The Starting 5: How to improve All-Star Weekend

Scott Lokker, left, David Husney, right, Billy Proctor, second right and Scott Cockerill work during the setup of fan participation events in preparation for the NBA All-Star Game festivities this weekend, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Charlotte won't be a ghost town this weekend, but it sure won't be buzzing like many had hoped when the NBA awarded the city the 2017 All-Star game. The league moved the event last summer after North Carolina politicians failed to repeal House Bill 2, a law that passed last March that limits the protections of LGBT people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet

1. 8 ways to make NBA All-Star Weekend even better — Andrew Lynch, FOX Sports

While NBA All-Star Weekend always offers up its entertaining moments, many believe things have gotten a bit stale. The All-Star Game itself is kind of a joke at this point, with almost zero defense played unless the game is close at the very end. So Lynch looks at some ways to spice up the entire weekend. He has thoughts about new contests and fun rules for the All-Star Game itself, including some scoring ideas straight out of NBA Jam.

2. Jimmy Butler is rising over a bunch of bull — Seerat Sohi, ESPN

Jimmy Butler’s rise to stardom is an impressive one. Butler grew up in poverty and was homeless for two years as a teenager before being taken in by the mother of a friend. He earned a scholarship to junior college and then went to Marquette before being selected at the end of the first round in 2011. Butler has since transformed from a defensive specialist early in his career with the Bulls to an All-Star starter and arguably a top-10 player. This story reveals what makes Butler tick and also speculates on his future in Chicago.

3. Michael Jordan is the greatest hater of all time — Dragonfly Jonez, SB Nation

It’s Michael Jordan’s birthday! The G.O.A.T. is now 54, but rather than do the usual and remember his outstanding career on the basketball court, this piece has some fun at his expense and looks at his hating ways. This includes golf beefs, harsh Slam Dunk Contest judging and, of course, his Hall of Fame speech that took shots at a whole bunch of folks. There’s more than just this, though, so be sure to read through this whole thing.

4. CBS Sports’ 50 greatest NBA players of all time: Where do LeBron, Curry rank? — CBS Sports Staff

20 years ago at the All-Star Game, the NBA honored its 50 best players of all time. The CBS Sports Staff got together to remake that list. Michael Jordan is at the top…and LeBron James comes in at No. 2, which will likely spark plenty of debate. Other current players on the list include Dirk Nowitzki, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard and Kawhi Leonard.

5. Charles Oakley says it may take years for him to return to the Garden — Mike Wise, The Undefeated

The Charles Oakley-Knicks debacle seemed to have been smoothed over after Oakley met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Knicks owner James Dolan earlier this week, a meeting that featured a call from Michael Jordan. But Oakley is still fuming and isn’t ready to forgive and forget. He feels like he was used in a PR stunt and admitted it may be years before he returns to Madison Square Garden.

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