September 25, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Problems with the NBA All-Star Games

The NBA All-star title is one of the greatest achievements a basketball player can think of. Fans everywhere celebrate if a player from their city gets selected to become a member of the All-star team. It is considered to be an honor to be part of it, as their names will be recognized by future generations..

As an NBA superfan, I always look forward to the All-star games, but they have  been disappointing for the past seven years. Players don’t seem to realize that making it to an All-Star team  is  an opportunity so many would kill for. They don’t seem to look like they’re taking it seriously.

Several factors have lead to the decline in viewership, one being the notable lack of defensive effort. Players will often let their opposition drive past them for a flashy dunk, a move that will often leave fans in awe. After 10 dunks in a row, it becomes repetitive and boring. There are many reason why this happens: either the players don’t care or they’re scared to get dunked on. In All-star games from 20 years ago, the amount of competitiveness was amazing: Michael Jordan played like it was the last game he was going to play, and each one  was amazing to see.

While this atmosphere is threatening to the quality of play in the league, some have encouraged implementing some kind of financial pressure to get back to the league back to its former glory. Either the league could begin fining players for  slacking on defense more than five times during the game, or paying the All-Star MVP a large cash prize. The fine sounds ridiculous, but officials can just break down the game after it occurs and count how many times a player slacks on the D. The definition of “slacking off” can just be based on their professional opinion.

Additionally, the five-versus-five format is simply not working anymore. Adam Silver should start doing three-versus-three tournaments with four captains, with the winners should be winning a trophy and cash prizes. “That would be so much more fun because it can show the players’ real talent,”  says sophomore Yaniv Sagy. The all-star MVP “title” should also be eliminated because that doesn’t even matter anymore. 20 years ago it would’ve been something. Now, if you win, no one will care.

Conclusively, I think that the NBA can either make the All-star game more competitive by handing out cash prizes or fines.

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