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Landry Fields Sings, Iman Shumpert Raps, and I Wonder...

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

After watching this video of Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert, a brilliant idea occurred to me: All-Star Karaoke.

Landry Fields Sings, Iman Shumpert Raps, and I Wonder...

The general consensus from most on the Internet concerning last weekend's NBA All-Star Weekend was basically that it sucked.  It was lacking something that made it such a spectacle in the past.  From the dunk contest featuring young "no-names" and being decided by fan voting, to point guards half-assing the skills contest, to Rising Stars Game being defeated in the ratings by "Jersey Shore", The All-Star Game has certainly lost its mojo.

Tweaks are made every year to the events to try and stimulate the crowd, but all of the ideas seemed stale.  I thought that the inclusion of H-O-R-S-E was a solid thought, but sloppy execution and a crappy trophy killed that.  The dunk contest is always tinkered with, and it seems like they may have gone too far this year by putting fans solely in charge of determining the winner.

But then an idea hit me last night, and I thought Leap Day was the perfect opportunity to pitch it.  Last night, I saw this video of Landry Fields singing an altered version of "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy.  Additionally, Iman Shumpert threw in a freestyle rap at the event last night for Knicks' ticket holders.  It was amazing. 


That Landry Fields has a voice that could make a wolverine purr.  Then that made me think of this other NBA musical gem that I saw last week: the Minnesota Timberwolves and their karaoke renditions of *NSYNC's "Tearing Up My Heart" which is even more amazing if you can believe it.

That's when it hit me.  The NBA All-Star Weekend should include a karaoke contest, or a rap battle, or both.  How amazing would that be?  Since the All-Star Weekend features the worlds of sports, celebrities, and musicians colliding, why not have some fun with that?  This could be a great way to let the fans interactive without having it impact the outcome of something like the dunk contest, which should be judged by actual judges.

Here's what I propose.  Teams nominate one player for both the rap battle and karaoke challenge.  They could make videos and turn it into a big social media thing that fans get excited about during the first half of the season.  A fan vote will land four players in each event.  Then, those players perform for judges (who are there watching or competing in a useless Celebrity Game anyway) who decide which two move on to the final round.  Fan voting can decide the winner in the final round, and everyone has a good time.  

I would watch Iman Shumpert locked in a rap battle with Metta World Peace, or Landry Fields try to out-sing Michael Beasley.  There are already enough pointless things going on during All-Star Weekend, why not do something that's actually fun?  What would you rather watch, a karaoke/rap battle or a Celebrity Game?  It's no contest for me.  If I'm going to watch people suck at something, I'd rather watch the players suck at singing/rapping than watch "celebrities" jog up and down the court for two hours.  

Coaches like Maurice Cheeks could even get into the mix too if they wanted.

Actually, maybe coaches should stay on the sidelines with Derrick Rose, who would sit through the entire thing stone-faced with his arms crossed.  Make it happen, Internet.

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