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I'm having trouble figuring out why everyone wants a "competitive" all-star game. The last thing I want is to see a super-star get hurt by some g-league or euro-league hack trying to make a name for himself. It's an exhibition. The spectacle is the show. Its a reward for great play in games that matter and it makes no sense to me to demand great play in a game that doesn't matter.
 
I'm having trouble figuring out why everyone wants a "competitive" all-star game. The last thing I want is to see a super-star get hurt by some g-league or euro-league hack trying to make a name for himself. It's an exhibition. The spectacle is the show. Its a reward for great play in games that matter and it makes no sense to me to demand great play in a game that doesn't matter.

What makes a game "matter?"
 
I'm having trouble figuring out why everyone wants a "competitive" all-star game. The last thing I want is to see a super-star get hurt by some g-league or euro-league hack trying to make a name for himself. It's an exhibition. The spectacle is the show. Its a reward for great play in games that matter and it makes no sense to me to demand great play in a game that doesn't matter.

I'm a fan, not a player. I couldn't give a rat's ass about them being "rewarded" - I care about watching entertaining basketball, and have no interest in watching bad basketball just because it is a reward for them.
 
What makes a game "matter?"
does it count toward the record? Does it determine playoffs? Do the players get paid for it as part of their contract (not as an incentive)? The ASG is no different than a pre-season game to me
 
Why do the Allstars play way harder in fucking Drew League than they do the allstar game?

Because the amateurs are our there coming to show them up and aren't gonna goof around.

So a real easy fix would be to do it like the MLS does. One team. And they play against some other pro team from Europe. Or a group of Allstars from Europe.

100% the Europeans would be inspired to play their ass of just to show up NBA players.

The only problem here being that a team of NBA All-Stars would absolutely thrash any Euro team or European All-Star team without playing hard at all. The Euro guys might play hard, but those guys playing hard aren't going to show up any NBA players. A Euro league team playing their hardest against Steph, Luka, LeBron, Giannis, and Embiid (Jokic) wouldn't be any more competitive than a jr high basketball team playing against UConn.
 
The way *I* would fix the All-Star Game/Weekend:

-do 2 in-season tournaments. The 2nd championship during whats typically been All-Star Weekend. The third "championship" of the year is the LOB trophy everyone knows as an NBA champion. This makes more games "matter" during the season.

-All-Star Weekend is the second in-season tourney championship, along with the skills competitions. Offer $1M for the winner of each competition (given by whomever sponsors the event). Make contestants votable by fans, and allow 3 "non-NBA" guys to be voted in as well. Add "king of the court" competition, but call it "Mamba Mentality". Add skills competition of NBA vs WNBA players (expand the shooting drills and add dribbling, etc).

-move the actual ASG to after the finals like the NFL does the Pro Bowl. Have the All-NBA teams go against each other in a mini-tourney with the winner making $1M each.
 
The only problem here being that a team of NBA All-Stars would absolutely thrash any Euro team or European All-Star team without playing hard at all. The Euro guys might play hard, but those guys playing hard aren't going to show up any NBA players. A Euro league team playing their hardest against Steph, Luka, LeBron, Giannis, and Embiid (Jokic) wouldn't be any more competitive than a jr high basketball team playing against UConn.

U.S. vs the world all-stars would be interesting though. Jokic, Luka, Giannis would give a run for their money to any U.S. only team. And if you counted Canada as non-U.S. (vs a weird province of the US like it really is) then you could add Shai to the "world" team.
 
The only problem here being that a team of NBA All-Stars would absolutely thrash any Euro team or European All-Star team without playing hard at all. The Euro guys might play hard, but those guys playing hard aren't going to show up any NBA players. A Euro league team playing their hardest against Steph, Luka, LeBron, Giannis, and Embiid (Jokic) wouldn't be any more competitive than a jr high basketball team playing against UConn.

Honestly I doubt this. Especially if its a good Euro team. You're talking about guys playing together for basically one day versus guys playing seasons together. Makes a huge difference.
 
I am comfortable with the all-star game break being a flawed product overall for selfish reasons. Because I paid almost no attention to basketball since the last-second win vs the Bulls.

I loved the break probably as much as Sam Merrill did.
 
U.S. vs the world all-stars would be interesting though. Jokic, Luka, Giannis would give a run for their money to any U.S. only team. And if you counted Canada as non-U.S. (vs a weird province of the US like it really is) then you could add Shai to the "world" team.
Don't forget about Anthony Bennett!
 
Honestly I doubt this. Especially if its a good Euro team. You're talking about guys playing together for basically one day versus guys playing seasons together. Makes a huge difference.

So Real Madrid with Mario Hezonja and Campazzo are going to push the best 12 players in the world? It doesn't matter how long they've played together. You're talking about a Euro League team full of guys who couldn't make it in the NBA.

I think I'll take my chances with Luka, Mitchell, Tatum, Giannis, and Jokic and a bench of Embiid, SGA, Haliburton, Durant, Kawhi, AD, and Sabonis.
 
We didnt have good luck in that lottery, but if we had the opportunity to draft Luka, I am sure he would have loved it here.

I think it’s because where they come from, I’m American, my mother grew up in Painsville but I grew up in Europe and I don’t see the big attraction of the LAs, Miami, and New York. To me everytime I visit those cities I just see an overcrowded dirty shithole filled with drug addicts and rude people. (Of course not everybody who lives there is like that but a large percentage from my experience) Yet when I travel to Cleveland or other smaller cities in other parts of the States I find the people so much easier to get along with and enjoy my time in those cities more. I think Euro players have the same opinion. It’s much closer to home.
 
I think it’s because where they come from, I’m American, my mother grew up in Painsville but I grew up in Europe and I don’t see the big attraction of the LAs, Miami, and New York. To me everytime I visit those cities I just see an overcrowded dirty shithole filled with drug addicts and rude people. (Of course not everybody who lives there is like that but a large percentage from my experience) Yet when I travel to Cleveland or other smaller cities in other parts of the States I find the people so much easier to get along with and enjoy my time in those cities more. I think Euro players have the same opinion. It’s much closer to home.
And at least in Luka's case, I believe Cleveland has the largest Slovenian population in the US. I remember reading this around draft time
 

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