Skip to main content

Kobe Bryant talked about the lack of competitiveness in the All-Star game

rsz_screenshot_2020-02-22_at_181429 (1)

The last couple of All-Star games weren't so competitive, and the fans started complaining about players not putting a lot of effort into something watched by millions of people worldwide. To be entirely fair, the last All-Star game in Chicago brought a lot of excitement, and the players competed, especially in the fourth quarter. According to the late great Kobe Bryant, who was known as a fierce competitor, All-Star games should bring the best out of players and give them a chance to play against all the world's best players on one stage.

Kobe Bryant did an earlier interview on The Knuckleheads podcast, where he talked about the necessary change All-Star game needs to be more attractive for the fans. Bryant was also aware the competitiveness wasn't on an exceptional level for the past couple of years, and you could only see players run up and down the floor, dunking the ball. Bryant believes fans deserve a good game in which players would give their best to win.

"I think the All-Star game, in general, needs a little revamping because it used to be competitive. It used to be competitive and like fans want to see the best pick-up game in the world. Cause that's what this is. They don't want to see you running up and down and dunking, and all this crazy. They want to see what happens when you get this collection of the best basketball players on the planet, and they play, and they go head up against each other. I mean guys play harder in a pick-up game at UCLA and it ain't billions of people watching. I think the All-Star game needs a little change. I always love competing in them, and I didn't lose many of them."

Kobe Bryant, via All The Smoke

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Bryant enjoyed playing with Chris Paul in All-Star games because they would rarely lose and have the same mentality toward competing and winning games. He also said he and Paul would know that when the fourth quarter comes, they are ready to do anything to win the game, and according to Bryant, they rarely lost.

"Me and CP used to talk all the time. I don't think me and CP when we played in an All-Star game, I don't think we ever lost a game. We used to look at each other and say, "Ok, let's go". Fourth-quarter, let's go get them."

Kobe Bryant, via All The Smoke

Tony Parker just wanted to make it to the NBA, and ended up becoming a legend in the process

Tony Parker shares what made it so hard to make it in the NBA as a European point guard back in the day

Tony Parker accomplished so much throughout his illustrious career, but his only goal initially was just to make it in the NBA

John Salley compares Luka Doncic to Larry Bird

John Salley says he would fear Luka Doncic the same way he feared Larry Bird

It might be too early to draw parallels between Larry Bird and Luka Doncic. But according to John Salley, both possess the same fear factor on the court.

pat-beverl-lakers

Patrick Beverly disrespects the 2020 Lakers championship: "The Bubble Championship"

LeBron might think that was one of the hardest championships to win in NBA history, but Pat Bev is not having it!

Is it time for Chris Paul to retire?

Is it time for Chris Paul to retire?

This Playoff run exposed Chris Paul’s age more than ever. Gone are the days when he had all energy, pop, and even to an extent, durability to stay on the court.

Isiah Thomas criticism of Chris Paul still stands

Isiah Thomas’ past criticisms of Chris Paul still rings true: "He has to push past safe"

Isiah Thomas claimed Chris Paul was playing too safe to maintain his good stats. The Hall of Famer wanted CP3 to take some risks to win games.

matt-barnes-chris-paul-pat-beverly-min

Matt Barnes calls Patrick Beverly a clown for the Chris Paul slander: "You're not that guy"

Barnes went in on Pat Bev: "Chris Paul played terrible this series and his numbers are still better than your career numbers have ever been."

Patrick Beverley wouldn't mind joining LeBron James and the Lakers

Patrick Beverley on playing with the Los Angeles Lakers if he had the chance: “I wouldn’t even hesitate”

Patrick Beverley admitted that there's nothing like playing for the Lakers franchise

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

The Phoenix Suns fans wanted Eric Gordon but the front office panned their wishes.