The NBA announced new rules for the 2020 NBA All-Star game.
That’s pretty much all we understand at this point.
The rules appear to be designed to make the game more interesting, honor Kobe Bryant, and raise money for charity. And if accomplishing all of those goals seems like a very complex task, then you’re halfway to understanding the new rules.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Each quarter is a new game with the score resetting at 0-0
- Each quarter’s winning team gets $100,000 to donate to charity
- The 4th quarter winner gets $200,000 for charity
- Both team’s points are tallied up to start the 4th quarter. The quarter begins with that score
- The team that scores 24 points plus the total number of points the leading team scored in the first three quarters wins the 4th quarter
- The 4th quarter will not be timed
See? It’s not that complicated.
Well, #NBATwitter got a little confused by these totally simple rules, and it made me laugh. So here are the best Twitter reactions to the new NBA All-Star game rules.
Enjoy a good laugh. You probably need it.
NBA Fan Reactions to the New All-Star Game Rules
This NBA All Star game they’ll actually be playing FOUR SQUARE— Kirk Your Enthusiasm (@KirkSeriousFace) January 30, 2020
Get it? Because the rules make no sense and it might as well be a totally different game.
So not a basketball game? Got it. https://t.co/JCeSn0H1La— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) January 30, 2020
No, silly. It’s like four basketball games within one basketball game within a charity drive. Not that complicated.
https://t.co/Sy9hEc2Ywc pic.twitter.com/QcfHj30Z05— Sam Guertler (@SamGuertler) January 30, 2020
I wouldn’t be surprised if the NBA got their analytics department together to create these new rules.
NBA just went full galaxy brain on the all-star game.— Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) January 30, 2020
Is the NBA trying too hard? Probably. Will we watch anyway? Yes. Because life is hard and we need an escape and if that means doing math while watching basketball, then so be it.
The NBA explaining the new All-Star Game format: https://t.co/1UAap5D0Ky pic.twitter.com/Ta8XB3W0bG— Sydney Myers (@_sydneymyers) January 30, 2020
Really, guys. Look at the chart. It’s easier than we’re making it sound.
the funniest thing about that email regarding the new All-Star game format is the NBA thinking the score would be 100-95 after three quarters— Jasmyn Wimbish (@JasmynWimbish) January 30, 2020
Honestly though, if the players are as confused as we are, the game might be low-scoring since everyone will be doing trigonometry in their head while trying to dribble.
People watching the NBA All Star Game trying to figure out who is winning. pic.twitter.com/hAzPEpt0Ib— Mike Vigil (@protectedpick) January 30, 2020
The NBA apparently has more faith in my math skills than I do.
What if they use a cantaloupe in the 3 point contest— Ben Zajdel (@BenZajdel) January 30, 2020
Oh, see, now we’re getting somewhere! Why even have rules? New idea: let all NBA players temporarily take performance enhancing drugs during All-Star Weekend! Then we’ll really see a show!
A train leaves Chicago traveling west at 60 miles per hour. An hour later, at 12 noon, another train leaves Chicago traveling east at 80 miles per hour. If the two trains both get to Chicago at 8 p.m. So who wins the NBA All-Star game?— Josh Bowe (@Boweman55) January 30, 2020
Ha ha, Josh. But you said they’re both leaving Chicago and arriving at Chicago. Looks like someone isn’t cut out for the new All-Star game.
I think the thing I’m most excited about with these changes to the All-Star Game is to ask Nikola Jokic to try and explain them to me.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 30, 2020
But in Latin.
“The new NBA All Star game format isn’t that complicated, just read this 3000 word essay and you’ll get it”— Mike Vigil (@protectedpick) January 30, 2020
Wait, there’s a 3,000-word document explaining the rules? And where could one find this potentially helpful document? Asking for a friend.
the one thing the all-star game was missing was math so now it is perfect— zac and i cannot stress this enough crain (@zaccrain) January 30, 2020
It’s like those old computer games that combined typing with going fishing for some reason.
literally my exact journey while reading about the changes to this year’s NBA All-Star Game … pic.twitter.com/77L1Yu1uZJ— Colin Ward-Henninger (@ColinCBSSports) January 30, 2020
Give it time. Or just drink lots of Red Bull before watching the game. Now THAT will really blow your mind!
A visual rendering of the new All-Star Game rules pic.twitter.com/JYZlvarZvz— Nick Angstadt 8/24 (@NickVanExit) January 30, 2020
Five minutes into the explanation: “You haven’t given me any information yet.”
The Gang Explains The NBA All Star Rules pic.twitter.com/eWdxfu7HtH— Mike Camerlengo (@MCamerlengo) January 30, 2020
Spoiler alert: The sweet prize is an algebra exam.
Enjoy the new game rules! If you don’t understand them, then watch the game anyway! There will be dunks and stuff.