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Has the Novelty Worn Off for NBA All-Star Saturday?

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz jumps over teammate Gordon Haywood as he dunks two basketballs during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

All-Star Weekend is supposed to be for the fans, and this year most fans didn’t find Saturday’s events very good.

We got to see the game’s biggest stars in street clothes cheering for most of the night.

Back in the 80s, the dunk contest was bigger than the All Star Game; this year, it was more exciting to not watch it at all. Chase Budinger, Jeremy Evans, Paul George, and Derrick Williams were the four contests – not one of them was even an All Star.

Make the Stars Participate

What the fans really want and what this contest really needs is for some of the big time stars to participate. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook are big time players who can fly. If the big stars don’t want to participate, then why not just abandon these events?

Even Charles Barkley, who was commentating the events for TNT, talked during the event about how bad it was. The NBA lucked out with the Sunday scrimmage being a good one, and a really close one as well.

During the off season, the NBA needs to find a way to improve the Saturday events or get rid of it all together.

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