The NBA’s All-Star Game has drawn plenty of criticism over the past few years, and this edition wasn’t the exception to that rule.
Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone claimed it was the worst basketball game ever, while Jaylen Brown added that it was a glorified layup line.
Ironically, the product has gotten much worse despite the numbers being way more impressive, and we even witnessed history with a record-breaking performance by Jayson Tatum.
That’s why — criticism aside — former NBA player Eddie House believes the All-Star Game was actually positive for the Boston Celtics as an organization.
"I think it was a big win for the Celtics… it was a showcase of how great an organization this is."@EddieHouse_50 reacts to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown dominating the NBA All-Star Game 😤#BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/8MMEEyIsli
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 21, 2023
Brown dominated with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, while Tatum set a new mark with 55 points, ten boards, and six dimes.
Per House, that’s just a testament to how good of a job the Celtics have done as a franchise by building up this young duo, who’s now become one of the best, most dominant in the league.
Then again, we should take these numbers with a couple of grains of salt, as the players played absolutely no defense whatsoever, and it was far less competitive than a scrimmage in practice.
Truth be told, players couldn’t care less about the All-Star Game anymore.
And we get it; they need to rest after two-thirds of the season, especially with the most important stretch still ahead of them, but this isn’t good for the fans or the product at all.
Of course, Tatum and Brown could’ve posted the very same numbers in a regular season or even a playoff game, but it was far less impressive in this context.NEXT: Jayson Tatum Asserted His MVP Potential Sunday Night