Kobe Bryant vs. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul. These are dream match-ups that every basketball fan has dreamed and argued about. Sure we see them battle it out during the regular season and in some cases the playoffs, but we see them play as a team. We don’t see the actual players play against each other head to head, and when we do, it’s only for a short period of time. We as basketball fans only deal with the “what-ifs”. Now what if we turned those “what-ifs” and made them a reality in a 1-on-1 tournament during All-Star Weekend? We finally get to put the arguments to rest. We finally see who is the best of the best. It could end arguments about who can beat who and it would be wildly entertaining. Unless, the 1-on-1 contest turns into the modern dunk contest. The dunk contest has not been spectacular in awhile. Stars are no longer participating in the dunk contest for reasons unknown. Although, we can still see some spectacular dunks, we don’t see the names we want to see. So if stars wont participate in the dunk contest, they most likely wont participate in the 1-on-1 contests. It is called All-Star Weekend because basketball fans want to see the best players in the league and the world play with and against each other. The All-Star game is flawed because there is no defense. With the 1-on-1 contests, players would actually play defense because they want to win and they don’t want to get embarrassed. So my answer to the question, “should there be a 1-on-1 tournament for the All-Star Weekend?” is yes. But only if stars are willing to enter.
-Brian Nguyen LRHS