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Live: 2011 NBA All-Star Game

Movie stars, parties…and basketball!

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

LOS ANGELES — After a weekend of meetings and events and, oh yeah, some basketball, it’s finally time for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. The SLAM crew is live, high above courtside here at the Staples Center, ready for All-Star 2011.

Had a late night last night, as All-Star Saturday nights tend to be. Ben and I ended up at the adidas Originals party at The Standard hotel, where the lineup was pretty stellar. The opening acts included Far East Movement, Miguel, DJ Khaled, and finally Chris Brown, who also brought Busta Rhymes up on stage for a song. The headliner was Snoop Dogg, and Snoop had Warren G. and The Game with him on stage all night. He also brought out DMC, and together Snoop and DMC ran through a collection of Run DMC’s greatest hits, which was tremendous. Snoop didn’t even come on stage until near 2:00 AM, so…well, this morning was a slow one.

BUT! We’re here now and ready to get this game stizzarted. Sorry, Snoop overload last night. I’ll be back with more as we tick closer to tip-off in a few…

• OK, a pregame video narrated by Cuba Gooding started this off, and now we’ve got another video narrated by Cube, sounds like.  Arena is dark…and here’s Lenny Kravitz!

• OK, I know “Are You Gonna Go My Way” is old, but it’s a dope song. And I think he has the same lead guitarist he had a decade ago…or at least the new guy borrowed the old guy’s afro wig.

• Eastern Conference reserves are announced and the guys are all pretty straight-faced here. No dancing, no choreography, no Jabbawockeez.

• Starters come out one-by-one and each do a little dance move…except for Derrick Rose, who seems locked in, and D-Wade.

• Second song from Lenny Kravitz is…I dunno, never heard this one before. Has sort of a classic rock/retro feel to it, though. Very Kravitz.

• Here come the Western Conference All-Stars. Pop looks like he wants to knock over Kravitz’s drum kit and smash an amp. Gasol gets a huge cheer from the home crowd, louder than Blake gets. No dancing from the Western Conference guys.

• Flags from the countries of all the All-Star participants are brought in. Melanie Fiona sings the Canadian anthem. Josh Groban handles the US anthem. Nice work by both. Now, can we get started?

• Blake Griffin welcomes the crowd to LA, and then Pau Gasol welcomes everyone in Spanish, and then Kobe says, “Enjoy the show.”

• Dwight Howard doles out talcum powder to all the East starters, and they simultaneously perform the powder toss in front of the scorer’s table. That was either a tribute to MJ, KG, or Bron.

• Amar’e scores 4 points in the first 50 seconds. He’s on pace for 186 points. Pretty sure that would be an All-Star record.

• BTW, let’s take a second to say Rest In Peace to Troy “Escalade” Jackson — reports are he passed last night. Cool guy and a streetball fixture.

• West leads 8-6 with 8:14 to go in the first. Apparently someone spilled a drink along the sideline, so there’s a delay to clean that up. Durant comes back and rips DWade and throws down with two hands.

• Kobe’s got 9 points early and already drawn one MVP chant from the crowd. West has a 21-10 lead. Stevie Wonder is shown on the scoreboard and he receives a polite cheer. Jay-Z and Beyonce are shown next, and they receive similarly polite applause. These folks in L.A. are used to the celebs, I guess. There are a lot of Lakers fans here, as evidenced by the loud boos every time Paul Pierce PA man Lawrence Tanner mentions Paul Pierce.

• With 4:21 to go in the first, the East has a Celtics-plus-Bosh lineup in now. West is up 23-13. Curious to see if the East can make a push here.

• As the first quarter winds down, Blake gets his first flush on an oop from D-Will. West leads 37-27.  Not much flow to this game, as is usually the case in All-Star Games.

• Westbrook gets a powerful tomahawk on the break. West lead down to 7, 45-37. Quick celeb watch:  Neyo, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Dr. J, John Legend.

• Westbrook crosses someone in the corner, then turns and has a few words for the East bench. Seconds later, Rose crosses Anthony and leaves him in the dust. West lead 49-43. No need to really talk about strategy or anything. Whichever team scores the most, wins.

• Bill Russell is introduced the crowd and it is announced that he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this week. First standing O of the night in the Stapler.

• Darryl Dawkins is shown on the scoreboard, and sitting just behind him, Nicki Minaj photobombs him.

• Kobe with the double-pump reverse, followed immediately by a steal and a Durant dunk on a sweet oop from CP3. West pushes the lead back to 70-58.

• They should play the fourth quarter with a KIA parked in the lane.

• Halftime! And tonight that means Rihannatime! Kobe has 21 and 6, as the West leads 76-64. Bosh leads the East with a dozen.

• Rihanna runs through a couple of her hit songs, the Yeezy rises up from under the stage as though he’s one of the All-Star starters and joins in on “All Of The Lights.” Dude’s manic on stage, lots of fun to watch.

• Rihanna and Ye > Black Eyed Peas and Slash

• Fewest minutes played in the first half were KG (3:59), Joe Johnson (4:51) and Tim Duncan (5:23). Rondo and CP3 have 5 assists apiece. Kobe leads everyone with 6 boards. And there’s no plus/minus on the box score. Maybe the guy who tracks plus/minus got a vacation this weekend.

• East cuts it to 5, 81-76, and Kobe drives and draws a foul, then bangs in both free throws. East comes back and hits Dwight in the post, and Kobe gives a foul to send him to the line. Kobe knows this is an exhibition, right?

• Whoa! Kobe just boomed on Bron with two hands! And gave him the pat on the butt on the way back up court. I’m guessing instead of going out last night Kobe hit the gym and got up 1,000 jumpers.

• Kobe follows that by draining a three and giving the fist-pump. KB’s got 30, and the West lead is ten.

• Funniest part of the dunk from Kobe was that Durant was running the right side of the floor and looking like he wasn’t sure if Kobe was going to pass or not. As Kobe kept getting closer to the basket I was thinking, OK, he’s going to pass this sooner or later, and it looked like Bron was sort of thinking the same thing. When Kobe jumped, I thought to myself, OK, he’s going to pass, going to pass…WHOA! And Durant had the best view in the house.

• Kobe just scored again, giving him 34 and 9 and pushing the West lead to 100-86. Doc Rivers actually burned a timeout to try and stop the momentum. Wondering if Kobe is going for 50 tonight?

• The most consistently loud the crowd is comes whenever Paul Pierce is mentioned, as he is immediately booed.

• So after three, the West has a commanding 117-100 lead. Guess the big question now is whether Kobe will break the all-time All-Star scoring record, which, surprisingly, is just 42 points (Wilt in 1962). Sure, Kobe should probably get a rest, but records are records.

• As the fourth starts, a chant of “WE WANT BLAKE.” Pop shows he has a heart and sends Blake to the scorer’s table.

• D-Rose goes to the line and hits one free throw to make it a 118-105 game. The West misses on a long outlet pass for a turnover, and Amar’e cuts it to an 11 points game. Maybe they’re just making it close so Pop has an excuse to put Kobe back in.

• Fresh lineup for the East right now: Rondo/Rose/Bron/Dwight/Amar’e. Like something you’d use in 2K11.

• Oh, should mention that I ended up hanging out for a while earlier today with Dennis Dixon, backup QB with the Pittsburgh Steelers, formerly with the Oregon Ducks. Really cool dude, and a big hoops fan.

• 7:44 to go and Kobe returns. The East cuts it to 129-118, then Bron misses a three that would have made it a single-digit game.

• Kobe makes a free throw, misses the second as the ball bounces right back to him, and he drains the 15-footer to get to 37 points.

• Bron hits Bosh for a score, giving Bron 25, 12 and 9, and making it 134-127 with 4:34 left. Could the East come back and win this?

• The East shows a double on Kobe, and the West works the ball around finds CP3 for a 3. Next play down, Bron gets an assist and ticks over the triple-double mark: 25-12-10.

• Amar’e scores to make it 137-133, and then the East gets a rebound and Bron draws a shooting foul.Durant answers to keep the lead at 4 with 2 minutes left. Durant then drains a three (on a dish from Kobe, who is willingly giving it up as the defense focuses on him) to make it 142-135. 1:44 to go.

• Out of a timeout, Amar’e nails a three to cut it to 142-138. Not sure that was the play Doc drew up.

• Kobe misses a jumper from the wing and Pau tips in the miss. Players on both benches all standing up, as Bosh misses a three that could have cut it to one.

• 20 seconds left, Bron gives a foul and sends CP3 to the line with the West up 144-140. Makes the first, and the second. Doc Rivers calls a TO to draw up a 6 point play.

• Bron misses a three, but Ray Allen gets the rebound and hits a three while falling out of bounds in the corner. Three point game. East fouls Durant with 5.2 left.

• Pop sends in Kevin Love for Kobe, giving the crowd a chance to cheer for him. They don’t cheer because it’s all celebrities in the arena.

• And that’s it. The West wins, 148-143, in a game that was actually a lot closer than it looked like it was going to be. Kobe finishes with 37 and 14. Bron went for the triple-dip, but the East couldn’t keep up with the West.

Thanks for hanging with us tonight. We gotta bounce to make the red-eye back to NYC. Trade deadline coming up this week…stick with us on SLAMonline…

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  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    It’s 1:22 am as I type this, waiting for the game to start. Excited for it!

  • Bob Daniel

    You can watch NBA All Star Game 2011 live at http://www.movies-tvshowsonline.com/nba-all-star-game-2011/

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

    I skipped work to watch this. Slept in till 10, breakfast at 11, youtube last nights dunks at midday, lunch at 1.30, ASG at 2.

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    8:49 AM here.

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

    Wow, bland intros huh.

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    So Love is starting?

  • AJH

    Lenny Kravitz????? Would have been better with Bruno Mars-Stevie Wonder-Steven Tyler & Puff Daddy doing SOMETHING TOGETHER!

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

    Welcome to the KIA, SPRITE, TACO BELL, T-MOBILE All Star Game!

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    Now, can we get started?>>> I guess not. Haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shaq is missed.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    No one else on this site probably noticed or even care, but I feel the need to point out that the Blue Eagles Honor Guard did a horrible job with the presenting of the colors.
    I’ve seen middle school JROTC color guards do way better.
    I’ll chalk it up to nerves. Doing anything in front of 20,000 plus and millions watching around the world can’t be easy.
    Plus, they’re in the Air Force, so they already had one strike against them.
    LOL. Sorry, that was mean…
    Anyways, back to ball…

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Finally an allstar game without tv commentary and right off the bat, Lebron is yapping away oot ther. Kinda loving this. I’m sure Reggie will be along shortly.

  • 2KInsider

    Kobe sure is saving his legs.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Kobe is done, he’s a glorified jumpshooter, a chucker, a…. oh, nevermind. NICE jam, Mambiatch.

  • http://www.slamonline.com tina

    It’d be great if they can somehow show us what the players on the bench are saying as the game is progressing.

  • 2KInsider

    Who spilled the gatorade?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Melo need to quite effin with the fans and dunk the friggin’ ball

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rumors of Kobe’s demise may have been exaggerated.

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    Boston Celtics checking in. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Doc is gangsta.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    The Celtics enter the game to a litany of boos…

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Wow, boos for the C’s at Allstar. I hope KG goes with the flow and just knocks Pau to the ground every time in the post and fouls out.

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

    Co-sign Eboy. Not the same without Shaq.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Man, l’il Asian kid from last night is getting serious EXPOSURE. Abd he can move. Not the last we’ve heard of him.

  • 2KInsider

    The “Most Athletic Starting 5 in NBA All-Star History” are down 11 already.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Anybody notice Bron travels in the Sprite commercial?
    And why do so many people hate Chris Bosh? Is it because we just don’t like dinosaurs?

  • Adam

    Pretty nice follow from bosh there.

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

    Who else would rather have McHale in the booth instead of Reggie? Or Webber? Or The Czar?

  • http://abcnews.com FastdoesLie

    Kobe the ball hog is gunning for that MVP!

  • http://slamonline.com Haha Wow

    Is someone really complaining about the color guard? Well if that doesn’t scream “I was in ROTC” or “I’m in color guard” I don’t know what would. No one cares about color guard then OR now, Enigmatic. C’s 4 on the floor at once is nice. Like to have Dwight or even Bosh to go with them.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Just reading Lang’s notes. Great stuff so far. adidas Originals definitely through a great party last night. Chris Brown was dope.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Maybe it’s the international feed but the production/sound of this ASG is turrrible. I’m hearing the formerly absent commentators humming, joking and clearing their throats…. wow.

  • 2KInsider

    Was that John Legend or Mo Williams?

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Gotta luv Dirk’s pinky staying up for the extra second after he releases a jumper. It’s the little things.

  • Michael

    anyone instead of Reggie

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Peace up, A town down… Joe Johnson sees his first action of the night…

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    S, Su, Suuuh, Sloppyyy game.

  • Dagger

    Has anyone else noticed that Lebron looks a good deal less athletic this year? It’s as though someone took at least 6 inches off his vertical. He’s routinely missing alley oops now and I never saw him do that before. Not sure if it’s nagging injuries or if he’s conserving energy for the playoffs; I’m just surprised people aren’t talking about it more.

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

    Game needs more Justin Bieber.

  • 2KInsider

    Wade is struggling.

  • 2KInsider

    Why didn’t Craig ask Justin to decide who had the better body between Blake and Dwight?

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

    Al Horford looks like Grant Hill.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    This crowd is unbelievably lifeless. Come on people…

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    the dynamics of the player relations on the East team are too contentious…Heat vs. Celtics, Dwight vs. KG, Amar’e vs. Al Horford, of course Bron and Dwight are consumate frenemies….not too many smiles on the court right now….kinda dry… wanna see more fun and fraternizing

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Bean!! That is all…

  • Dagger

    @The Black Rick Kamla: that’s why the East is losing. The players aren’t really having fun playing together as a team.

  • AJH

    Put in C Web -McHale – Barkley -Kenny & Ernie Johnson The TNT ALL-STARS< Entertainment PLEASE!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    The East is so not interested in playing together, D is horrid, passing and offense too. Plus, the Eastern playoffs are gonna be WILD. Minus, they are making Kobe look Jordanesque right now.
    Too bad, lineup had serious fun potential for us fans.
    C’est la vie.

  • JTaylor21

    The chucker is loose!!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Hmm, Marv just prehyped a halftime performance by Rihanna. Can i start pre-laughing? That semi-cutey can’t sing live to save her life. One of the worst concerts i ever went to.

  • rob

    love this game! wayyyyy better than the effin nfl pro bowl which is total crap and not worth watching.

  • http://www.ebay.com Tariq

    Allenp:

    People generally don’t like Bosh because he just gives off the vibe of being whiny/Lebron’s handmaiden. But I gotta say, he seemed like a pretty nice guy on Conan.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    who else is watching Barbershop during this half time break? just can’t listen to that music man

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Rihanna raised the jizz quotent for a minute.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    movie just makes me happy lol….definitely better than the sequel….the sequel probably had a few more laughs tho

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    One of The reasons the NBA cant pass the NFL in popularity? The best entertainers you can get are Rihanna
    and Drake. Horrible.

  • http://www.ebay.com Tariq

    Eboy: I agree that Rihanna and Drake are horrible, but I have three words for you: Black Eyed Peas. At least Kanye is here.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Add Kanye in and you’ve got one of the wackest shows ever.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    True….they should have had Rihanna
    duet with Chris Brown to commerate the lack of chemistry the East squad has together.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Definitely want better bball action in second half, but I liked that halftime show. Do you guys realize they were running Country acts out for halftime a few years ago???

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Rafer is supposed to show up on Basketball Wives…….like not that I watch it or nothin, cuz you know, I don’t watch that stuff, you feel me…..I don’t get down like that nwam saying, no guilty pleasure here….

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Where’s Shakira when she’s most needed?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Come on second half, please revive me

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shakira!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good call DarkSaber. Shakira/Alicia was better. But I wasn’t mad at Rihanna at all (at least not in person…not sure how it came off on TV).

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

    Darksaber beat me to it…

  • 2KInsider

    Basketball Wives really should be on TBS

  • http://www.ebay.com Tariq

    Speaking of things that suck, I just saw the promo for that show “Franklin and Bash.” I want that sh*t destroyed.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    You’re spelling Rihanna wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @LilKDubb503: Thanks, sorry. Will fix.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Rik Cordero got a commercial??….not hating

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Ben: no doubt, Ri-Ri is hella sexy, but damn if she doesn’t sound like a tortured cat at live gigs.
    Also, i might be wrong but Chuck just said “go eff yourself” to someone off camera. This international feed with the terrible sound editing just became fun.

  • riggs

    rihanna sounded pretty wack out there. Bruno mars was great in the beginning though.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Lil’ Mama shoulda ran up on stage. Then the halftime show woulda been dope.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    The Super Bowl halftime show was garbage compared to this one. And I swear Rihanna can get it for real

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They should have just had a photo montage of kenny’s wife set to marvin gaye. With her smoking self

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Dang, and to think i had D.Rose taking MVP, while Kobe is still looking to be in his prime out there right now

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Nice board by Bron… with the primal scream too.
    Man, i miss primal screams à la Shawn Kemp.

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

    Carmelo Anonymous.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Kevin Durant is a bad man…

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Carmelo Wannacrawlinahole.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bron is scary on the break.

  • 2KInsider

    Kobe! Tell LeBron to jump higher!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    BEAN!!! You see it..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Ha ha Wow – no I was never in ROTC or color guard.
    I was in the United States Marine Corps, where all we do is drill and kill, stupid.
    Anyways, all y’all that said Derrick Rose was gonna chuck his way to the MVP, I tried to tell y’all. That’s not how Rose gets down in All Star games. He prefers to chill and let everyone else dominate.
    That’s what he did last year, that’s what he did at the MCDonalds game, that what he said he was gonna do this year.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What y’all think Kobe is gointo.finish with?

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    LBJ vs Kobe, it.is.on.
    Btw, very nice look for the court today. Kinda old school, no contrast colours in the paint or at halfcourt circle. Sweet.

  • 2KInsider

    Kobe is killing LeBron.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    This cat Kobe…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    He’s playing like he’s going for 50.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I say 45 if the East keeps it close?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Watch The Throne…

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Ah yes, retiree time.
    Oh well.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    KOBE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    boy Kobe sure is looking washed up(extreme sarcasm)

  • http://www.slamonline.com tina

    hope it’s nothing too bad for dwade

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Wade injured in an ASG, the plot thickens.
    I see you over there, Doc. Wringing your hands together like Mr. Burns.

  • 2KInsider

    Kobe is single handedly making the East give up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    34 points, puttin on for LA

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Anybody seen Dirk this evening?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Kobe is going off and D Wade is hurt.
    Eboy’s worst nightmare version of an ASG

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Hyundai got an incredible line up of vehicles….. *random thought*

  • JTaylor21

    Who is the only player out there chucking?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe got the juice back in his legs right now. Definitely playing with something to prove. Straight cookin

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Jordan did not want THAT kind of focus on it’s flagship model tonight.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    whose got the tightest handle on the court right now?……can’t call it between CP3 or Rondo

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Pop giving Kobe the green light lol

  • JTaylor21

    Damn son 22 shots already, he does know that this is an all-star game, right?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jtaylor you just hating now. Kobe is killing because he is a beast and a half and the East can’t guard him.
    Bosh has a really nice handle.
    east better tighten up though

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Pop coachin them up!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Camelo LaLaownsme

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe has spoken

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Haters gonna hate… That’s what they do.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Nice sidetracking by Kob’s and CP there, enjoyed that big time.
    Expression of relief on Melo’s face was comedy gold.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Melo shoulda punched Sager. Every damn day he’s been hitting him up for some answers.
    I know Sager doing his job but come on now. Let Melo live.

  • JTaylor21

    No, I’m not hating, just calling it how it is. It’s a freaking all-star game, no one goes there to chuck up every shot. Not even AI ballhogged at this magnitude. 22 shots in 21 mins

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

    Let Melo live. Good one Enigmatic, good one.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Time for me to leave this thread, BC and his antics/frenemies aren’t gonna ruin this ASG for me. Enjoy, people.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sager gotta eat too.
    Rhinestones ain’t cheap

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @JTaylor21 most of his shots have come in the paint off rebounds…..looks like someone is stat watching and not game watching.

  • 2KInsider

    Give Kobe the MVP for killing the Melo talks during the All-Star Game.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    pride quarter

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Steve Kerr such a damn cornball. Just mad cuz Reggie a better shooter than he ever was

  • JTaylor21

    I guess I’m the only person who dislikes ballhogging in a freaking ASG.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So great to see a Love to Westbrook outlet pass again.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rose just told Manu to stop reaching.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Nobody has to leave on account of me. Just checkin’ in, that all.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You the only one who think he is chucking. He is shooting a lot not chucking. Reggie just said Melo.doesn’t board. Eight boards doesn’t impress him?

  • 2KInsider

    Now we see why LeBron was not in the dunk contest.

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

    Co-sign Steve Kerr re Melo/Amare.

  • JTaylor21

    What’s the difference?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    LeBron is 1 rebound, 2 assists shy of a triple double.

  • jtaylor21

    This is cornball central

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

    Kobe ain’t chucking. And yeah wtf Reggie, 8 boards from your SF, thats solid.

  • jtaylor21

    1) If you don’t think Rihanna is hot, you are suspect 2) Kobe is a chucker 3) Just becuz Shakira is a blonde white girl does not mean she’s badder than Rihanna. You guys are lame with your taste in chics. 3) Most of you are male groupies, not fans

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    LeBron travels, every. Single. Time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Chucking in my opinion is shooting shots that are bad shots and disregard your teammates. Shooting a lot can be a good thing and has been this game for Kobe. He has been at.the rim all night.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Isn’t jordan the only other player with a triple double in the all star game?

  • JTaylor21

    So that wasn’t chucking?

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I’m a little man with a complex…but anyway, I love the all star game. I spend way too much time focusing on these sweaty men than I do on females but DRose is the man. He’s my man in a different life.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So far, yes, Allen.
    Anyone else notice the East forwards are being extra, extra physical with Kobe now when’re he gets into paint?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    East players get along better with the West guys than themselves

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Who said Bron don’t care?

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Rose is that dude…

  • 2KInsider

    I’d rather watch Kobe shoot all day than LeBron travel all day.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Wooow. That’s all I can say

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ok Bron…

  • jtaylor21

    I can’t stress how much I hate Enigmatic and Bron Crawford.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    bench is alive now!!! them juices are flowing

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Bron with the second triple-double in the history of the ASG. If the East still loses, does he get the MVP?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Enigmatic it started right after the half. I noticed but thought I was tripping.

  • 2KInsider

    Jordan didn’t even get the MVP when he got a triple-double and the East won! That year, Rice had the hot 3rd quarter. Broke Wilt’s record for points in a quarter with 22.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I spend too much time here. I need to find a female midget. Oohh did you guys see thatt? This is onee of the best all-star games ever!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Bron trying to pull a 2-11 on Kobe’s MVP hardware…

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Durantula bites…..

  • 2KInsider

    I’m texting Yao as the MVP

  • http://www.slamonline.com tina

    what’s with the ridiculous hate comments all of a sudden, geesh

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Gotta give it to the winner.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bosh and Bron reverted to form.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Bron have a fear of failure?? I can count on two hands how many times he’s passed up an important shot….

  • jtaylor21

    Crawford has a mangina! Crawford has a mangina!

  • JTaylor21

    Was that fear?

  • Bruno

    bosh f@cked the east chances hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Ray showed bron how to do it. Also joe johnson is underrated on defense.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Fake Enigmatic is lame.
    At least come up with something funny if you’re gonna hide behind my screen name like a little p*ssy.

  • 2KInsider

    Greatest NBA All-Star Game ever!

  • Bruno

    bosh lost the game for the east with that three missed

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

    BREAKING: Fan voting 1) Yao 2) Tmac 3) Iverson 4) Battier 5) Vince Carter.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    can’t categorize it any other way. There just seems to be some inner resistance to taking important shots in him. Fear of failure is all I can chalk it up to.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    overall great night of basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I’m a little sensitive. On the rag.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Bean wins MVP!
    Watch The Throne…

  • JTaylor21

    d*ckride much?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Can’t be afraid to fail. Especially in a game that doesn’t count for anything.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne
  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Thanks for hanging with us, everyone. Time to head home. Catch you guys this week…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You are what your record says you are. The all star game showed that about everybody. I know y’all saw garnett bucking on the bench for bron and everybody.

  • riggs

    this was a great weekend of basketball and i actually enjoyed everything this year. The best hour of television for me this weekend has to be the fantasy draft, nothing but comedy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Still lame.
    Anyways, JTaylor, I gotta ask – would you feel the same if Bron or Wade posted similar numbers? In all honesty.

  • JTaylor21

    Well, few people are afraid to take 30 shots in a ASG, unless your name is Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I joined the military because that’s the only way anyone would take me seriously. Truth is, no one does. Nobody takes the guy with the little man complex serious. That’s why I love basketball. Mugsy Bogues, Nate Robinson etc. My heroes, man. Heroes.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    I’m also a baby killer. I think it’s cool to take orders and kill people in countries that have nothing to do with me. You know how to spell my name? L-A-M-E

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man this disrespect for enigmatic is bothering me. I don’t typically comment on that stuff but fake names are beyond wack. I don’t always agree with dude but I respect how he carries himself.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    dog chill out with that play play stuff. Slam needs to do something about these log-ins. Grow up

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, yes because getting a trip dub means you weren’t out there chucking and played an all-around game. I’m sorry but I’m not a fan of ballhoggery.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The respect is mutual, Allen. Thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Bean took 26 shots. KD took 23. I guess he was ball-hogging too?

  • http://www.slamonline.com tina

    Kobe only had 3 points more than Durant, he couldn’t have hogged that much if he only scored 3 more points than the next player.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    It came down to Kobe (points and defense) and Lebron (triple double) in the end, the way it should be. Wow.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yes, JTaylor but I mean, if Bron didn’t have the trouble double and had Kobe’s stats instead?
    I’m strictly playing Devil’s Advocate. I can see things from your point of view as well.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Oh, and fake Enigmatic is so disrespectful.
    Much respect for the dudes who fight for our freedom so we can imitate others and make ridiculous statements in the comment section of websites.

  • Michael

    And Jtaylors anti-Kobe crusade continues, what a suprise. Dude do you have to spew the same sh*t on here everyday? No one else on here obsesses about a player as much as you do. You don’t like Chi fans talking Drose up and you Hate LA fans talking about Kobe, guess what homie, you talk about Kobe more then anyone.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    If your team loses, regardless of how awesome of a game you had individually, you don’t get the MVP. It’s always been that way and that’s the way it should be.
    If nothing else, tonight showed why Bean and LBJ are the best 2 players in the game. And KD is right behind them.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Yea. I “fight for our freedom”. Those Afgan and Iraqi children are a threat to our civilization with their WMDs. Anyway, DRose did a great job keeping a low profile. He’s such an awesome dude. I love his play, his laughter, his walk, his speech. Chitown for life!

  • Michael

    I mean u just watched a game with the all the best NBA players including the three stars from the team you support, all of them there to put on a show and all you can talk about is how many shots Kobe took.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *triple
    @BC – I see you, fam. Thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    All day, Enigmatic!!

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    A few notes:
    -Everyone keeps talking about Lebron missing a step. Uh, I don’t see it. Lebron simply has more muscle (and more weight) since when he was a rookie so his explosiveness and lift are a BIT down… A BIT… but he’s stronger and more importantly, FASTER than as a rookie. I mean, everyone talks about Blake as the most athletic in the NBA, but uh, he’s about as third as fast as Lebron.
    -Kobe. Is. Good. Man, how am I supposed to underrate Kobe when he keeps piling on accolades? It’s unfair.
    -Other players who impressed me: Amare, Paul, MANU GINOBILI. Eboy’s declared “bad defender” was causing havoc all over the place.
    -Kevin Love proved two things: he’s not NEARLY as good as his stats show, but he’s a fantastic passer and his outlets are DEFINITELY underutilized in that bizarro triangle.
    -Paul > Deron. And Rose needs a Pippen/Barry/Lebron in that offense, he might actually be better off the ball.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    Can’t we get a login in SLAM? This is pathetic. Enigmatic is one of the best guys here, someone IP ban that dude.

  • JTaylor21

    KD is cut from the same cloth as Kobe, shoot first, second, and third type players. They are who we thought they were.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    RIP, Troy “Escalade” Jackson.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    JTaylor: C’mon, man. You really can’t be serious. The west won with two guys “chucking.” Why is that?

  • 2KInsider

    Put this on the front page
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e31H_xGVBcI

  • JTaylor21

    A ball hog is a ball hog.

  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    SLAM should make changes in the comment section.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    JT, it’s an All Star game, man.
    I say anything goes in an ASG as long as no player tries to freeze another player out, a la Zeke and MJ.

  • JTaylor21

    RIP, Rose Petal’s retirement.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Now THAT was a game!

  • JTaylor21

    Starting with getting rid of you^^^

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow, I had no idea. RIP Troy Jackson…. Sad news. Thoughts and condolences go out to the Jackson family.

  • JTaylor21

    ^Living vicariously through someone else is not a good look. Let me guess it’s either Kap or the seed, better known as laker sheep.

  • JuiceApple

    Bosh is forever on my list for killing the east’s chances. Goofball.

  • the seed

    Lucky guess.

  • the seed

    What time is it? Kobe time! Book it!

  • the nerve

    aye yall nikkas knew it was me the whole time. betta stop actin like u aint know.

  • JoeMaMa

    Kobe gets wins. Kobe gets titles. Kobe get All Star MVPs. Kobe > You

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    Kobe misses key bucket but has his teammates make up for his shortcomings. SORRY that was my one jab, that’s it!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kobe and Durant were awesome, no doubt. But I gotta say, LeBron played an incredible game. The late surge by the East All-Stars was really fun to watch. Also it’s good to see Joe Johnson play a nice game–if I’m not mistaken, he went scoreless last time. He had a nice and-1 down the stretch and hit some nice 3′s.

  • http://www.boogliewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    Something has to be seriously wrong with your mental to label a complete stranger “a baby killer” on an ALLSTAR game post, of all things. RIP Troy Jackson tho.

  • 2KInsider

    I’m happy Kobe got the MVP, but Durant saved the game for the West.

  • T-Money

    I like ASGs because you can catch a glimpse of the hierarchy of players among their peers. Kobe and LeBron are still clearly the top dogs. It was also interesting to see Bron take over the ball at the end and waive off D-Rose who wanted to get it from the inbounder. He looked pretty tame for a leading MVP candidate. I’m going to get killed for this but Kevin Love didn’t belong in this game. He just didn’t.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    T-Money: Yer not gonna get killed. He looked as absolutely timid and lost as Gerald Wallace did last year. Whether it’s shyness or a lack of skill (probably a combination of both), he just looked like a kid playing at a man’s league.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    Good game through and though, except wasn’t it the biggest buzzkill ever when Craig Sager tried to ask Carmelo about the “Indecision” during the game!?! Such intrusive, rude media, Melo should have told him to “F8ck off”

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    Let me get this straight – in an ASG, the comments section was bombarded with JT complaining about Kobe Bryant for the duration of the entire game? Dude, you seriously need psychological help, your obsession with the guy is a bit healthy. You literally try to call him out on EVERYTHING – its a bit disturbing.

  • JTaylor21

    “He wanted to get the MVP,” said Stoudemire. “He was not passing the ball, AT ALL. But that’s Kobe.” and y’all get mad when I call dude a ballhog. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    You’re further proving my point, wierdo.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    @ JT – You’re further proving my point, wierdo. We get it, you don’t like the guy.

  • http://sdfjklfalkfl.com Jukai

    JTaylor: The horse you’re referring to is the same as the guy who battled Kobe Bryant four times in the playoffs and was involved in a Suns v Lakers rivalry? That guy?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Horse? Nah. Amare is the black Clive Owen. Or Clive Owen is the white Amare Stoudemire.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    Plus, a guy like STAT holds no weight, especially when he’s on the other team. Kobe had what – 8 assists? Amare would have loved to win the MVP but doesn’t have the skill to pull it off. The only guys with a shot at winning the ASG MVP are the Top 5 players in the league, and Amare is not one of them.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.blogspot.com karma

    You know you’re an idiot when even the guys who usually harp on Mamba are defending him and calling you out. SMH. Great game overall though – Bron was impressive.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Amare talks way too much trash for someone who’s struggling to keep his team above .500

  • JTaylor21

    Aight it’s cool, I guess reality isn’t accepted anymore. Keep living a dream folks.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    “They should play the fourth quarter with a KIA parked in the lane.”

    Classic.

  • z

    What I don’t understand is why anybody even bothers to try reasoning with jtaylor wen the topic is Kobe. He clearly is incapable of impartiality and you’re not gonna sway his opinion one iota. So instead why don’t ya focus on his lover lebron passing up a WIDE OPEN 3 in favor of a wild contested attempt from a clearly inferior 3 point shooter. Its pretty clear that even tho Brons the best in the L he has a mental block regarding taking the blame on his shoulders for a loss. Personally I think he’s been so overhyped since he was a teen that the pressure of livin up to the hype gets to him occasionally and he fails to play upto his own standards. Unless he can get past this fear of failure lebron will never quite equal the mamba. Or even pierce for that matter which would be kinda sad…

  • Logan

    Kobe was killing it. I’ve just ignored JTaylor21 through all these comments. Bron was near unstoppable near the end but not taking that wide open 3 was baffling….was a great game though…

  • Logan

    by the way, when a guy is getting doubled (kobe) is getting double teamed in an all star game…does not matter how many shots he has taken till that point…the other team does not want him to take even one more shot…

  • z

    Also its funny to me that people like jtaylor would criticize, say, the seed as being a “laker sheep” wen he himself is obviously a sheep of lebron! Does this not reek of hypocrisy? And if you agree that its hypocritical then why would you not take his opinions on Kobe with a grain of salt? Personally I kinda enjoy seeing him flounder in his haterish anti-Kobe rants.why don’t the rest of you just sit back and enjoy the show as well? Lol at least you wouldn’t be subjected to him insulting you!

  • Jackie Moon

    @Logan – Great point, I was thinking that too “Damn, they doubling Kobe now?”. That Kobe dunk with Lebron trying to time the block is going to be the signature play of this All-Star game. Lebron did look pretty good in that fourth quarter, but man, you talk about ball-hogging, I think he brought the ball down the court every single time for like a 5 minute stretch.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I swear, when Kobe was on the run an LeBron was chasing behind him at full speed going for that signature chase-down blocked, I don’t know about y’all but to me time slowed down and it was like “oh man, is LeBron gonna block his dunk like he does to everyone else or is Kobe gonna dunk it on dude like he does to everyone else?”
    It was one of those unstoppable force/immovable object things.
    As much as I don’t like the Heat (though I do love watching both Wade and James, but I just haven’t liked the Heat pretty much since Pat Riley showed up there and their big three consisted of Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn) and as much as I think Boston will come out the East, I can’t deny a Lakers/Heat finals would be extremely fun to watch and a Kobe/LeBron finals showdown is long, long overdue.

  • Logan

    @Jackie – maybe 5-7 years ago Kobe would have jacked up a shot regardless of the double (with a 50-50 chance of making it too!) but it was good to see him defer to KD since he too was feeling it. Lebron was damn near unstoppable in the 4th….no one could stop him…which is why I was surprised he did not take that 3 or take it off the dribble. but I cannot sit here and criticize anyone who plays because its always a spur of the moment decision. It all boils down to how you are wired….take the shot or make the pass….without the Lebron spurt there is no way the East would have been back in the game…

  • Logan

    @Enigmatic – yeah that play was great…whatever the result, the viewers and lovers of the game are the winners. Great play by both guys. Unfortunate that Wade twisted his ankle. He would have been tough to guard down the stretch

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

    I read the first couple jtaylor posts and never read another after that.

  • el_larsen

    jtaylor is right on kobe.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Really enjoyed the game. Great show from Kobe and LeBron. Nothing better to me than a game going down to the wire.

  • rob

    wow. totally think lebron tanked at the end to let kobe and the east win. he had a wide open shot at the 3 point line and passed it? they were down by 4, coulda turned out diffrent.

  • rob

    excuse me *kobe and the west win

  • robb

    It still amazes me how people keeps arguing with this jtaylor guy.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Durant got a lot of open shots in the end of the game bc of Kobe getting doubled. So kill the noise of Durant saving the West when Kobe got him open shots.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Where’s that hater Eboy who said Kobe isn’t a top five player anymore and he’s washed up? Where’s NBK who said the same? Hi haters…

  • fruizm

    i dont remember anything from last night’s game except rihanna’s legs….

  • Bruno

    I don’t know what was the beef in the comments with rihanna and shakira but damnnnn man give me rihanna every day

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kap lets start off with your an idiot. First of all what I said about Kobe is that he isn’t the best player in the world, that distinction CLEARLY goes to LeBron James, I have said he’s #2 on multiple occasions. And I don’t remember me, Eboy, or any regular calling him “washed up” – and most importantly, the All-Star Game, and who gets MVP means absolutely nothing to who the best player is, NOTHING. When Glenn Rice and Mitch Richmond won ASG MVP were they better then every other player on the planet? No, not even one of the 5 best players on their own respective All Star Teams so shut up man, everyone already thinks low enough of your opinion as it is.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Great game, Kobe/Durant/Paul/Westbrook shined for West, but I liked the team chemistry of the West better than the East. West players seemed to be having more fun and Kobe did want MVP in LA. Do you blame him and Lebron wanted it to, Do you blame him. Great game, I wanted to see a last second buzzer beater to win game from either side.

  • Franko

    iLOVE wHAT manu DID LAST NIGHT! he is a great player. he is the right one for this kinda shows!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    MIA # LAL in june, MIA win in 6!

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    nbk. i KNOW you didnt just say that Mitch Richmond wasnt one of the 5 best on his own team.

    The Rock was A BEAST.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Wow umm Rhianna? not good.. The game was boring bc Kobe didnt pass.
    Slam DUnk was great saw some of the best stuff i ever have.
    One bad thing was the Shaq wasnt in it.. Terrible. He made the game last year. Disappointment

  • http://www.nba.com Cody

    it is 6.34

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