They played hard. They entertained. They didn’t get hurt.
When it comes to the NBA All-Star Game that ended with Team LeBron downing Team Steph 148-145 at Staples Center on Sunday night, that’s all anybody ever wanted.
Consider this hoops experiment a rousing success.
After all those years of lackluster exhibition basketball, with the game’s best players treating the centerpiece event of this featured weekend like a lazy shoot-around during the dog days of the regular season, they put some fire back in the game again. Instead of East v. West, the Chris Paul-inspired change meant that leading vote getters LeBron James and Stephen Curry would pick teams just like kids do every day on your local playground.