Stats or Entertainment: What is the All-Star Game Really About?
By sarahhecht Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge
The past few weeks have been filled with a plethora of All-Star discussions. Here in the Rose City we’ve been enamored with the idea of LaMarcus Aldridge
earning a coveted spot on that very team. And rightfully so. LA has been playing out of his mind as of late. And of course we want a player from our beloved Trail Blazers to represent us this year in Los Angeles. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently so. This afternoon the NBA coaches of the Western Conference voted to include Tim Duncan (Spurs), Pau Gasol (Lakers), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) and Deron Williams (Jazz) as reserves on the team.
This roster comes as a shock to some, myself included. I had Blake Griffin and LA tagged to make the team. I was half right. Too bad it wasn’t my favorite half. Now before you call me a homer listen to my argument...
What is the All-Star game really all about? Is it about ridiculously awesome stats? Or is it about entertainment for fans who spend nine months a year following hoops? To me the All-Star game is about ENTERTAINMENT! Watching players that are fun to see tearing it up and having a good time. It has to be exciting! High-flying dunks. Crazy alley-oops. Deep threes. I mean come on... they have the dunk contest and three point challenge for a reason. PEOPLE LOVE THEM! And of course, seeing a Trail Blazer on the court wouldn’t hurt my feelings.
I have a confession to make. I’m a Griffinaholic. I can’t get enough of Blake Griffin. He unleashes his skills on just about any and everyone. It’s drool-inducing. He’s an NBA poster boy. Literally.
Griffin fits my All-Star mold to a tee. So when it comes to him, I’m not mad. LaMarcus also fits that mold. Alley-oops anyone? Even so, when it comes to LA I’m not mad. Shocked? Yes. Disappointed? Absolutely. But mad? Nah.
I know my definition of All-Star varies from the norm. Does yours? Is the All-Star Game about the players who are the best statistically? Or about entertainment? You tell me.