NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted at some potential changes to the league’s All-Star Game, which could make for an exciting show.
Apparently, L.A. Clippers guard Chris Paul — who is also the National Basketball Players Association president — got the ball rolling, when he called Silver after the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in February, according to ESPN.
“Chris said, ‘We need to fix this.’ There is kind of a groupthink notion out there that when you have general managers and coaches in essence saying, ‘Go easy, don’t forget this is just for fun,’ ” Silver said, while speaking on a panel with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
“I just think this is one where we just have to reset,” Silver continued. “Chris’ suggestion was let’s get back with maybe the same group we negotiated the collective bargaining — Michael Jordan on the owners’ side, Jeanie Buss, Wyc Grousbeck, James Jones, Kyle Korver and LeBron [James] and others — let’s all get back together and figure out a way to do this.”
Among the ideas being considered, Paul suggested that team captains select starters instead of fan balloting and/or the addition of a 4-point shot.
“It is an All-Star Game, and you are out there to have fun,” Silver said. “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; maybe there’s a few spots on the floor where it is a 4-point shot, maybe there’s a half-court shot in the last minute that is 10 points. I don’t know. Maybe those are crazy ideas.
“I encourage people [to email] Adam@NBA.com,” Silver added. “We will change it by next year. It shouldn’t be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.”
What do you think? Would a 4- or 10-point shot make the All-Star Game more exciting?