By Craig Kwasniewski
Hey thanks for letting Derrick Rose out of the Rookie Game. No seriously, thanks for allowing a 21-year old to rest up on a Friday of All-Star Weekend instead of playing all of two exhibition games and a dribble contest over a span of three days. Gosh, I had no idea the amount of physical stress playing over All-Star Weekend is on a well-conditioned professional athlete. Hey thanks for confirming what most people already knew: The Rookie Game is pointless!
Here's my problem with that... I bought tickets to your damn Rookie Game!!!
Yep, in a bad economy not everyone is able to bankroll the $500 to see All-Star Saturday Night or $1,000 for good seats for the All-Star Game on Sunday. Some of us just want to catch what they can afford over All-Star Weekend and the Rookie Game at $35 per seat was just that event.
Last year I praised the NBA for coming up with so many affordable alternative (BTW - not "alternative" as in Prop. 8 "alternative" but alternative as in not as expensive) events. I was able to catch the Rookie Game on Friday night for $35 and the All-Star Practice the next morning for $55. Not bad if you just want to get a feel for the whole All-Star experience. I thought it was genius that the NBA was able to create so many events to allow fans to capture the essence of All-Star Weekend.
Now... well now, I'm a tad pissed off. I'm making a cost-effective (read: using mileage for a free flight from LA) trip to Big D for All-Star Weekend. I spent a grand total of $100 on tickets to the Celebrity Game, All-Star Practice and the Rookie Game... not a bad deal at all. Just like last season, it's all about catching a feel for the whole All-Star experience. Sure it's not the big boy events, but on a scale of 1 to 10, I still totaled a *10*...just two 3's and a 4. But instead of getting a chance to see Rose, a superstar in the making I get Anthony Morrow and a reminder of something that I already knew in the back of my mind... that the Rookie Game is pointless.
Yao did it in 2004 - Letting Rose skip out is completely breaking precedent. Yao Ming in 2004 played in both the Rookie Game (6 points & 5 boards in 15 minutes) and the All Star Game (16 points & 4 boards in 18 minutes) the same weekend. Maybe Rockets fans can blame all of his countless injuries on that grueling 33 minutes over 3 days... and who wouldn't? It's a freakin' exhibition weekend for the true NBA fans... Rose should play on Friday!
Celebrity Game Horror - I'm already regretting the money I spent on the "Celebrity" Game. FOUR Globetrotters, Nancy Lieberman... Chris Tucker??? We're really using the term Celebrity loosely here. Seriously, for the right price, and I'm talking $100 cash, they'll show up to your kid's Bar Mitzvah even if you're not Jewish. You mean they couldn't find a random Dallas Cowboy to slowly dribble the ball up court? Danny White, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman... Michael Irvin, none of these guys were willing show up? Money NOT well spent!