It’s Tuesday and I’ve have finally wedged myself off my couch from enjoying another NBA All Star Weekend. Whatever I didn’t see live, I saw repeatedly the morning after thanks to YouTube and NBA TV. Ill try to summarize this as quickly as possible so you can get ready for the NBA action that returns tonight.
The NBA Celebrity game was coached by old teammates, Russell Westbrook & James Harden representing the East and West squads respectively. It featured Hip Hop/TV personalities Common, Trey Songs, Josh Hutchinson, Usain Bolt and NBA legends - Dikembe Mutombo, Cylde Drexler, & Bruce Bowen. While the actual game is more of a popularity contest than an a expression of skill ,reigning MVP Kevin Hart (whom I usually don’t find funny) did a great job of entertaining the crowd.He ended up winning another MVP, which is fine because If he did this dance without a trophy, it would have just been f*cking weird.
Later that night the Rising Stars competition took place with teams chosen by Shaq & Charles Barkley. Chuck took alot of heat for taking Anthony Davis over last years MVP Kyrie Irving with his pick, but Team Chuck had the last laugh as they destroyed Team Shaq 166-144. Kenneth “Manimal” Faried took home the MVP after scoring 40 points, 11 rebounds and set a new record for longest smile held by an NBA player. Chuck mentioned numerous times this weekend that “Faried is everything that’s right about the NBA right now” and as usual Chuck is 100% correct. Averaging just under a double-double in less than 30 minutes per game this season, Faried is undoubtedly one of the hardest workers in the league. Becoming the first NBA player to promote civil unions and LGBT rights, he continues to show how much of an exceptional role model he is, on and off the court.
Even after all of that, the highlight of the night was unanimously Kyrie Irving putting Brandon Knight’s ankles through the spin cycle. What looked like part three of Irving’s Uncle Drew series, Kyrie reminded the world why he’s the reigning Rookie of the Year. Credit has to be given to Brandon who came right back at Kyrie with a crossover of his own. For the next few minutes fans were treated to the best five minutes of one-on-one basketball I’ve seen in the last few months. Hopefully this was just an audition tape and Brandon will join Kevin Love and Irving as old men schooling youngbloods across America.
All Star Saturday night lead with the Shooting Stars competition with had and NBA Star, WNBA star and a NBA legend face off against their peers. Yes this event is just as boring as it sounds, but in the end, Team Bosh of Chris Bosh, Swin Cash of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Dominique Wilkins that took home the trophy. This only reminded everyone that even when Bosh wins an accolade, he really doesn’t “win” does he?
Up next was the Skills competition which displays point guards at their best. Unfortunately it just puts everyone to sleep. Damian Lillard still deserves respect for winning this event, although we all know it won’t be the only award he wins this year. *cough-Rookie of the Year-cough*
The Three-Point shooting competition is usually the time for everyone to refill their bowls of chips or put new beers in the fridge while you get ready for the Slam Dunk contest, however this year, I found myself glued to the couch. While EVERYONE (don’t lie like you didn’t) either chose Stephen Curry or Steve Novak to win the award, it was Uncle Drew who went red hot and shot 17 of 18 shots to seal his win over the “Red Mamba” Matt Bonner. Known more as a supreme ball handler than a shooter, Kryie added yet another weapon to his extensive arsenal over the last year. That’s right Cleavland, you’re not allowed to say “God hates me” anymore while you have a stud like this playing for your team. You just can’t!
Finally the highlight of the night, the Slam Dunk competition. Based on athleticism and YouTube video research , this was primed to be the best dunk contest in the last 5-7 years. Unfortunately with most participants failing to complete a dunk in the allotted time or shrinking to the pressure, most fans were left disappointed. With props and visuals kept to a minimum, I thought it lived up to hype. Kenneth Faried, Eric Bledsoe and Jeremy Evens had monstrous dunks that got me jumping out my seat seen here..
Gerald Green started off on the right foot but couldn’t get his focused on his second attempt. My pick to win the contest, James “Flight” White, should have just done the dunks that made him a YouTube sensation, but he couldn’t handle the limelight. I’m sure he’ll have another chance at the contest in years to come..
Nonetheless it was @T_DotFlight31 who lived up to his name and put on a show to remember.
and to cap it off….
With the signing of Rudy Gay and Ross winning this contest, the Toronto Raptors are slowly digging our way out the gutter of the NBA. Were still covered in mud and six feet of dirt, but the future is bright.
Lebron vs KD, Kobe vs Kyrie, KG vs Melo.This game had enough storylines to keep diehard fans like myself salivating for days. With a star studded crowd, fans piled in to finally see their favourite players and idols go head to head.
Kings & Queens made appearances..
Drinks were served…
and my wife showed up to do the Halftime show…
I know the halftime show sucked, but look at her, we know she can sing, so I don’t know about you, but I’m giving her a pass.
While there wasn’t any competitive fire in anyone until the fourth quarter, everyone was still professional enough to put on a good show.
It came down to Kobe putting the defensive clamps down on Lebron (twice) and CP3 showing the league why he’s the best true point guard since Isiah Thomas. They lead the West to a 143-138 win over the East and Chris Paul was awarded the MVP with 20 points, 15 assists and 4 steals, and two dribbles between Bosh’s legs. I personally think Paul won the MVP to get Lil Chris more face-time. I guarantee this kid will one day, be the leader or the free world.
Seriously, who in their right mind could say no to this face?
In the end, I’d say the weekend was an overwhelming success. I’m already counting down the days till Toronto possibly hosts the 2016 All Star game. If we do host it, I only have one rule.
Chris Bosh must to photo-bomb every picture he can get close too… this stuff is priceless..