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YAYsports! and Han Solo are fixing All-Star Weekend

by The Cavalier on February 1, 2006 · 17 comments

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As you surely know by now, LeBron James isn’t doing the dunk contest, and he really shouldn’t anyway. Despite his graceful passes, he’s a power/in-game dunker and doesn’t have the grace for the competition.

None of this matters anyway, as it’s time to scrap All-Star Saturday night and overhaul the whole thing. No more Dunk Contest tweaks, no more Skills Challenges, and no more anything-that-involves-the-WNBA. They need to trim this down to one event: The $1,000,000 NBA All-Star One-on-One Challenge. (Click that link to see the bracket. Ours is called the YAYsports! NBA One-on-One Challenge and it’s sponsored by Han Solo, but you get the idea.)

That’s all that happens Saturday night – 4 rounds, games to 7. Last two rounds are to 11. Throw in some musical entertainment that isn’t country music, and you’ve got a true basketball EVENT.

For our purposes, we’ve seeded the top 16 scorers in the league, although if the NBA did it, they should probably use the All-Stars themselves. Reasons this is genius:

1) Ratings. If you’re a basketball fan and you’re not watching this, then you’re insane. If we add in a few wildcard spots, you could maybe get Shaq vs. Kobe somehow. While this isn’t what it would’ve been a year ago, is there any way you’re not tuning in?

Is there any possibility you’re not watching LeBron and Kobe play one-on-one? Vince and T-Mac? Wade and LeBron in Round 2? Nowitski/Duncan/Garnett? Iverson/Shaq? There are endless possibilities, and they’re all awesome in their own way.

2) Fan interest and discussion. See above. Plus, everyone loves brackets.

3) It’s exciting every year. It’s different every year. It’ll rebuild personal rivalries. You could have absolutely classic battles that the players and fans will want to revisit each season, and it will add little storylines when their teams play.

Now…there are a couple problems here, the initial one being “will they participate?” First of all, the next CBA should require them to. Until then, we don’t even think it’ll be an issue. Some points:

1) Make it a million dollar purse. If that seems excessive, then have it go to charity. Then they’ll be shamed into participating.

2) This would be a major, major pride point for the players if it’s presented and marketed correctly.

3) There is no excuse to not do it outside of injury. Who can’t play 4 games of one-on-one? And that’s only for the two finalists.

We’re going to be running this tournament via your votes every day leading up to All-Star Weekend, starting tomorrow. We’re sure we’re not the first to think of this, but now that we have a voice, we want to push it HARD. In fact, we’re sure someone in the NBA offices has thought of it in years past. But MAYBE – just maybe – if we all make enough noise, we can force them to look at it seriously.

For the record, we’d rather see this happen than have a threesome with Stacy Keibler and a 1999-model Britney Spears. We’ve done that a bunch of times and it’s super fun, so you know we’re serious. Round 1 starts tomorrow.

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1 Henry Abbott February 1, 2006 at 9:34 am

First of all, I totally agree, they should have this event. It’s a good idea. I’ve been arguing for it in the kitchens of my friends’ houses for years.

The NBA used to have pretty much this exact thing. There was a one-on-one contest back in the day. I have some old CBS video of Geoff Petrie winning the thing over a scary looking dude from Cleveland in the early 1970s. Fantastic stuff.

Here’s my wrinkle (that would NEVER happen): the players should be miked. Because a big part of one-on-one is trash talk.

2 Ree February 1, 2006 at 12:25 pm

I LOVE THE IDEA!!! HAHA it would be hilarious!!!
those egos would bring their A game, coz none of them like to lose…

this would be crazy to watch!! something to liven up a dead all-star game,
and yes i agree that they need to be miked!!

if only….

3 Ryan February 1, 2006 at 5:52 pm

How the hell can KG be 16th? If there is any big man that has the abilities to at least slow down the guards, it’s the Big Ticket. And how the hell are those guys gonna stop him?

KG has to be one of the favorites and you have him as the lowest seed.

4 The Cavalier February 1, 2006 at 5:56 pm

I said that I did it 1-16 in order of the scoring leaders.

I wasn’t going to predict All-Stars or try to manipulate the best match-ups.

How I think the NBA should do it is to take the 24 All-Stars and then seed them in order of PER or something?

5 Jeff February 1, 2006 at 7:29 pm

This is indeed a great idea. One problem is that there will be all sorts of match-up difficulties because of the differential size and speed of the players.

What if AI had to play Yao? My guess is, depending on the rules, Yao wouldn’t stand a chance. Or maybe AI wouldn’t stand a chance. But whoever lost could always blame the format. “How am I supposed to stop Yao from backing down and laying it in every time?”

Either way, this contest would probably tend to go to the league’s best swingmen: Kobe, Tracy, LeBron. Or Yao and Shaq would just keep laying it in, which would be boring.

And I’m with Henry. Mike everyone. In fact, mike everyone in every game.

6 Lil Dice February 1, 2006 at 10:51 pm

Jeff, don’t be such a buzz kill. It’s an awesome idea.

7 the sockk February 2, 2006 at 1:01 am

If AI had to play Yao maybe they could give AI a cattleprod or some throwing knives or something. To make everything fair.

8 Andy February 22, 2006 at 12:48 am

sounds fucking awesome

9 ron November 2, 2006 at 8:14 pm

i watch that whole one on one series back in the 70′s,live! i was ten year’s old and i still remember it still today, i’m 43 now, it was the coolest thing i’ve ever seen in basketball!top notch players going one on one, and big players verses smaller players,it was awesome!

10 Tommy Henry November 26, 2006 at 12:48 pm

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