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Going Off The Grid: NBA All-Star Panelists Discuss Biggest Issues Facing League

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. With the NBA All-Star Game headed to The Big Easy this weekend, our panelists discuss the biggest issues facing the league and weigh in on international expansion.

  • TNT's Kenny Smith
    – His favorite basketball movie is "Cornbread, Earl and Me."
  • State Farm Advertising Dir Ed Gold
    – Loves movies, primarily action and comedies. His go-to mindless TV show is "American Pickers."
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune Pelicans beat writer John Reid
    – Enjoys '80s music -- Loose Ends, New Edition and Kashif.
  • Smoothie King Center GM Alan Freeman
    – Tries to stay informed about trends in pop culture -- not an easy task with technology evolving daily.

Going Off The Grid
  Future NBA franchise - Mexico City or London? The biggest issue facing the NBA is... Most memorable dunk/dunker at the All-Star Game Moving the ASG from Charlotte to New Orleans was... An untapped All-Star Game market

London There isn't a negative issue facing the league - it's in a great space right now Chris "Birdman" Andersen Ahead of the curve Miami hasn't hosted in a while - everything there is centrally located

Overseas travel is tough - Mexico City Maintaining the positive momentum in the league I'm a Chicago guy, so gotta go MJ from the free throw line Very difficult, but I appreciate Adam Silver putting the NBA's conviction into action I'm ready to head to Memphis!

Mexico City
It's becoming strictly a 3-point shooting contest - get back to the basics Dwight Howard - still see him soaring with that Superman cape A strong move by the NBA Portland - nice arena, nice area

Hard to see how a standalone European team would work with scheduling Sports in general are overexposed Dwight
Howard when he donned the Superman outfit
A tough loss for Charlotte The NBA has expressed a desire to return to Charlotte - a great idea

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