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Snowman’s Take – NBA All-Star Game And It’s Demise

Well here we are at the All-Star break of the NBA season and the weekend’s festivities will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And I will not be watching a piece of the action. I haven’t in a few years now and I have my reasons.

Keep in mind this is one man’s opinion and view.

The All-Star Weekend in my opinion has disintegrated into something that is not only unwatchable, but unattendable.

When the festivities were in Chicago in 1988, there was a buzz. There was excitement. There was reason to be there – though I only watched them on television (was only a sophomore in high school at the time).

I’d say the tide turned about 1997. When the rules for the Slam Dunk contest and the contestants within were changed. Then there was a year that there was NO slam dunk contest. NONE. WHAAAAAT?

Since then, although Vince Carter and Dwight Howard gave me reason to watch, I haven’t had a consistent reason. Jumping over cars, over a mascot on a hoverboard, blowing out candles on a rim, jumping without shoes. I’m sorry, that kind of creativity does not set well with me.

The three-point contest has fallen off too. The Splash Brothers (Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry) is the only reason I’ve watched since 1997. I’ve gotten so used to legendary performances from Larry Bird, Steve Kerr, Craig Hodges, and other true sharp shooters that just show off during that weekend and remind you of how accurate they are from distance.

The year they eliminated the slam dunk contest, they added the skills competition and the two-ball competition. Sorry, can’t watch that.

Legends game – eliminated. Why?

Then the All-Star Game itself. Instead of it being a game, it’s become a concert with a game mixed in. The team introductions are glittery and glamorous and also drawn all the way out. Just introduce the players in a spotlight and just get on with the game.

Marvin Gaye’s performance of the national anthem in 1983 drew a lot of backlash later on, but it was a great performance nonetheless. Then the players involved at the Forum put on a show and a half.

Overtime in Denver in 1984, again in 1987 where a hometown starter replaced an injured starter and wound up getting the MVP of the game (Anyone remember Tom Chambers?) Jordan’s legendary performance in front of the hometown folks in 1988, Magic Johnson’s final All-Star game in 1992, MJ’s triple double in Cleveland in 1997 and his performance at MSG in 1998. Then his final ASG in Atlanta in 2003 – which was RUINED by a FOUL in double OT!!! (Playful shot, but I had to take it)

Now you have performances by stars before the introductions, hiding the big sets behind the court. Remember the blue in Denver in 2005? Good LORD!

Now I will admit 2015 got my attention as the festivities were back in New York. They had the game at MSG, and the other events at the Barclays Center. Good stuff.

But as far as the game itself – THERE….IS….NO….DEFENSE!!!! What the hell is wrong with this? I thought you played to WIN! EVEN in the ASG. But, I don’t see it anymore. I understand it being all offense, but where’s the defense. Where’s the key stop? Where’s the blocked shot? Where’s the steal to seal the game? Where’s the stop on the potential game-winner? Non-existent.

So to everyone else, enjoy watching the All-Star weekend’s festivities. As for ol’ Snowman, I’ve been spoiled for years and I can’t get into it anymore. I’ll be in a time warp to 1988.

Anyway, that’s Snowman’s Take! What’s yours?

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