NBA All-Star Weekend Is Awful, Here Are 7 Ways to Fix It

NBA All-Star Weekend is not quite what it once was in the past. We schemed up seven ways to improve it and bring it back to life.

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As a young kid in the early 2000s, I marked my calendar every year come February and it wasn't for the Super Bowl. NBA All-Star Weekend was always the draw for me. I remember not having cable as a kid and having to go to my friend's place every year during All-Star Weekend to watch the events. I would catch every single event from the All-Star Celebrity Game pregame show to the All-Star Game postgame. I remember vividly watching Josh Smith putting a show in the dunk contest, Steve Nash kicking a pass off the glass to Amar'e on that same night, and Melo & LeBron giving out buckets in the Rookie-Sophomore game. Even the celebrity game has memorable moments like Kevin Hart throwing alley-oops to J. Cole. Creating nostalgic moments seem to be a thing of the past for All-Star Weekend. 

The Rising Stars competition is not even a full game anymore. The dunk contest doesn’t have the same excitement. The All-Star game itself has lost its sentiment and pride. You get more entertaining basketball in a Chris Brickley summer run than you do at the All-Star Game. Can All-Star Weekend be revived? Only time will tell but here are seven ways to fix it. 

Four basketball players in red tracksuits standing on the court

King of the Court: 1-on-1 Tournament (3 dribbles MAX)

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Young players:

Watch how efficient these NBA superstars are when they play King of the Court

No 50 dribble move combos

It’s footwork, patience, and shot making

— Hoop Herald (@TheHoopHerald) November 11, 2022
Twitter: @TheHoopHerald

Serious Money Incentive For Dunk Contest Participants & Winner

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All-Star Game Winner Earns Finals Homecourt Advantage *Extreme*

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Kobe was right…

“Guys play harder in a pickup game at UCLA”

(h/t @LakerFiles)

— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) February 19, 2024
Twitter: @TheDunkCentral

Rookies vs. Sophomores PLEASE!

Three basketball players in jerseys, two from the Cavaliers and one from the Heat, focused during a game

Regular Uniforms in All-Star Game

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Go Back to Big Market Cities

Basketball hoops line a snowy street where people are playing, with buildings and a large digital display in the background

Celebrity Game Needs More Popular/Trending Celebs (Not NFL Athletes)

Person in a basketball jersey with "Ruffles Celebrity Game" text stands on the court

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