The NBA Should Replace The All-Star Game With A 3-On-3 Tournament
Feb 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, and LeBron James pose for a picture after the NBA All Star Game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The NBA All-Star game has progressively become the dunk contest and just the dunk contest. In order to maintain balance and viewership, what could the NBA add to make the weekend better?
The All-Star weekend for the NBA consists of the Skills Challenge, a three-Point Content, Dunk Contest and All-Star Game; four events.
What if you were to replace everything besides the Dunk contest with just one additional event? What would that one event be? Well the way I have it planned out, it would be a 3-on-3 tournament.
Let’s be honest, the Dunk Contest and the All-Star game itself are the two main events, and even the ASG is becoming increasingly boring. So, if we were to replace everything else, how would this 3-on-3 tournament work?
Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks, forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and forward Chris Bosh (1) of the Miami Heat talk before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
How It Works
The way it works is rather simple.
Thirty players are voted in as “All-Stars” – by the fans and media. Fifteen from each Conference to make it fair, similar to the current want All-Stars are selected in today’s version.
Then, those 30 players would go about communicating with each other to make a team – just like we all did in grade school. Yes, perhaps even captains.
A team of three obviously, so 10 teams, and it would be a normal bracket-style tournament – lose you are out, win and stay in. The system is rather simple.
STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR 2016 TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 14: Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during the 65th NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. February 14, 2016. Steve Russell/Toronto Star
The most important thing to anything is the rules. Without rules and regulations, most things would be chaos. So what would the rules be for the games?
The All-Star Game is the highest profile meeting between Kobe and LeBron. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
What is the point?
You may be asking what the point is? Well, what is the point in the ASG? Even with that thinking, I have thought of a prize to deter any people from claiming this tournament is useless.
The winning team all get trophies like the ASG MVP does, but better yet they the winning player’s jersey will now all have a trophy insignia on them like Europe does for UEFA championship winners.
So, no matter what team they play on, their jersey will always state what they won. They all also get whatever car is up for grabs that year but that really is useless to an NBA player on a max deal.
So the dunk contest, and this is now your new, modified and better All-Star weekend created by Nick Gonzalez.
Obviously, the chances of this happening are beyond slim if there is any at all, but it still cool to dream. Imagine a 3-on-3 team of CP3, LeBron and Melo running up and down the court? That would be sick…
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