baseball. But who wouldn't love to see the greats like Jordan, Duncan, Barkley...Scalabrine...lace up their sneakers for one more go? If anything it would make the traditional "who's better" debates among college guys and bar folk all the more juicier. Sure, some of these guys haven't played in awhile, but if you're going to have people on an All-Star Game court, why not have it former legends of the game rather than washed-up celebrities?
Perhaps the most common pickup game on courts anywhere, other than traditional one-on-one or 21, what better place for the ultimate game than All-Star Weekend? Sure you can add those more common games, but All-Star Saturday should be anything but common. The good thing about knockout is that all kinds of shooters are welcome...the deep, the mid-range, the layup artists...and everyone still has a solid chance.
This is another "reboot" event, albeit one that only lasted four contests, but count me as one of those who would rather see the girls get in the fun rather than Aaron Gordon try to trot out a drone for a slam dunk. This competition would pit hoops city against hoops city, as a member of the city's NBA and WNBA team would team up (For example, a member of the Knicks would be matched with someone from the Liberty). The WNBA season is in a long hiatus during All-Star Weekend, and the resurrection of the 2Ball competition would be a great way to promote the synergy between the two leagues, as well as provide some solid marketing for the WNBA.
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