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Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 6:55 pm  |  55 responses

All-Star Friday Night Live Blog

SLAM is in the house!

by Nima Zarrabi & Maurice Bobb

Alright ladies and germs, your friendly neighborhood SLAM crew is live and in color to give you the straight dope on all things All Star.  We got jacked on the signs with our names on them, but no worries.  I made sure we got a great seat right under the basket, in full view of players, coaches and screaming fans.

* Just spoke to Shaq, who assured me that Chris Tucker has got game, but he’s ridin’ with Terrell Owens team for the W.  We’re live in less than 20.  Let’s get it.

* Ervin “Magic” Johnson is courtside ready for the action.  He’s flanked by Drake, who will be performing “Say Something,” “Bedrock,” “Best I Ever Had” and “Forever” at during halftime tonight.

* Just got word from Alonzo Mourning that Chris Tucker was not able to make it to play in tonight’s game.  Crap.  It ain’t a party with Smokey.

* Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is throwing up some serious bricks in the warmups.

* SLAM fav CP3 is here with his kids taking in the action.  I hate that he’s injured.  He would have broken some ankles in the All Star game Sunday.

* DJ Irie on the turntables getting the crowd hype on a medley of jams.  Excuse me while i nod my head…

* Announcer just asked if any of the women in the crowd would like to sit next to Drake.  Of course, I lost my hearing with all of the shrill yelling in the affirmative.

* Starting lineups.  So far, Terrell Owens has gotten the largest applause and cheers during introductions.  Stuart Scott is talking to Zo, who coaching T.O.  He says Magic doesn’t have anything for his squad.

* Cue the screams.  They just introduced Drake.

* Wow.  Magic just clowned Zo about only having one championship ring.  Magic said his team will contain last year’s MVP, T.O.

* T-shirt toss.  I’m always amazed by how people will look as foolish as possible just for something free.  Now if they were tossing out free rent or car note payments, I’ll jump up and down like I’m on the Price is Right.

* Mark Cuban is starting.  Call me crazy, but I think the All Star being held in Dallas has more to do with it than his playing ability.  He built a two-story condo with the bricks he shot during warmups.

* Robert Horry with the first shot of the game and it rims out.  Nancy Lieberman nails a mid-range jumper on the other end.

* Rick Fox with the basket.  Cuban misses a corner J at the other end.

* East up 4-3 with 5:10 remaining.  Lieberman just tied it up with a made shot from the charity stripe.

* Special K with the tomahawk jam!  And T.O. returns the favor on the other end.  Who would have thought we’d see dunks in this game?

* Horry buries a three-pointer from the wing.  Big Shot Rob!

* Cuban with the rebound.  Cuban with the badly missed putback.  I though for sure he could buy a bucket with all that money he’s got.

* Cowboy demonstrates to Carmelo Anthony on the sidelines how to lasso a bull.  But he can’t quite do it.  Don’t they do that kind of thing in Baltimore?  I’m confused.

* Special K gets in his Harlem Globetrotters’ antics.  Ref just laughs it off.

* T-Mobile challenge during the timeout.  Two women get 60 seconds to complete the challenge.  They win…what exactly?

* Pibull pushes the ball and shoots a backboard breakin’ brick.  He may need to shoot it in Spanish.

* Common and Chris Tucket just blessed the arena with their arrival.  Smokey!

* East leads 15-12 in the second quarter.  Common off the bench into the game.  Of course DJ Irie plays Universal Mind Control.

* Smokey in the game.  Let’s see what he can do.  We know he can eat.  Chris been eatin’ good off that Rush Hour money.

* More free stuff = more audience members losing cool points.

* New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is in the house fresh off his Superbowl win in the MI-yayo.  Can he lasso?  No sir!

* Common with the nice move in the lane but East still up 19-14 with 2:15 remaining in the first half.

* Big Shot Rob at the free throw line.  Gets one of two to fall.  West within four.  In the lull after the make, a fan yells to Cuban to get Chris Bosh for the Mavs.  That would be a helluva homecoming for the DFW native.

* Horry gets the West within two, but T.O. nails a corner trey on the other end to stretch it back to five.  Common comes back with a deuce.  East leads 21-19 at the half.

* Fans are excited about the trade rumors involving the Mavs and Wizards that would send Josh Howard to D.C. and Caron Butler to Dallas.

* West finally in the lead 26-23 in the third quarter.  Common is playing pretty good.  Guess the fact that he’s playing a baller in the new movie, “Just Wright” won’t be so far-fetched.

* The Globetrotters perform a routine during halftime.  Never get tired of these guys.  Ahhh, the trickery and ability to control the rock.

* The Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza can’t lasso either.  Are there any cowboys left in Dallas?  Well, besides the ones who can’t win a playoff series?

* T.O. at the line.  Misses the first.  Special K rubs it in and makes him miss the second.

* East leads 26-25 at the end of the third period.  What? No free stuff?  I promise I’ll make a fool of myself.  Just bring out some free stuff.

* Ahhhh.  Here comes the free stuff.  On a serious note, it was cool to see a little kid win an Xbox in a blindfold cat and mouse game with Chris Tucker.  Smokey!

* Michael Rappaport hits a nifty left-handed dipsy doo shot under the basket.  Now he’s gonna jack everything he touches.  Blee that.

* Lebron James is here.  He and Drake will be judging four of the nation’s best amateur dunkers in a Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown immediately after the Celebrity Game.

* Smokey fouls BET’s Terrance J.  Mr. 106 & Park hits two of three freebies.  Here comes the Houston Rockets’ launch crew to cook up some dance moves.  I could do flips just like they do, but I didn’t bring my flippin’ shoes.  Otherwise, I would.

* Special K with the rim-rocka to put the West up 33-30 with 2:58 remaining in the game.

* The guy from Avatar ain’t half bad.  Wait, he might be playing in an Avatar now for all we know.  That James Cameron is a tricky one.

* Special K again messing with the ref.  He chases him down with a bucket of water and nails the scorer’s table with a whole lotta wet.

* Timeout on the floor with 58 seconds left in the game.  West up 39-35.  Looks like Shaq might be wrong.  T.O. and his squad are really close to racking up an L.

* Magic is saying it’s over.  He may be right.  The East can’t hit a shot down the stretch.  West up 41-37 with 5 seconds left.

* It’s a wrap.  West win 41-37.  The Magic man gets another one.

*Taking the baton from Maurice. Nima Zarrabi checking in from American Airlines arena at the Rookie-Sophomore game.

*Starting lineup for sophomores: Beasley, Gallinari, Lopez, Mayo and Westbrook.  Rookies: Casspi, Curry, Blair, Jennings and Evans.

*Incredible backcourt battle brewing. Russell Westbrook and O.J. Mayo vs. Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans. Who you got?

* Very difficult. I gotta go with the young bucks, Jennings and Evans. Brandon’s high-top fade sold me.

* Craig Sager has taken it to another level with his pink suit tonight. His pants are so big they look like jammies.

* Gallinari definitely going with a Euro-cut short.

* Canadian singer Kreesha, who sang the Canadian national anthem a few minutes ago has the best afro here. Hands down.

* Gallinari starts it off with his sweet stroke. Jennings answers back quick with jumper and assist.

* I wish Beasley would have let his hair out tonight. Don’t know if he could compete with Kreesha.

* Beasley trying to dunk for an emmy. Tied at 11 with 16 min left. There must be a microphone near the rim because every miss here sounds like a monster clank.

* Both defenses starting to take it easy. Here come the subs.

* Can’t decide who has the best shoes here. Lots of patent leather out there. Mayo is rocking the yellow laces with his nikes. Pretty Sweet. Dancers with blond wigs and cut up tights take center court during timeout. Not sure if this is appropriate for this crowd, but I’m diggin it.

* Correction: everyone on the court right now has patent leather on sneaks except for Kevin Love and his nikes.

* Hit the record button on your DVR. Jerebko has checked in. Love with the short  jumper and Taj Gibson answers with a J of his own. 23-23 with 13 min left.

* Pat Ewing and Chris Bosh are coaching the Sophs. Bosh is stylin with his purple sweater underneath his blazer. Rookies are being coached by Adrian Dantley and Kevin Durant. Durant is looking super fresh in all black suit and tie.

* Flynn looks incredibly short next to Westbrook, but most PG’s do. Some Spanish media peeps next to me cheer as Gasol hits layup for Sophs. 29-28 rookies.

* Does Mark Gasol’s development mean anything when we look back on the Pau Gasol trade?

* Westbrook turned to rookie bench and stared at Steph Curry after he made jumper from left side. Looked friendly though.

* I know half a season has passed, but seeing James Harden without the big white under shirt he always wore at ASU is strange. 42-37 rookies. Flynn and Curry a little off on their running chest bumb as they headed to huddle during timeout.

* Does James Harden have the best beard in the L?

* Nate Robinson in the building.

* 5 total fouls called thus far. Refs letting the kids play. Tyreke drives past Mayo and Lopez for easy two. Westbrook answers back with coast-to-coast layup. 48-43 rooks.

* Blair showing everyone why he doesn’t need an ACL. Wow. Great dunk by the big man.

* Oh my goodness…Tyreke Evans with the best move of the night, up and under layup.

* Anthony Morrow struggling. Seems to be moving a bit slow. Wonder if his knee is bothering him. Wearing a strange brace. Game starting to get sloppy with errant passes, until Mayo dishes to Gasol for a dunk.

* The rooks finish the half with a nice flurry of scores, pushing their lead to 67-55.  Jennings and Evans lead all scorers with 14 pts each.

* Photogs tighting up the cameras that are positioned behind the backboard. Surely getting ready for some dunks. Dunk off between DeRozan and Gordon about to get going. I’m picking DeRozen and his fresh legs.

* And the winner is…DeRozan, even though they spelled his name wrong on the scoreboard.

* Watching the players warm-up at half, I’m wondering who the most likely future MVP is from this group. I think it comes down to Jennings and Evans. Both are explosive scorers and will likely have free reign on their squads for the next couple seasons.

* Shannon Brown and Pau Gasol are sitting in the front row. Pau in a suit, Shannon in jeans and sneaks.

* Jennings seems to have another speed he can tap into when he drives to the rack. When he gets a little more weight on that frame, it’s going to get scary. A couple of possesions ago he drove to the rim and ran into a wall named Gallinari. Turnover.

* Steph Curry coming off a screen, squaring up and releasing is a beautiful thang. His fundamentals stand out in a game like this. He just ran off 7 points and the rooks are kicking ass, 81-65>

* Westbrook is trying to keep the sophs in it, but he needs some help. Wolf Blitzer of CNN in the front row, texting every couple minutes. Didn’t know they liked hoop in the situation room.

* 83-69 sophs with about 15 minutes left. Sager is creeping down the baseline, searching for interviews. Curry just checked out and went for chest bump with Casspi, who didn’t get the memo. Awkward.

* Flynn bangs in a three as Curry and Jennings give him mad love from the bench. 88-73 rookies.

* Westbrook isn’t giving up even though most of the sophs are over it.

* Flynn just tried to set this place off with a breakaway windmill. Rattled out. Timeout. 98-84 sophs with 11 minutes left. Westbrook with 26. Evans with 21 for rookies.

* Wish I could listen to this telecast in chinese like Darksaber. Does “LeBron” sound the same in Chinese? I just happened to be at a hotel here in Dallas last night when the King arrived with his supreme team around 3am, his young son in tow. He looked all business.

* Little more than 8 minutes left and the intensity has changed. Here comes the late push. Rooks up, 108-94, as Evans and Flynn check in to hold down the backcourt.

* Westbrook with an ill take. 32 points and counting. Can he win MVP if the sophs

* Sorry: That was supposed to read, “Can he win MVP if the sophs lose?”

* A bunch of heavy set dudes just did a Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson dance medley. Hilarious but a tad gross thanks to the half shirts they were wearing.

* Westbrook with a two straight threes to get to 40 points. Is he going for a Durant-like finish in this game or what. 119-108 Rookies.

* If Pat Ewing wants to be a head coach someday, maybe he should re-think taking out his best player. Why is Westbrook on the bench? Maybe he’s tired. Weird.

* Sam Presti is sitting so pretty with his young nucleus. Seeing Harden and Westbrook shine tonight has been awesome.

* Two back-to-back impressive rebounds by Jennings, mixing it up with the bigs. 127-115 Rookie lead. Stay humble and hungry.

* Harden from Jennings for a monster dunk. This is about over. 136-123, rooks.

* Blair with a basket at the buzzer as the rookies converge on him in excitement. 140-128, rookies win. All that’s left is the MVP. Blair could have won this thing with his 22 points and 23 rebounds.

* MVP goes to Tyreke Evans: 26 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists. He gave love to Blair during MVP speech. Jennings finished with 22 points and 8 assists and Harden added 22 points as well. Sophs were paced by Westbrook’s 40 points and Beasley’s 26.

* That’s a wrap from American Airlines. It’s been an incredible day. Check back tomorrow for continued SLAM coverage from Dallas. Peace.

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  • Candice

    Are people watching the Celebrity game?

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Stu Scott is unbearable. That is all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Yoooo… Caron Butler and DeShawn to Dallas for Josh Howard!!!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Hey, don’t copy me lol!!!

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Common actually ain’t half bad.. and he’s playing hard! And does that trade put Butler at the starting two or off the bench? Marion off the bench?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    angel mccoughtry can f()cking ball, wow!!!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Jon Barry got served with that bucket of water.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Allowing players to wear team jerseys is a mistake.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    No doubt in my mind that Rubio will be better than Flynn… and I like Jonny’s game.

  • riggs

    johnny flynn….anybody else disappointed?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    In the game, Dunk-In, or Flynn?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Co sign Ryne on Rubio. He should take Jason Kidd’s spot in the all star game.

  • Jordan

    EJ is still the man.

  • riggs

    dunk-in definately.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    There in lies the problem with the dunk-in, the players are going to save their best dunks for Saturday.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Gordon was a little more impressive than I thought he would be.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I actually really like Nate as a color commentator.
    “Oh god, that was an illegal pick”

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Damn i still luuuv that “Samba” commercial the Nba’s using this season..

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Even though i’m watching the game and listening to chinese commentary during this game, every 5th sentence has “Lebron James, Kobe Bryant” in it. It’s a disease, it’s contagious.

  • Danbury

    I turned on the game just in time to see…Kevin Love and Marc Gasol embroiled in some bromantic gestures?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Kevin Harlan is talking to Nate like he’s a child

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Danbury, I caught that too. Dudes looked like they go out and go bar hopping with the boys every Saturday.

  • riggs

    well he’s definitely a childs height

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Haha, what were Love and Gasol doing?! And yeah, Nate was pretty good as a commentator.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com pve84

    Does anyone else suspect Charles of being drunk during his halftime stint?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Dajuan with the right to left between the leg crossover…ACL Shawty!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm, did Casspi just mouth “muthaf*%$” after Beasley hacked him there? Spirit of friendship up in here.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    @pve84: I was thinking the same thing. He did seem a little off.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    At one stage Barkley said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with a$$’.

  • Danbury

    Dejuan Blair, to paraphrase Guru, puts in work and watches his status escalate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    I don’t know if any of you yanks got to see the opening ceremonies to the Olympics… but … WOW, us Canadians kick a$$!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Yeah saw it it was insane and this is huge for us. Especially Vancouver.

  • Sarah

    Dejuan Blair is the man

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    While Nash was carrying the Olympic torch, he still managed to rack up 18 assists.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    they didnt spell rapaport on his jersey, funny. westbrook was balling. no mention of blair’s tmac/vince move? blair was monstrous. tyreke was so evasive and crafty. best of inside the nba on tnt was so incredible. canada? opening ceremony? funny how they couldnt even get the torch lit. china would have never let that happpen.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    DaJuan should have been MVP, no acl´s? fack that, hes a beast and makes all gm´s look freakin stupid: BIGGEST BALL HOGS: YOUNG BUK AND B-EASY FOSHOW

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Damn yo. Blair should’ve got MVP! The have TRUE BIG MAN ON THAT TEAM!

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Wow it’s late. I meant to say THEY HAVE NO TRUE BIG MAN ON THAT TEAM.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Remember voting was done by texting… prob no one over, say, 18 voted. So whats cooler? Rebounds or flashy drives and dishes? Blair shoulda got it.

  • Dallas

    Brandon Jennings was takin every look he could get.

  • rob

    WTF Gordon dunks were better. People are so stupid!

  • ab_40

    ahrhg I realy hate wathcing michael beasley. and tyreke was ballin be real but 21 and 23 is hard to overlook. Poor brook lopez haha finaly a chance to win a game with a competent team and they lose hehe.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I’m getting incredibly tired of everyone saying ” X points X boards and 0 acl’s” after every f*cking Dajaun Blair game. Its not f*cking funny anymore. F*ck.

  • Dallas

    I’m never watching the celebrity game again.

  • Anthony

    Nate was good as a commentor, Dwight irritated me with his “oh baby Jesus” everytime Gasol was 20ft away from the ball.

  • michael scorn

    I thought Jennings was gonna try to break the assist record

  • http://Slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great job by Maurice and Nima. Thanks for holding it down, fellas. Lang will resume live-blogging duty tonight…

  • http://slamonline.com S.Man

    rob, Gordon’s dunks were better because he was giving everything he had to get into the contest, and he still struggled. DeRozan made windmills and putting the ball thorugh his legs look too easy, he’s by far the better pick for the dunk contest. AND he was saving his best dunks for later. People are so stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com S.Man

    Also, the reason why I can’t stand women’s basketball is because that so called “Hall of Famer” (Nancy Lieberman) was getting outplayed by out of shape white men. Sorry if I seem like a jackass, but it’s true.

  • rob

    Oh I thought the dunk in was going to determine the best dunker based on…oh yeah, the best dunks from each participant. If DeRozan was gonna make half assed dunks and get away with the win anyway, this dunk in idea was even stupider than I thought. Yeah I can’t wait for his “best” dunks. He’s gonna be using Michael Jackson stuff. Another jerk bringing props to the contest yawwwwn.

  • Dallas

    It’s funny how the Womens actual “pros” got outplayed by celebs.

  • Dallas

    It’s funny how the Womens actual “pros” got outplayed by celebs.

  • Dallas

    It’s funny how the Womens actual “pros” got outplayed by celebs.

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