Good afternoon, folks. I need more Team Lebron and Team Giannis. Let’s talk NBA.
“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.” — Kobe Bryant
If you missed the 69th NBA All-Star game on Sunday night, you better have a good explanation as to why. Because you missed what was arguably the best pick-up basketball game of all time, particularly in the fourth quarter, with the implementation of the new Elam Ending making its mark.
If you need a full recap of everything that went down, including how Anthony Davis won the game off a single free-throw, you can check that out here.
I’ve been infatuated with the Elam Ending ever since I covered The Basketball Tournament when it came to Lexington this past summer. I’d been watching that event for the previous few summers growing up but to actually witness the drama that the Elam Ending creates had me hooked. That shock effect carried over into the NBA All-Star game (which was apparently Chris Paul’s idea) and it created one of the most thrilling exhibitions of basketball that is physically possible. It was easily the most talented field of players I’ve ever watched play at that high of a level.
The NBA’s All-Star game didn’t necessarily need fixing, but it surely wasn’t as attractive as it could be. Even the NFL and other pro sports such as the MLB and NHL struggle to create constant excitement with their respective All-Star games. The NBA turned it from 48 minutes of light jogging and alley-oops into a defensive battle where teams were conjuring up different sets and plays to score on each and every possession. There is absolutely no doubt that the NBA brings this back for next year, and I’d expect to it be even more entertaining now that everyone has one year of experience under their belt with the new game mode.
While I’m not quite sure that the Elam Ending will ever become the norm at the college or professional level, it’s only going to become more and more popular. The Basketball Tournament sparked the interest, but the All-Star game made it a household idea all weekend long. The two biggest bonuses to the Elam Ending are the elimination of late-game fouling and the fact that someone will always hit a game-winning shot, even if it’s a free throw like what Anthony Davis did on Sunday. I’m sure there are glaring flaws that will be exposed once the game mode received more reps, but unless we can unearth them, the Elam Ending isn’t going away anytime soon.
*Until someone tears an ACL in the 2021 All-Star game and the whole idea is scrapped. Please don’t let this happen.*
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
Even though All-Star weekend is behind us, the break isn’t over yet. While there won’t be any more festivities or exciting events in downtown Chicago, the organizations and everyone involved will be off until Thursday. So no NBA basketball on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday this week.
I know, I’m not happy about it either. But it will give me a chance to potentially binge a Netflix show or cry into a pillow. I haven’t decided yet.