Mike Malone this year, for the second time in his career, he “coached” in a All Star Game. Quotation marks are in order, since in such a game, by definition, there is very little coaching. After saying he was honored to be given the opportunity to participate in this event, however, the Nuggets coach gave a harsh comment On the match itself:
It was the worst basketball game ever played. How do you fix it? I don’t know if it can be fixed. Some guys were trying to compete, like Embiid or Irving. Joel was trying to motivate his teammates, to play harder and defend as well. But in the end — well, nobody got injured. We put on a bit of a show for the fans, but that doesn’t particularly console me.
The problem with the All Star Game has been known for years, the games have zero competitiveness and the players just perform spectacular plays in turn, without defending on opponents. While in the past this problem was not raised, in recent years fans demand a better show on their own sporting level. The NBA has tried some adjustments, but although the situation had improved in the past two years, it now appears back to square one.
Tonight’s game ended with a score of 184-175, Jayson Tatum scored a whopping 55 points (an All Star Game record), and overall the spectacle was only on paper.