Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  13 responses

Report: NBA Changing Format of Rookie-Sophomore Game

There will be changes to the All-Star Weekend dunk-a-thon that is otherwise known as the Rookie-Sophomore Game, reports Hoopsworld: “The NBA’s Rookie Challenge has been tweaked several times over the years. When the game was first added to All-Star Weekend in 1994, it was simply called the ‘Rookie Game’ and featured two teams made up entirely of rookies. In 2000, the current format was adapted, pitting the top rookies against the top sophomores. Over the years, the games have been competitive, with the sophomores leading the all-time series 8-4 but losing the last two showdowns. Now, it sounds like the NBA is changing the game’s format once again. There have been rumblings that this year’s Rookie-Sophomore game won’t pit the two draft classes against each other, but rather feature two teams with a combination of rookies and sophomores. We’re hearing that two TNT personalities – possibly Charles Barkely and Shaquille O’Neal – will assemble the teams from the pool of selected players and coach the squads as well. That means we could see Kyrie Irving throwing alley oops to Blake Griffin or John Wall running a fastbreak with MarShon Brooks. Not only will this make the game more interesting, it’ll also be more competitive. In the past, some of the individual match-ups have been hard to watch. Last year, for example, the sophomores lacked a true center so they were dominated by DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe. This year, assuming the league uses this new format, the teams should be much more balanced. An official announcement detailing the changes could come in the next few weeks, as All-Star Weekend approaches.”

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  • Heals

    C’mon SLAM this was uncovered a while back, ya’ll are the scoopers not the scoopees….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They should make them choose the teams live on television. And not Shaq and Charles, but some actual players.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    this is how the ASG should be played too

  • theDankerNuggets

    i know this will make the teams more balanced but i still would prefer to have the rookies playing against the sophomores otherwise there doesn’t seem to be much of a point to the game except calling it the jr. ASG…. :/

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Don’t like it. Keep it the way it is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    alter the dunk contest while u r at it. Can someone please explain the fixation of having only 4 guys in the dunk contest each year? i really don’t get it. back in the day there used to be like 8 participants. So if 2 guys mail it in completetly (for ex crash, ty thomas) u still have like 6 of them that can put on a show. now u just have a guy with a cape and a green midget.

  • http://onthacorner.com/forum Kevin

    In the words of Fruit from The Wire “Why you got to go and f**k with the program?”

  • http://www.lapfoto.com.au Clay

    Why not just play East vs West mix teams of Rookies and Sophomores?

  • golden state

    if only there was a way to pinch college alums against each other. for example: unc, kansas, internationals, etc VS duke, kentucky, etc. I think that would be fun to watch.

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Some of you are acting like the rookie game is sacred. I don’t care what they do with the format as long as it’s fun to watch. I say let the 1st picks of the participating draft classes be the captains and choose their teams (sophs pick first). John Wall and Kyrie should make for good captains. Does Wall pick DMC? Will Kyrie choose Tristan? No doubt guys are going to take the order they’re picked personally.

  • kantankruz

    I likey.

  • yes.we.did

    Man forget the Friday game. Let the All-Stars wear their team’s jerseys with the All-Star patch on it again. Make it happen Stern!!!

  • http://moontain.org Fredd

    bad idea, it’s a complete mess, too many different colors ( team’s jerseys for ASG )