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Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 6:59 pm  |  126 responses

Live Blog: 2012 NBA All-Star Game

The Stars finally take center stage…

by Lang Whitaker / @langwhitaker

OK! After a weekend of dunks and threes and parties and meetings, we are at the end of the chain: The 2012 All-Star Game is moments away.

As always, All-Star has been surreal and strange and exhausting and fun. The most All-Star moment of the weekend probably happened just a few minutes ago as we were trying to make out way onto the elevator and to our seats in the press section. As we jostled for room in a tight hallway, on one side were A-Rod and Torrie Wilson, in front of us was Gabrielle Union, and then about a dozen mascots charged in and weaved around everyone.

What happens tonight? Who knows. I just hope the game stays close until the end, so the teams will have a little something to play for down the stretch.

Anyway, we’re here, we’re ready to go. I’ll be back momentarily to liveblog this spectacle.

• A quick word about Orlando: I’ve been to most of the arenas around the NBA, but I hadn’t been to the Amway Center before this weekend. The arena is sparkling and clean and roomy, a gorgeous venue for the game. I’ve been particularly impressed with all the people working here, who have been unfailingly polite and kind. It’s been a bit of a haul getting around the city because the arena, the hotel and Jam Session were each about 10 miles from the other, but traffic really wasn’t bad. I just wish I had time to hit Potter World. Hopefully they’ll have butterbeer tonight at media hospitality.

• As for an MVP prediction, I’ll play it safe and go with Dwight, the hometown guy.

• TNT’s Idris Elba promo, which I think played on TV, is played over the scoreboard in the arena. Pretty dope. Turner Sports stays winning with the promos.

• The lights in the arena go black, and Nicki Minaj takes the stage behind the basket furthest from us. She’s wearing purple hair and a silver/white suit thing, which for her is actually pretty understated. After two songs, we meet the Western Conference All-Stars. Scott Brooks! Dirk Nowitzki! Marc Gasol! Kevin Love! Russell Westbrook! Steve Nash! LaMarcus Aldridge! Tony Parker!

• A flap on the stage opens up, and smoke and fire comes from under the stage, as the All-Stars walk out of the smoke with some swag. Pretty cool. Griff, Durant, Bynum, CP3, Kobe.

• The West is here, so Nicki returns, now with chartreuse hair. With the crazy lights and computer graphics, the whole thing is very tech-forward and…OK, she just started popping.

• Here comes the East: Thibodeau! Pierce! Rondo! Luol (with the Africa shirt)! Hibbert! Bosh! Deron Williams! Iguodala! Then the flap opens and the East starters come dancing out, all except Derrick Rose, who looks like he could use a nap. Wade! Anthony! Dwight (who gets huge cheers)! James!

• Nicki returns, closes it out. We get the Canadian Anthem from a group called Neverest, I believe. Just as we’re wondering who’s singing the US Anthem, they announce Mary J. Blige, who gets a huge ovation. She sings it simply but beautifully, a cappella, and gets a larger ovation. Great stuff.

• OK, it’s 7:40, and we’re finally ready to rock.

• It would be kind of funny if Melo won the MVP. I’m now rooting for this to happen.

• When I stood up for the anthems, my chair feel behind me, and somehow while trying to pick it up I sliced my right thumb open. But this is All-Star, and I’m going to play hurt! There’s blood on this keyboard!

• The West opens with a pin-down for Kobe, and he curls baseline for the J. Bynum swats Dwight, and Durant rips a three. Griffin dunks the next time down to put the West ahead 7-0, and I’m pretty sure Thibs is really to burn a timeout.

• First crazy dunk of the game comes from Bron, who rocks the cradle and throws down lefty. next time down he drops off a sweet pass for Rose to bring the East within two, 9-7, and then goes around the back to Wade, who flips an oop back to him to tie it at 9.

• Dwight Howard just fired up a three that bricked. Looked like me shooting threes earlier today in the Jordan Brand pickup games.

• (At least I did make one!)

• West gets out on a break and CP3 throws a pass off the glass to Durant, who tomahawks it home. West leads 24-13 halfway through the first at the first TO.

• During the timeout, the Magic’s kids dance team comes out to perform. One of the little kids is wearing a Superman outfit. I bet Shaq’s upset with that kid.

• Celebs on the scoreboard: Li’l Wayne, Drake, Kevin Hart.

• The West gets a breakaway 4-on-1, and CP3 goes thru the legs to a trailing Blake Griffin for the monster dunk. Love how CP made the pass, then grabbed Deng and pulled him out of the way to give Blake an open dunk. West moves ahead 34-28.

• Not sure if they’re showing this at home, but they have an NBA big-head commercial where a bunch of NBA players perform Loverboy’s “Working For The Weekend.” Pretty great stuff.

• First standing O of the night goes to a huge section of seats filled with people from the military when they’re highlighted on the scoreboard. Nice moment.

• SUBS!

• The score after 1, West 39, East 28. Kobe and LeBron each have 11.

• Between quarters, we see a video tribute to Magic Johnson’s performance in the ASG back in ’92, and then Magic takes the court and gets a standing O. Another cool moment.

• Made a popcorn run and ran into some guy named Wes.

• Just found out the halftime show is going to be Pitbull. I assume with some other performers, but don’t know who else will be involved just yet.

• Chris Bosh just banked in a three to bring the East within 9, 61-52. Now a timeout with the West up 11. I’m not really going to talk about the action much more because I’m not sure what else to say about it, unless the game gets close down the stretch.

• If I had to pick a PG most likely to break a backboard on a dunk, I’d probably go with Russ Westbrook. Ben’s going with Derrick Rose on one of his two-hand dunks.

• Not sure how much of a chance there is that the East will make a game of this. They’re down 78-60 now with 2 minutes to go in the first half, and the West is motivated — Durant and Westbrook just doubled an inbound pass and got a steal. I’m guessing Thibodeau is going to raise hell at halftime. I really hope they have a camera in there.

• Durant’s playing like he’s in a Goodman League game. He’s got 21 points and 6 boards, with 45 seconds to go in the half.

• There’s a flurry of scoring toward the end of the half, and the West ends up with Blake Griffin drilling a three at the buzzer, to put the West up 88-69 at halftime. If the East is going to come back, someone’s gotta stop KD. Or maybe they can trade for him or something.

• The 88 from the West in the first half is an ASG record for a half.

• Pitbull.

• Pitbull and Chris Brown.

• Chris Brown.

• Ne-Yo.

• Ne-Yo and Pitbull.

• And there’s your halftime show. Still have 10 mins remaining until the second half starts.

• About to get started again here. Benny the Bull has Kevin Hart’s date sitting in his lap over at courtside.

• OK, gonna take a heckuva comeback from the East to get back into this.

• And Rose turns it over on the first play of the second half, and Durant dunks it.

• BTW, Marc Gasol is in for Bynum, who left the All-Star Game early with “knee soreness.” Also known as “being careful.”

• LeBron wants us to remember he’s still in this. He hits a two and a three, and cuts the deficit to 12.

• While Kobe gets a cut bloody nose attended to and everyone stands around, Dwight hits two lefty free throws.

• Rose hits back-to-back threes, and suddenly the East is down 10, 100-90.

• The East gets it down to 7, but for most of the third, the West lead stays around 10.

• As I mentioned earlier, Ben and I played basketball for a few hours this morning. We played full-court games, and while nobody was really going all-out, I’m sitting here and my legs are throbbing and knees are sore. And it reminds me, as I sit here and watch this game, of just how unbelievably fit all of these guys are. I know they might not be playing all out today, but they’re still out there running and playing relatively hard, and there’s something to be said for what that takes.

• During the timeout, we see some footage from the Dream Team, and then Mullin, Pippen, Robinson, Magic and Drexler are all introduced to big applause.

• It is announced that Kobe Bryant has passed MJ as the all-time All-Star Game scoring leader. Kobe’s probably upset there are no more records for him to break, and he’ll now just focus on getting assists.

• After three, the West leads 124-112, and Kevin Durant has 34 points. Hoping he goes for 50.

• 8 minutes left, and seems like we’re gonna ride this out with the backups the rest of the way. And just as I say that, Kevin Durant returns. Let’s see if he can score 16 in the next 7:31.

• We just realized the fans vote for the All-Star MVP now. I’m hoping they select Jeremy Lin.

• Bron’s back, as are most of the starters. Lead is 13 with 6:23. Three from D-Will makes it 10 point game. Kobe gets called for an offensive foul. The East is running plays for Deron Williams right now, because dude is hot. He’s playing instead of Rose. This might be the first time ever that Thibodeau has resisted the urge to play Rose.

• During the timeout they show a video of Bynum and Kobe playing “Password,” where Kobe tries to get Bynum to say a certain world. Kobe says, “Sometimes Metta World Peace is out of his…” And immediately Bynum says, “Mind.”

• Out of the TO, Wade hits a runner off the glass to cut it to 8. West isos Kobe on Bron, and Kobe hits a pull up. Deron Williams shakes CP3 and misses the jumper.

• The West doubles Bron, and he hits a step-back three over the double. Melo converts an and-one, and the West lead is just 142-136, with 4:08 to play.

• It would be great if Westbrook just started shooting every time down now.

• LeBron tips a long rebound to himself, then, without a dribble, drills a three. Durant scores a two to make it 146-141. For the first time all night, there’s a real buzz from the crowd. 2:22 to play…

• During the timeout, Kevin Hart was forcibly ejected by Benny the Bull.

• Melo hits two free throws to make it 146-143, West.

• West tries to run a play for Durant, but Melo shuts him down. Instead, CP3 drives and passes to a cutting Westbrook, for a dunk. Then the East scores 4 straight, and gets a steal, and has a chance for the lead but…turns it over.

• 1:12 to go, West ball, up 148-147. D-Will and Dwight double CP3, and Dwight picks up a foul.

• Shot clock winding down, Blake misses a long three. The West gets the long rebound, and Westbrook misses a put-back, then Blake does not miss. East comes back and with 22.8 left, Wade goes to the line, and CP3 tries to distract him. He makes the first and the second. 150-149, timeout with 22.8 left.

• The West burns five seconds, before Wade is called for a foul against Kobe — Wade apparently feels he didn’t foul him and was just trying to trap. Kobe to the line: Good. MISS.

• Timeout on the floor, a timeout with the score: West 151, East 149. 16.3 left to play.

• East runs a pick for Williams, who misses the three. The East gets the ball back and Bron tries to zip a pass to Wade, but Griffin picks it off and gets fouled with 1.1 left.

• Griffin, on cue, misses the first and makes the second, and the East takes a timeout with 1.1 left, down three.

• They run a play for Wade, and he takes a corner three….that’s just short. Game time. West wins 152-149. Durant and Bron each finish with 36. Wade has a 24-10-10 triple dip. MVP announcement to come…

• The MVP goes to Kevin Durant.

• That’s it. I’m beat. Thanks for hanging with us all weekend. I think the Playoffs start in a week or so. I need a nap. Check you guys soon. Later…

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  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    The Eastern Conference guys were doing the layup line with the little free ball til a confused Roy Hibbert broke the chain

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Let’s gooooooo!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Totally forgot Roy Hibbert was an all-star.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I think I make the same MVP pic every year: LeBron James.

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

    MVP tonight will be either Lebron, Dwight, Kobe, or Kevin(Durant)

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    I like D Rose for MVP

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/adventures-of-the-catford-saints/ Ben Taylor

    Kevin Love is sporting a world class beard this evening.

  • http://slamonline.com Chester

    melo for mvp lol

  • shutup

    kobes gunnin for mvp. I think the east is gonna lose but Lebron will have some crazy numbers, probably a triple double.

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

    ….At least Nicki Minaj didn’t perform “Stupid Hoe” tonight, that probably would have killed my interest.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Two Bulls notes: Thibs is not really all-star hype material. Awesome tee-shirt from Luol.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    That Luol Deng tee was DOPE

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Derrick Rose looking at the other starters with disgust when they dance >

  • backboard

    Is it my TV or was the music too loud – but the audience sounded pretty dead when the all-stars were introduced…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Mary J is the best.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign nbk @7:30p.m.

  • shutup

    On another note why wasnt Luol Dengs flag represented?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    And, Mary J. yelled the anthem. She didn’t sing it.
    She looks better than I’ve ever seen her, though.
    She’s beautiful.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Carmelo is playing his best defense of the season

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sick LeBron dunks, SICK footwear all over the court.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Howard usually has a sharp edge up. Not tonight…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Bron Bron and Mamba goin’ to work!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Kevin Durant can probably do the Michael Jordan space jam dunk.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    I’ve got 13 bucks on Kobe winning MVP. Don’t ask, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Dwight’s threes are not fun to watch at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Howard won’t stop shooting three’s til he hits one

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Think about how terrifying they are for the backboard…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign Ben Osborne @8:00p.m.
    Hey, Ben, are you really Jeffrey Osborne’s son??

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    They should call this one the ‘DunkStar Game’.
    Cause only the athletic freaks are getting the ball so far.
    Bron & Blake having a dunkoff, nice.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @The Philospher: Yes, he is.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I feel like the topic of my father is broached annually during this game. Yes, my father is Jeffrey Osborne. Maybe not the one you all know though.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Ha! And you Woo Woo Woo!

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

    This is gonna a fun one to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    @ Lang Whitaker & Mr. Osborne:
    I’m thinking of the legendary, underrated R&B singer. That is he?

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

    @Ben, Jeffrey Osbourne the singer?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lang has no Hawks to cheer for but seeing Cee-Lo sure made him proud.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Yes, that Jeffrey Osborne. As far as you know.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    HA!!
    No doubt.
    My bad…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I love NBA mascots.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Pretty sure they’re not showing on TV, but that was a tour de force from the inflatable mascots.

  • Richard Medina

    $13 bucks is not confidence at all…, how about $100 on LeBron…. We’ll see.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Cee – Lo looks like he is ready for the showers RIGHT NOW.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Kevin Love just dunked on Dwight. I didn’t think I’d ever say that

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    This was a fantastic All-Star game up until about two/three minutes ago. Playing little defense makes for a great game. Playing no defense makes it a bit too cheesy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Blake Griffin hasn’t even made an attempt at stopping someone

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Blake Griffin is the g.o.a.t. shooter. lol

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

    Damn, 88 points??

  • JR smiths!!

    YEeYaH!!! My lebron got on everyones toes yo! him and black mamba. YeYaH!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Pit Bull for having a plus sized dancer on his set.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Chris Brown is the comeback kid of the decade, arguably.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Better have extra security for the dancers when Chris Brown is on stage.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    I’m literally watching the Oscar for achievements in makeup over this.

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

    lol @Jukai

  • http://slamonline house

    The Dunks in this game are so far better than the ones in the dunk contest…..

  • http://slamonline house

    On my previous note WHY THE F*CK is Westbrook not in the Dunk Contest?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Love seeing all the old-school commenters here tonight. Thanks for hanging with us so far…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    My favorite line so far from Lang’s typically stellar live blogging: “Made a popcorn run and ran into some guy named Wes.”
    Commenters stepping up too with the jokes. As for the game, I’m REALLY hoping the East makes it close. Blowouts in this game suck.

  • Lenny

    no defense but it’s all about the entertainment!!

    If you guys can check out my blog I’d appreciate it.
    http://basketballeyeq.blogspot.com/

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @Lang Whitaker & Ben Osborne.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    YEAH, DWYANE, KARATE CHOP THAT Mambiatch! :)
    No blood no fo….oh, he IS bleeding.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oooh, Wade and Snakey going HARD at one another now. If only the rest of the East would pick up on the animosity/intensity.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Keep it close, East!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Kobe just broke an awesome record. He’s prolly has that on a checklist under his pillow

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Jordan told Wade to take Kobe out so he wouldn’t break his record, but Wade failed him. Who do you think Jordan is gonna give his shoe deal to since Wade messed that up?

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    did you see Kobe snub Kevin Loves high five attempt, lol he had to keep it up awkwardly till someone tapped it. Cant believe Kobe is on video actually saying he’s number 2 all time behind Kareem and before Jordan smh, the link to the video is in the name

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Yeah. Respect to Kobe Bryant.
    Although, Kobe for his entire career, has tried to top the records. Put in a yeoman’s effort over the years. We can see it.
    The guys before him… they made it look effortless.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    I’m not surprised. Or Kobe just talkin sh*t

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

    I wish Kobe wasn’t selfish……

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    I wish Pete Maravich played in the nba today.

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

    Yeah, Pistol Pete was amazing.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    The King.
    Jack of all trades with Craig Sager.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    I know this ain’t a popular opinion on here, but uh, Kevin Love is kind of helping that whole “best PF in the league” thing.

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

    He has to play better D, other than that Love is great.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    KD back in the game. 50 would be tough at this point…but so fresh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Jukai i can’t get on the bandwagon till he becomes better on D, and becomes a more consistent one on one scorer. He gets pick and pop 3′s and put backs which boost his numbers imo

  • Buujangles

    Anyone have a link for the Luol Deng tee? I missed it but have heard that it was dope.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hmm, East with a 2-3 zone that led to a bad Kobe shot but backcourt forgot to block Westbrook out, then LBJ drains a 3 off a loose ball, horrible shot but dude makes it. #witnessed

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Holy wow this game makes up for the entire weekend wow

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Meanwhile, Reginald Miller is saying things like, “LeBron with the low body of gravity on that stepback”. Oh Reggie, you suck so much, it hurts.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And…here…

  • Moe

    NBA Allstar 2012 sucks!!!!!
    Every year I look forward to this game, but once it starts I lose interest simply because you have players that are playing the game for fun without competition. Everybody tries to showboat, especially Lebron, and it seems his brand of ball has affected everybody on the east team. This is so bad I had to turn off the game. Years ago we looked forward to this game because of the competition this game brings now you have a West All star team that take the game a little bit more serious then the East All Star, and it’s not even worth watching. I miss the 80′s and 90′s, matter of fact I play that…. because this is the same old thing for the past three years my excitement has been slowly sucked out for the love of this game, simply because nobody is really playing no Allstar basketball competiting against each other. Oh well!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And….here…we…go.
    1 pt game, Wade killing himself on D against Kobs and crashing the boards.
    West bodies flying allover the place.
    Intense.

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

    DOWN 2 THE WIRE

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    I still can’t believe Lebron made that shot.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Joe Johnson looks like Arena security with that scowl/suit combo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    This is turning out great. All Star games should be a best of five fourth quarters.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    HA!
    Kobe just choked…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wade and LBJ yapping away at Kobe on those freethrows: antivenom.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Much respect to LeBron and the East for making this close.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    THE KING JUST CHOKED!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    5.9 to go, Bron gets the looseball and doesn’t force the action: turnover.
    #stilltoounselfish

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Let this go in, let this keep going!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    That Bron turnover will haunt him for two days or the equivalent of one week on Twitter

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    D’awwww

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Haha you know everybody is gonna take arms against LeBron for not being clutch at the very end.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Are u freakin kidding me Lebron didnt take one game winning shot attempt

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

    Lebron shoulda tried for the tie.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I am HAPPY at Bron’s obvious displeasure, seems he wanted this one, Allstar game or not, badly.
    Nice effort, big man

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kevin-durant-finds-the-nba-lockout-sickening/ nbk

    Cosign Ben. Atleast I’m not sleeping.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Not sure what game Moe was watching.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thank you Lang for the great liveblog, and thanks all of you for reading and commenting.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Lebron shoulda taken it to the rack but he saw an open man and the pass was bad. I’m not too angry.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Lebron needs to learn that people won’t hate on those who fail nearly as much as they’ll hate on those who never even risk failure. He should have taken that last shot.

  • Jackie Moon

    Lebron = Wilt

    Compilers of big numbers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick The Quick

    Geez! Another week on SLAM spent debating the late game heroics (or lack thereof) of Lebron. Shoulda taken the shot though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    cosign dagger

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

    Thank Lang.

  • robb

    @Jukai yeah, but man, he was playing great, he got the east back almost singlehandedly and once again he f*cked up at the last moment. There’s a name for that in psychology, it’s called “self-sabotage”. Where does his guilt come from? I have no idea.

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

    *Thanks, Lang

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

    I was hoping Durant or LeBron would break Wilt’s record too. 42 points doesn’t seem that inhuman now that they both scored 36 apiece. All in all a great game for All-Star Sunday.
    Oh, and someone should really tell the half-time show coordinators to turn up the microphones. You can never hear the singers. It’s the same every year.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign robb @10:37p.m.
    Big time.
    Like, something is going on with The King.
    Seriously.
    Always has been…

  • T-Money

    i really can’t explain why bron thought it was a better idea to throw a pass across the court with 6 seconds left rather than working his match up. and i can’t explain why he was cool with inbounding the pass. just shoot it man. if you miss, you miss.

  • DukeFromDeep

    Blake Griffin!

  • http://slamonline.com J

    still a great all star weekend overall for me.
    main man kyrie winning rising stars MVP.
    a good all star saturday despite the dunk contest being trash.
    and a good finish to the ASG. (bron should’ve took the shot though)
    now on to the trade circus..
    Dwight is gone.. I’d say Nets via a multiple team deal.
    I hope my Cavs make some smart moves too.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    LOL I was fine with the pass, he had two guys on him and Wade was open on the wing. Now, it was a bad pass because he threw it right at Blake, but I was fine with the open pass.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Salt Baby Artichoke.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Can’t Co-sign Dagger enough. He hit similar shots earlier tonight.

  • Jer Dawg

    Kobe is gonna get Wade back for busting his nose. Damn Lebron had the game in his hands and he just refused to just take the last shot! it’s like a mental block or something. If he takes it and misses at least he’s going to makes strides of being that killer. He’s been on all night and I feel he was gonna stick the game winner, too. sigh. Lebron, I just want you to try to win tbe game yourself. You carried the East back, now just try to finish. The bigger problem is NOT taking the last shot. Who cares if you take and miss it. Your performance alone warrants you to take it because you let the rally with your unconscious and amazing play.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He had two guys on him, but that was the wrong pass. He should have seen if they were really going to double him hard. He had six seconds. The other player was probably going to go back to his man if he took a few more dribbles.
    And there is no excuse for him being the inbounder after hitting all those three pointers. I just don’t understand how dude’s mind works. I know he cares what people think, so why does he do dumb ish?
    Strangest athlete ever. Even Kobe makes more sense than LeBron.

  • bike

    I could live with him passing in that situation but it really looked like that pass didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting completed. It wasn’t even close.

  • Heals

    Few thoughts – DW3 break Kob’s nose, c’mon man chill it’s ASW. Kob and PP34 jawing like crazy during Blake’s end of game FT’s was hilarious (not sure if was friendly or not), by the way nice shooting PDouble. DH12′s game and the crowd reaction to him (or lack thereof) was weird. Loved Melo’s react after LBJ passed…

  • Justin G.

    I’m glad they didn’t turn up the microphones for the singers. They were terrible

  • Justin G.

    Uhhh…you guys realize that Thibs draws up the plays right? If he says “Lebron, you’ll inbound…” then Lebron goes and inbounds. Coach tells him to do something, he does it. Or are you guys still under the false impression that Lebron coaches his teams as well?

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    And another thing; you know this is 2 years in a row right? Last year he gave the ball to Chris Bosh on the three point line.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mars

    LeBron is that last line in Nas “Made You Look”. DWade is Rodney Dangerfield. KD is automatic in exhibiton games, it’s all the Goodman league for him. Kobe we love you brother, but KD and Lebron are gonna shatter all your records.

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