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Well, we're about to find out. After attending just about every event and taking a few days to reflect, I came up with 10 things that I would definitely change about the NBA's showcase event. And just to be clear -- I love the NBA. I will defend it to the death. I just feel like the weekend could be better, that's all. Every aspect should work as well as the All-Star Jam Session does. Anyway, my 10 changes, in no particular order ...
1. Pull a Steinbrenner with the prize money Would LeBron pass up the Dunk Contest if the winner earned $500,000? Would everyone in the Rookie-Sophomore Game play defense if the winners received $100,000 per player? Would Stevie Francis be throwing up those ghastly alley-oops on Sunday if the winners received $250,000 each?
|Fred Jones stole the show, and the trophy, in the Slam Dunk Contest.|
|Would Kevin Garnett take the trophy in the High Dunk Contest?|
|Who needs to hear Christina crooning with a backing band?|
|Nick Carter and Paris Hilton got a lot of face time during All-Star Weekend.|
|Magic showed he's packed on a few pounds at the All-Star Game.|