Jeanie Buss revamps the All-Star Game

Jeanie is plans to 1-up Mark Cuban’s All-Star game. Only if David Stern would let this happen!

ESPN Los Angeles: For a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the explosion of the Internet and the NBA League Pass, I think the All-Star Game has lost much of its luster. Count me among those believing the whole weekend could use a shake-up. Along those lines, Lakers Executive VP of Business Operations Jeanie Buss has a killer idea to breathe new life into the All Star format.

“I would do something really crazy with the All Star Game. This is something I’ve thought about a lot. I would like to see the fans vote for all the All Stars. Then you put them in a pool, and you take the two coaches and they draft the team right there, kind of like you used to do on a schoolyard. It wouldn’t have anything to do with (Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference), it would just be all All-Stars, and then the coaches would decide which players they would take. Someone said (to me), “Well, whoever got taken last would be embarrassed.” I thought, “OK, that’s a good thing, because everybody’s going to want to try and play hard.”

I’ve heard any number of ideas on how to improve All-Star weekend, but this is by far the best. The picking of teams would be seriously compelling television. Kobe or LeBron? CP3 or Steve Nash? Forget the game, I’d pay just to watch that part.

And Jeanie is absolutely right about professional pride spurring hard play. Remember how much it sucked to be picked last during kickball in elementary school? (I don’t, as my kickball skills were ample and highly-sought-after.) Or what it’s like to be the last guy picked up at the rec? (This I know.) Or even have guys you think you’re better than go before you?

Imagine how much having their relative worth (relatively speaking) determined in front of millions of people would motivate the players. Nothing like poking egos to spark a good show.

It’ll never happen, but with the game heading to L.A. next year, I wish it would.

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  • Marwan Marzina

    This will change the face of the NBA, for the good. If this does happen, this All Star will go down as the best All Star in NBA history.
    Its a brilliant idea, and I hope it happens because I’m leaning towards buying plane tickets to LA to watch the All Star.

  • fil

    One hell of an idea! Will one pick a Lebron or Kobe? Or maybe a big man first. What about the crowd? Let say here in L.A….if the coach picks Lebron, emagine the Booos for not getting the hometown hero? Man this is great. Can she do it though? Would the NBA allow it?

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Stern will never let this happen. You think that he will let
    a beatiful women with brains upstage him.
    Jeanie your a smart hot looking V.P
    Phil is a lucky man to date the bosses daughter
    Hugh Hefner and Phil are the luckiest guys in LA.
    when it comes to women ,sports

    • hello world

      hugh hefner dated jeanie?

      • lakerman1

        No just a lot of gorgeous babes.

        • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Green Flannel

          lol i know that

  • Justin M.

    Great idea!!

  • Josh in da 310

    I think she should just put on a bikini and jump rope for 15 minutes at halftime! Thats entertainment

    • lakerbunny

      PUT IT UP ON JIGGLE-VISION!

  • lakerbunny

    THE BEST IDEA IVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME REGARGING THE ALL STAR GAME! THE LAST GUY WOULDNT HAVE MUCH TO BE ENBARRASSED ABOUT! HE’S THE LAST OF THOSE WHO WERE VOTED ON THE TEAM BY THE FANS! LETS PLAY THE GAME IN THE COLISEUM! MAYBE SHANNON COULD DUNK BETTER AT HOME?!?

  • KOBE 8

    Pretty sure this was Bill Simmon’s idea except instead of coaches picking teams, LeBron and Kobe are the captains.

  • slimehead

    It wont happen.. “Well, whoever got taken last would be embarrassed”, not a good idea.. there allstar players..

    • Marwan Marzina

      They are All Star players, not babies. Getting picked at all would be a blessing but suddenly being picked last after going through all the trouble to get voted in is a let down to the players?
      Maybe LeBron would cry about it, but other than that, no one else would.

  • Owned

    Hey charles, eating too many of those 5 buck taco bell boxes isnt good for you……