The clowns on TNT, good for a laugh and a general barometer on the NBA, picked their teams for the newly structured BBVA Rising Stars Challenge tonight. As the lone entry in All-Star weekend for the Bobcats, Kemba Walker was selected 11th overall to compete on Team Shaq.
If you didn’t know, they did away with the old Rookies vs. Sophomores structure and remade the game into school yard picks with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal as captains. Blake Griffin went first overall, to Team Shaq. Barkley took Kyrie Irving. I don’t know if either player will be available to play, as Griffin will be in the All-Star game itself as a first time starter and Irving has been injured. Irving is like a ghost. Scary to those who have seen him, but I haven’t seen him so I don’t know if he’s actually all that scary or some old guy in a sheet that’ll call me a meddling kid. I watch wayyyy too much Scoobie Doo.
Jeremy Lin was added, aparently to the proceedings and was taken third, followed by Demarcus “Boogie (don’t call me Boogie)” Cousins. Shaq then took Ricky Rubio and then the power forwards and small forwards and big men got off the board and Shaq took Kemba Walker.
This makes Kemba the 4th best point guard, behind Irving, Lin and Rubio and ahead of John Wall, Norris Cole and Brandon Knight. I mean if you want to make up rankings, what better to go by than Shaq vs Chuck in a pick-em for “bragging rights.”
I don’t get how NBA just turns All-Star weekend over to TNT every year. Things like this, the announcers, the Chuck vs. Dick Bavetta race/kiss, hype, hype, hype and jokes and jokes and jokes; it just sort of cheapens the experience for me. Great personalities, don’t get me wrong. But the league isn’t about Kerr, Reggie Miller, Barkley, Shaq and all the rest of their assorted involvement and cast of characters. Let the players shine on their own, have vanilla Breen and whoever else call the game. Set the grandstanding and sideshows aside for the weekend. But hey, who am I to judge?
Kemba should do well with a team of Greg Monroe, Markieff Morris and a bunch of PGs….actually, yikes Shaq. Seriously, quit playing jokes, you’re gonna get smoked in this one.