The team format for the dunk contest doesn't work for me... it's a damn shame, becausd I think they had a bad format but had way better dunkers than the past 5-6 dunk contest combined...
I haven't truly enjoyed a dunk contest since Jason Richardson won it a decade or so ago..
I agree with pretty much everything you said.
I believe the whole reason the NBA went through with the format change was because the dunk contest was getting kind of stale the last few years, but I think that it's been more of a problem with the actual participants than it has been with the format of the contest.
I didn't really like the Freestyle Round very much, and the Battle Round was alright except for the fact that Lillard was putting on a show and then ended up getting eliminated early. If they wouldn't have changed the format we probably would've seen PG, Lillard, Ross and Wall all dunk at least once more.
It seems to me like the biggest reason the fans aren't getting into the contest as much anymore is mainly because almost every dunker needs multiple attempts to complete their dunks. Every time someone throws down a nasty dunk the crowd erupts, but they lose their intensity when the next guy misses a couple of dunk attempts. If the NBA only allowed each dunker two attempts for every dunk I think it'd force them to try and complete the dunks on their first attempt, and that would likely get the crowd more into it. That's just my two cents.
Aside from the new format I didn't think it was that bad of a dunk contest.
As for the All-Star Game, I thought it was pretty solid. Plenty of highlights and scoring from both teams. The West looked like they had it locked up for a while but the East made a nice comeback. I do kind of wish that everybody would play a little more seriously like they always do at the end, just so that the game would be a little more competitive from start to finish, but at least they put on a show.
A little bit more KD vs. LBJ would've been nice as well, but overall I was satisfied. Kyrie beasted.