All-Star Games are weird when you consider that for nine months a year these guys are trying to beat the pants off of their competitors, only to spend one weekend as teammates who are trying to coexist in order to win a game that doesn’t matter. It’d be like teaming up with your ex’s new significant other for a game of “Risk.” We want rivalries, hot tempers and trash talk every day of the year, except for this one special time when we want these guys to be besties who throw each other alley-oops. Kind of strange when you think about it.
Doc Rivers has been thinking about it and he agrees. All this friendship and lovey-dovey broing down is all a sham, as far as he’s concerned. From the Boston Globe:
“Especially when you have guys that don’t like each other,’’ said Rivers. “In this case, I don’t know if that’s true. But there are certain guys on different teams that don’t like each other, and then they’re in the All-Star Game and you see them laughing and joking, and you know that they’re so freaking phony right now.’’
A regular J.D. Salinger over here, folks. But I guess if anybody would know about players being phony, it’s Doc Rivers. He’s a former All-Star, he’s coached the Eastern Conference before and — this is the big one — he’s the head coach of one the most hated teams in the league. Doc knows what’s he’s talking about.
That being said, outside of all the players out there who probably are being fake nice to the Celtics, it’s kind of hard to imagine that there is that much bad blood between these guys. Sure, Amar’e Stoudemire and Al Horford have been trading barbs, but Amar’e's also close with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. It’s like my main man Isaac Newton always says, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In basketball terms, for as many guys that genuinely don’t like each other, there are just as many who are pals.
Or maybe I’m wrong and this game is going to end up being a bloodbath with players from both teams trying to fight all the Celtics. Might not be good for the league, but it’d get killer ratings.