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Multiple media members call out the 2024 NBA All-Star Game

Wade-Peeryby:Wade Peery02/18/24
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Many fans who watched the 2024 NBA All-Star Game were simply disgusted with the on the court product on Sunday night. And they weren’t alone, as many prominent media members sounded off on Twitter during and after the game was over. Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe was livid.

And he took to Twitter to let everybody know about it. He even said the players should be punished for their disgraceful showing.

“If you’re not personally offended but this disgraceful farce taking place right now in Indy, you don’t love or understand basketball, These “All-Stars” should be censured. And where are the coaches? Have any of them any pride? They’re all acting like athletic court jesters,” Ryan sounded off.

He continued with one more tweet eviscerating the players. And he called upon NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to do something.

“Once again these NBA stars are showing no respect for the game. It’s another Dunkarama and 3-point farce. Not a single hand in anyone’s face. I’ll see how TCM is doing. See you next year. What a waste of time. Adam, you must do something. It’s embarrassing for your sport.”

Ryan was not alone in his disgust of the on-the-court product Sunday night. Longtime NBA reporter David Aldridge was equally as upset.

“That was dreadful. Again. I am beginning to think this game is irredeemable. I am not sure why even minimal defensive effort is beyond this generation of All-Stars. But it may be time to end this game if they can’t give more of a damn than that,” Aldridge said on Sunday following the game.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt joined in the extensive list of people who were furious with the lack of effort on the floor.

“It’s really simple: if you don’t care, neither do we,” Van Pelt tweeted after the game.

And then there was the voice of a man who has loved following the NBA over the years, Bill Simmons.

East defeated the West in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game

The East defeated the West with a score of 211-186. According to OptaStats, the 211 points scored by the East is the second most ever by an NBA or NCAA team in a game (regular season, postseason, or All-Star). The most was by Troy (a Division II school at the time) in a 258-141 win over DeVry on January 12, 1992.

Damian Lillard was named MVP of the game, after he pumped in 39 points and dished out four assists. Karl Anthony Towns dropped 50 points and had eight rebounds for the West.