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Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 8:42 pm  |  377 responses

Links: All-Star Saturday Night Live Blog

Live from Phoenix!

by Lang Whitaker

OK, we’re live here for the Saturday night smorgasboard of events. I’m not sure but I think I just saw Michael Cooper wearing a Lakers uniform and pink shoes. Anyway, let’s get it started in here…

• Just got a text from my wife who said, “Why are there lots of old people on the court throwing balls?” I don’t have an answer for her.

• Spurs PR man Tom James asked for a shoutout in the live blog. Here it is.

• I can’t believe Tim Duncan is involved in the Shooting Stars competition. They must’ve uploaded a virus into his mainframe. I also think Bill Laimbeer was smoking a cigarette on the bench.

• I think the Shooting Stars thing is over. I just watched it and I don’t know who won or anything. Ben said Detroit just won. Congrats. Can we just start the Dunk Contest? And what time tonight do we start the Drunk Contest?

• Now we’re into the Skills Challenge. Devin Harris, Mo Williams, Derrick Rose and Tony Parker, who got a healthy boo from the fans here. The participants seem fired up by the pregame music, “Old Time Rock And Roll.”

• Devin Harris up first. Finishes in 36.9 seconds — kinda disappointing. I guess we should just be glad he didn’t get hurt.

• Mo Williams up next, once “99 Luftbaloons” stops playing. Really. Mo does it in 37.5. I think Tony’s gonna take this.

• D-Rose in the house. 2-2 on his first two passes. Finishes in 33.3.

• Tony up now to loud boos. He can’t do anything right. He finishes in just over 50 seconds. Ugh. Too bad, now he has to go sit with Eva Longoria.

• During the TV timeout, here in the arena they showed on the scoreboard a paddle ball contest between Jason Kapono, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Amare/é/’e Stoudemire. Kapono won it.

• FInal round. Harris struggles to make a jumper and finishes in 39.7.

• Derrick Rose wins it and punctuates it with a double-pump reverse. Even he’s ready for the Dunk Contest to start.

• wow derrick rose is so charismatic that was great and fun to watch awesome.

• I don’t know what’s going on here. A little kid is playing “Lovely Day” on a saxaphone. He’s pretty good, actually.

• Time for the Three-Point Shootout. Bibby, Cook, Granger, Kapono, Lewis, Mason. I’m pulling for Bibby but don’t think he has much of a chance. Granger might struggle because he’s used to being unguarded because everyone knows he can’t beat them alone. Tonight he could.

• My computer is tripping. Cook had 18, Rashard Lewis had 17, Bibby 14, and Granger just laid a brick with 13. I knew it.

• Weird, there’s a guy in the arena doing play-by-play announcing while the guy’s are shooting — I don’t ever remember that before, and it’s really distracting.

• Mason ends with 13, which means Mason and Granger are dunzo.

• Kapono goes for 16 and squeaks into the final round with Lewis and Cook.

• I don’t like the money balls. What happened to the red-white-and-blue balls?

• Just walked out to get a Coke and walked by the practice court, and I saw Rudy Fernandez and Pau Gasol practicing a dunk where Pau stood under hte basket and tossed it behind his back to Rudy. Not very exciting. As Stephon said on the podcast the other day, “Who’s that gonna fly with?”

• OK, so while I was out, Lewis went for 15 and Kapono for 14. Now Cook is up. 1 point on first rack. 3 after the second, 7 after three, 10 after four, 15 after five. Tie!

• Lewis leads off the tiebreaker. 0 after first, 0 after two, 4 after three, 6 after four, 7 after five. Ugh.

• Cook. 3 after one, 8 after two, 13 after three, 16 after four, 19 after five. Winner. Congrats, Daequan Cook!

• BTW, if you’re ever standing next to someone you don’t know in a men’s bathroom, a funny thing to say is, This water sure is cold!

• Anyone have an idea who this guy singing is? Is this Sasha Baron-Cohen? This is hilarious.

• OK, Dunk Contest. Judges are KJ, Nance, Chambers, Majerle and Ceballos. Ben’s a little salty about Chambers being in.

• Funny — most of the guys are actually practicing slam dunks but Nate’s out there throwing up three pointers.

• BTW, we just lost the TV monitor on our table because some d-bag sitting in front of us walked past and stepped on the coax cable and knocked it out. Thanks!

• JR Smith gets to go first because he’s obviously the craziest guy in the contest. Powerful. compact windmill. Eh. 43.

• Rudy! Some sort of tribute to the first Spanish player in the NBA — kinda fresh but he gets a 42. They follow it with racist music of castanets.

• Here we go again! Nate double-pumps then gets a crazy 46. Dwight gets a 50? Even the fans here in the arena are booing. Russ must be rolling over in his grave.

• Internet here is as slow as this evening. Rudy up next. The NBA PR staff just passed out a bio of Fernando Martin — guess they knew that “tribute” was coming. Pau bounces six passes off the bottom of the backboard and ends up not being able to make one. Somewhere in Spain, a young child just angrily took off a Rudy Fernandez jersey in disgust.

• This makes no sense. Time ran out and that apparently meant he got two more chances? And another 42?

• JR Smith in the heezy. This is strange. 42 for JR — I’m with that.

• The Dunk Contest is jumping the shark before my eyes.

• Well, that was kinda cool. Impressive. A long set-up though. I guess at least it was entertaining, instead of just Rudy Fernandez and Pau Gasol clanging balls off the backboards.

• Nate just changed into a green Knicks uniform.

• Why does Dwight get to use a Broadway production worth of props but nobody else is allowed to?

• Kryptonite! And then Nate just broke out one of the coolest dunks I’ve ever seen him do. That was cool.

• Whoa. Dwight.

• OK, last round. Nate has a kryptonite ball. Dwight has a cape on. Nate jumped over him and this place exploded. That was pretty amazing.

• Dwight’s up. He’s clearing out the NBA dance teams who are scattered all over the court. Maybe he’s jumping from the free throw line? Yes…well, no, not really. I think Nate just won the dunk contest.

• Nate wins. Yes he did.

Thanks everyone for hanging out here tonight. Catch you ohere tomorrow night for the Game.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Whoo! Spurs for the win for shooting stars. Is David Robinson competing again? I reckon he STILL looks just as jacked as any other player going around right now.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Totally stoked for the Dwight show.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    pink hyperdunks are fugly. Even on a woman. Hi Lang, hope you got that rest you needed. You are lucky being there live, i gotta get ear assaulted by Reggie on the broadcast. (dude said “twinkly toes” and Laimbeer in the same sentence, wow)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    and the admirals still cut. Amazing

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    pink wife beaters (fluro) are bad enough, shoes? urgh.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    that was so exciting that i have nothing to say. the HORSE was awesome though. was any SLAM writer there live?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    GO D ROSE.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    wow. Reggie is… omg. i’m gonna have to put this on mute. that ball boy was messing things up. i have rose winning.

  • k.o.

    Rose looked like he was coasting and still took the lead

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i found GEICO horse a bit underwhelming. Lots of set shots, and kd won with a standing 3? Yawn. Was so hoping for all kinds of moves, nope. OJ’s shot from the stands was funky though

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i remember last year (or was it the year before?) when wade RIPPED this competition.
    also i remember kobe missing all 5 passes at one station and got disqualified.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    This is BS that I get no coverage of any of the events today, I can watch it online, but my connection is too slow, something dumb about area location is preventing high speed connection- so I’m relying on you Lang (and the other posters) to help me out haha.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I think Detroit/Laimbeer win the shooting stars thing every year.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Watching this online because my cable decided that it would stop working

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Reggie just called E.V.A a consolation prize! Wtf? Thats like winning the damn powerball!!! Consolation my….

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    DERRICK ROSE.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    BTW, if you guys get a chance, could you ask Colangelo or the “main” Team USA guys what the perception is for 2012 as far as roster?
    If anyone can obtain a sneak peek at this inside info, SLAM can.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    hursty: all the commercial breaks are a level of annoying of their own. Ok skills finals! Hope devin and derrick put speed in it

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    This is a lock.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Wake me when the real stuff starts.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Fresh.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    YES! ROSE!!! awesome finish. but still, it’s underwhelming this year.
    HORSE was kinda fun though i think. didn’t think it would take the full hour.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Boo ya. I think he just won the Dunk Contest, too. I may as well just go to bed now.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    rose finished with a miner-esque reverse pump bring it to the crotch dunk! Yesssss

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Reggie Miller sucks so much it’s unbelievable.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    What are you implying Ben? haha.

  • blackjackballer

    rose nu champ just 4 the finish *haha*

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Dwyane Wade needs to hire a new stylist. I know he has a current stylist because no one dresses like that on their own.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Barkley back on T-Mobile commercials??

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    • wow derrick rose is so charismatic that was great and fun to watch awesome.
    looks like spam haha. Very un-Whitaker like.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I hope his Band-Aid tonight says “SOY BOMB.”

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

    Rose is an outstanding ballplayer overall, but does anybody else notice that outside of the fact that he had trouble to make the jumper, did anybody else notice the hitch in his guidehand, plus the fact that his release isn’t the same release every time? Stupid little thing to bitch about, and I’m not a hater, Rose is a muh buckin faller (see what i did there ;])

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    SPalding with the commercial of the year.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I think i’m now officially on the Rose bandwagon. Do i need to pay admission or bring snacks?

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    And yes, Ben, Ryne, and Lang, I am live-blogging the commercials for you. That’s why I make the big bucks!

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

    Tzvi, that was a fresh commercial by spalding. on a college basketball related note, UT bigman Dexter Pittman told me, along with the rest of facebook, that his valentines date was a spalding :)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    At the beginning, Reggie said he looked forward to the 3 point contest because he holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers made.
    Kenny Smith looked at him like he was a piece of sh*t, I loved that.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Tzvi: Yes, that commercial is frigging awesome.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    ok, Flash can’t be serious with his “fashion” approach this weekend, right? That stuff makes him look like he escaped from Disneyland. Ben did you ask him about it? Gotta be a bet right? Oh Amerie (yummy)!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They should do a second one with all guys with terrible form and/or bad hitches: Shaq, Anthony Mason, Bill Cartwright, Ben Wallace, Jared Jeffries, etc.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Mason: “WHat the hell am I doing here?”

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Jason Kapono looks like one of the Chipmunks. Alvin, maybe.

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

    Deaquan Cook: “I didn’t know I could shoot.”
    Jason Kapono: “This contest is literally the only reason I am still in the league.”

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Lang the little kid is from make a wish. His wish, to perform at ASW

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Kenny Smith, KILLING Mike Bibby.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Watching online has its advantages. That advantage is Melanie Collins.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Kapono’s gonna win again. Sigh.

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

    Craig Hodges shown on the screen for the contest lore…Nobody mentions him getting blackballed for being a proud black man and being controversial in the white house.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Is Kapono Blazed?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    kenny sure loves reggie….. For him to poop on (dont sue me triumph). The putdowns are fantastic

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Kapono was the best thing about Batman Forever.

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

    better question. name one player that is more of a one dimensional player than kapono. name one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    rashard’s form is… Different

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

    Rashard Lewis: uggliest pretty shot ever.

  • Prison Mike

    Tyrus Thomas: All he canj do is jump.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Kwame Brown

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

    Darksaber, his body goes up and down like ray allen, he even brins it up similar to him, but the release is downright weird, the guidehand is odd. it isssss what it is.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    ouch. the 3 point shooting, so far, no good.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Bibby has the ugliest tats in the League

  • Prison Mike

    Is Damon Jones there tonight? He should sit by Wade.

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

    Prison Mike, he can also rebound, block and occasionally hit a 12 footer. Jason Kapono can do NOTHING, save for a 3 pointer. He cant effectively dribble in an offense, he cant play defense, he cant get rebounds, he cant drive to the cup on anybody, he can only shoot a three.

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

    why is reggie miller allowed to talk about shot form? Yes, he shot the lights out in the L, but his form is soooo gross.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Cook will never see the ASG weekend again. Period

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    what about jj redick?

  • Prison Mike

    Sasha Vujacich?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    hey i’d take that release if i could hit 146 three’s in 40+ games.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    let’s see big ben/shaq/chuck hayes at a free throw shooting contest.

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

    Chris Tucker getting fat is one thing i never expected. right up there with T-Mac getting hung, Chris Webber being such a good analyst, and Scottie Pippin pronouncing LBJ as LeBRAN JAMS once a few years back

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    That Burger King commercial reminds me of the Tag commercial from a couple years back, and some White Castle ones.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Justin, our Old-School story on Craig Hodges mentioned exactly that. And I am also troubled by DRose’s form on his jump shot. His penetration is so tough that he often doesn’t need that jump shot, though. And Russ/Tzvi, agreed on the Spalding ad—We have a TV but no volume and it looked great (even if Dwight is a curious choice to put in an ad featuring free throw shooting).

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

    darksaber, im not saying reggie cant shoot, hes a legend, but he shouldnt be allowed to talk form. albie, JJ is a compelling argument, but JJ can get away with dribbling once or twice before shooting, also, JJ is amazing moving without the ball. Jason Kapono just runs baseline hah

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Good people doing good things at Protege.

  • Prison Mike

    Lebram Jams, Nice

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    amen on Ben regarding to Superman in the spalding commercial. i mean…what about steve nash?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m writing in Ron Paul for my Dunk Contest vote.

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

    Ben, thanks for answering that thought. and the DRose worry. Because he might have a similar problem that JKidd had of not having a jumper, lets hire his ass a shooting coach to fix his form, because I’m pretty sure I can break down the flaws, let’s get better basketball to fix them haha.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Interesting note: Granger shot from the nearside of the last rack; Cook walked around it to the farside, closer to the baseline. unusual?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    sssssssniperrrr!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Foot Locker logo on the jerseys is tres tacky. Although I’m sure logos like that will be on all NBA jerseys sooner rather than later.

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

    Roger Mason JR has a nice, compact release, but his release is a little low, i.e in a release with proper height, the elbow is higher than his eye at the height of the release, and Rogers elbow is just below that. Still, nice, compact.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    reggie just used the word “jerkage”. Wow

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Russ: kinda like soccer jerseys?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    God I hope it won’t be as bad as CFL jersys – half the upper part is a giant retailer logo.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    J Dog: Stop commenting on they forms. If it goes in, it goes in. Period. See Miller, Bird, Price, etc.

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

    When Kapono misses, his guide hand turns out a bit with his middle and ring finger on his guide hand bent a bit. When he makes it, the guide hand is either straight up like it should, or straight forward. Just giving you guys some tidbits on breaking down jumpers ;)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    While we’re on the subject, it’s the most retarded thing ever. That’s why if I find myself hungover and channel surfing I think Team AIG is playing some other bank on soccer

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    The online feed randomly goes to commercial

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Didn’t Reggie GUARANTEE that Rashard wouldn’t get out of the first round?

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

    tzvi, I am obsessed with shot form. I know players with weird form can go in, I just enjoy breaking em down. add to your list, Bob McAdoo. and on the jerseys with sponsor logos, think less soccer jerseys, more euroleague jerseys.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Lebrons been on a lot of commercials tonight. Guess his people don’t believe in overexposure.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Is Mason gathering his belongings and getting on a plane to New Jersey?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i never thought i’d say this but, couldn’t TNT rent JVG and mark jackson from the other guys for the all star saturday and game? i like kenny smith in the studio, but not play by play. reggie is just…. well you know.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i love how kapono is dribbling the ball for like a minute in the corner waiting for the commercial break to be over.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Kapono has nice form.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Going last is a big advatage; something Kapono has had for the last 2 years. right?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Kapono = not money.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn rashard is cut! Unexpected, looks so slim from afar

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    They’re Killing Lewis, which is fine. He’ll laugh his way to the bank for another 4 years.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Any way you slice it, this be some bad shooting.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Lang is walking out on the contest? Did anyone else find that odd?

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

    Reggie Miller vs. Kenny smith. straight killlin eachother

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    16 wouldn’t have gotten you out of the first round back in the day.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Wade is ridic. Getting alot of face time tho.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    well. a tie. unexpected. TNT knows drama!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    RUss: I agree; terrible shooting.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Daquan should shoot a rack lefty with his eyes closed.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Dunk contest better be better.

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

    The contest should be Ray Allen, Dirk, Steve Nash, Chauncey, Rip, and JJ just for some underdog duke hate drama. every year until the top guys fall off.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Far side for him on last rack again. Strategy?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Daequan, my fault.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    kenny smith obviously doesn’t play fantasy basketball. all Cook does is make 3s.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wow, reggie should bust out the two handed choke move a la msg for Lewis! Damn

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And to think: I used to get so angry when Daequan Cook would look off Greg Oden in the post and launch a 3 at Ohio State.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Man … worst 3 point comp EVER!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    This dunk contest had better be mad climactic. As in no freaking costumes. I’m pulling for Nate.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    JR because he got robbed with behind the back a few years back!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    amen to Justin. THAT lineup would be awesome to watch for 3 point shots.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    JR and Dwight in the finals. And JR takes it!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    So far the most exciting event of All-Star weekend was Allen Iverson’s haircut, and it wasn’t even televised.

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

    see, thats what i mean. and every 5 years, have the TRULY best shooters in the league, not ones that are VOLUME 3PT shooters, and for fun have a crappy shooter haha

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Eugh Rashard was totally rushing his shots that last round. That was ugly. But it doesn’t really take away from Daequan Cook’s performance though. His form is great, evocative of Chuck Person when he was in this thing in a coupla years back.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Have an all star 3pt shoot out … Kobe, Vince, Bron, Gil, Wade, Joe!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Who the hell is Kevin Rudolph? *mute*

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so far this all star saturday is underwhelming. i blame it on all the hype.
    can’t the league REQUIRE the best guys to participate in the events?
    OMG a musical performance. i can’t mute it fast enough.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    WHy am I watching a music video … what happened to the dunk comp??

  • TR

    Jeez…who let the Osbourne kids’ friends out?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Albie, something like that would probably have to be in the CBA

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

    …the song doesnt suck. I heard this on the radio before actually. this sounds like a more sexed up linkin park without the screaming but still with the mike shinoda rapping.and the females are fairly pretty. but still, those dance moves they have SUCK

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Put your hands up lol

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Pleaseeee no encore!!!

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

    stole the neck afghan from kanye, stole the jacket from 99% of rockers, stole the jeans tucked in the unlaces shoes from runDMC….what didnt this guy steal?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    why does NBA always find the sh!ttiest “musical guests” that no one’s even heard of? just tell Shaq to find someone to perform. i’m sure no one would say no to him.

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

    at least nate and dwight seem into the song hah

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

    Music these days…

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Dwight looks 8 foot 2

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @NZ… agreed!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Justin: they faking it.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Glad to say I only heard about three seconds of that. I didn’t realize Ashlee Simpson got a sex change—good for her/him.

  • TR

    Hope these dudes have been shotting espressos ALL day! Get revved up!

  • Fat Lever

    Do you think if they turned off Reggie’s mic, he’d even notice?

    Because we sure would.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    after all these commercial breaks and non-competition, the dunk contest better be good.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If anyone puts on a cape or lights a candle, I will not be held responsible for my actions.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    btw, i can’t still believe they are making the show “closer”. anyone remember we got force fed the line “if i like being called a b!tch i’d still be married”?

  • TR

    Still, seeing Laimbeer chuck balls at the basket off the wrong foot, while looking like a serial killer kinda made my day.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    This is Killin’ me. COMMERCIALS!!!!!! OMG

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

    by the way, was anybody else annoyed that in the dunk theater special, two dunks people were going nuts about waiting for, the double windmill and the 720, have already been done. double windmill has been done a zillion times by Kadour Ziani. 720 has been done like 10 times by Taurien Fontennette. Hell, TDub has done a 540 for Team Flight Brothers. And they talked about not even getting two steps beyond FT line, james white can easy bay from freethrow, windmill from it, crank from it…They totally overhyped that.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Mark still had a better career than Chambers (er, maybe).

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    NATE had better jump through the basket. No props. JR go around the back twice. Dwight dunk with his feet. And rudy do all layups. I will then be happy.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    F*CK PROPS AND F*CK REGGIE.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    omg. props. i’d give them some props if they don’t use props. remember vinsanity? yeah, thought so.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Russ’ comments have been outstanding tonight.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Justin … co-sign

  • TR

    Gotta love how the announcers tune out Reggie at will.

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

    russ has been on his game. true. ced ceballos…did he just plug a sidekick there?

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

    also, Rodney Carney can dunk from 2 feet behind the FT line… Dwight Howard just totally snubbed Cheryl Miller haha

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    you know what, i’m prepare for a let down. i’m serious.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    JR warming up by shooting threes is so classic.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    dwight’s got a future in comedy. For shizzle

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

    JR Smith…double bounce, and a vicious slam. that is a very nice first dunk. no props.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    that was the best interview ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I liked that two-bounce dunk, and JR’s reaction on sideline. Should been at least a 45 IMO.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That was a G1 Ced had. JR got robbed. Should have been a 45, minimum.

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

    DAMN, JR SMITH’s arms look like that indian girl’s face from the 2004 Manchurian Candidate. you know, the one from Denzel’s dream?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And rudy shoulda had a 45-48. these judges are haters.

  • Prison Mike

    They always screw up with the camera angles during the dunk contest. Ever year

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    “No one in this building knows who Rudy Fernandez is.” Didn’t he WIN THE FAN VOTING to be in this in teh first place? Ugh.

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

    Nate…already taking too long. annnd goodness. break to spike lee smiling like a kid. Donald Faison sitting next to pretty white lady says ten

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    didn’t nate have the same dunk as JR?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    THAT’S RIGHT, CED! Nate is awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Nate shoulda got a 50.

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

    hahah the salute is to those on xbox live who didnt believe that was him playing them on xbox live. Dwight Howard is up…. LBJ getting trash talked by the announcers..Dwight taking too long….Oh that dunk would have been nasty. come on…BOOM. but that is so disappointing that he took that many lobs. hahaaahhahhah Ced put up a sideways 8 and a 10

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    this competition is rigged. fcuk this.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That wasn’t a 50.

  • TR

    Dwight! Come on man!

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

    Dwight got a 50 because he is Dwight. That’s all. Gerald Green has pulled better 45′s

  • Prison Mike

    the judges know dwight has something saved for the finals

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    superman got a fity? For that?

  • Prison Mike

    dwight prolly done that dunk better in practice

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

    Prison Mike, that doesnt mean you give a 50 for that dunk. He would have gone round two with a damn 45. That dunk was at best a 45.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so what was the best dunk in the first round? i actually like Rudy’s, it was just smooth. dwight could be better if he didn’t had to try it multiple times.

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

    JR Smith’s dunk was better than Dwights. Hate all you want but he did a double bounce CLEAN windmill on the first go. Dwight took years.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Why not just give Dwight a bye to the Finals?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    a 50 was ridiculous. Good dunk, but that score was obviously way too high.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    gotta love the tribute jersey rudy had on for the first spaniard to make the nba. Very nice touch. Dunk was meh!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ay caramba.

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

    Reggie Miller just called out the entire country of Spain.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    you know, AI and AI did this same dunk.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    uh oh

  • TR

    I’d just fire the ball at Rudy’s feet.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly

    Rudy is hurting my heart!

  • Uzi

    Rudy get your corny routine outta here !

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They killed the dunk contest. Way to go, NBA.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i think that was Kenny Smith who called them out.

  • Fat Lever

    About to say Rudy might need Ricky Rubio to toss that.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    when Bill Russell is embarrassed and laughing, something is wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Fall down eight times, dunk once?

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

    the slow mo of that dunk was pretty as hell. but still. he missed that more than nate robinson haha

  • Uzi

    finally! the dunk that broke the akwardness.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Sonny who????

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    the iceman looked REALLY bored.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Me and George Gervin are falling asleep.

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

    dunk contest. just died. next year to save it, FORCE LBJ, GERALD GREEN, JAMES WHITE, BRENT PETWAY in the f*cking contest.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    maybe he paid JR money to be on tv? either that or he owns him money.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i told you i’m ready to be underwhelmed.

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

    most gimmicky ass dunks…ever.

  • Prison Mike

    don’t hurt yourself nate

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    OK, officially the worst thing ever.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    oh no.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I hate it when I agree with Reggie.

  • Uzi

    ohhhh my back!!!

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

    hahahahhahah MAN I DID STEP UP DUNKS IN F*CKING 6TH GRADE….YOU GOTTTA BE KIDDING ME. EVERY KID IN A REC CENTER DID THAT BITCH.

  • TR

    Expletive deleted. That is all.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    you know what’s awesome? we still haven’t turned off the tv yet. are we all yelling at the screens? i’d think so.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Message to Flight Howard: please fix this evening. Please.

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

    this could be good. this COULD BE GOOD

  • Prison Mike

    stern is pissed

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    SIGH.

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

    if dwight can dunk this, I wont go nuts. Clyde Drexler did 11’7 in an outside dunk contest. and he is shorter.

  • Uzi

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh SUPERMAAAAAN IS IN THE BUILDIIIIIIIING

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    extra rim? david stern on the phone? phone booth? dude. this sh!t is rigged. omg. this is effing terrible.

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

    “too easy”. “too easy”

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    is this the dunk contest or dwight howard show? i’m starting to hate this. seriously. why does he get special treatment?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wow. Talk about being nate’s biatch! Wilson chandler with the doggy style crouch…. I have nothing further to add on that.

  • Prison Mike

    nate just makes up his own rules, first it was the million attempts, now he can go of backs, why not lower the rim next time and dunk with a volleyball?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i think Russ turned off the tv.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I wish Shaq would go out there and tear that f*cking cape off him.

  • Fat Lever

    Wow, this could be the worst dunk contest ever. Nate Robinson should never be allowed near any dunk contest of any kind.

    Even ones done by 6th graders on 8ft rims.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    no, this might be one of the worst All-Star Saturday’s ever. No one has played well in anything yet.

  • Prison Mike

    “The dunk contest is NOT back.”

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Holy crap, it’s St. Patrick’s Day already? I knew tonight was taking forever, but wow!

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

    LEBRON IS IN NEXT YEARS DUNK CONTEST. HE JUST TOLD PEOPLE THAT HE IS IN NEXT YEARS CONTEST AND CAN DO 13 FEET.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    maybe he wants to be a little hulk or something?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    well. a decent dunk finally.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That was straight-up Steve Francis 2000.

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

    GUYS. no more waiting. lebron is in next years contest. no more gimmicks. lebron will not use a gimmick

  • Bruno

    don’t even want to read it! ridiculous!
    3 point shootout was absurd!
    and the dunk contest is sleeping material!
    RUDY WAS ROBBED!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    lebron can just go ahead and win THIS dunk contest in his ugly sweater.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Didn’t someone do that last year?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    thank you Dwight. Phew. One attempt, good dunk.

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

    I just crapped myself. Dwight just….oh. that dunk want the most difficult, but he pulled that DEEP

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

    Can Nate really jump over Dwight? I mean i know VC swung fred W. but can Nate do this?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Russ, please don’t shut it off. You’ve still got a Slamadamonth to pick and write. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope it’s Nate.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    thank you Nate. Phew. One attempt, good dunk.

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

    what the….what? what? what. huh? Russ. I need guidance.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    stern with the classic phone (cord?) i was sooooo expecting him to cancel the extra rim. Wait, Lbj’s coming next year and CAN dunk on 13 ft? Wow

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    So Nate wore green to look like a frog? And yay LeBron, upstage another event.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    YES! LEBRON! DO IT!

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

    lebron. no longer thinking he is above MJ in not going to dunk. lebron still spoke in third person though.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    OMG LEBRON…. LETS GO KOBE!!!!!!

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

    reggie miller just compared LBJ going into the dunk contest to finally getting a black president. reggie, screw you.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    that too tight tank makes dwight looks even huger.

  • Fat Lever

    Apparently Stern was talking to Zach Morris, because those are the only 2 people who have to have that phone.

  • Uzi

    DR J reincarnation ??

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Nate won.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nate’s gotta be the winner.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Meh. Please let Nate win.

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

    James White dunking between the legs, from the FT line is WAY more impressive than dwight from the FT line

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i’m voting for fcuking C.

  • Uzi

    why does everbody that did it after J and Mike look absolutley stupid ?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    now why couldn’t Dwight wear his regular jersey by pulling off that dunk? That was…. odd.

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

    Uzi, James White didnt. I can say it a billion times but yall still sleep on it. He can do more FT line dunk variations than most dunkers can do from ANYWHERE>

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i just ran around my house screaming like a scolded bat. Nate did vince better than vince! Wearing kryptonite green head to toe and with a green ball. Thats how u use props. Simple and effective

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Have they shown any scores yet? And Dwight? I know Brent Barry, and you’re no Brent Barry.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’m not saying this often: but I’m rooting for Nate right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If Nate doesn’t win, this is the biggest fix ever.

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

    if dwight wins i wont watch any more

  • Uzi

    Lets go Lex Luther!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    SHUT UP ALREADY, REGGIE!

  • TR

    Yep. Agree with that. Plus the green knicks uni was cool.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    yeah seriously, this is like fcuking american idol. i don’t think i’ve been so pissed and frustrated watching the all star saturday.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    The smaller guy will almost always win the fan vote

  • Fat Lever

    Which brother-sister tandem is more annoying; Cheryl-Reggie or Donnie-Marie Osmond. I’m going with option #1.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    yep, 3-point shooters who are missing shots, point guards being slow, Laimbeer being the man of the night, and H-O-R-S-E participants not being creative.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i think stern orchestrated this whole thing. the extra basket which never happened. all the judges’ score. cheryl saying the winner having 52% of the vote and THEN having to open the envelop to declare the winner.
    sigh. i died a little inside tonight.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Is that phone booth on eBay yet?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nice work, Nate. Nice work, Lang. Nice work, commenters.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ben: Let me know when you figure out which one. Or better yet, I guess I’ll check Getty tomorrow and e-mail you.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Personally, I think the slamadamonth should be D Rose’s dunk that closed out the Skills comp, buit I might be a bit biased.

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

    Ben, make sure Lang, Ryne and yourself enjoy tonight, because yall need it to make up for a horrible night. Outside of 3 dunks that I cared about, tonight was garbage. Lang, Nate, and the commenters SAVED this

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Okay. Wow. Nate outdid himself here. His first dunk in the final round basically is a replica of Steve Francis’ one back in 2000 – except Nate’s a good half a foot shorter. And his 2nd dunk in the final round, well, pretty much was VC over Fred Weis… except Nate’s nearly an entire foot shorter than Vince.

  • Bruno

    RUSS, you know people on thE NBA!
    please, someone has to throw a “Head Dunk”!!!!
    some light player with huge leap, could use another player’s hand for a bigger jump and using a rugby kind of helmet, throw it down using the forehead!!
    James White would be perfect for that, he already put his shin at the rim with no help…

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Crappy musical guests as usual? At least no Meatloaf, c’mon.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Yawn……

  • Bruno

    gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar-ba-ge night!
    it just sucked! all events!!!!
    i watch the all star since 88 and that was the WORST ever!
    lets hope the game saves this, but i’m sure lebron will be an idiot as every all star

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I enjoyed it. No way that was worst dunk contest ever — that was obviously in ’88 when the judges in Chicago screwed Nique out of the contest.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    My lovely lady woke up shortly before the dunk contest (also plays ball but is only interested in nba players looks or style, NOT in the everyday league action) and here are a few of the gems she uttered while watching with me in descending order:
    5)On Rudy and Pau’s pathetic attempts: oh give it a rest already
    4)Oh, Howard’s wearing a singlet all of a sudden, nice.
    3)Wow, who’s THAT, he looks fine dressed like that (regarding Wade’s outfit. He’s always been a favorite of hers)
    2)Ohhhh, that’s a nice cardigan Lebron’s wearing, i’d even wear that.
    1)iiiihhhh, green shoes even.. wth? Oh, it’s kryptonite, i get it, nice touch with the green ball. still, green lime green shoes??? yuck
    Only a female!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Putting the vote in the fans hand didn’t help either. Pure sh*t. The game better be fuc*nkg off the charts tomorrow to make up for this bundle of bullsh*t. Russ was obviously the MVP of All-Star Saturday Night. Good work boys.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Russ, let’s discuss by email tomorrow and leave it out of the comment section. Gotta leave some surprises for the magazine-buying public.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    @Lang: it’s been twenty years…..let it go, bro.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Underwhelming allstar saturday, but i freaking loved Kenny and co going back and forth during the dunk contest. Amazing interaction.
    Kenny: oh so no blazer was available to throw a pass to rudy?
    Reggie: If nate does this step off dunk, i’m leaving basketball forever (ok, reg, put your money where your mouth is, dawg)
    Kenny: who the hell is (the guy passing to JR)? Chauncey wasn’t available? I mean he’s playing tomorrow night right, so he must be in town!
    And on it went!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    speaking of female’s POV, i wonder what Holly thinks of this.
    this definitely wasn’t the worst dunk contest (wheel of dunk was), but this one was overhyped/underwhelming.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Oh…..Daequen Cook.

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

    Eboy, the game will be good, but it’d better be amazing like u suggested to take the taste of this garbage out of my mouth

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Is it just me or has Nate gotten even more vert this year? his dunks were effortless (the double pump reverse was sweet!) still can’t get over him giving Dwight a backhead lipton! wow.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I don’t think the Dunk contest was that bad either. Every year, the dunk contest produces a handful of unforgettable dunks… but also a whooole bunch of really blah mediocre ones. Who remembers any of Ricky Davis’ dunks? Richard Jefferson’s? Just goes to show how special that 2000/2001 contest with Vince / Tmac / Francis going at it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Exactly. I was too lazy and uninspired to even try and concentrate on that crap and posting here during it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Also, guys and girls here, Lebron is making a dunk contest appearance next season. Even though it was obviously a vain attempt to draw attention to himself (as always), i find this news AWESOME. A premier nba star going for it, nice. Can we get some more like Wade, Kobe in it as well. Like a true allstar lineup? And maybe 6 initial dunkers so we see more variety and less dead time in between dunks?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Darksaber: YES. 6 dunkers. It’s just gotten silly since they reduced the contestants to 4. Why can’t we have more dunk contestants? This is the highlight of the night. More competition leads to better dunks.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    actually that dunk contest was in 2000. tmac and francis would have won any other year (in the new era anyway). i would pay for a tape for that dunk contest.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @albie: The ‘wheel of dunk’ thing was the worst idea ever. I totally forgot about that, so mediocre a contest it was.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Igoudala, J-Rich, Wade, maybe even Vince, Jordan Farmar (token shorty) and Bron would be an above average field, right?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh well. Hopefully we have a tight game tomorrow. But I’ll say it now – unless the East gives its starters huge amounts of playing time (especially the big men), they’re gonna be destroyed by the West’s hulking, skilled frontcourt. Duncan, Yao, Amare, West, Dirk, Pau, Shaq. 3 MVP point guards. Clutchness personified in Kobe and Roy. Even if you count Lebron as a power forward, the East is way overmatched down low. Half of the West’s roster averages 20 and 10; unless the East’s shooting is one fire tomorrow, or if the West is turnover happy (not a chance with CP and Billups running things), I don’t see the East winning at all.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    the “wheel of dunks” wasn’t just mediocre. it was baaaad. it set up the dunkers to fail.

  • Drolfe

    Tank top screaming ‘Dwight I don’t fit you!’

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    who’s playing the 1 this year for the east? last year they had kidd.

  • Drolfe

    Best dunk for me was Dwight throwing it off the side of the backboard. He caught that thing miles away. But all in all the thing was a big silly. It was like a stage production. LeBron will bring it back to it’s roots with power and mean-ness.

  • Blinguo

    Albie, That full contest is on one of the NBA DVD’s, “Dunks” either volume 1 or 2. 2000 ASG Oakland. Larry Hughes should not have shown up, and in fact that’s exactly what he did. Then the plot moves and it peaks with 1/2 man 1/2 amazing(#2, word to A.Heyward sp? from and1)

  • Drolfe

    And another thing, I think it was Kenny who said Dwight is the only one who could dunk a 12′ rim, and then actually said LeBron couldn’t do it when Reggie suggested he could. Umm.. what? Kenny’s doesn’t say many dumb things, but that was dumb. It’s obvious Lebron could do that.

  • Blinguo

    Anyone else remember that Nate’s Green uni is from the NBA’s “St. Patties Day” collection from a few years back? (CHI/BOS-ya I know/ and another team, maybe MIL got them also) Finally found a 2nd ever use for those. Hah. But then even as a Christmas elf, it wouldn’t be blinding as much if he was allowed a neon green jersey too.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @albie: AI. Or Dwade.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    thanks for the headsup, Blinguo. It’s Dunks vol 2. I’m gonna go pick that up now. this news is WAY more exciting than tonight’s “festivities”.

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

    Well, I hope the parties are better…

  • jay

    I’m with Russ on Slamadamonth choice, it only seems right, atleast at this point. i hate to be one of the whiny fans but god forbid if Kobe ever declares his participation in the dunk contest like Bron did, he would be called every name in the book & then some…not saying that we should bash LeBron, but its funny how it’d work out with Kobe. Also when they were showing the All Star practice clips, I almost didnt recognize Iverson, until i saw the jersey number, cant wait to see him tomorrow.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    it’s an all star game and a team needs a good point guard to distribute. who exactly can do that on the east team? all the east guards are more of the scorer type (AI, wade, Mo, Joe Johnson, Devin Harris).

  • Blinguo

    And for anyone that cares, Dunks v.1 is the JRich snubbing and D.Mason winning one I believe, 2002 is it? My local $.99 store also had a ton of NBA DVD’s, including those ones they show on ESPN in Summer mornings, from the early and mid 90′s. I got the SuperSLAMS 1 & 2 (with Deion Sanders vs Mike Conley Sr. going insane with the jordan cradle rock and 2 hand FT line – Celeb dunk contest. Youtube search it.), 100 greatest plays, MJ hangtime, NBA Live 2001 music videos(with KG in the studio, lol). I need to go back for the guards with Abdul Rauf/Chris Jackson and Muggsy and Hakeem the Dream ones.

  • Blinguo

    AI could take a backseat to the new comers, but with no Vince, him and Wade could both just start out firing as starters. Bron has had MVP x dos already? He could give it up to people instead and go for an assist record. Who knows? Best case scenario and all.

  • Blinguo

    I mean Marbury and AI made it a shootout 2001 and those are by no means pass first guys (yet 7 and 8 -dipped a little now Starbury- APG Career respectively). East more swingmen. West more bigs but more PG’s. Should be fun, regardless of who wins.

  • Blinguo

    ^ Edit that Iverson to 6 (up and down, early career bad as of late less than 7, prime and best teams about 7 assists)

  • Blinguo

    It takes 5, quintuple post score before I crash. People will beast over the Flightposite Lite’s in neon green fade Nate Frog Rob wore but I want info on those Air Zoom Flight Gary Payton lookalike’s in Cool grey/Carolina Uni-Blue JR Smith rocked. Zipper running up the whole shoe like Flightposite 1 or KG’s 2, and a strap up top. Plain simple shroud cover highlighting a Nike Swoosh on the forefoot. Awesome.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    why didn’t they let Dwight raise it to 12 feet? Stern looked like a Nazi barking orders

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    I love Dwight, but that was corny. nate was awesome though. please make that a SLAMup guys!
    nate over Dwight

  • whooo!

    dwight put up some lame dunk at the end, but that 12 foot dunk was CRAZY! but how the hell could nate even get into the finals w/ his 2nd dunk? if you use someone to jump off, why not just jump off a table… or a trampoline? how is that even in the dunk contest?

  • Candice

    Last time AI won the ASG MVP award in ’05 I think he had 10 or 12 dimes.I know it was in the double digits, so I thinkhe is capable of being a distributoe. So far AI and Bron are the only East players that have two MVP’s awards for this game.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    The best dunks of the night were Dwight Howard’s dunk off the side of the backboard, whatever Rudy Fernandez did after trying for two minutes and getting extra time, and Derrick Rose closing out the skills challenge. This dunk contest was wack. Even the 12 foot dunk could have been so much better.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    hey SLAM fam insiders, you got something to tell us about the Amare trade?

  • underdog

    Now, I understand why Rudy Gay decided not to participate on this… event. Kryptonite, really? And Sonny Weems, seriously? I guess he is the only guy in the locker room who don’t hate JR.

  • Bruno

    seriously, you americans agree that 42 is enough to that RUDY 2nd dunk????????
    i’m not even mentioning the 1st, but behind the backboard wrong side of the rim????
    i don’t care how many times he needed if thats the rule. yall probably remember how many trys Nate had when the NBA ROBBED Iguodala and his behind the backboard too.
    Rudy’s 2nd dunk was BY FAR the most difficult and impressive of the night.
    Dwight’s 12foot was a nice idea, but he needed more height. he could do it.
    Nate is always Nate. a short guy with huge leap but, beside his dunk over dwight, nothing new…
    .
    just before ppl here start to throw xenophobic things, i’m not spannish.

  • Bruno

    2 fifties for Dwight on th e1st round already showed that the contest was a fraud.
    come on… that superman x kryptonite was all set waaaaaaaaaaay before.
    bring back the dunk contest!

  • simoun

    the dunk contest this year was nothing compared to last year’s!!! nothing creative this year. normal. looking forward for the game though.

  • DruWil

    @Bruno : I have to agree with you. I think Rudy should have gotten a much much higher scores. His first dunk should have been at least a 45. He did it in one try. His second dunk is by far the second best dunk of the night. Nate is Nate, he just blew everyone because he was so short, he made everything looks cool. I still think Dwight got robbed, he should have won it. Can’t wait for next year when LeBron participates.

  • Ritchie

    Wow. You guys complain too much. Oh, well I’m going to complain now. Dwights dunks were all average for him cept when he got it off the side of the backboard. He should have put the rim at 15ft. Nate was good. And Rudy, well if he had some personality then he might’ve got it. Jr, shoulda jumped over Reggie while kicking him in his big mouth.

  • http://bielasiakville.blogspot.com Jesse Bielasiak

    Nate’s Kryptonite Foamposites = The illest

  • Bruno

    well, JR dunking and kicking Reggies mouth at the same time could make hime win the public votes, at least…

  • MeloMan13

    how does Lebron manage to turn every event into worldwide praise towards himself??

  • MeloMan13

    Cosign Jesse, those kicks were nastyy

  • MeloMan13

    did anyone notice that JR’s second dunk was guna be behind the back, off the bounce?
    if he chose a teamate that could actually pass (Chauncey Billups) he would have advanced

  • MeloMan13

    this All Star weekend has been incredibly dissapointing, considering there was so much hype towards everything:
    1)Rookie Challenge had NO allstar level highlights,
    2)HORSE wasn’t even televised,
    3)Shooting Stars was shooting stars,
    4)No one even tried in the skills….althogh D-rose had a nasty dunk and could have used it in this years Dunk off,
    5) the score to beat in the final round of the 3-point contest was 7!!
    6)Judges were horrible and dunks were wayyy to gimicky in the dunk off. Watching Kenny with Reggie just didn’t seem right.
    Its clear that without Charles Barkley, All Star saturday is NOTHING!!!

  • DruWil

    JR did the behind the back dunk at the 2005 dunk contest but not off the bounce. It would have been pretty sick if he actually did that… And oh yeah, LeBron might just win the dunk contest on HYPE alone, like when he won the McDonald High School All American dunk contest. I hope he can bring the “Vince Carter” syndrome back to the dunk contest.

  • DruWil

    It’s pretty funny. They call it the Sprite RISING STAR Slam Dunk Contest… If Dwight Howard is a ‘rising star’, I don’t wanna imagine what he would turn into in 5-8 years.

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

    im officially done with the dunk contest, that was complete bs last night, but thats what happens when you leave it to the kids. the dunk contest is not even a shell of its former self, oooo a short guy dunked a ball, he wins!! just cuz hes short. what was that crap when he jumped off wilson’s back???? wtf was that??? he didnt do a trick or anthing. isnt that how people who cant dunk get a chance to dunk. he should have been disqualified after that one.

  • Caleb

    Reggie Miller and Kenny Smith are both annoying blowhards who contradict themselves every other sentence… sometimes in the same sentence.

    H-O-R-S-E was a bit underwhelming (it *was* televised – meloman), they should have picked different participants. I like those guys but they didn’t have enough personality and they all played it safe as far as shot selection goes.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    i loved the shooting stars event. they totally should make that the highlight of all-star sunday.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    I wanted to comment all day but just couldn’t. Nate can dunk. I am 5″9′ and white. I dunked in the summer before I tore my ACL. I cannot do what Nate does. And it is very very impressive. But … the off the back dunk. Last night, was boring. Skills comp, no one tried. # point, not ONE shooter hit 20!!! Dunk comp, was already won by Dwight but because Nate came up with something different, being the green jersey. they gave it to him. O and Rudy was absolute garbage. Very very sad.They need to take out the skills challenge, and the Bill Lambier contest (gay). And stick to puting Kobe and Bron and the rest of the ACTUAL stars in everything!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Nate’s Kryptonite shoes were almost better than his dunks. But Dwight’s ‘off the side of the backboard’ dunk he did in the last round blew my mind.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    @BET … that off the side of the backboard has been done by 50, from the AND 1 tour numerous times. Not to mention alot of other people. They need to either let reall up and comers like Nick Young and Derrick Rose be in the dunk comp’s. Or go a different direction, don’t let the fans vote people in … i.e. RUDY!!! I would have not tried like JR too, if I went into a dunk comp and Dwight already won because the league knew about all his props. Plus I would bring a trampoline.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    also, why the hell did Rudy use Pau Gasol? I guess if your trying to keep it Spainish, why not YOUR TEAMMATE Sergio Rodriguez (who would have no problem throwing that lob, and might have saved Rudy from embarrassing himself) or even Jose Calderon? But that first dunk in the Martin jersey by Rudy also deserved more love.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    James: The And1 tour is separate from the NBA, Dwight brought that dunk to the mainstream and deserves more credit. Nick Young? Maybe. Derrick Rose? I am not sure, seems like another ‘in game dunker’. I want a Lebron James – Nate Robinson – Gerald Green – Andre Igoudala contest.

  • Uzi

    Rudy was a little robbed. but I don’t mind as long as we got the kryptonite goblin from it! Did you hear him givin shoutouts likes crazy… lil nate always works up an occasion.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Did anyone catch the TNT ‘Theater of the Dunk’ thing with Reggie Miller? PURE GARBAGE. I WASTED 1 HOUR ON THAT PIECE OF SH!T.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    Agreed BET. But the dunk was … meh! Hes 6″10/6″11 … he can do better with his jumping ability. Gerald Green yes!! OMG did you see Nick Young 360 behind the back. That man is money. Derrick rose has a reverse in the skills, not even trying. The man got ups and would be very exciting to watch. Even Brandon Roy got ups. Igudala would be nice. Instead of 4 contestants with 2 rounds. Go 8 With 3 rounds. Ariza got a little thump at the rim too. Westbrook would be hit or miss I feel. But still better then Rudy F and Rudy G!!!

  • Uzi

    @BET.. and can you believe he had the nerve to put one of his crappy dunks in the montage!

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    lol Reggie … worst at … evrything. He is annoying.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    James, yeah Reggie does suck. Remeber how many three pointers he missed to get that all time record he will hold until he dies? But i do hate his announcing skills, i am just saying: RESPEKT (with a K)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Uzi, it didnt even look like a dunk, it appeared he layed the ball in with 2 hands then grabbed the rim and hung on it.

  • Uzi

    I mean it’s something crazy when even your own sister is giving you the heat about your dunking.

  • Young Chris MP3

    If you want to hate on Dwight’s free-throw line dunk because he’s pushing 7-feet, than realize that’s why the dunk was so dope. He’s 6’10/11″ and took off! Dwight definitely had the best four dunks of the night, he just should never have let Nate Robinson jump over him.

  • Young Chris MP3

    And BET, I don’t think Reggie will have the all-time record for long… Ray Allen’s creepin

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Uzi, his sister was a better, more complete player than he was.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    On the upside, Shaq’s new sugar momma ain’t that bad

  • Bruno

    they should have an 1-on-1 competition with the stars…
    that would mess with their egos and i think it would be a nice thing to watch.
    of course, lots of them wouldn’t accept it but still, it could be something neat…
    remember back in 95 when it was being said that Shaq and Hakeem would play a 1on1 (after Hou swept Orl).
    that would be sweet!
    HORSE new rule, you CANNOT just shoot the ball like you normally do!
    god! durant won it shooting treys!!! whats the fun here?!?!?!

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Anton, thats his wife. they got married in 02 or 03 I forgot. temporarily split up for like 8 months, now back together. Look at Shaq’s little kids, they look just like her

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Alexis Ajinca/Crash Wallace/Ray Felton for A’m'a’r'e’. you heard it from me first

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Joey E – I CALL BULLSH!T

  • OneStep

    It was always unlikely that this year’s Dunk Contest was going to match last year’s for entertainment and wow-factor but DAMN! I’ve seen dunk contests in lower league ball here in England that would beat that garbage. This is the league’s showcase event to proudly present to the world the NBA product and what we got was guys who can’t shoot, guys who meandered around a speed contest, and guys huge verticals and zero imagination. I guess the global decline has hit the NBA too. The All-Star game is going to have to be incredible to rescue this weekend. Pants. Pants. Pants.

  • JP

    What’s up with both Reggie and Cheryl Miller ripping on ball boys last night?

    btw… Reggie sucks as an announcer. His commentary will forever ruin replays of some of last night’s better moments.

    Also, I can’t tell what’s worse… Reggie who looks like a drag queen without a wig. Or Cheryl, who looks like just a regular drag queen.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Oh, I thought
    “Kobe ratted me out, now I’m gettin’ divorced”
    ?

  • Caleb

    Did anyone hear Kenny Smith claim to have once shot 48% from beyond the arc for a season? I mean… he said he wasn’t sure, but he never even got close to 48%.

    I wouldn’t care if I didn’t like to rag on those guys because they are so incredibly annoying.

  • Caleb

    Oh and the weekend definitely needs a 1-on-1 event. That would be awesome.

  • MeloMan13

    top 5 dunks from yesterday
    1) Dwight off the side
    2) Jr double bounce windmill
    3) D rose double pump in skills contest
    4) Rudy off the back of the back board…if he didn’t try 16 times
    5) Nate over Dwight…I guess
    this doesn’t say much about the Dunk Contest which is, according to Magic, “back” every year

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i think it has occured to everyone that, despite GP and Chris Webber trying to amuse us all, and Ernie Johnson being great/Kenny being above decent, TNT is nothing without Charles Barkley.

  • Candice

    I think it was in the Arizona paper but they said Saturday was one of the highest rated nights ever. Or something to that effect.

  • Onions Baby Onions

    this was one of the worst all star saturday’s I’ve ever seen. The League is turning into the WWE with all their bs…can’t wait until LeBron throws one down on a net 2 ft higher than dwight without any stupid props. Don’t get me wrong, creativity is good, but when the props overshadow the dunk itself, somethings wrong.

  • Prison Mike

    The reason we see odd choices for players to throw the lob during the dunk contest (Pau Gasol) is because those players are in some way part of the All-Star Weekend already. Do you really think that Rudy’s teammate is going to give up on 3 days vacation with his family just to throw one lob pass on saturday night. Big waste of time.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Umm, anyone else not able to post comments in the allstargame liveblog? Ryne, wth?

  • Bruno

    yes Prison Mike…
    i’m pretty sure Brandon Roy is somewhere near Bahamas right now.

  • chintao

    The thing about scoring in the dunk contest is that it is all relative. If Dwight’s dunk got a “50″, then Rudy’s dunk should have gotten a “52″. That said, Nate the Great was the most entertaining. He punished Howard for riding Superman too much. At least the Knicks still rep in some small way….

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