Safety Concern Rises for NBA All-Star Weekend as Adam Silver Breaks Internet With Latest Innovation

Published 02/06/2024, 11:17 AM EST

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The hype surrounding the All-Star weekend has reached a fever pitch, with less than two weeks remaining for the spectacle. The All-Star festivities like the Celebrity All-Star game, 3-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest, and Skills Challenge take place on the 16th and 17th of February at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Meanwhile, the All-Star game itself is slated for February 18th at the Pacers’ Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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However, the 2024 All-Star weekend will be very different from its previous iterations. First, the All-Star weekend will host the very first NBA vs WNBA 3-Point Contest, featuring Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu. Apart from that, NBA supremo Adam Silver has decided to introduce new state-of-the-art LED courts for All-Star festivities on the 16th and 17th of February.

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The full video LED court is developed by Germany-based company, ASB GlassFloor. The LED court will basically act as a giant television screen, offering full customization capabilities with graphics, lines, animation and effects. The introduction of the new LED courts has sparked curiosity across the basketball community, with many eagerly anticipating whether this innovation will prove to be successful or not. However, some fans have raised concerns over player safety.

Skepticism surrounding the new LED courts

While the state-of-the-art LED court has piqued the interest of basketball fans across the globe, it has also sparked safety concerns among them. Many fans feel that the glass surface, combined with the bright LED lights, could distract players, which could lead to injuries. A fan by the username of 2KJ GOAT TWEETER wrote, “This better be safe for the players while yall trying to bring Basketball into the future.”

Another X user holds the same viewpoint. He wrote, “Anybody sitting here wondering about players saftey, glass cracking, and playing on blinding LED surface?”

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Several fans believe that the NBA is the first organization to use the LED court, but that’s not true. FIBA first approved such courts back in 2022, and the LED court was already in use at the 2023 FIBA Women’s World Cup. However, despite previously being tested, numerous NBA fans were unhappy with the new LED court. A fan wrote, This might be the worst idea the NBA has had yet. Big time pass.”

While another fan felt that the glass court could be slippery. They wrote, “Looks cool but I hope the court isn’t slippery…” 

Another X user going by the username of Florry didn’t like the innovative court and compared them to the In-Season tournament courts, which also had its fair share of complaints. She wrote, “I just hope they’re easy on the eyes.. unlike some of these IST courts.” 

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers? triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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