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Are changes coming to the Rookie-Sophomore game?

Alex Kennedy of Hoops World:

Now, it sounds like the NBA is changing the game’s format once again.

There have been rumblings that this year’s Rookie-Sophomore game won’t pit the two draft classes against each other, but rather feature two teams with a combination of rookies and sophomores. We’re hearing that two TNT personalities – possibly Charles Barkely and Shaquille O’Neal – will assemble the teams from the pool of selected players and coach the squads, as well. That means we could see Kyrie Irving throwing alley oops to Blake Griffin or John Wall running a fastbreak with MarShon Brooks.

Not only will this make the game more interesting, it’ll also be more competitive.

The Pistons could actually have three representatives in this game. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight are close to locks to be selected, but Jonas Jerebko is also a candidate. Since he missed his entire sophomore season, he’s still eligible to play this year.


  • Jan 23, 20122:42 pm
    by BIG MARV


    didnt they do that similar format back in 96 where the teams were named the Ballers vs The Players some crap like that but thats cool it kinda combines the rookies and sophs together plus I think the rookies have been dominating for years now so its time to make it more interesting again

  • Jan 23, 20123:17 pm
    by Mark


    It could also put Knight/Monroe on the same team….

  • Jan 23, 20124:43 pm
    by Travis


    It would be interesting to see which players got picked first and how fast Monroe got scooped up.

  • Jan 23, 20125:05 pm
    by Scout


    You think that Knight is a lock for the game? He’s definitely a top ten rookie. But he’s only the sixth best guard. While they’re supposed to pick the BPA, it might be tough to justify six rookie guards.

    • Jan 23, 20126:32 pm
      by Shane


      Stats wise he is the 2nd or 3rd best guard…

      • Jan 23, 20126:33 pm
        by Shane


        i mean third or fourth. I think he can give Brooks a run for his money

  • Jan 23, 20126:00 pm
    by Daye and Knight


    It’s hard to see Knight beating out Kemba, Irving, Rubio and Brooks to make the roster, and that’s just the rookie class. He’ll also have to beat out Wall since they plan to merge the teams but if each squad had 3 guards, then maybe I see Knight making it in. Monroe should be a lock no matter what tho cause he’ll be better than any big man in both the rookie and 2 year players accept Griffin.

  • Jan 23, 20126:49 pm
    by tarsier


    I hope they have playground style all the players out there and Barkley and Shaq taking turns picking right before the game starts.

    • Jan 23, 20128:26 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      That would be great, especially when Barkley and Shaq don’t know who half the players are.

      • Jan 24, 20124:00 am
        by tarsier


        I’ll take that tall one over there.

        I’ll take the bald one there.

  • Jan 24, 201211:15 am
    by sebastian


    Would Blake Griffin even want to play with these guys, as he was a “real” All-Star at last season game held in LA?
    I would think, not.

  • Jan 24, 20123:26 pm
    by Max


    Here in NY, people don’t even know know Brooks’ name yet.  Don’t be surprised if he is snubbed and I can tell you by watching him pretty often that he is not playing as well as Knight anyway and is being asked to do a lot less.

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