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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 2:00 pm  |  57 responses

All-Star Giveaway!

Hooking you up with All-Star gear all week long; Day 4.

Welcome to Day 4 of the week-long adidas All-Star giveaway! Today’s prize is an authentic adidas All-Star TS Jacket. All you have to do to win is, in 100 words or less,  tell us what All-Star weekend event is your favorite and why. (It can be a current event or a defunct one. Creativity counts in your entry here, people!) Only one entry will count per email address. So don’t try to drop multiple comments with different names. We aren’t that dumb!

We’re gonna close this contest tomorrow, announce a winner and open another adidas All-Star contest. All week long you’ll be a few hundred words and a click away from owning some of this year’s freshest All-Star gear. So keep your eyes on your monitor, and your fingers on the keyboard.

Update: Congrats to Dominique R. for copping yesterday’s All-Star jersey!

*If you feel like copping AS gear on your own, you can do so here.

2010 All-Star Jacket.

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  • Logan

    Even though the obvious answer is the dunk contest, since that is what everyone remembers from All-Star weekend, Im going to say the Skill challenge. I mean, a basketball obstacle course that displays realistic scenarios from a game. Plus, I can’t dunk or shoot threes, so I can relate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Dunk competition. It’s the only thing I ever gather my friends for. Everything else before it is just appetizers for the dunk competition – the main course. This year’s will not disappoint with ShanWow and Upper Case DeMar DeRozan!

  • Gannon Rust

    My favorite All-Star competition has to be the Rookie/Sophomore game. The players on this team won’t necessarily be All-Stars later on in their careers and most of them are on lacklustered teams that rarely get any airtime. Having them get some recognition on national television really helps with exposure outside of their city and shows some fans that don’t have the money for NBA League Pass some of the amazingly talented and hardworking players they don’t get to see very often

  • LeoneL

    The parties! Like that 10-grand per table LeBron is having. Of course, it’s not an “official” event but an event nonetheless. Why? You kidding me? I’d like to be there and ask for these guys’ autographs on my fresh adidas All-Star TS Jacket from SLAM! Yeah!

    I’m serious by the way.

  • kevin

    The 3 point shootout. This event puts everyone on a level playing field and doesn’t necessarily put one competitor with a heavy advantage over another. The dunk contest is fun to watch, but the 3 point contest provides more suspense. Watching the competitors work their way to the last rack to see if they can overtake another person provides for good tv and entertainment. It’s a true test of endurance and how you cope pressure. Judges don’t hold the final results in their hands and don’t dictate who wins. That’s the best part.

  • http://twitter.com/pb3ballin P. Bay III

    Its all about seeing the nba stars and celebritiess having fun. Watching crazy plays and how the crowd, especially the celebs, react to them makes the All-Star weekend what it is. Crazy dunks and plays like Shaq’s give and go against Dwight make it so entertaining.

  • Candice

    My favorite event has to be the dunk contest. I remember when I was younger that me and parents would actually sit down together and watch it with each other. My Most memorable one was in 2006 watching with my late mother. She was so irritated by Nate Robinson dunking so many times. She turned away and turn back to let out a few cuss words. :)

  • guyinthecorner

    I love All Star H-O-R-S-E. Three guys playing outside and matching trick shots? That’s what the game’s about. The best part? That trophy they gave Durant. He says that plastic horse is on his mantle next to his ROY to this day. The fact that Omri Casspi is going to compete this time is going to be great. I know he can speak English, but are the rules the same for H-O-R-S-E in the holy land? I’m not sure but we’re about to find out. H-O-R-S-E is a past time, and it’s past time for it to be a marquee event.

  • Ross Geiger

    Beginner’s luck if honor goes to Young Buck but three of the NBA’s elite point guard’s stand in his way, as if to say, not so fast young rook! Last year D-Rose rewrote the history book, capping off the impressive performance with a backwards two handed dunk. Nash back in Dallas, keeps a Maverick fan’s heart sunk. But some think the two time MVP is over the hill, the favorite in the competition must go to the man with the course record, D-Will. Who will walk away with the recognition? Tune in Saturday night for the Skills Competition!

  • Pic

    Before it was a Rookie-Sophomore game that the Sophs would always dominate, it was strictly all-rookie. It eventually became East rookies versus West rookies, but it started randomly assigned. I loved the inaugural game in 1994 with Rookie Phenoms going up against Rookie Sensations. It was Penny versus C-Webb, outdoing each other eight months after being traded for each other. This game was stacked – Mash, Van Exel, Kukoc, Radja, Isaiah, Cassell to name a few. It was a fresh idea then, having the future of the league showcase before the main event the following day.

  • Kelly

    To me, All-Star Weekend is all about the dunk contest. It’s where all the entertainment is. It’s the show, the highlight of the weekend. Players pull out all the stops to please the fans and their fellow players,doing tricks they probably wouldn’t even think to do during the season. Dunks are the most surprising, crowd-pleasing part of any regular game, so a time devoted strictly to dunks is always a winner in my book.

  • Danbury

    The fan voting! What could be more fun than watching all your favorite deserving players get shafted in favor of old warhorses like T-Mac and AI…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    My favorite event would be the Legends Classic game, which used to pit a bunch of old retired geezers against each other. The best thing about it was that the NBA stopped it because of “frequent injuries.” Awesome.

  • Sean

    I love watching the dunk contest each and every year! As I mentioned in my last post, the 360 windmill by Vince Carter was just unbelievable and I would even try to duplicate the dunk (but NEVER succeeded*YET) hehe. I am the most excited about this year b/c of Shannon Brown! I am a huge laker fan and had the opportunity to meet SB12 a few weeks ago. Cant wait to see Kobe as the passer and the amazing dunk #LetShannonDunk will come up with next weekend :D *Also Looking forward to All-Star weekend next year here at staples!!

  • Sean

    I love watching the dunk contest each and every year! As I mentioned in my last post, the 360 windmill by Vince Carter was just unbelievable and I would even try to duplicate the dunk (but NEVER succeeded*YET) hehe. I am the most excited about this year b/c of Shannon Brown! I am a huge laker fan and had the opportunity to meet SB12 a few weeks ago. Cant wait to see Kobe as the passer and the amazing dunk #LetShannonDunk will come up with next weekend :D *Also Looking forward to All-Star weekend next year here at staples!!

  • Cskin

    It’s not an every year event, but the 50th aniversary with the honoring of the 50 greatest players of all time was my favorite event. Just seeing all of the legends interact and tell stories of their time as the leaders in the game. Also, even more than that I enjoyed all of the debates that the NBA’s list created, I mean you can’t leave off Dominique right?

  • David.P

    My favorite All Star weekend event is the Slam Dunk Contest. It’s the event where anything can happen and anyone can step into the spotlight. What’s so great about it is that when you think you seen it all, we see something new every time. What annoys me is that when some people say that we need a big name like LeBron. Yeah, they don’t get it. The slam dunk contest is about making NEW stars, not increasing already big stars. Kobe, Vice, DH and others have made their own mark, and that’s what’s so great about it.

  • the_baller20

    The NBA Celebrity All-Star Game is my favourite event because it’s not everyday that you get to see all the famous actors, the legends, the musicians come together and play a basketball game. It’s funny and intense at the same time and you know they are all there to have fun. Every year I get excited about it, and some people surprise you because they are actually quite good. At the end of the day it’s great to relax and enjoy a good game of Celebrity Basketball.

  • boogster

    3 point shootout is the main event of the ASG. Let the stars goof around in no D ASG, or do their stuff in dunk contest, HOWEVA nothing can beat the old, hard work honoring, honest contest of 3 POINT SHOOTOUT!

  • Mexican Aristotle

    My favorite event is the rookie/sophomore game. It’s nice seeing the future NBA superstars playing in a game together. It’s especially fun when current superstars coach the game like last year with Flash and Superman. Go Magic!

  • peter

    My favorite event would have to be the 3 point shoot out. For those of you who have attempted it, it is one of the more, if not the most, taxing events in terms of athletic ability at the all star competition. Also there’s such a high bar that must be met as well. Larry Legend and the former greats have set such standards in a quantitative manner that it’s difficult not to be compared them rather than relative competitors. Like any neck and neck basketball game, the clock is ticking, and there is always enough time to catch up and win the competition at the very last second.

  • Migs

    Not everyone dunks. Not everyone is a skilled dribbler or passer. However, one fundamental, highly identifiable skill that anyone who has ever played basketball can relate to is shooting. That’s why the 3-point shootout is the best event of All Star Weekend. Raw athleticism and innate skill help, but they are not required – instead players rely not only shooting skill, but awareness, time-management, endurance, and focus. Kids dream of taking the big shot, of hitting the game winning three at the buzzer. This event forces players to relive that 25 times in under one nail-biting minute. 3-2-1…

  • Migs

    **TYPO CORRECTED** Not everyone dunks. Not everyone is a skilled dribbler or passer. However, one fundamental, highly identifiable skill that anyone who has ever played basketball can relate to is shooting. That’s why the 3-point shootout is the best event of All Star Weekend. Raw athleticism and innate skill help, but they are not required – instead players rely not only on shooting skill, but awareness, time-management, endurance, and focus. Kids dream of taking the big shot, of hitting the game winning three at the buzzer. This event forces players to relive that 25 times in under one nail-biting minute. 3-2-1…

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    dunk contest, because the excitement it brings, and u never know what your gonna see. Also, it gives u a chance to see what guys are really capable of that we never get to see during games. the dunk is the most exciting part of the game, and its really neat to see how the art of the dunk changes as the yrs go by, how guys keep coming up with new stuff is pretty amazing

  • jumpman3224

    Guards are the most exciting players in basketball. So the relatively recent addition of the Skills challenge has been my favorite event. Unlike the Dunk and the 3 PT shootout…this event is stacked with stars. This year 3 All-Stars and a ROY canidate, last year 3 All-Stars and the ROY, two years ago four Redeem Teamers,three years ago Mamba, King, Flash and CP3. We will likely never see those four cats go mono e mono e mono e mono in anything. Ever again. But we got to. Thanks to the Skills Challenge.

  • J-Ro

    Dunk Contest. But not because of the dunks. The commentaries, the oohs and aaahs from the crowd, and of course the reactions from other nba players. Oh and I like Kenny Smith ruining perfect scores for some dunkers.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    The Dunk Contest has always been a highlight for the weekend. The competitors may not be the best dribbling, shooting or passing the ball, and they may not be all that hot on defense, but if they can get up, the contest is there for them. I love this contest for it’s creativity. Everyone’s seen a windmill. Andre Iguodala did something that nobody’s done before: he converted a windmill after throwing it off the back of the hoop. Players also connect dunking with outside things as well: What does a Gerald Green dunk and a cupcake have to do with eachother? In the Dunk Contest, creativity and originality is the key, and that’s why it’s my favorite part of the weekend.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    *What DO a gerald green dunk…..etc. sorry for the grammar mistake.

  • The Last Kings Fan

    I’m going with the three point shootout. As an unathletic white guy, I watched the dunk contest with only dreams. The three point shootout I could look at and really appreciate the work that the guys put in. Some people are just born athletic, but both the shootout and the Skills Challenge require a lot of hard work and dedication on behalf of the players.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    It wasn’t long ago that all-star weekend was one of the most highly entertaining events of the season. Now in 2010, Shaq is no longer an All-Star and he probably never will be again. So, unfortunately, we no longer get to see dancing by the MDE (Most Dance-Crazed Ever). The endless antics and quotable anecdotes will be in paltry supply now that the weekend has run out of Diesel Fuel. HE IS AN EVENT TO HIMSELF! Sure, he may be a spectator (perhaps even a visible one) at the event, but he is at his best when he is in the spotlight, when he gets to be the King and the Jester. So here is to the best event of All-Star in recent memory…Shaq…this year known as, at least at All-Star weekend, the Big-Absence.

  • cheire

    My favorite event would be the dunk contest . Because through the years the dunkers have been more creativity with their dunks. By going behind the basket or touching the top of backboard or using people as props like Dwight howard using the telephone booth or Even some of the contestant get some of their teammates involved with their dunks, They dunkers get the crowd involved . In 2006 the dunk contest had their first dunk off when nate robinson and andre Iguodala were involved.

  • Charles

    All-star weekend isn’t necessarily about the best basketball being played or the best dunks being made. Far from it. Everyone knows that by now. But, it’s about unpredictability and surprise in their many forms which sometimes only sports can offer.

    Recently, we’ve seen this take place in the games, such as the Elbow Pass or the bounce off Carlos Boozer’s face. Outside the games, we’ve seen Baveta vs. Barkley, Vinsanity, and the different faces of Dikembe Mutombo.

    Yes, once in a while we get good basketball (2001 ASG), but it’s those moments of surprise for which I watch and wait.

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

    My favorite event of All-Star weekend is in fact the All-Star Game itself. It’s a chance to see the best players from around the world face off on one of the most entertaining stages for forty-eight minutes. Forty-eight minutes of showboating and dazzling displays. How cool is it to see Kobe take on LeBron? How cool is it to see Timmy take on KG? How cool is it to see the league’s best playing for fun? Alley oops and trickeries bring the “Ooohs” and “Aaahs.” This is where amazing happens.

  • Ball For Life

    My favourite event has to be the new, H.O.R.S.E. People play this game on the streets, and to have it come into the all star game, is phenomenal. This event takes so much effort, skill and creativity, to actually get the shots right. Being in it is a big thing, but winning it is probably something else. Last year was the first year, and it was really entertaining. Players can make these crazy shots, and they make it look really easy. Durant won last year. Hope it will be as good this year!

  • Sweetness

    Monster Jam, Windmill, 360s or putting your hand it the cookie Jar
    The whole building judging you, that’s the week of the All Star
    Whether it a bang, a boom, a punch or a jam
    Air Jordan or Dwight Howard Superman
    History being made changes the most love game
    Got come with something new it can’t be the same
    Between the Leg or Blowing out the Candle
    Sir Nate winning can’t y’all handle?
    So my favorite All Stars event is the Jam
    Cause you better hard like my favorite magazine Slam

  • Sweetness

    *just fixed some typos, my bad*

    Monster Jams, Windmills, 360s or putting your hand it the cookie Jar
    The whole building judging you, that’s the week of the All Star
    Whether it a bang, a boom, a punch or a jam
    Air Jordan or Dwight Howard Superman
    History being made changes the most love game
    Gotta come with something new it can’t be the same
    Between the Leg or Blowing out the Candle
    Sir Nate winning can’t y’all handle?
    So my favorite All Stars event is the Jam
    Cause you better go hard like my favorite magazine Slam

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dreezy

    WTF SLAM didn’t announce who won yesterday? Im starting to think they dont even send the prizes out. BS

  • Nick

    My favorite event would have to be the celebrity all star game. T.O. spends his life trash talking. In this game, he actaully has a chance to do something he talks about. Then you got the other jokers on the court. Its just a fun time

  • runngun22

    The dunk contest has become boring, and the three-point competition tends to get monotonous. The Skills Challenge, however, is never boring. It combines many basketball skills to showcase the most well-rounded players. No other event has a more illustrious list of winners either: Kidd, Nash, Deron Williams, Wade, Baron Davis, and Derrick Rose. With the dunkers, sometimes, that’s all a player has (see Gerald Green). Same thing can be said for the shooters (see Voshon Lenard). Finally, the Skills Competition has proven to be one of the most unpredictable events, with only one player winning it twice (Wade).

  • http://Slamonline.com Gabriel

    Have been watchin allstar weekend since 04. I enjoy watchin all of the allstar coverage on TNT . But my favorite event has to be allstar Saturday night , I love all of the hype and celebrities

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Hey Dreezy, we selected a winner and reached out to him. We’re waiting for him/her to respond. If they don’t, we have to select another winner. Thus we haven’t announced the winner. As for us mailing prizes, when you maybe win something one day, you’ll find out.

  • http://Slamonline.com jay

    Personally, me being a shooter lover, i have gotta say the three point contest. It is just about pure shooting ability. The high release point, follow through and perfect stroke. It is just amazing to see that shot relased and then… swoosh. It is just skil. Pure shooting ability. I find it is so gorgeous and beutiful. Shooting is a skill, but is also an art with very few masters (Larry Bird, Steve Kerr, etc.) with new shooters like Danilio and Steph Curry there a sure to be a couple great shootouts like back in the day!

  • Balherett3

    First of all it’s unlikely for me (or most nba fans) to dunk a basketball the way guys (and some girls) do today. So as I see it, the three point contest is where it’s at. The NBA has changed so much that the three pointers occurs as often as Greg Oden injuries, too often. But the contest relies heavily on a essential skill which few have mastered…shooting. Participants need the utmost concentration and technique. You see players in the dunk contest get fifties all the time but you don’t see shooters getting 30.
    Im just saying

  • Domingo

    Favourite All Star event… would easily have to be the All Star celebrity game. Why? Because while the more celebrated All Star game and Slam Dunk contest brings the OOOHS and AAAHS out of everyone, this event allows the average person, who aren’t blessed with the god-given skills and athleticism we witness on TV (that Lebron guy) to really relate with the celebrities “sometimes uncoordinated” play on the court. Michael Rapaport’s showing from last season truly portrays what the average ballers out there would play like (heart with no skill… and commit 12 fouls a game). Now that’s a game.

  • nate

    it is defiantly the skills competition!! Getting to see the floor generals dribble around and compete in an a-typical(fundamentals required) NBA event is awesome. Truly, the skills challenge shows the lost art of ball handling and passing that has been forgotten ever since the dunk was invented. Mr. Naismith is looking down at basketball and is obviously a bigger fan of the skills challenge than any other NBA all-star event.

  • Title IX

    The All-Star Hoop-It-Up competition was the best All-Star weekend event. Although I could do without the celebrity participant, each team included an NBA player, a WNBA player and an NBA legend. Lisa Leslie pairing up with Magic Johnson to take on Nique and Sheryl Swoopes! Throw Jason Terry and Marko Jaric in the mix and you have a fun game that gave Leslie and Swoopes the chance to prove their worth. Somewhere, Billie Jean King smiles.

  • sideburn2go

    While I love every aspect of All-Star Weekend, which is by far the best all-star event in any sport, my favorite event every year is the dunk contest. The reason that I love the dunk contest so much is that it allows players to stretch their imagination, and defy logic. Every year we see something new that we never thought possible and it blows our minds. The dunk contest has given us countless great moments like this and will continue to in the future, as these athletes continue to stretch the realm of possibilities.

  • Lebron is greater than Kobe

    does the game itself count as an event?

  • Jose

    Favorite Event of all star weekend is the All-Star game.The funny player intros (ex:Shaq’s entrance from last year), the high scoring which involves so many flashy moves,tricks, and dunks.The star power on the rosters especially when the new faces make the teams like there will be this year.The energy brought on by the all star game just makes you feel good inside. There isnt no picking sides( well maybe picking favorite players causes you to pick sides), you just wanna see everyone going crazy and doing what they do best.play ball

  • Eric D

    My favorite All-Star event is definitely the Skills Challenge. First off, it’s probably the least respected and least enjoyed by a normal fan. It’s actually “basketball” compared to how the guys go half-speed in the game. Since I play the PG position, it’s most enjoyable for me too. This year’s challenge will be great with Derrick Rose to try to defend and rookie Brandon Jennings as one of the favorites to win it. The Dunk Contest is lame now and 3-Point Shootout a thing of the past.

  • celtics

    The best even would have to be the dunk competition because it brings the NBA’s best dunkers in. It’s the main event and thats what all the fans look forword to the most. It involves player to get the crowd in to the competition. It gets all the fans up and on thier feet cheering and getting amazed

  • JayChau

    It’s always been HORSE. Remember the times with Pistol Pete? Yeah, he’s the king of HORSE. World-class trickster. Hands down.

  • Zarfan

    To tell you the truth, I love the Celebrity All-Star Game. Remember how you would hook up with your buddies just to lambaste horrible movies while eating pizza? That’s exactly what I do when watching the Celebrity All-Star game. Sure, they mix it up with some WNBA ballers and Globetotters, but it’s always fun watching Chris Tucker and Dr. Oz missing layups at point blank. And T.O’s departure to Buffalo just makes this game more unwatchable. Did you hear Mark Cuban is playing? I expect two quick technicals, an ejection, and a standing ovation lasting 10 minutes.

  • Thorne

    All Star weekend is the celebration of the NBA: past, present, and future. I’ve had the thrill of attending the events twice: in New Orleans and in snowy Dallas. I was in the house when Dwight Howard became Superman. I also had the priviledge of talking with Bill Walton the day before while walking Canal in the rain. I’m a 32 year old that loves the NBA and all that is great about it. I guess Jam Session is my out of the box favorite because it celebrates the past present and future of the NBA

  • Jordan

    The Slam Dunk Contest is by far my favorite All-Star Weekend event, as it allows for creativity among the dunkers, produces awesome collabs on a few of the dunks, and remains broadcasted by TNT, which is always fine with me.

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    The NBA dunk contest is my fave, but I am seriously pumped for the 1st annual Sprite Showdown. Alot of folks may not even know about it. It will pit 4 amateur’s against each other for the title of Amateur Dunk Champion. Sprite selected the competitors via online voting, dunk contests across the U.S. and w/the help of a panel led by Lebron. Taurian “Mr 720″ Fontenette is my fave amateur dunker and I cannot WAIT to see what sickness he will bring. Lebron and Darryl Dawkins are going to be judges, and I think this competition is going to be awesome. These guys are going for $10,000 so I really expect them to bring it. It’s live tomorrow on NBA.com @9pm by the way.

  • Ian

    The Slam Dunk Contest. It gives all those little guys a chance to show how athletic they are because nobody is there defending them. The other events are fun to watch, too, but the dunk contest is what you always remember after the whole weekend. For example, Chris Paul had 14 points and 14 assists in the ASG last year. Dwight Howard dunked at a 12-foot rim with a superman cape on. The Dunk Contest produces the most memorable moments, and that’s why it is my favorite.

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