Well, it could be I guess. It's sort of a joke. I'm home with some sort of mutant galactic super-flu. I've done both shots this year, and as usual, nothing helps.
I honestly enjoy the Rookie-Sophomore game about as much, if not more, than the actual all-star game. NBA league pass has changed things, but its still a nice chance to see the younger players, to put their skills in context with their peers.
And I have to say, for a year that was widely, viciously, almost universally derided as weak, 2009 has produced just a slew of guys who look to have long careers. Budinger could have been in this game, but the field was so deep there was no room for a guy who's in the top 8 of rookies by advanced stats. Also present is cultural phenomenon Omri Casspi (no really - we already have the first of several babies to be named Omri.) I hope that he will truly embody the sabra spirit, because the NBA needs caustic funny guys.
Also present is my personal cause, Dejuan Blair. ---> Rant Begins <--- Score another one for college translations. And if Blair does get hurt, so what, really. It was a second round pick. Those are worth $2 million each, as established by the Rockets last year. $2 million? That's just not that much risk for a player who was anointed by every statistical measure. And if you hit, those guys are super cheap. If he can't play more than a year or two with no ACL, so what? ---> Rant Ends <---