Why The NBA Has Best All-Star Game Of The Major Sports
The NFL has to place the Pro Bowl in Hawaii to get anyone to play in it; MLB had to gin up interest in its All-Star Game by inventing a ridiculous rule that the winning league gets home field advantage; and who knows what they're doing in the NHL -- Zamboni demolition derby in event of a tie?
But the NBA All-Star Game succeeds because it knows what it is, and doesn't aspire to anything more. It's a scorefest -- a Slam-Dunk competit in with dribbling, outside shooting and passing added for flavor. Wait, did I say passing? Haha, silly me.
As Letterman would say, it's an exhibition, noot a competition -- please, no wagering.
I mean all of this in the nicest possible way -- I love the NBA All-Star Game. One defining reason -- you would never see this below in a Warriors game. You team is ahead 193-173 with a few seconds left, and you launch a half-court shot? The height of unsportsmanlike behavior in any other circumstance.
But in the All-Star Game, it's encouraged.
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 15, 2016
This wasn't even on TV because of some extended Kobe coverage, so you're welcome.
Curry had 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with six assists and five rebounds.
Russell Westbrook was MVP with 31 points.
Paul George joins Wilt Chamberlain, Russell Westbrook and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 40+ pts in All-Star Game.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 15, 2016
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 15, 2016
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