NBA commissioner Adam Silver on All-Star Game: ‘We will change it by next year’

Clippers point guard National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul called NBA commissioner Adam Silver after last month’s All-Star Game and simply said, “We need to fix this.”

That’s what Silver told his audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday in Boston. To which the commissioner vowed, “We will change it by next year.”

Silver said he and Paul already discussed several ideas — including eliminating fan balloting and adding a four-point shot and a 10-point halfcourt shot — to improve the All-Star Game, which has become a no-defense scoring exhibition. The West won last month’s game 192-182.

Paul suggested the group of player and owner reps that negotiated the CBA — including Michael Jordan and LeBron James — could come up with more ideas for fixing the game. And Silver solicited suggestions from fans.

“I encourage people [to email],” Silver said. “We will change it by next year. It shouldn’t be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.”

Here are our suggestions for fixing not only the game — but all of All-Star Weekend, commissioner. And please, make sure you do something about the Slam Dunk Contest.