The NBA All Star weekend needs a reboot. Here are a few simple steps to revitalize the event:
1) Keep the 3 pt shooting contest and Rookie-Sophomore challenge. Drop the Skills Challenge, the Shooting Stars Competition and the Slam Dunk Contest.
2) Introduce new contest: 3-on-3 basketball with international U-19 participants for boys and girls student athletes. If the NBA is targetting the youth, this needs to be done.
Called FIBA 33, it is played on a half-court with both teams scoring in one hoop over two, five-minute periods. Play is kept quick by a 10-second shot clock and no time-outs, while teams can win inside regulation by reaching 33 points.16 countries (8 boys team, 8 girls team) start competing on Monday during elimination round, with semifinals scheduled on All Star Friday, and Finals on Saturday. $20,000 prize for the winners with chance to meet all their favorite NBA stars in one area.
On-court rules have been devised to ensure the talent load is spread across the four-player roster and avoid having one player dominate a match.
No dunking, please
Players cannot score on a defensive rebound, and must pass outside the three-point line to begin a new play. Teams must pass at least once before shooting and dunking is not allowed...
UPDATE: 3) Make Los Angeles the permanent All Star game venue.