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Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 8:08 pm  |  198 responses

Links: All-Star Friday Night Live Blog

We in the house!

by Lang Whitaker

Aiight kids, we’re here live and direct from Phoenix, about five rows behind the basket. These are the best seats we’ve ever had for All-Star. ot sure if that speaks to SLAM’s ever-increasing importance or the fact that nobody’s here this year to cover All-Star. Either way, we in the house.

• Just found out that Greg Oden’s not playing in the Rookie/Sophomore Game. Right now he’s sitting with Rudy Fernandez on the bench watching warm-ups. The two oldest Rookies in the history of this game, right?

• If I fall asleep while doing this live blog, please live with me. I’ve slept about 4 hours total in the last two days — didn’t sleep at all last night in the airport in DC. Not a fun night.

• While walking through the arena a few minutes ago I bumped into Dwight Howard, who was rocking a nice suit and being trailed by an NBA camera crew. He said he was getting ready to coach tonight. I should’ve asked him if was going to try and look like a male pornstar like his own coach. But I didn’t.

• Apparently Oden injured himself when he bumped knees with Corey Maggette in the fourth quarter of the Portland/G-St game. It took him a few months, but Maggette finally made an impact.

• Cedric Ceballos is the emcee for tonight’s event. I wish they handed out blindfolds to everyone.

• One-half of the lower section of stands here is filled with screaming teenagers wearing pink T-Mobile jerseys. The rest of the stands are pretty much empty. Hopefully TNT puts the cameras on the opposide side of the court so the seats look full.

• I just switched the TV on our table to TNT to see what was on and it’s Alyssa Milano talking on the phone wearing a belly shirt. I briefly thought it was Embrace Of The Vampire before realizing it’s an episode of “Charmed.” Crap.

• I’m so tired I feel like I’m drunk. These notes could be awesome.

• Ben’s thrilled about the mascot dunk contest happening right now. I heard Bennie the Bull was at that party with Michael Phelps.

• Linkstigator Jason passed this along…one chicken nugget!

• The Rookies are on the floor. Marc Gasol just popped the head off one of hte little kids in the stands and drank their blood. It was kinda graphic.

• I was just thinking that the Rookies might actually be older than the Sophomores, considering they have Marc Gasol, Rudy and Oden. Then I saw Luis Scola on the Sophomores and realized there was no way the Rookies could be older.

• If Al Horford gets injured in the game I’m gonna be pissed.

• I’m not sure who this is singing the National Anthems, but I’d sure like to twitter.

• OK, finally, time for tip-off. Cedric Ceballos actually just asked all the kids to scream when the TNT broadcast starts. Not sure what’s up with D-Wade’s outfit.

• Wade’s pretty good at introducing the players. I was really hoping he wouldn’t know who one of the players was. Dwight’s even better than Wade, mainly because you get the sense Dwight does this all the time when watching games at home.

• For MVP, I’m going with Kevin Durant. He kills guys ten years older than him all the time, so why shouldn’t he be able to dominate this game?

• I think these guys are wearing 3D socks.

• Gasol came out hacking! Eric Gordon is going to score all the ponts for the Rooks.

• Wade looks like he got dressed in Cornell West’s closet.

• Horford’s out already. Good. Get that man out of there and let him rest. 13-7 Sophs.• Just noticed we’re playing 20 minute halves here. Whatever hurries this thing along, I’m all for it. These kids seem to really be enjoying themselves. I can’t hear out of my right ear. Thanks NBA, but I might pass ont his game next year.

• I think Bennie the Bull just slung some product during the break.

• 13:30 to go and Dwight empties the bench for the Sophs. He’s getting outcoached right now — Rooks lead 23-18.

• Wilson Chandler should be good for this game since both teams seem to be using Mike D’Antoni’s defensive philosophies.

• Rooks up 31-24. Marc Gasol, from Parts Unknown, with his second foul.

• The kids started chanting something that sounded like “Rock-et!” I briefly thought that Roger Clemens might be here.

• Bull Lopez puts the Sophs up 10 with 7 minutes to go in the half. Dwight Howard has a lot of coaching to do.

• That new Jordan commercial is a little derivative of the opening of Saving Private Ryan, right?

• Amare/é/’e just made an appearance and the kids screamed. Then they traded him.

• Oh no, at halftime Corbin Bleu from High School Musical is going to perform. Some of these kids might pass out.

• OJ from way downtown. Rookies are up 8 and SLAM Rookie Diary Keeper Eric Gordon has a decade.

• Dwight burns a 20 down the stretch. Come on, Dwight. Let the kids play.

• Halftime. Rooks up 61-58. I’m going somewhere quiet for a few minutes.

• Perfect timing — missed all of Corbin Bleu.

• Arash just gave me the SI Swimsuit Issue. I’ll be back in about ten minutes.

• Back. As is this game.

• Rooks up 70-63. I think Dwight’s more concerned with Dwyane’s T-Mobile party in a few hours.

• Apparently TNT GM Chris Wallace traded LeBron for Pau Gasol.

• Just found out from NBA PR big guy Brian McIntyre that I’m on the MVP panel for this game. Better put down the swimsuit issue and start watching. Think they’ll be mad if I vote for Al Horford?

• Durant tried to lob it off the glass to Aaron Brooks, who apparently can’t dunk.

• If the Thunder want me to vote for Kevin Durant, Clay Bennett better show me the money. Also, I can’t vote for Rudy Fernandez because the Blazers aparently send out mad swag but never send any to the SLAM Dome.

• Shaq is in the house.

• Here comes KD. Sophs pull to 89-82.

• Bang! Another KD three (his third in the last minute) makes it 89-87. I think he just set the scoring record for this game with 12 minutes to go.

• They just did a think on court about kids being active and it was sponsored by flavor-blasted goldfish crackers.

• Chris Bosh in the house.

• Aw man, I just missed that new T-Mobile commercial with Barkley and Wade and Dwight. I wonder if they’ll replay it?

• If Al Horford makes these free throws and ties up the game he’s an MVP candidate in my book. First, good. Second…good! Tie game! 89 all…

• Horford again! 91 all. then Jeff Green hits a three to give the sophomores a 94-91 lead. Beasley with a sick reverse to make it 96-93, Sophs.

• Gordon is killing it tonight. Stuckey responds. Bull Lopez with the dunk to make it 100-97, Sophs, with 8:03 to go.

• So who do you guys think should get my vote as MVP? Durant if they win, right? And I’m thinking Gordon if the Rooks take it. Any arguments?

• So now KD has the record with 37 pts. BTW, Amare has a restaurant across the street called Stoudemire’s. I want to go there and order the microfracture salad.

• OJ for three makes it a 9 point game. Rooks get the ball back and turn it over. D-Wade hops off the bench and claps his hands in anger. Dwight and the entire Sophs team are off the bench and cheering.

• Rudy Fernandez puts a little too much serrano on a layup and misses.

• Durant looks tired. Beasley hits a three to make it 112-108, Sophs, with 2:29 to go. Dwight calls a 20. I’d take a full and get my guys some rest, but I’m not coaching.

• Out of the timeout the Sophs get Jeff Green free on a curl and pounds the dunk. OJ misses an ill-advised three.

• 1:24 to go and the Sophs up 114-110, and I just had to vote for MVP. In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for Kevin Durant. Now I just hope they win and I don’t look dumb.

• OK, I dont look dumb (at least not because of my vote). Durant with the tomhawk reverse! Then he goes to the line and hits two to give him 46 points.

• And that’s that. The Sophs win it 122 to 116. Anyone not sure about Kevin Durant being worthy to play in the big game on Sunday? He finishes with 45 points (on 17 of 25 from the floor), 7 boards and 4 assists. In 31 minutes! I voted good.

We’re gonna run, but we’ll be back either late tonight or at some point tomorrow with notes from all the events tonight. Later…

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  • Uzi

    old as can be. why is he not playin? or you no what this is no longer a suprise to me!

  • Blinguo

    What up Lang. Please direct Ryne Nelson to cover James “Flight” White (25.8 ppg in the D!) vs. Pat Ewing Jr. which is occuring at the same time 6-6:15 EST as the Rook-Soph Game. I’d post a link, but I don’t think it works well in either comments text entry field or the Website section. I’ll try anyway. Hope it doesn’t break the SLAM Dome host/page scrolls/etc.

  • Blinguo

    What up Lang. Please direct Ryne Nelson to cover James “Flight” White (25.8 ppg in the D!) vs. Pat Ewing Jr. in the D-League Dunk Contest which is occuring at the same time 6-6:15 EST as the Rook-Soph Game. I’d post a link, but I don’t think it works well in either comments text entry field or the Website section. I’ll try anyway. Hope it doesn’t break the SLAM Dome host/page scrolls/etc.

    http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/01/20/schedule/index.html

    http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/2009_dream_factory.html
    ^
    D League rosters for 3 contests, HORSE/3 PT/Dunk Contest. And they took Pat Ewing out apparently! This morn/early Afternoon said differently.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Blinguo: Thanks for mentioning that. We’ll have coverage of the D-League All-Star Game coming up.

  • Jackie Moon

    Wake up! Rock Star Energy Drink (no, I don’t work for them) works wonders for me when I’m tired!

  • Blinguo

    Thanks Ryne, you’re a G apprentice to the OG’s and these tenured vets, I mentioned in the other ASG post up. My comments with the links is awaiting moderation, due to posting links. D-League events are on the NBA Jam Session court, after this Celeb game – but can’t find anyone listing it to show on TV. Might not be televised.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Here come the Mascots! For a mascot lover, I really don’t care for the Phoenix Gorilla. My favorite of the bunch here is Benny the Bull.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I think it’s very cool that there are so many kids here, but the screeching is kind of tough to take.

  • Blinguo

    Have the Thunder employed GSW’s Thunder? Or is he lost to await a call up in Mascot Free Agency? He was dope. Rocked Carolina Blue/Navy Air Zoom Flight Payton’s with the clasp on the side. Could a mascot fielded team take on Chris Tucker and his airballin’ Celeb team?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The legends/celebrity/Globetrotter/WNBA game with a side of miniature golf is really freaking stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I can’t believe Jared Jeffries and Quentin Richardson got left out of that long-ass Jordan commercial.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t understand this game at all.

  • Jackie Moon

    I heart Ping Ping.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Was Rocky part of the mascot deal? I guess that’s probably a silly question.

  • Blinguo

    Darius Miles should have had a cameo in the Jordan Commercial getting beat instead of extras in Warriors unis. Why they gotta do that to the Dubz. What is this, SLAM ups? (don’t understand that Chris Paul fall down – jockin DWade’s Converse marketing steez, then suddenyl has the ball on the break – like there was a missing full length court bounce pass or something offscreen) Melo wasn’t open and was looking for a pass too.

  • Jackie Moon

    Why can’t they do the skills competition but with only 7 footers?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    screeching? wtf. Ben, use your adult powers to stop this madness.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Announcer LeBron is here (wearing glasses).

  • Blinguo

    Yo, Ping Ping? Pack a day? He may be only a SLAM yearbook memory if that continues to happen. He probably just did it under peer pressure from that Youtube breakdance India guy.

  • Candice

    Okay, now Wade with the glasses.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Wade going intelligent, Bron going snazzy. Both going glasses. Dwight talking major trash. I love this game!

  • Blinguo

    Not just that Wade bow tie and yellow vest. He lose a bet to LeBron or something?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Lang, god doesn’t know what’s up with his outfit.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Wade just said Mayu? what the fudge? Here’s a tip. Say this: OOOO JAYYYYYY MAAAAAAYYYYYYYYOOOOOOO

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    RODNEY…STU STU STU STUCCKEYYYY. The Argentinian Slayer? hahahahha. Al. Thornton. YEAHHH. WILSON CHAAAAAANDLER. KEEEEEEVIN DURANT! Dwight>Wade @announcing.

  • Candice

    So, who’s rooting for who? I’m going rookies.

  • Candice

    I thought T-mobile suspended ad’s with Barkley.

  • Diogo

    LeBron is pretty good as commentator.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Candice, he’s back. I heard he’s coming back to TNT after all star weekend. only natural that they bring his commercials back

  • Diogo

    Also, Durant has a strange head shape.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Uniforms are terrifying (esp the rookie ones).

  • Candice

    OK, thanks and that’s good to hear he’s coming back.

  • Candice

    Why isn’t O.J starting?

  • Candice

    Did the Rooks/Soph have uniforms last year?

  • Diogo

    Defense is nonexistent.

  • Blinguo

    Look like Practice jerseys x Argentina VISA lightning bolt Vegas 07 olympic trials. 666% Wack. Should have just went all Soph Home White, all Rooks Away team color

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    because Wade is a hoe.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    LeBron had college choices? I don’t believe that for a second.

  • Diogo

    LeBron stuck it to Stern on the high-school jump.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Those uniforms look like they cost at LEAST $3 to make.

  • Diogo

    Kenny is selling out. “Mental stability”? Screw that.

  • Candice

    russ, hoe could you second guess him. Though I find it convient he mention the Tar Heels.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I dont know whats up with OJ on the bench, though he doesn’t look thrilled to be there. Can’t be mad at Eric Gordon though. His shot is butter.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    man LBJ is just lying, his ass was going to Akron if he EVER went to college haha

  • Candice

    ^how

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    OJ is a better basketball player than Gordon, Ben, him not starting is ridiculous. Should Wade be benched in the finals just because Mario Chalmers can shoot the 3 better? No. Wade is better, he starts. Same with OJ and Gordon.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m sorry, those uniforms would RETAIL for at least $3.

  • Diogo

    LeBron is making up excuses for the Dunk Contest snubs.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Candice, I was kidding on the LBJ thing, haha. Just pointing out that LBJ had ZERO intention of playing in college. In fact, he asked if he could leave HIGH SCHOOL early. He asked if he could enter the NBA after his junior year of high school. End of story. Never wanted college.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    KD!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Kevin Durant, proud owner of a poster.

  • Diogo

    Damn, Durant is too tall! Given his team sucks, this is the only time I’ll get to see him play until he’s traded somewhere else. International television will never show OKC. Durant’s got something going early.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    These guys are not doing what they practiced.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The shrieking really needs to stop.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    B-Easy LOVES reverse moves.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    B-Easy, with his first non reverse in the paint move of the night. A dunk, ladies and gents

  • Diogo

    B-Easy is a lame excuse for a nickname. WTF, people couldn’t come up with a better one?

  • Candice

    Have they actually talked about the game yet? Also Justin, I don’t beleive Lebron either when he say’s he had collge choices.

  • Blinguo

    Shrieking like its the Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards, scream for no reason or because they’re hyped up on Kool-Aid. Fun Police the kids too. Real fans up front, posers in the nosebleeds.

  • cap117

    WELCOME BACK CHUCK!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Does Dwyane Wade’s band-aid actually say “WADE” on it, or am I crazy?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I wonder if R.Kelly has to watch this on mute.

  • Candice

    I think it does Russ.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Myles, that was a great jab. Kevin Durant is god of this game. Just watch this ridiculousness. Candice, they fact that Kenny Smith is nutriding this hard is SAD, instead of talking about the game, they ride Brons nuts.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Somewhat as we predicted so far: Durant the best player, the rookies the better team.

  • Candice

    LOl, that’s wrong Myles.

  • Diogo

    Separated at birth:
    Marc Gasol and Eomer –>
    http://images.wikia.com/lotr/images/5/59/Eomer.jpg

  • Candice

    I know Justin, it’s real sickening.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ben, I know LeBron is your boy, but admitting he didn’t have a consistent form until this year is kind of funny. Also, can we PLEASE start talking about the game

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Gotta love Lebron trying out the intellectual look with the “spectacles”. He’s got a nice voice though, like listening to him comment. But what the hell is up with the girls shrieking every few seconds. Kill me

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    and by the please talk about the game i mean the commentary, not us. we can digress when need be.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Is this a game or “how much can we amuse LeBron?”

  • Candice

    Any NBA Star’s there in the crowd? I find it hard to beleive any aren’t there. It’s werid they haven’t showed any yet like they usually do.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    DAMN. Thornton just had a NICE move to the basket. And I don’t mean the dunk 2 plays before.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m glad they’re not talking about the game at all Makes me feel better about not paying any attention to it. Or them.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Russ, this is a TNT nut-ride-athon. Barkley is blowing Bron under the table, adding a bit of irony to the DUI situation.

  • Diogo

    Why is making 50+ on the MSG so special? It was just a game. Didn’t mean anything. Just stop!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Arghhhh, someone stab my ears, puhleeze. Shrieking like Nsync decided to charge the stands up in there

  • Blinguo

    If Shaq were there, he’d blow out his eardrums to add to his Mutumbo without being able to throw his voice. Hear no Evil – Speak No evil Shaq = Traded to the Vancouver Grizz by the end of the weekend. but yeah, nobody would want to brave the screaming kids if they were considered stars. Bringing their kids along or not. Drop them kids off. 2 1/2 hours free daycare.

  • Candice

    Clearly it’s all about Lebron. The Rooks/Soph are apart of his world. I don’t know how else to take the ignoring of the game utself.

  • Diogo

    That Beasley shot was ugly. Shawn Marion is teaching him things.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    you do realize, because of this game, TNT is going to get complaints galore due to the LBJ BJ-fest.

  • Blinguo

    Kenny had to have planned a script like this before hand – running it by LeBron. Interview LeBron script like a TV talk show. Bron clearly has nothing to say about the rooks and sophs he plays against every other game.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    DAMN THAT WAS A GOOD JORDAN COMMERCIAL. They ALWAYS have the best commercials

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, the “lead the charge” Ad for the new Jordan ice skating shoe is well executed. Of course with CP3 and the backpedaler in there i don’t appreciate the choice of western players. JJ and Rip is nice though.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Ruuuuuudy Fernandeeeeeeeeeez

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    by the way, mother**** the Greg Oden haircut. haha

  • Diogo

    “They pick you number one, because they want you to, you know, be a pretty good player for their team.” Amazingly, this was the smartest thing LeBron said all night.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    and Lang is right, the whole deaf momentary as CP3 is on the ground was totally SPR-esque

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Marc Gasol has much better shot form than Pau Gasol

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    one of the sloppier rookie games i’ve seen so far. getting a vibe that these guys don’t truly wanna play D but don’t feel like getting shown up either.. strange

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Beasley with the jumper, he’s going to catch fire and kill it with fire.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    If there was ever a game to mic the rims, it’s this one. Green goes flying in and no sound…turrrible. nice jam though

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    You know how LeBron knows about all these players? IT’S HIS F*CKING JOB! I’m about five seconds from muting this.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Green says f yo couch at the buzzer that’s two bank shot buzzer beaters he has.

  • Blinguo

    Lang out, to take a Ping-Ping break?

  • Candice

    I’ve already turned away and I’m watching Psych now.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    LeBron’s doing commentary and Ryan Jones is nowhere to be found

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    burger king found a way to fit orgasms of hot girls into a fast food place that makes u fat. interesting.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    100 comments by halftime…not bad. The screeching here for this awful musical interlude is really painful.

  • Melo Man TO

    No Rookie game for us canadians…atleast not live.
    Damn u TSN 2!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Why is it when i read the name of the dude “singing” (corbin bleu) i thought of bread encrusted meat? Must be that swissness in me.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Melo Man, Holly said yall didn’t get the game. What about a live webstream? I did some research and apparently the NBA ASG will have 61 different internet streams. I would assume SOMEWHERE canadians can watch it.

  • Blinguo

    Flatscreen TV off, to get a cool down on the basis of, Lang Lang > or = Ping Ping > Corbin Blue

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Switched over to the news. I’ve had quite enough, thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’m pretty psyched by the fact that I don’t get to watch any of this. Bahhhhhhhhh.

  • bobbyfade

    Man this Corbin guy/girl makes me glad I live in the UK and aint never gonna see the cut of his jib again!!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Holly, you’re telling me that there’s not even an option for canadians to see it live online?!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    TERRIBLE halftime ‘entertainment’. The endless screaming is horrendous … but its same every year. Is there anyone in the crowd over 14? And not in pink?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Holly, you’re better off. Trust me. I wish I could unwatch what I saw.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Holly, i’m in Singapore and watching it online via stream on Justin.tv. nice quality and lots of channels to watch it. have fun

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Awww, come on Russ. Rookie/Soph games are never that great (except when Lebron / Wade played or Boozer gets balls rolled off his dome)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    For better or worse, I need to go politic at a Reebok event. Enjoy the second half, everyone (even you, Russ).

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Darksaber, I’m looking now, thanks!

  • Diogo

    Chris Webber knows his stuff.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    You are welcome Miss Post up. So you brushed off the whole critique you got a few days back? Hope so.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I should have said unhear what I heard. If I do watch the second half, it’ll be on mute.

  • Candice

    What did webber say?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yayyy, Star Wars clone wars… (uh, yeah, look at my nickname and you wonder that i’m loving this?)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh lord: PAU!!! Gahhhhh

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just wish there was an alternate audio track with announcers actually announcing the game. I wasn’t planning on watching ‘Bron’s Hall of Fame induction press conference tonight.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Pau Gasol speaks very well.

  • Diogo

    Marc Gasol looks like Eomer from Lord of The Rings. I’d post a picture, but it get’s moderated.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And it’s NOT because it’s ‘Bron. I’d hate it just as much if it were Kobe or Jordan or Kirk Hinrich getting the Superhead treatment. Let the rooks and sophs have their shine!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Russ, like I told you before, this is why I am okay with dissing LBJ- 99% of media just nutrides him unmercifully

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, Pau sure sounds intelligent (i’m burning my palms with a lighter as i say this) and he knows his stuff.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Marc Gasol’s play in this game: justification for leaving Kevin Love off the roster.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Yup, wouldn’t mind some actual commentary on the game. The unis even have numbers?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Why do I have ads everywhere asking if I wanna chat to Holly22?
    Holly?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Durant is so outrageously better than the competition….

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    That was Marc’s go to move right there on Scola. (pound, pound, switcheroo spin move baseline) Shocked Luis didn’t know it was coming, the amount of times they’ve met over the years.

  • Diogo

    Kenny, Rudy is NOT winning this Dunk Contest. And winning it doesn’t mean you’re the best dunker.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Fernandez with the beautiful jumper. SHWACKUMS

  • Blinguo

    Ben, try to get free promo stuff even in this economy if you’re doing a press junket full workload at that event. (like that time the Atlanta Dominique Wilkins Dunk contest t-shirt on the table was in Lang’s bag in .005 seconds) This year’s Reebok to watch is the Omni Hex Ride. Yao home colorway is hot.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Beasley, lighting it up, just like i said he would. Young buck can score, you just need the Miami coach to give him minutes. REAL minutes.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hey Lang… Is anyone in the SI swimsuit issue as jaw dropping as Bar?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    No.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Thanks hombre, nice to know. Leo, i hate ya!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I am most definitely not Holly22. ha. I AM watching the game though… Thanks Darksaber!!!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    B-Easy. 20 points.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Durant can just shoot. daaamn

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Holy crap, i had no clue how effortless KD has become in scoring

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    DAAAAAMN! Durant is unconscious.

  • Blinguo

    Dwight in T-Mobile ads too? Takeover. Or Corp. Sellout. Your pick baby.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Much better with ‘Bron gone.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Check the last part of my live blog. I’m apparently voting for the MVP. Gotta be Durant or EGordon, right?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Commenting from an suv heading to reebok event. I miss the game. Blinguo, I always take promo stuff, regardless of the economy. Some I keep, some goes to friends, some to charity, but I always take it. Re the swimsuit issue, I was a little disappointed. One glaring absence was the fact that they had a whole thing on female tennis players and ana ivanovic is nowhere to be found.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Lang, it’s KD. Make it so.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Durant could go for 50! aha

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Saber, life is good. I enjoyed Pau tonight. KD with the record. whooo love that guy!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Okayyyy, the intensity’s finally arrived in the arena. Thank gawd!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Durant dropped his 37 so far with no difficulty.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lang, the eric gordon mvp would make for a lovely rookie diary. Not sure if that makes you a biased voter, but go for it. Reading posts of this length on a blackberry is not easy.

  • Blinguo

    Economy mention was that, would they even give out the free swag in this penny pinching layoff turnover times. It sways Langs MVP vote if Rudy out of Portland (scrooge to the SLAM dome) up top in game notes!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    OK, KD, your heat has been checked and it is lacking. Pass the ball, dog.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I know you enjoyed Pau, Holly. You ARE after all a Lakergirl *grin*. Shockingly, i enjoyed listening to the lumberjack as well, which annoyed the heck out of me. I so love disliking the guy, but gotta be honest, a likeable person off the court, it seems.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Beasley with 25. BAM

  • Blinguo

    ** if Rudy F, was even close to Durant, and or Rooks w/ the win — and if he made that layup. Glad they didn’t Scrooge McDuck you Ben.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Lang: your microfracture salad line, was plain genius. Damn, son.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Beasley has 27. I’m sorry but I’m an unrepentant B-Easy fan. Always have been. Ryne call me biased, but f*ck it. Young buck can fiiiill it up

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    The commenter (Kevin H.?) just made a comment on Wade’s attire. Something about Fonsworth. Sooooo appropriate!

  • Blinguo

    Kind whistle by the ref on that And 1. Plus/Minus on Durant over 42?!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh wow, Rudy with a page from the European book of Flops, goes down against Durant. Take that!

  • Blinguo

    Guess its at least +2 on that 42.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If you flop to try and draw a charge in this game you should be thrown out.

  • Blinguo

    If he can keep it going – wants to sweat, let them go to overtime. Kobe’s urban legend style.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm, why is Mr. soon to be traded on the Allstar roster again and Durant isn’t? JEEEZUS!

  • Blinguo

    And by that, I mean that old story by Bean about letting High School teams catch up, so he can attempt clutch shots to seal it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Russ? word

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Durant/Beasley. best homoerotic moment in NBA history with exception of Isaiah Thomas/Magic kissing

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Got ya, blinguo. Maybe there will be no FS tonite. We’ll see. Sounds like KD is really representing right now. Next year he’ll be doing his thing on Sunday night.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    actually, it was kinda sweet. two friends ya know? not Homo imo.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Bye Lang, and thanks. Enjoy the partés

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I kind of want to get pair of those Harrington Proteges.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    no, Darksaber, I’m not making fun of em, I’m just saying. B-Easy went to KSU for a year, I went to KSU for a year. I’ve met that crazy fool. I also saw him as well as Durant play MANY times in HS. I know they aren’t gay. haha

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Russ: W.H.Y? They look like an amalgam of all sneaks on the market. no thanks!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    my gosh those 12 year old girls have bigger arms than KD.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    i actually like the Protege sneaks. idc if it borrows from designs. sampling is something that always happens

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Holly, obesity is not funny. you’re so mean. Kidding :)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Rose sucked

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    ha ha, Holly used “gosh”.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m just curious to see how good they are for $35. And I’ve seen Al’s up close in the Knicks locker room—they look all right. Better than Staburys.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Anton: More importantly, he DIDN’T GET HURT. That’s all I wanted outta him.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Milk carton: Derrick Rose.

  • Blinguo

    Protege info post.

    http://niketalk.yuku.com/topic/151678

    They can only go up from here. Throw in a overpriced $20-30 Dr Scholls or Footlocker in store brand insole gel/blue poron cushion orthotics and you’re fine. (or some Zoom insoles from your Nikes) Especially when that Jordan 2009 with that movie like commercial is $190 (to pay for such high priced marketing). Surprisingly close to its name sake in price, wonder if they thought they were doing people a favor by cutting $19 off from prob. $209 MSRP.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh everytime you Slam people say something like “seen em up close in the KNICKS LOCKER ROOM” i die a little inside, of envy! Well, if you pick em up Russ, would you kinda give us a little review on em? Like Doc K used to do back in the days of kicksology.com? Nothing crazy detailed, just from a ballers perspective?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    fair enough, need a healthy Rose to lob up those assists to Amare…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Yeah, sure. It would be quite unofficial—lately I’ve just been going out and, uh, “working out” on my own. I’m not in runs shape at the moment, but I’m getting there.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Free THABO. The B-Ball interest in Switzerland is already dying down due to the lack of production (and PT)… A whole country’s perception of the game is at stake here. Get him somewhere he can ball Paxson.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Fair enough, Russ.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    D rose was tired and not really an all star game-type player.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Ben…D Rose is one of the quickest guards in the league, loves transition, and throws oops/crosses over alot. That’s an all star game-type player to me!

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Love what I saw from EJ. Who else thinks he’s a mini Ray Allen?

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

    Wade was channeling his own asst. coach Keith Askins. Lang, stay sleepy all weekend, dude, these notes are quite funny.

  • MeloMan13

    well i eventually got to watch it on the replay at midnight and i gotta say…BEASLEYYYY is da man. wuda won MVP if Durant wasn’t so damn freakish

  • sporky

    Someone forgot about Arvydas Sabonis.

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