NBA All-Star Madness With Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson & Kenny Smith | Out of Bounds

 The buzzer has sounded on NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. There were highs, there were lows, there were parties, and Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team have thoughts on all of it. The reaction starts at the Celebrity Game, where Migos member Quavo took the MVP trophy — and impressed Gil with a non-basketball move. Next, the gang gets into the Slam Dunk Contest, which Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won, and the All-Star Game, which Team LeBron won 148-145. Have the dunks become too gimmicky and unoriginal? Did the refs try to steal the show at the ASG? Did the format changes, with captains drafting — and a surprising amount of defense and effort — save the showcase game? Or does the NBA need to shake things up further? Depends whom you ask. Following the debate, OOB shares friend of the show Nate Robinson’s star-studded video diary of the festivities, featuring Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, DJ Khaled, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be All-Star Weekend without tons of big parties, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith tells Adam about the evolution and dangers of ASW turn-ups, before Gil chimes in with the BTS story of his own $2 million birthday bash. Finally, Jimmy Butler sits down with Adam to discuss why he says whatever he feels, how he chooses his court kicks, and what happens when he plays country music in the Timberwolves locker room. 

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Adam Silver Suggests NBA Might Add 4-Point Shot, 10-Point Shot to NBA All-Star Game

Despite a series of highlight-reel dunks and the usual parade of stars on hand, the 2017 NBA All-Star Game fell flat for a lot of basketball fans. Taking a few plays off is one thing, but fans increasingly feel the league's mid-season event lacks an element of competitiveness to make it compelling.

In lieu of blaming millennials for this problem, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is in search of a solution to restore the former glory of the All-Star Game. Speaking at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, Silver told the crowd that Chris Paul reached out on behalf of the player's union to start a dialogue on the matter. Per Five Thirty Eight's Chris Herring:

This is an encouraging sign. The league can do a lot of things, but it can't force buy-in from players who are mostly trying to get through the event unscathed. They need to rest up for playoff runs and pushes, so defense is firmly optional at All-Star weekend.

But just when you thought things were headed in the right direction, Silver dropped quite a bomb on the Sloan audience:

It's hard to understand the logic here. The NBA supposedly wants their players to take the game more seriously, but one of the public suggestions for change from the league's own commissioner is to fundamentally change the game? It's a ludicrous idea and doesn't do much to serve their stated goal of making it competitive.

Players are already speaking out against the premise. Warriors superstar Steph Curry spoke to ESPN's Chris Haynes after Silver teased the idea on Saturday, and he flat-out said a 10-point shot from half-court, “would make it worse.” 

A few of Curry's teammates and fellow All-Stars agreed with their leader. Draymond Green offered a simple solution: “Raise the money,” he said. “I'm serious. That's how you're going to make it more competitive.”

Klay Thompson concurred with Green on the importance of upping the stakes, and made clear the reason many players are tentative to exert maximum effort. “Fear of being injured is a factor. You don’t want to get injured in a game that really has no implications,” he said.

If the league wants to add some more financial incentive for the winning team, or do almost anything to change the motivational factors, those are real discussions to be had. Participants in the game, including probable flat-Earth truther Kyrie Irving, have already expressed a desire to ramp up the defense in future contests. The NBA doesn't need to reinvent the wheel to get things pointed in the right direction.

Silver should certainly take advice from All-Stars who are interested in a more competitive game. But someone please tell him to start ignoring whoever had the 10-point shot idea.

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