This year, the All-Star Break started on Friday, February 16 with a Rising Stars Practice, a Celebrity Game, and a Rising Stars Game. On Saturday, February 17th, there was a Hall of Fame Announcement, a NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day, the Adam Silver Media, and a sponsored State Farm Saturday Night, with a Taco Bell Skills Challenge, then the JBL Three-Point Contest, followed by the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. Things wrapped up on Sunday, February 18th with a televised NBA Legends Brunch, the G League International Challenge, and then the main event: the 67th NBA All-Star Game.
On paper, this all sounds cool and interesting and fun and great, and I think that transfers to the way the media makes it seem. Many media outlets try to push forward coverage in what I am guessing is an attempt to get more NBA fans interested. They take mean muggin’ pictures of the All-Stars on media day, and honestly even I’ve mentioned it in my own posts. The celebrities playing in the celebrity game bring their own fan base, like how the Migos pretty much had continued coverage of everything that happened this weekend as Quavo won MVP of the celebrity game. However, the problem for me with all of this is that I personally hold a lot of value in being an NBA fan because I am a Celtics fan. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I’m not a fan of the league. Watching trades go down and the NBA draft is usually decently interesting. With all of this being said, I really wasn’t super interested in anything that happened this weekend. I was interested in Jaylen Brown’s stellar performance in the Rising Stars game, and I liked that Kyrie got picked to play as an All-Star, but none of this even enticed me to watch any of what happened on live TV. I watched some highlights on Twitter, and read a few headline articles about who did what, but that’s it.
The bottom line for me: NBA All-Star Break is this really weird glorified February vacation for the NBA that basketball fans kind of enjoy watching but not really. Am I right?
I’m excited for Thursday when real (ouch?) basketball starts again.
Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts studying Elementary Education and Political Science. She has always been involved in playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Her favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, as well as wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynyk are playing!