I almost ended up missing most of these festivities. All thanks to a frat meeting that I already knew I had to attend Saturday night. Then I realized that there's not whole lot going on until later that evening anyway. It's mostly filler they have in the beginning which usually consists of looking back at previous All-Star games and/or dunk contests. Not to mention that thanks to the DVR I could skip past all of the unnecessary junk.
First there was that BBVA Celebrity Game . Okay...I guess that was technically Friday night so that doesn't count for the Saturday events that I DVR'ed. However, it was still an All-Star Weekend event so it qualifies for this post. I don't know why they even bothered having an MVP if they were going to let the fans vote on it. Of course Justin Beiber's fans were going to show up in full force to give it to him. He had a couple of decent moves but nothing anywhere close to being MVP status. Now Scottie Pippen on the other hand? I swear that cat could still play today. It was good to see him in action again. And Romeo Miller...you do know that no matter how much you show off you still won't make an NBA roster, right?
Then there was the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. That's when the real action started. Even though it was pretty much the same game they show every year just with different faces. The one surprise that I noticed was that James Harden cat from the Oklahoma City Thunder. I had no idea he was that good. I might have to play with the Thunder more often on NBA 2K11. But the best part about that game was that FONKY assist that John Wall had to Blake Griffin off that bounce pass from close to mid-court. Easily one of the best plays in a Rookie game in quite a while.
I'm glad they got rid of the whole "HORSE" game. That was a huge waste of time. They would have been better off just showing us highlights of some trick shots that these same players make in their practices. Since they've already gone that far they can also go ahead and cancel that Shooting Stars mess too. All that really is is a glorified game of HORSE where they throw in some WNBA players to appease that demographic. Which reminds me...I wouldn't be mad if they went ahead and flatlined that WNBA experiment as well.
I normally like the Skills challenge. Being a point guard at heart (with a shooting guard mentality), it's right down my alley. I just wasn't feeling this time around though. Maybe it's because everything was DVR'ed so I knew I could fast forward thru it to get to the good stuff. Which is exactly what I did. I'd have to look it up to tell you who won it and I really don't feel like doing it.
The only reason I watched the 3-point contest was to see if my man Ray Allen could pull it out. Especially now that he is the new record holder for the most NBA 3-pointers. He looked like he would for a minute there until James Jones of the Miami Heat started showing out. I didn't even know the Heat had a cat like that on their squad. Since they do, why isn't he taking those last minute treys when they need it instead of Mike Miller?
Finally the moment had arrived most of us had all waited for: the Slam Dunk contest. Blake Griffin came in heavily favored and he didn't disappoint. Even if he did do a repeat of Vince Carter's elbow in the rim dunk. Unlike everyone else who poo-pooed his final dunk as not being all that, I entirely disagree. Dude jumped over a car. I don't care that it was the hood. HE. JUMPED. OVER. A. CAR. How many of us can do that? Not to mention that he had to catch an alley-oop WHILE doing it. So he had to concentrate on getting the ball, clearing the car AND completing the dunk. He nailed it on the first try. Folks need to stop hating. That was amazing. It's going to go down as one of the most underrated Slam Dunk contest dunks ever. Right up there with Jeff Green and the cupcake.
The weekend wrapped up with that NBA All-Star Game Sunday night. Kobe Bryant won the MVP. The Black Mamba is still one of the stupidest nicknames in the history of the NBA.