I recently was at the NBA All Star Game in Dallas. I must say it is one the better events that take place in professional sports. From the NBA Jam Session, the Rookie game, the H-O-R-S-E competition, All Star Saturday Night, the TNT Party (which this year featured Sammy Hagar!!!) and of course the All Star game of which was held this year at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Just going to the game and watching it on the largest HD TV screen in the world (160 ft by 70 ft) was a spectacle on its own.
I want to give a special thanks to the NBA, the folks in GMG and Gameday Entertainment, as well as Todd, Michelle, Stella, and Emma for making the weekend a success for Sportiqe.
With that said I’ve got something to get off my chest...
I have been a fan of the NBA All Star Game since I was a kid when, I thought it was the coolest thing to see the greatest players getting together to play. Then the NBA did something brilliant and introduced the Slam Dunk Contest. You got to see the best players in a unique setting display their athletic and artistic ability in dunking - you won’t normally see this in an actual basketball game setting.
Everyone loved to see Dr. J dunk in a game but now you were able to see him let it loose and showcase his brilliance and skills. You had Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkens squaring off in what is still the most memorable dunk contest. Year after year the dunk contest was one of the most looked forward to events at All Star weekend. There was always a buzz around it.
This years dunk contest had no buzz.
Why? The best players were not involved. Lebron James failed to agree to participate... Again! What we were left with were people asking “Who is this person?,” Boring and static dunks, much yawning, and 5’9” Nate Robinson winning for his 3rd time. No disrespect to Nate but there are better players out there that can do better dunks.
The NBA has a great event in the dunk contest and I hope that next year in LA something is changed to bring it back to its glory.
Some suggestions: Maybe when they come up with the new CBA that they can put a clause in there to have the best players participate in the dunk contest. Further, to add some excitement and force more creativity I think the NBA should move to a tournament format for the contest.
Maybe it will serve as a spark for the BCS to move towards a tournament :)
What I would propose is to have 8 players dunk it out mano-a-mano. Similar to H-O-R-S-E, each match the player would get 2 dunks and the opponent would have to match it. The judges would submit their scores and the player with the most points would move on to the next round. I think it would lively up the event and force the players to really go after it.
Anyways... it is just an idea. What do you think? Would love to hear from you. Let us know @Sportiqe or www.facebook.com/sportiqe.
Enjoy the moment - Matt