The energy in the Staples Center, the entire crowd buzzing, live entertainment, celebrity appearances, the showcase of the rookies, NBA Veterans and the broadcast of yours truly, 2011’s NBA All stars. The NBA has truly perfected the art of displaying their true all stars each year over an electrified weekend.
After watching the NBA All star weekend, my first recommendation would be to the NHL, “Please get out of idea that picking teams on the playground is a good way to celebrate the most talented hockey players on the planet.” I love my hockey but the NHL really needs to step it up on the overall broadcasting of the NHL all star weekend. I mean, it’s great to be innovative and introduce new concepts to the all star picks, but who really wants to watch another game of glorified shinny? These are all stars were talking about, so… I want to see more all star tricks and all star talents effectively broadcasted! I understand the risk of injury related with this game, but give us something! The NHL skills competition is definitely the highlight of the NHL all star weekend but the league needs to add more pizzazz to make the talent showcase, that much more. Lets face it, the NHL all star game is a snooze fest.
The NBA all star weekend is that one time of year we don’t have to imagine what the pace of the game would be like for Kobe, to play with an amazing point guard. All the pre all star game predictions led us to believe that this year, the East would take the West, but with a tight finish of 148 to 143, the West stole the win. I loved the sensational finish to the weekend. Whether it was the celebrity game, rookie challenge, youth jam, shooting stars, skills challenge, 3 point shoot out or the infamous slam dunk competition, the players all added their own theatrical flavour to spice up each contest which fed into the crowds overall energy. This weekend gave the viewers a chance to witness the greatest moves and all star player finesse. The entertainment and high energy level keeps the tempo of the weekend and builds a memorable moment for each of the viewers.
After this weekend’s culmination of all stars and spectacles, it is now more evident that despite the revamped format to the NHL all star weekend, the NHL still has a long way to go to attain the level of praise that the NBA All star weekend has achieved. The deliberation of this will continue to rage onward like wildfire… but I want you to tell me, between the NBA and the NHL, which all star weekend would you rather watch without having forty winks?
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Written by Melissa Tzotzis