Noonan: Thoughts on the NBA All-Star Game
I’d say the best way to begin this particular article is to ask a simple question; what exactly is so appealing about All-Star games?
Perhaps, it has something to do with celebrities, bizarre contests and of course, a game that absolutely means nothing, but instead, just showcases extremely out of control plays that would never occur during an actual regular season matchup.
In the case of the NBA All-Star game, this particular event is more of an attraction and showcase, rather than an actual contest itself. Don’t watch this game and think, “Gee, this is what the NBA must be like every night,” because clearly, it is the absolute opposite of what basketball represents. The various men who not only suit up to represent their teams and conferences are not interested in sustaining an injury or playing fundamental defense, but instead, they just want to score as many points as possible.
Does anyone remember when Tracy McGrady tossed the ball off the backboard from the free-throw line and then dunked it a second later? There is an example of what the NBA All-Star game represents, “playground basketball.”
Again, why do Americans choose to turn their attention to a game that means absolutely nothing? Is it fair to take a few hours out of your evening to watch Kobe Bryant drive the baseline against five perennial all-stars? What does watching LeBron James outrun his opponents tell fans and is it really enjoyable to watch both squads not play defense, but instead, wait for multiple “alley-oops” or ridiculous three-point shots?
From my vantage point, I feel that the NBA All-Star game is useless and not necessary, so maybe, David Stern should just reward his players and coaches with a few extra day of rest instead of a circus or fiasco. In fact, it just seems that this entire event has turned into a weekend of partying, chaos and out of control activities. The game itself has no meaning, but so do the various activities that occur throughout the entire three-day period.
Sure, it may seem fun to kick back, relax and watch your favorite celebrities, television stars and rap artists face-off against one another in a game of hoops, but is it really enjoyable? Besides, did we all choose to watch this particular event last Friday due to Justin Bieber’s involvement? It may have been fun to see the 16-year old star blocked by Scottie Pippen, but again, why are we choosing to watch this game? Come on fans, I know not everyone wants to see Jason Alexander cheer from the sidelines or Magic Johnson’s coaching skills.
Then there’s Saturday’s showcase of talented exercises and obstacle courses that can clearly put one to sleep. How is it so enticing to watch players like Steve Nash or Chris Paul run up and down the court, weaving in and out of cones, as well as bouncing the ball into a device that resembles a megaphone? Does anyone really want to watch their favorite players show off various dunks or the ability to shoot the long ball 20-times in a row? Come on, who really enjoys the “three-point challenge?”
As for the game itself, it’s just all around awful basketball. Don’t expect any defense, plays, sets or formation, but instead, the various athletes showing off their power, strength and ability to be classified as, “not-human,” but instead, someone with superb powers. So, how would one describe this game, simply a contest that features no fundamental basketball, but instead, just a bunch of guys having way too much fun?
All in all, why is this entire weekend so exciting? What exactly creates the desire to watch or listen? Is it just because everyone’s favorite players are competing on the same court or could it be just because everyone needs a little more fun added to their lives? Either way, I leave you with the fine understanding that I am not a fan of the NBA All-Star game and would much rather choose to spend my time elsewhere, instead of spending countless hours watching skills competitions and the next “And-1 mixtape” YouTube video.