Folks there is no time like the present so without further ado may I present to you this week in the good, the bad, and the ugly…

The Good: All-Star Weekend Coming Together

NBA All-Star Weekend is less than three weeks away but the preparations are well underway. With fan voting wrapped up this past week, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be captains, drafting their respective teams on February 7th. But more importantly the weekend, held in Charlotte, will feature the Hornet’s own Kemba Walker as a starter, and both Curry brothers (Charlotte natives) in the three point shooting contest. Kudos to the fans for recognizing A) the absurd year Kemba is having and B) letting Charlotte have some locals to root for.

The Bad: The Memphis Grizzlies are on fire

That place is a dumpster fire – is a commonly used expression to denote when something is truly a disaster. Usually the thing being referenced is not actually on fire. Unless in this case where it is.

At the halfway mark of the NBA season the Memphis Grizzlies sit 8 games out of the playoffs and with an aging roster the team has finally decided to pull the plug. News came out this week that the team is looking to trade both of their franchise cornerstones, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. That news is devastating to Grizzly fans because not only have both players spent their entire career in Memphis, but it also signifies that a full rebuild is coming. But on top of all of that – there was an actual fire in the Grizzlies locker room. When it rains – it pours.

The Ugly: New Orleans vs the NFL

It has been a full week since the Los Angeles Rams were not penalized for a pass interference penalty late in the game against the New Orleans Saints. The Rams went on to win and now will play in the Super Bowl next week. The Saints on the other hand… well, they are still not coping well with the situation. Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson tweeted his frustration directly to commissioner Roger Goodell:

Saints season ticket holders have formally launched a lawsuit against the NFL and the debate even made it all the way to the US Senate floor (for some reason). Meanwhile Roger and NFL have remained silent on the matter with their only action being fining Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Rams for his helmet to helmet hit on the very play in question. The NFL is hoping this will blow over eventually.

The problem is eventually may never come.