2020 NBA All-Star Game: Regarding the (Exciting) 4th Quarter

Did you catch last night’s NBA All-Star Game?

I’m typically not a fan the NBA All-Star game. Actually, I’m not really a fan of all-star games in any league. I did watch last night’s game, though, mostly because I knew there would be a lot Kobe tributes. And I was right. I won’t get into all of them here, but there is one that I want to mention. This one is behind the scenes (so to speak), a tribute noted in this ESPN article that you should read. Specifically, the details Kawhi Leonard ‘s deep admiration for Bryant, an NBA All-Star MVP, and his quest to earn MVP last night as a tribute to Bryant. 

The other reason I watched this year’s NBA All-Star game? The fourth quarter. 

The fourth quarter was the most exciting basketball I’ve watched in a really long time. 

No seriously, I’m not exaggerating and I know others agree! 

What made it so exciting was the format change they made specifically for the fourth quarter. The change: the two teams did not play against the clock. Instead, they played towards reaching a specific score. 

Sounds confusing, but it’s not all that bad. 

What they did was take the score of the leading team at the end of the third quarter, which was Team Giannis with 133, and added 24 points. That resulted in 157. The first team to reach 127 won. 

Cool right? The other cool thing about this change, the 24 was a tribute to Kobe. 

(So I lied, I’m talking about two tributes)

This change allowed us to watch a good old-fashion basketball game. Players playing with each other as a team and not working to support one Superstar. Every move, every possession mattered. Everyone was playing the best defense possible and it…it was so good. As usual, I’m speechless (if you listen to the podcast, you know that I am often left speechless by somethings which, as Tom points out in our next episode, does not make for great podcast content) other to say again that it was so good! 

I mean, look for yourself!

Ok. Now that you’ve watched those highlights, I have to ask – isn’t this the type of basketball you want to see on a regular basis? I know I want to see this on a regular basis. So…should this change that they made for the 4th quarter of the All-Star game be made to all NBA games? Yes? No? What am I missing? Tell me, I want to know!

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