Spurs get shaft during All-Star break

Even before the NBA All- Star game was played on Sunday, I had decided I was not going to watch it.

There is no bigger sports fan than your faithful servant here. Writing about sports events and attending many high school competitions has been a way of life for me here at the Pleasanton Express. But forgive me if All-Star games on a national level do nothing for me.

If there is one All-Star game I still watch it’s the American League versus the National League baseball game played at midseason. In my opinion, the players selected to the teams try their best to compete and win the game for their respective leagues. Forget about the other all-star games. As far as the NBA and NFL football All-Star games are concerned, the players seem to care more about how many points they score individually and try their best to not get hurt. In other words, why play in the game if you’re not going to give your best? I immediately lost interest in this year’s NBA All- Star game when LaMarcus Aldridge was the only San Antonio Spur named as an All-Star. There seems to be evidence that the NBA as a whole does not care much for the Spurs and their organization. Why then was Davis Bertans not named to compete in the threepoint shooting contest? He certainly had the shooting statistics to back it up. It would have at least had one more Spur to represent San Antonio in the All-Star festivities at Charlotte. Yet others with less credentials were selected ahead of him. Watching a bunch of millionaire superstars try to impress the fans with hugh high-flying dunks and spectacular three-point shooting does not impress me when there is not any semblance of defense.

Thank goodness there is one game about to be played that will be a pleasure to watch. And that is when the Pleasanton Eagles take on the Carrizo Springs Wildcats in a Class 4A, Region 4, bi-district playoff game at Devine tonight (Tuesday). As soon as I finish this column my wife and I will head out for the game and there is no doubt the players on both teams will play hard all night and the losing team will have nothing to be ashamed of because they will have given it their best effort. That’s the kind of basketball I like to watch.

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