With international stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Luka Doncic now dominating in the world’s best league, it’s safe to say a USA vs. World game for the new NBA All-Star format is what every basketball fan wants in the future.
ESPN’s Michael Wilbon made a strong case for the USA vs. World All-Star Game on the Dan Patrick Show this week, as he mentioned that the rest of the world certainly has the talent to make the game a competitive and memorable annual event.
(Via Dan Patrick Show):
“The NBA All-Star Game has become a complete and utter waste of time. I don’t want to see people choosing up sides and going shirts and skins. I don’t give a damn about that. The NBA for some reason is studiously avoiding having the US vs. the World. If we had that game even the last five years, just think if we had that game this coming All-Star game. Look at the bigs you’ve got, just the front line, Giannis of course, Embiid, Joker the MVP of the league. If you just had the three of them, and you’ve got Doncic and you’ve got Jamal Murray. Is that a starting five you’d like to see play against an All-Star team of U.S. players? Of course it is!
I don’t know if the league is embarrassed that the U.S. team might lose, even though it’s the NBA and all those guys belong to that fraternity. Why won’t they do it? Why won’t they do something you could actually sink your teeth into All-Star Weekend, as opposed to the junk. It’s just junk. It’s just an exhibition of dunking. We already got a dunk contest. Let’s see the best in the world because you know there’s pride they’d want to do it. If you put those 10 guys out there, those 24 guys out there, they’re going to want to win and the All-Star Weekend becomes something valuable, instead of the junk that the game is.”