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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 8:21 pm  |  145 responses

Live: All-Star Saturday Night

Threes, shooting stars and dunks!

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

Hey! So we’re here in The Stapler for All-Star Saturday night. Which means the Haier Shooting Stars Competition, the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Which potentially means, as we all know, Blake Griffin doing insane things. Excited? Yeah, I am too. Also, we saw Keri Hilson ride past us on a golf cart earlier as we were waiting for the elevator to the press box, so that’s something. Also hear that there will be performances tonight from Cee-Lo Green and Ben’s fake dad, Jeffrey Osborne. Actually, right now there’s an acapella group from NBC’s show “The Sing Off,” onstage singing an acapella version of “Love Shack.” I’m not kidding about that.

It’s pouring rain outside right now, which probably isn’t going to be helpful as far as the All-Star Party circuit tonight, but we will do our best to report for you. And you know what? I’ve got a feeling…that tonight’s going to be a good night…a good, good night.

I’m gonna pop in from time to time with stuff up here, but mix it up in the comments, folks.

HAIER SHOOTING STARS

• My money is on Team ATL for no reason at all, other than I’m from ATL. Also, because Steve Smith is on Team ATL and when we asked if he’d been practicing his jumper, he said, “Not at all.”

• Al Horford drains a three to give Atlanta a time of 47.6. Nobody alive knows if that’s a good or bad time. #atlshawty

• Team Chicago went second and had a good shot at beating Atlanta, but couldn’t get a halfcourt shot to drop. didn’t help that Taj Gibson’s first halfcourt shot went all the way over the backboard. Chicago finishes at 1:06.

• Los Angeles is next, and they get slowed down by Rick Fox missing a bunch of threes from the wing, a shot he was great at during his career. LA finally finishes at 55.8, knocking out Team Chicago.

• Team Texas goes last, and Kenny Smith drills the halfcourt shot on the first try, giving them 31.8 seconds and putting Team Texas against Team Atlanta in the finals. Just to point out, it’s all of Texas against just Atlanta. #atlshawty

• FINALS! They played big band music in the arena during the contest, but should have switched to Benny Hill music when both teams went to halfcourt, because neither team could hit a shot to save their team’s life from halfcourt. Each team fired away for about 40 seconds from halfcourt and couldn’t get a shot to fall. Atlanta finished at 1:10, Texas at 1:20. Team Atlanta is now the reigning champs of the Haier Shooting Stars Competition. Who says Atlanta can’t win a title!?

• ATL, shawty!

• And now a special smooth R&B performance from Ben’s Dad, Jeffrey Osborne. On the wings of love, my friends, on the wings of love. It’s the quiet storm up in this piece!

TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGE
• Oh, totally forgot about the skills challenge. Contestants run through a timed obstacle course that involves dribbling, passing, shooting, and eating a dozen tacos.

• Contestants are Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Russ Westbrook and Derrick Rose.

• Curry goes first. Are we going alphabetically? Curry started well, struggled with the 18-footer and outlet pass, and finished at 34.1 seconds.

• Westbrook. Misses a bounce pass but otherwise pretty flawless, finishes at 30 seconds.

• Wall. Missed a jumper and a few passes, and finishes at 39.3 seconds.

• Rose. Stumbles on the speed dribble and finishes at 35.7, so he doesn’t qualify. He’s wearing the yellow shoes most of the adidas guys are wearing this weekend. I asked someone from adidas about them this weekend and was told they went with yellow to rep for Cali — sunshine, the Golden State, etc.

• CP3. 42.7.

• Finalists are Westbrook and Steph Curry. But first, a break to eat tacos.

• Jordan McCabe, the YouTube dribbler, comes out and does a dribbling exhibition while Brandon Jennings watches and eats popcorn. Nice.

• Finals! Contains your excitement! Steph Curry runs an almost perfect round and finishes at 28.2 seconds. Westbrook coasts to a 44.2 finish, so Steph Curry is your new Taco Bell Skills Champion! Yay!

• Cee-Lo Green comes out and performs “Forget You” while wearing a green, studded adidas sweatsuit. I totally wish he was wearing that crazy Dr. Teeth outfit from The Grammys. I take this opportunity to go get dinner: Nachos. While I’m on the elevator back up to the press box, an usher in the elevator tells me corn clogs the arteries in your neck. Thanks!

FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST
• James Jones goes first and starts slow, but finishes with 16, a respectable showing.

• Boobie Gibson misses his first 9 shots before hitting a money ball, doesn’t get all the shots off in time, and finishes with a weak 7 points. Insert joke about him playing for the Cavs here.

• Ray Allen red hot out of the gate…finishes with 20 and doesn’t even get all the shots off in time.

• Kevin Durant starts slow and never does get hot. He finishes with 6, worse than Boobie. I have a feeling Durant will be more upset about his score than Boobie will be with his.

• Dorrell Wright comes out smoking, then gets ice cold, then gets hot at the last station and finishes with 11.

• Paul Pierce gets booed as he steps to the rack. I picked Paul on NBA TV a couple of times the last few days, and he looks like he’s not going to make it…until he drains his last three shots to advance by the skin of his teeth with 12.

• Things overheard on All-Star Saturday Night: “No basketball game in L.A. is complete without Penny Marshall!”

• Finals! Pierce goes first and looks good, hitting consistently, finishing with 18. James Jones goes for 20. Ray Allen goes for 15. So James Jones is OFFICIALLY the best three-point shooter in the world. Or something.

• Dunk contest coming up…but first! Far East Movement featuring Miguel! Should have ended that with a question mark.

FOOT LOCKER SLAM DUNK CONTEST
• So we’ve got DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, JaVale McGee and Blake Griffin.

• Judges are Clyde Drexler, James Worthy (who will only gives 50s for 1-handed dunks), my main man Brent “Bones” Barry, my other main man Dominique Wilkins and Dr. J.

• Darryl Dawkins is wearing a suit that I think is make from a green leopard. Dawkins says this is the East Bay Funk Remix. I wish JR Rider was here for this. Amir Johnson is passing him the ball off the basket support, and after about 10 tries, DeRozan goes through the legs for the dunk. Birdman was having flashbacks during that.

• Ibaka marches in with banners and gets the mascots applauding while “Power” plays. BTW, can we call him Ibaka Flocka Flame? He goes full court, doesn’t dribble, jumps from behind the line and dunks it in pretty easily. Made it look too simple, almost.

• Chris Webber goes on a confusing rant about Dwight Howard, and Dwight looks genuinely confused about what it going on. A second goal is brought from the back and McGee sort of explodes and makes one dunk. After a couple of false starts he nails it and gets a 50. That was pretty much insane. I tell you this, if the NBA ever goes to two baskets side by side on each end of the floor, JaVale McGee’s going to be a handful.

• Blake Griffin comes out with no props, no shenanigans, and does a two-handed 360, just straight power. Gets a 49.

• I’m sure Dunk Contest purists will be upset by the heavy use of props and showmanship and non-dribbling early on, but that was the most entertaining first round of dunks that I can remember in a long time.

• Darryl Dawkins announces that DeMar is going to perform a dunk called “The Showstopper.” And it was…an alley-oop to himself with a half-windmill with one hand. Wow. He gets a 50. The dunk contest is back, by the way.

• Serge Ibaka rescues a toy from the rim in a stunt involving a child actor. Maybe the dunk contest isn’t back.

• Blake Griffin misses a bunch of attempts involving a pass from Baron Davis, and then finally catches a pass off the side of the backboard and flushes an emphatic windmill. Blake gets a 46, so he’s in the Final no matter what.

• Finally, JaVale McGee, with hype man Chris Webber. In the most laconic announcement of all time, he says he’s going to dunk three balls. His Mom brings out a third ball and John Wall tosses it at the rim as McGee tries to dunk two, and after a few misses, he finally gets all three balls to go. He gets a 49, which means the final will be McGee and Griffin.

• Blake goes off the glass and sticks his arm through the rim and dangles there, Vince -style.

• McGee puts on two different colored-shoes as Journey’s “Separate Lives” blares through the PA system. I wonder if this is the first time McGee has ever heard this song. He goes baseline, jumps under the rim and does something like a reverse windmill as he flies under the basket. Kinda dope.

• Instead of people like Kenny Smith and Chris Webber as hype men, next year they should bring out Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

• Griffin brings out a KIA and the Crenshaw Elite gospel choir, who sing “I Believe I Can Fly” as Baron Davis throws an alley-oop throw the car’s sunroof and Blake jumps over the car, catches the oop and dunks.

• The only way to top that would be to immediately take everyone watching on a tour of Willy Wonka’s Factory. Instead, McGee throws himself an oop off the glass and makes a big dunk that’s good but…that’s a wrap.

• Blake wins by about a 2-1 margin. Thanks for hanging with us. We out. See ya tomorrow.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Once again, live from press box south…hopefully this will be a memorable night.

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    I thought I was all set. Cracked a beer @ 5pm & turn on the tv. My 3 available sports channels are showing skiing, fake wrestling & curling. F&$K!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Coco Miller looks like Yelawulf

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sorry Frank! Still just on intros to Shooting Stars…maybe they’ll switch in next hour?

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    What Frank experienced was my usual torture for ASW. Today, i get up, make a nice breakfast ready, saunter to the tv and am engulfed by Allstar coverage. Switching between live coverage and yesterday’s practice. #heaven.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    What was Taj Gibson doing at flailing around at the halfcourt shot, re-enacting black swan? 3 airballs?

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Yeah, Dirk and Kenny are taking this.

  • idrees

    dont have nbatv or tnt,live in canada so cant watch online.

    HELP!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    So messed up that Lang’s always making fun of my father, Jeffrey.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Aaaand team Texas choked. (cone ON Dirk)
    Oh well, bring on the speedsters.

  • MikeC.

    Coco Miller looks like Birdman Andersen without the tattoo turtleneck.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Do your thing, Dad.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Ben with the Yela S/O! Trunk Muzik!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Oh yeah, Steph C. wants this.
    Bragging rights on the line here

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Remember when DRose ended the Challenge with a nasty finish? I want an encore!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Oh voy, the Rohrschach test socks are out in full effect for this one. Rose and Wall.
    Yuck.
    Also yuckt, listening to Reggie overstate everything

  • MikeC.

    @Dark – Reggie is typically annoying, but his voice is making me furious this evening.

  • qasclk

    haha, what happened CP3

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Hey Chris Paul, knee brace next time.

  • idrees

    damn man i wanna wach this stuff

  • Steve

    Cee-lo sounds terrible. Amazing what a recording studio will do for their sound, But that brunette on the guitar is smoking.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Suh-Moking!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Idrees: try myp2p.eu. usually have some streams going for sports events.
    Good luck and shhh, i didn’t tell you this.

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

    My hate for the Black Eyed Peas knows no boundaries.

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

    Coco Miller, Peggy from Madmen/Peggy from Madmen, Coco Miller.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Michael NZ: nice comparison, Very nice. But Peggycs got bambi eyes…advantage her…barely.

  • MikeC.

    Coco Miller / Jake Busey separated at birth?
    http://blog.beliefnet.com/textmessages/jakebusey.jpg

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Nice round, Boobie.
    Maybe more time preparing, less time on the hairdo?

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

    I still think its hilarious how theres a ref standing there signalling a three on every single shot.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Yeah, umm, settle down KG. You’ll blow a blood vessel on Allstar Saturday.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Heat finally beat the C’s, hey, hey.

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

    Not to p*ss on what COULD be a great dunk-no-contest, but, I’m legitimately concerned this could prove that Griffin is an infinitely better in-game dunker than contest dunker. I hope I’m wrong, I really do.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Blake needs to really show the eff out for this Dunk Contest

  • MikeC.

    Who are these d-bags singing before the dunk contest? Whoever they are, it immediately brings to mind my fave Ras Kass quote “the youngsters tell me I’m out of touch cuz I don’t wear skinny jeans that expose my nuts”.

  • idrees

    autotune really decieves ya, especially wih far east movement

  • Steve

    Blake is not winning this. He’s a great in-game Dunkers but I don’t think will take it from derozen. Blake/derozen in second round.

  • Steve

    Just realized how happy I am that there is no Nate this year.

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

    My hate for autotune also knows no boundaries.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Blake Griffin: maestro of the deadpan response.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Hmm, who on my team should i ask to pass me the ball, Calderon? Weems? Naaah, Amir Johnson’s a’ight.
    #DeRofail

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The two-ball dunk was totally amazing, really. Just sucked it took so many tries.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    That was effin DOPE!!

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    HOLY LORD ALMIGHTY.
    Blake…… sheeeeeeiiiitttt

  • http://www.slamonline.com tina

    I can’t believe BG didn’t get a 50!

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

    Wish McGee made it on his first attempt, would have been sick. And even Blakes misses looked a worthy 50.

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

    DEMAR DEROZAN JUST DID THE BEST THROUGH-THE-LEGS DUNK EVER, BETTER THAN J-RICH’S OFF THE BACKBOARD… AND HE GETS 44?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE FAAAAAACK?!

  • Steve

    Blake’s first attempt was crazy. Third was more subdued and too much like a typical 360. Shame he didn’t make it the first time cause it was unreal.

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

    Blake Griffin should NOT have gotten a 49! His first two attempts were amazing, definitely 50-worthy. But his ACTUAL DUNK WAS NOT THE SAME. IT WAS A REGULAR 360. NO WAY THAT WAS BETTER THAN DEROZAN’S.
    DEROZAN WILL BE ROBBED AGAIN.

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

    Anybody watch the Rising Stars dunk contest? The amateurs were nasty!

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

    Oh my GOD DeRozan!

  • Adam

    Em, Ibaka need some love

  • Steve

    DD was robbed on the first dunk but that second was just stupid. Dude should be in the second round.

  • MikeC.

    Every time I post a comment, and hit refresh, my name and email address change to a different poster’s info. C’mon site admins, fix this up!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Totally agree with Lang that the gimmickry is pretty fresh. Getting crowd involved, etc.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    DeRozan with the nice degree of difficulty dunk

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Derozan!

  • Steve

    That ibaka attempt is terrible. Not worn more than 40 even if made.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Missing on the first try kills the mood. Take that how you like.

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

    @Lang: at this stage, with pretty much everything having already been done before, the use of props etc just doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Adam

    I take it back. Haha

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Come on Blake. Don’t choke now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How does jerome williams keep getting courtside seats?

  • Steve

    Bullish!t

    They gave demar 44 on between the legs and gave Blake 46 on a windmill. Garbage.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Blake is getting home cooking.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did Julius try to slip Javale’s mom some tongue?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Three balls?

  • Adam

    I think blake is a bit fortunate, his second wasn’t as good as DeMarr’s first

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

    The dunk contest is OFFICIALLY A FREAKING JOKE. Blake Griffin missed MORE TIMES than DeRozan and did a FAR INFERIOR DUNK, and they give him a 46 JUST SO HE STAYS ONE POINT AHEAD OF DEROZAN. THEY F*CKING RIGGED THIS SH!T SO GRIFFIN WOULD MAKE THE FINALS FROM THE GET-GO. F*CK THIS SH!T.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Sure seemed like it, Allenp.
    Also, DeMar was roooobed. Two of the coolest dunks evahhh at this event and he got shafted.

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

    I think that was the crowd reacting to Julius going in for the kill, no?

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

    It’s more than just “fortunate.” This sh!t is rigged. I repeat: DEROZAN DID THE GREATEST THROUGH THE LEGS JAM WE HAVE EVER F*CKING SEEN IN THE NBA.

  • JTaylor21

    Ibaka got cheated on that FT line dunk. All those legends never took off from the FT dot, he does it and only gets a 45. I’m calling BS on that one.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    The dialogue between Dwight, Reggie. chuck and Kenny tonight is downright insane tonight.
    Lots of personal stuff going on, and loads of derisive laughter and chuckles.
    Charles is especially annoying

  • Adam

    Yeah, DeRozans first was excellent, just took Gays dunk from a couple years back and said, ‘lets just go mad’
    @teddy, i don’t want to say its a fix, but to my mind your right, Blakes second dunk was a massive let down.

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

    Terrific dunk, McGee.

  • JTaylor21

    Nah, chuck is killing it tonight with the jokes.

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

    Charles just compared that dunk to a ‘dumb pretty girl’.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Hollywood-itis just took over the dunk contest.
    Last dunk was laaaame.

  • JTaylor21

    That car dunk wasn’t all that, McGee’s was way better.

  • Steve

    Of course it was fixed. Kia paid a lot of money to have the car in the finals and they had to make sure it was there.

    Blake could have missed the second dunk of the first round and they still would have found a way to get him in.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Winners of the night. chocolate thunder and his “rattle somebody’s balls” line.
    And PEAK.
    Losers: all of us for believing the outcome wasn’t predetermined.
    Lots of nice jams though.

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

    Winner: DeRozans second dunk.
    Loser: Baron Davis’ passing.

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

    This dunk contest was TERRIBLE. F*CKING TERRIBLE. Not that the dunks weren’t good, but the NBA KNEW Blake Griffin was going to win this no matter what. They know that after this night, Blake Griffin will be catapulted into Superstar Status, and he’ll be a worldwide household name.

  • riggs

    blakes first dunk > any other dunk so yeah he shouldve won.

  • Adam

    After seeing how great the first round was anyone else feel that final was a huge let down?

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Adam: somewhat, DeMar’s 2nd dunk was spectacular.

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

    mad love to DeMar my winner of the 2011 dunk contest.

    Blake Attempts were way more crazy than the makes.

    Javale was boring.

    Serge from the foul-line! Dope. Im surely a Air congo fan from this point forward.

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

    Riggs, take off your d@mn blinders. Griffin’s first dunk WOULD HAVE BEEN amazing, but he MISSED IT TWICE. HIS ACTUAL DUNK WAS A REGULAR 360 TWO-HANDER. NOTHING MORE.
    Unless you were being sarcastic.
    I’m happy for Blake, but Demar should have AT LEAST made it to the finals.

  • MikeC.

    Blake’s remix of the elbow in the rim dunk was pretty fresh.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I thought all the guys were good and that Blake deserved the win.

  • riggs

    demar shouldve made the finals but the dunk that griffin made? the only difference was he held it in one hand shorter. it was the same damn dunk, stop hating.

  • riggs

    future contests should be 3 tries and done.

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

    I don’t think you people realize how stupid the judges were today. DeRozan’s first dunk, which may have been the BEST DUNK EVER BY AN NBA PLAYER, RECEIVED THE LOWEST SCORE OUT OF ANY DUNK TONIGHT. He only missed twice–other people missed far more, including Blake.
    People have been heralding Richardson’s off-the-backboard through-the-legs as the BEST dunk contest dunk ever… DeRozan did a through the legs OFF THE SUPPORT STAND, FROM BEHIND THE BACKBOARD. AND IT GOT THE LOWEST SCORE TONIGHT. WHAT THE F*CK?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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

    The whole contest was very good, I was pleasantly entertained

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

    the first griffin dunk attempt on the 360 was absolutely way more insane than the made 360. he brought it up, spun, brought it down in some kind of windmill motion, and clanked it. It was so much more pretty than the actual make.

  • JTaylor21

    The best dunks by far were the Ibaka FT and McGee’s first 3 dunks. BGriff’s dunks weren’t all that.

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

    Blake’s best dunk was the off-the-backboard cookie jar. His first dunk was just a really well-done REGULAR 360. NONE of his dunks were better than DeRozan’s.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    McGee should have saved the two ball dunk for last. You don’t serve me filet mignon and chunk me a twinkie for dessert

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

    DeRozan should have made the finals at least ahead of McGee. But he was better than Blake as well. Blake’s second dunk got a 46, and was FAR worse than DeRozan’s first dunk, which got a 44 (wtf?!). Blake also MISSED MORE TIMES THAN DEROZAN DID. AND HE GOT 2 POINTS MORE. WTF. If you people can’t see that the contest was rigged, you’re living in an alternate reality.

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

    The dunks in this contest were awesome–but the outcome just ruined it. Also, the fan voting sucks. If the judges were fair, this contest could have been a classic to rival the 2000 dunk contest.

  • JTaylor21

    BGriff’s car dunk was average, dude jumped over the damn hood, he shouldn’t have made it to the finals anyways. Should have either been DeMar or Ibaka but we all know home crowd is a b*tch, ask Nique.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Gotta question B-Jennings sanity for believing he coulda hung with these cats today. Purely from a dunk perspective of course, I’m sure Under Armor would have had him jumping over Brooklyn Decker in a bathing suit or something.

  • Steve

    Obviously it was rigged. They didn’t bring the Kia car to the arena, their highest paid sponsor, without the certainty that they will use it. There was a very large bonus for the NBA if Blake made it in.

    And his last dunk was crap. He jumped over the hood of the car. What’s that, three feet high?

    I really had high hopes for the contest in the first round but the second round killed my lve for it. Sponsorships and money took priority over the fans.

  • Oli

    first round was dope. still: enough with the props, coaches and fan voting!!! like kenny said: just you, the ball, the basket and maybe an assist guy (no more amirs, please!).
    loved demar’s dunks. would’ve liked to see 2 more. as soon as blake was in the finals, he could’ve laid it up and would’ve still won…

  • Adam

    I think the fan voting for the winner is a stupid idea too, it is a popularity contest, i mean, Blake vs. Dwight would have made people think about the dunks more, rather than Blake vs. Role player, regardless of who was the other finalist. I know there was a bit of a issue with the final in ’07 (Iggy and Nate, Houston, i think) when the judges were in charge, but i don’t think there will be a winner based on their dunks again otherwise. I admit that there is still bias with the judges (see Serge Ibaka, Free Throw line) but i think its a lesser of two evils. I agree with Charles Barkley too, Blakes last dunk didn’t excite me. I’m aware that personally i can’t jump over a phonebook, but i mean he made it look easy, too easy. Anyway, thats my opinion and i’ll return to missing my lay-ups, haha.

  • riggs

    the car dunk was just a throwaway dunk even kenny smith said it, stop being stupid.

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

    Teddy, I hear you – caps and all, but I think you’re going way over the top re DeRozans first dunk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    JAVALE MCGEE GOT ROBBED.

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

    I challenge ANYONE HERE to name me a better dunk than DeRozan’s first two dunks tonight, ESPECIALLY THE FIRST (which got him a 44… WTF?!?!). I realize I’m just repeating myself now, but the NBA All-Star weekend should just be sponsored by the WWE so at least we’ll know not to be excited for it.

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

    @ Michael: DeRozan’s first dunk was tremendously difficult. J-Rich’s off the backboard through-the-legs is considered by most to be the best dunk contest dunk ever. DeRozan went off the SUPPORT BEAM from BEHIND the backboard! And don’t tell me he missed too many times–he only missed TWICE. Griffin did a windmill off the side of the backboard after about 4-5 misses, and got two points higher. Come on now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    DeRozan’s first dunk should’ve got at LEAST 49.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    Every dunk Javale Mcgee did has never been done before. And what’s the point of having judges when you just going to leave it in the hands of the fans. Of course Blake is going to win. He’s more popular but Mcgee out dunked Blake. Javale you reped the Washington Wizards well tonight. Sorry slam family for the long essay, I’m just salty right.

  • JTaylor21

    Teddy, I actually think that DeMar’s second one, Ibaka’s FT line, and McGee’s 3-ball and under the rim rock the cradle dunk was better than that one. The only good one Griff had was the off the backboard elbow in the rim dunk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    *NOW

  • robb

    Javale was very creative, had very impressive dunks and all, but his style is soooo boring, no flair, no power, no charisma, and those things are essential if you wanna win a dunk contest. DeRozan’s dunks were GREAT the first one was sick and his perfect dunk was awesome. Ibaka’s FT dunk was also highly underrated.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Teddy my man, it is what it is, have some tea. All in all, an enjoyable event, right?

  • Adam

    Serge from the free throw line was the dunk that really impressed me, especially after they showed the old footage and he was further back, i mean, it was special. Yet, it only got 45.

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    My thoughts: NBA had to make sure Griffin was in the final round because he was pretty much a KIA salesperson for the night. DeRozan’s first dunk (44) was at least a 48, but obviously Griffin is going to get the better of the judges. Ibaka’s free throw line dunk was a 50. McGee had some nice flashes, three ball dunk was overrated. Finals should have been DeRozan and Griffin, who wins? No idea, but we saw what Griffin brought to the table already and DeRozan had better sh*t planned.

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

    ^ This. Co-sign 100%.
    @ Darksaber: Yeah for sure, I had a great time. And I’m happy Griffin dedicated his win to his friend (RIP). I’m not angry at Griffin–I’m angry at the judges and the blatant fix by the NBA (ie. Sternbot). This could have been a classic.
    But anyways, I’ll go and enjoy the rest of my night now (maybe checking back periodically). Hope you do the same, Dark. Cheers man.

  • jarrett

    did anyone catch that javale’s 3 ball dunk, the first ball was a lay-up? JAVALE DID NOT GET ROBBED. if anything, DEMAR DEROZAN got robbed, but he was stupid enough not to switch dunks so thats his fault. He really should have switch his second dunk then come back to his first! Blake Griffins first 2 dunks were not that great, but the arm thru the rim was the BEST dunk of the night!

  • MikeC.

    I was entertained by the dunk contest. The 3pt shootout was the big letdown for me. What a turd sandwich that was.

  • Luiyo

    Everybody got robbed! Demar had at least a 50 dunk with the first one and an incredible second dunk! Ibaka had THE farthest free throw line dunk of all time and that is not a 50!? The puppet dunk was very underrated to, he catch it with his teeth, at least a 47 or 48! Javale had 2 insane, never done before dunks in the first round with two 50′s! How in the world Blake got in the final round?? He didn’t even deserved to be in it! His first intent, the miss was more impressive than the dunk itself, and the second one he misses a LOT of times, and still gets a 46 with a regular dunk?? Why? Because he need it to pass DeRozan?? I’m sorry but this contest was fixed! How it is possible that the winner of the competition had the worst dunks of the first round and still got in the finals!? Not mad at Griffin, is not his fault, but we had seen the commercial push given by the NBA tonight to make him a star and global icon…

  • tuxo

    blake griffin ilike it

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Best dunk contest in years… I do think guys should be docked points for too many attempts, all around great show, some of the lowest scoring dunks probably could have won it 2-5 years ago..

  • Pharoah

    DEROZAN GOT ROBBED AGAIN WTF!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    There is absolutely NO WAY Griffin could score a hundred in today’s game. Back then the players were short, hairy and wore Brylcreem in their hair.

  • Justin

    People need to realize that it’s not about how many attempts it took to get it right. It’s about the dunk that was performed. If it was about the misses than Nate Robinson never wins. And yes DeMar got insanely ripped off on that first dunk. The contest shows a trend in years past where the first few scores are quite low until the judges see something to loosen it up. Unfortunately, DeRozan felt that tonight. His second dunk was ridiculous and I think he got it on the first try too, hence the 50. Even though it’s not supposed to matter on the attempts, it does because when you keep the people waiting for it, it keeps the reaction down. Griffin hits his first one and the place goes nuts. But the same can be said for the two backboards dunk from McGee as well. All in all, it was a pretty damn entertaining contest with each person bringing something different

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

    Gwendolyn Osbourne…..nuff said….she deserves the MVP…..you a bad man Jet

  • Jalepino Sauce Age

    GRIFF LOST HIS BOTTLE Over the car & JAVALE GOT ROBBED .

  • 80

    Well that one that griffin did is nothing special, Marko Milic did it 15 years ago, and he jumped over the car, not over the hood of the car.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HUH1fb70Pg

  • http://zogs.com zogs

    i just wana get this off my chest F**’ BLAKE GIFFEN THAT OVERATED B****H!!! Since when is a sloppy 360 tomahawk a 49???? Jerry stackhouse did it in 2000 and got like a 41!! And he did it better!

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

    That tomahawk wasn’t Sloppy, c’mon now

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

    DeRozan got robbed, Ibaka’s first dunk should’ve been a 50

  • T-Money

    Javale’s mom… Dr. J… Mmmm…

  • TheMac

    The sponsorship thing is ridiculous.. If it wasn’t for that Blake probably wouldn’t of been in the final. It’s sad to see creativity is not rewarded like it should.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Hey, Phantom:
    I see your Facebook page when I click your name. You seem like you’re a cool cat.

  • Ritchie

    Anybody else notice cherly miller grabbed that kid after ibaka’s dunk and told security to get this kid outta here???

  • Crustified-Jalepino

    YEAH. That was ill. She held him by the jacket most of the time like he was some sort of rag doll. Is that how she treats all kids ? Now we know what Reggie went through when he played against her.

  • Michael

    Cheryl was pretty rough with that kid..

  • flipnoyce

    Blake should of jump over the whole car and not the just the hood. Even Nate would of done a way better job. Ibaka should of gotten a higher score than what they gave him, but then again he didn’t do anything fancy with his formation in the air. The bear one was pretty clever though. I think DeRozan had one of the best dunk when he cradled that ball.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Blake lost that slam dunk contest, should have been Demar or Ibaka vs. McGee. Anybody who thinks any of Blake dunks were great are kidding themselve. I truly believe Demar had something left in his tank with Dawkins as his coach. The jump over car dunk was wack. Go watch Demitrius “Hook” Williams, he dunked over a car at 5’9′. Google Him!!!

  • http://Zogs.com Zogs

    Your telling me when the balls toiching his Right ear it’s a tomahawk
    sound more like somthing he did to David stern Before the contest

  • hambone

    blakes misses were better than his dunks.

  • http://vandelay-industries.org Art Vandelay

    Ibaka got robbed! The first guy I remember to literally dunk from the free throw line (and not 1 1/2 steps beyond) gets a 45? Please!

  • http://twitter.com/SylvanusUagbor Sylvanus

    Would’ve love to see Griffin jump over the roof of the car, but I dont know many people who could jump over the hood. McGee is a bozo…creative but silly looking. Derozan should been in the Finals, Serge was just a there.

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