How to Fix NBA All-Star Weekend

So many ways, Patrick. Only the NBA can take one of its unique advantages among American sports—its street-ball, trick-shot, Etch-A-Sketch side that is in own way as amazing as the fundamental stuff—and pave over it on the one weekend it should be let out.

So, yes to H-O-R-S-E. But make it a four-player bracket (two one-on-one games, winner meet in The Finals), and make it P-I-G.

The Rookie-Sophomore Game? It's nice, but make it two 20-minute halves. Not only would it be cool to see pros playing the ol' college schedule, but the setup would be more catered to rotating in 10-12 guys, which is supposed to be the point anyway.

LOVE that 3-point shooting idea, Patrick. I wouldn't change a thing.

Half-court shooting contest. Start with 20 players, everyone shoots, whoever makes goes to the next round, repeat until there's a last man standing. Enough said.

And I can't have an All-Star Weekend without the dunk contest. But—and here's the real but—you have to get better dunkers. Have some corporate sponsor step up and offer $10 million to the winner's charity of choice. Get only the best to judge it—former dunk contest winners, preferably sensible ones. Make it eight players over three rounds (top four advance, then top two). Allow two dunks per round still, but you only are allowed one miss per dunk—whiff twice and you get a zero. Wouldn't you rather see Blake Griffin vs. LeBron James in The Finals, rather than Chase Budinger or (gulp) Paul George?

That's all I got, Hampton. Think I'm a radical who needs to be stopped? Got any better ideas?

–Jake

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