Jalen Brunson accepts MLB-inspired incentives to make the NBA All-Star Game great again

Jalen Brunson had a special season with the New York Knicks. The 27-year-old combo guard is averaging a solid 27.5 points per game, connecting on 47.9 percent of his shots from the field and better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. He was recently in Indianapolis for the NBA All-Star Game and has a pretty unique perspective on how the league could make a change so that the showcase for the league’s best players becomes much more competitive.

The NBA returned to the East-West format for this year’s All-Star Game with the hopes that traditional competition would lead to a memorable game. Instead, it turned out to be a run-and-gun show with dunks and three-pointers. The East won by a shocking score of 211-186.

Jalen Brunson and teammate Josh Hart talked about the event on Roommates presented by Playmaker HQ and discussed an idea that would make the game much more like a traditional NBA game.

He believes attributing home-court advantage in the NBA Finals to the winning team in the playoffs would do just that. This was an idea Major League Baseball adopted for several seasons to make the All-Star Game more meaningful, proposed by former commissioner Bud Selig. After a period of years, MLB abandoned that idea after severe criticism.

“Another way to make it better, I don’t know if baseball does this anymore, but the winner of the all-star game gets home field advantage in the finals. That’s cool. I think this is one way that could at least make the fourth quarter interesting.”