Right now I'm thinking about the All-Star game. To be more specific--or general depending on how you look at it--the All-Star weekend that is going to be hosted at the home of the Rockets, the Toyota Center.
To be honest, I am getting a too excited. Why? Let me explain.
The way I see it, the NBA is the one professional sport that actually gets the whole concept of an 'all-star' event right.
With the NFL it is all about the best players playing the best players, but that rarely happens and more often than not the guys that do play barely play.
Baseball tries, but too many guys skip it (just like the NFL). I applaud their desire to make it relevant by giving the winner home field advantage. The home run derby is cool, but thanks to the Curse (bats going cold) the real sluggers often don't participate.
Hockey is getting close. I love the way they had a fantasy style draft to choose teams last year. They may be worth watching.
The NBA remembers and puts into practice one thing that no one else does. They keep in mind that the whole thing is for the fans. It's for the fans to see their superstars. It's for the fans to see their favorites all on the court at once. It is for the fans to see the players they want to see do what they do best--
If it was just the game it would not be enough. There is the Rising Stars game, the Shooting Stars competition, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, and of course the Dunk Contest.
Pretty much if they do it on the court during a game there is a contest of sorts tailored around show casing it; everything, but fouling and trash talking that is.
The NBA All-Star Weekend gives the fans the players they want to see doing the things that they do best.
What more can you ask for?