Adam Silver Focused on Improving All-Star Game’s Competitiveness
While many fans may be perfectly happy with the high-scoring affair filled with high-flying dunks, flashy passes, and breaking of records that is the All-Star Game, Adam Silver and the NBA is reportedly focusing on making the game more competitive.
Many fans are happy yes, but a good chunk of NBA spectators have voiced concern for the lack of defense and competition in the midseason showcase of the basketball year. Known primarily as a celebrated pick-up game between the game’s best, media members and fans alike have continued to urge the NBA to take action after yet another shootout that ended with the West beating the East 192-182.
For reference, the worst defensive team in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets (114.2-points allowed per game), allow 68-fewer points than the losing Eastern Conference team.
In 2018, Silver suggests the All-Star Game will no longer maintain its defense-optional status.
“We will change it by next year,” Silver said. “It shouldn’t be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.”
The next All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles and Silver wants some big changes once the NBA hits Hollywood.
“You hear people talking about 4-point shots, something that’s not about to happen in the NBA, but maybe in an All-Star Game,” Silver said. “Maybe there’s a few spots on the floor where it’s a 4-point shot. Maybe there’s a halfcourt shot in the last minute that’s 10 points. I don’t know. Those are crazy ideas.”
While there is no clear-cut solution just yet, many around the NBA are confident that Adam Silver will come to a solution before the next All-Star Game.
“Adam’s a very smart man,” A confident Jason Kidd, the Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, said, “and they’ll figure it out.”
The clock has officially begun to tick. What will the NBA come down with?