“Worst basketball game ever played” Nuggets’ Michael Malone criticizes NBA All-Star Game 2023 not offering enough challenging plays

Denver Nuggets coach, Michael Malone, did not hold back his criticism of the 2023 NBA All-Star Game, calling it the “worst basketball game ever played.”

The game was marked by impressive dunks and half-court shots, and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum broke the All-Star game-scoring record with 55 points. However, the defense was clearly optional, and Malone was unimpressed with the lack of competitive play on display.

Malone, who coached Team LeBron in the game, acknowledged that some players showed effort, but overall, he found the level of interest from both teams to be lacking. He was not alone in his criticisms, as ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith also voiced his concerns about the lack of effort and competitiveness during the game.

Despite the NBA’s attempts to make the All-Star Game more competitive, including the introduction of the Elam Ending, which has been successful in other tournaments, the lack of effort remains a problem. Smith and Malone both noted that players often show more effort in summer pickup games than they did during the All-Star Game.

Fans were thoroughly entertained by the game, but Malone and Smith emphasized the importance of effort and competitiveness in basketball. They both called for action to address the issue, with Smith stating that the game “reeks of arrogance and taking fans for granted.”

The 2024 All-Star Game is set to take place in Indianapolis, and fans are hoping that the league will take steps to ensure a more competitive and exciting event. The 2023 game had its moments, but with the criticism from Malone and Smith, it is clear that improvements need to be made to offer more challenging plays and keep fans engaged.


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