It's nice to lay back and watch your favorite super stars bust out their acrobatic skills and talents during All-Star weekends. To me, it's like a 3-day holiday weekend for basketball fans giving us a reason to cozy up and stay home to watch all the fun. However, since 2012, this "fun" has been met with uninteresting, repetitive techniques that have caused us fans to yawn more than once during the event. Yeah, that's not good.
I just want to say something: if you've hung around our entire website, you'll likely run into some articles and/or reviews where I've shared some ideas and smirk at the fact that it'll get stolen. While I understand that notion completely before I wrote this article, and because my ideas won't ever get me employed by the sports leagues themselves with me being a ghost writer with no strong work ethic (how do you know that, and what kind of presumptive/prejudicial hiring managers have these sports leagues employed, that made them think I'm like that?), I decided to bravely share my ideas for the Universe to read and see. Saying that, if any of these ideas were ever considered, remember one thing: you heard/read it here first. Sports leagues, especially employees from the NBA's social media/marketing departments now know how I feel, but are too threatened to realize that I may replace them one day. Companies want hard workers with vision, not a temporary flop who only come in to work just for paychecks, experience, and bragging amongst others, right? (Roughly 6 employees in the social media department reading this article now feel threatened. Say hi to your boss for me.)
The ideas I've implemented may not be the best thing ever devised, but for some reason they're good enough to steal. One of our fans out there is guessing that uncreative business folks and entrepreneurs are drooling if I ever launch a website titled IDEASOTROS!—a haven for creative, fun ideas that make our lives easier and alternatives to get us to spend less than what's out there in the markets. Unbelievable....
Alright, anyway, let's start with the BAD ideas in making the All-Star games more fun and competitive:
• Giving the All Stars additional/increased pay for competing in the All-Star GameYes, terrible idea. I mean, any player can take the bonus and can pretend he's conserving his energy for the second half of the season. Due to the fact that players resting is already a problem, giving them higher pay just increases their choice in not wanting to push and play farther, all over a simple exhibition game. Trust me, doing this may involve ticket sales from fans, and if any of these All Stars demand more money, that may include increasing sales of tickets, as if they're not expensive already. Deter any idea of monetary gain among these athletes; The quality of game play is the most important and nothing should be earned unless you worked for it, so don't expect to earn it because everyone feels sorry for you, or because an athlete is "different."
• Removing the Traveling ViolationIt warms my heart knowing that a player can take 5 steps from the 3-point line in order to penetrate the defense for a monster dunk. That's nothing to 'dab' about, gentlemen (to those grown men who think dabbing is still cool).
• Have the All Stars place bets against each other. All Star Bettors on the losing team pays the winnerWhile the push for national legalization of sports betting continues, allowing players to bet and having sports writers and analysts spin such a report on their sports network without cluing fans about the likelihood of any "rearrangement" of a game's outcome, this idea is not only bad but dangerous. Any of you watched the movie The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg? Anyone remember the crazy gun incident involving Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton back in 2009? Yeah, well, using this idea will increase the odds of players pulling that same scheme to each other, which means not only money and likely home invasions/robberies will take place, but also lives will be at risk even outside of the court. You might as well market the league as "NBA: Pro Basketball's Russian Roulette—All Or Nothing...and We Mean Nothing."
• Removing the time limit from the dunk contestThere used to be a 3-minute time limit for players to set up and perform their dunks before an eager audience. Removing that made the dunk contest more and more boring. Now that it's 2017, our time is money and we don't have time for a player making small talk and smirks at his lousy attempts not working. Players were timed for a reason, and I had no idea why this was removed.
• Winner gets home (field) advantageMLB uses this idea, and it couldn't be an excellent one at that. It's a nice feeling when your team has the home advantage and brings home the gold for everyone to witness and celebrate, which is an exciting feeling in it of itself. Then again, the team with no home court advantage psychologically increase their competitive awareness, blocking out the cheers of the home team and concentrate on winning the game. (I learned this from former NBA on NBC broadcast analyst Doug Collins, when he talked about Chicago Bulls' increased winning percentage when playing teams on the road back in 1998, namely against Glen Rice's Charlotte Hornets in the first-round playoffs. Yes I paid attention and I never forgot.) With that uncertainty, that's enough for fans wanting to know who's got the edge in competing in the NBA Finals. It sure makes you wonder, eh?
• Along with the rookie challenge, players on the winning team's college (alma mater) gets exemption and bonuses in the NCAANow, yes, the NCAA [Basketball] and the NBA are different entities but both specialize in basketball with the NCAA's players advancing their luck and talent to be drafted in the biggest basketball league in the world. While such an idea may be too ambitious (don't count your chickens), this will not only increase heated competitiveness but an increase in viewership. For example, Carmelo Anthony played for Syracuse and if he plays and scores a game high while getting the East Team to win, shouldn't the folks and fans of Syracuse be excited knowing their former hero gave them a sense of nostalgia, while gaining advantage to compete in the NCAA's tournament? That sense may give retired players huge envy in wanting to play the game again and score that game-winning shot they used to do back in college. Just don't remind Chris Webber to call a timeout when his team is out of timeouts.
• Raffle 10 lucky fans in attendance to participate in the $25,000 Half Court Shot ChallengeYou know how you attend a home game and some lucky fan has a chance to win big cash and prizes by giving them 3 chances to make a half court shot? Give fans to participate in the competition of their own by raffling, literally anyone in the arena, a clear shot of coming on court with a chance to win cold, fresh $25,000. Heck, I'm excited knowing that I have another good reason to buy tickets to an All-Star game.