The NBA All-Star Game Has a New Format And It's Awesomely Confusing (With a Kobe Tribute)

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The NBA All-Star Game Has a New Format And It’s Awesomely Confusing (With a Kobe Tribute)

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The NBA All-Star game is a little over two weeks away, and the NBA decided to shake things up.

On Thursday, the league released a new format, which includes a game centered around charity donations and a Kobe Bryant tribute.

Check it out:

I have questions. I have all of the questions. 

I think every NBA fan across the country is struggling to comprehend this structure, but it basically comes down to the following.

To encourage a more meaningful game, Commissioner Adam Silver and Co. have decided to split the four quarters into mini-games. The first three quarters will begin 0-0, and the winner of each quarter will receive $100,000 for a Chicago charity of their team captain’s choice (Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James). Then – and this is when things get weird – the 4th quarter will be a battle to a LOCKED number. The game will take the cumulative score of the leader’s first three “mini-games” and add 24 points to the highest score to come up with that locked number. The first team to that locked number wins the All-Star game and win $200,000 more for their charity.

Think of it this way:

  • 1st quarter (start 0-0): Team LeBron 50, Team Giannis 49 – 12 minute quarter
  • 2nd quarter (start 0-0): Team LeBron 52, Team Giannis 53 – 12 minutes quarter
  • 3rd quarter (start 0-0): Team LeBron 48, Team Giannis 47 – 12 minute quarter
  • 4th quarter (start 150-149): First to 174 wins (150+ 24) – No quarter length

For years the NBA has struggled to gather invested interest in the All-Star game. The event has turned into an extremely uncompetitive matchup despite having some of the league’s most competitive talent on the floor. Obviously, the goal of this new format is to increase the competitive edge as well as the public interest.

While I find this to be a bit overly complicated, I can’t say I hate the approach. The All-Star game not only needs a new vibe, but I’m always down for anything that can give back to the community. Hands down, the best part of this change is the fact the two Chicago charities will benefit immensely from the city hosting this event. So regardless of the weird rules, this seems like a HUGE W for all parties involved.

You got my attention, NBA.


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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.