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The NBA All-Star Weekend is any NBA fan’s favorite weekend of the season. I mean, how can it not be? You have the best young players playing against each other in the Rising Stars Game, the various Saturday night events that judge your individual skills and talents, the best basketball players from each conference playing on one team against each other in the All-Star Game, the intros and the halftime performances.
But even with all these festivities going on, the upcoming weekend can still be improved and be even more entertaining for fans than it already is. These are five changes that need to be made to the Association’s most entertaining weekend of the season:
1. Stop with creating new All-Star jerseys every year for every different city and have the players wear their team jerseys during the games like they did until 2002.
2. Get superstars to participate in the dunk contest. We all remember how much fun it was when Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins squared off against each other, or when Dr. J, Kobe Bryant and, of course, Vince Carter put on a show that we’ll never forget. The last superstar I can recall that participated was Blake Griffin. Since then, the contest has put us to sleep with the exception of last year’s contest that featured Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon. So come on, LeBron! The dunk contest and its fans needs you!
3. Have a dunk-off between professional players and D-League players. If you have ever watched the D-League dunk contest, you know what I’m talking about. These kids have SERIOUS HOPS, and they can dunk! So why not put them against the best dunkers in the league under the bright lights.
4. Go back to either having a time limit on how long each contestant has to complete a dunk in the dunk contest or limit the attempts because it’s starting to get extremely dumb and boring watching almost every contestant attempt each dunk a thousand times.
5. Have a one-on-one tournament between the best players in the league. We all wonder who would win between Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyrie Irving vs. Steph Curry, LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant, etc…so lets settle it during All-Star Weekend.
Yes the majority of the changes should happen in the Slam-Dunk Contes, but that’s because it’s the marquee fan favorite event of the night. With all the hype and excitement surrounding the event, it doesn’t live up to all that.
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