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Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 7:41 pm  |  234 responses

Links: All-Star Saturday Night Live Blog

Threes and dunks and aging stars!

by Lang Whitaker

We’re here in Dallas, courtside, ready for a big Saturday night. I’ll be here all evening, live-blogging away. Please join me.

Thing tip off in a bit. See you then…

• It’s 7:46 PM here in Dallas, and Ben and I are sitting here behind the basket. Been a crazy busy 24 hours since we arrived in Big D, and there hasn’t been a lot of sleep built-in. So if I lose my mind tonight and start dozing off, please don’t hesitate to wake meup andd a[ pfaeijfaljealzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

• I’m going to occasionally incorporate funny/interesting tweets here, too. Just read that @OliviaMunn tweeted: “Just got to Dallas for Bing dinner with JayZ and LeBron. I hope the night ends with an intense game of Taboo!” Bing? LeBron? Jay-Z?

• Five minutes before start time and this place is pretty empty. The snow was bad here, but the roads seem mostly cleaned off now.

• Dallas legend Derek Harper in the house, wearing a plaid beret. Presented without commentary.

• Robert (don’t call me Rob or Bob or anything else) Horry in the house, with some muscular arms. He must work out. Darryl Dawkins is also here wearing a Chinese-pattern blazer. Seriously.

• Erykah Badu is going to perform tonight. That has some potential.

• Also spotted, Oscar Robertson, Spike Lee. Ben said he saw Paul Simon, but I couldn’t find him, until I realized I was supposed to be looking for someone who appears to be 90 years old.

• Just saw via Twitter that Kevin Durant won HORSE. Completely unsurprising, right? I’m still salty that Monta Ellis wasn’t invited.

HAIER SHOOTING STARS
• It’s time for the Haier Shooting Stars, traditionally one of the most convoluted things about All-Star Weekend, as well as life in general. I’m not sure what’s going on, but Steve Smith and Joe Johnson would seem to be a pretty formidable duo for Atlanta, at least for a jump-shooting competition.

• In-arena announcer just asked Dirk Nowitzki how his halfcourt shot is. Dirk: “It’s a little suspect.”

• Canadian National Anthem is being performed by Canadian pop “star” Cretia (sp?) Turner. Anyone remember when Fefe Dobson was a pop star?

• US National Anthem is by Nota, the dudes who won “The Sing-Off.” They’re actually really good. Nice pick, NBA.

• Shaq Diesel in the house, in a nice gray suit. Spud Webb. Bruce Bowen. Jerry Stackhouse. Basically, all of Russ’s favorites.

• There’s a laptop and backpack sitting here next to me, that’s been unattended all night. Maybe they’re listening devices left here by the NBA to spy on me and Ben? Or maybe some Canadian pop authorities upset about me talking about Fefe Dobson.

• Hey, let’s meet the Shooting Stars!
Team ATL (SHAWTY): Angel McCaughtry, Steve Smith and Joe Johnson
LA: Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Brent Barry and Pau Gasol
Sacto: Nicole Powell (who actually plays for the NY Liberty), Chris Webber, Tyreke Evans
Team Texas: Becky Hammon, Kenny Smith(?), Dirk Nowitzki

The geographical affiliations are apparently rather loose.

• Courtside: Chris Tucker, Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar

• Team Atlanta starts with Angel McCaughtry bricking about 10 shots from the wing, Joe Johnson swishing his jumper, then Steve Smith bricking about ten. Takes forever, and they can’t hit from halfcourt. Feels like it’s taking weeks. Love that Joe Johnson is shooting jump shots from halfcourt. They finish in 1:47.

• Team Los Angeles finishes in 1 minute flat. Brent Barry earns early bragging rights at our next NBA TV mixer.

• I love that they have referees for this thing.

• Also cool that Paul Simon is sitting next to Mary J. Blige, who is wearing sunglasses. The shooting stars hurt her eyes.

• Sacramento stumbled in and finished in 1:46, which means Atlanta has been eliminated. Wait, there’s multiple rounds to this thing?

• Team Texas make toast (see what I did there) of Team Sacto. That means Team LA and Team Texas are in the Finals! (I capitalized the word “Finals” to show its importance.)

• Mary J.’s husband is killing some nachos right now.

• MUTOMBO is here! The dunk contest will be complete! This makes my heart happy.

• Finals. Team Texas rips it, finishes in an impressive 34.3. I mean, I guess that’s impressive. For a Haier Shooting Stars competition.

• Team Los Angeles. Brent Barry is wearing running shoes, I just noticed. Los Angeles has a shot but finishes in 55.2

• Team Texas FTW.

TACO BELL SKILL CHALLENGE
• Long break there. Went to the bathroom, ran into Howard Beck in the work room and made the mistake of asking Howard how his travel was. Twenty minutes later, I was still standing there, shaking my head. Someone should make a compendium of #AS10 #snowpocolypse stories.

• Russell Westbrook goes first, finishing in…ah, I don’t know. Whatever.

• Brandon Jennings goes second, finishes in 35.7, which is good enough for first place and half a dozen Mexi Melts.

• Steve Nash! Heard you had some trouble with the flame, homey. Sorry to hear that. At least you did this in 35 seconds, which eliminates Russell Westbrook and earns Nash a Gordita supreme!

• Finally, Deron Williams, who finishes in 34.1, which means Deron Williams and Steve Nash are in the finals of the Taco Bell skills challenge.

• I heard the winner here gets a lifetime supply of black tacos!

• They should make the Taco Bell Skills Challenge more representative of things you need to do at Taco Bell. Like, dip the ball in nacho cheese, use the ball to scrape lettuce off a taco that you ordered with no lettuce, and then sprint for the res…never mind.

• Nash sped through the Finals, and Williams had a chance to beat him but couldn’t because he had trouble over and over making one particular pass. He actually airballed one pass. Tough to do.

• Nash wins. Free black tacos for life!

• Wifey just texted me and pointed out that the Skills Challenge is like what they make the dogs do on the Purina Dog Challenge. Maybe the skills challenge should end with a long jump into a lap pool.

• Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade come speak on Haiti, which is followed by a video of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton encouraging people to give to relief efforts. This is complemented by a performance from Erykah Badu, who is dressed like Inspector Gadget.

FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST
• Channing Frye was awesome in “Step Up To the Streets.”

• It would be funny if Steph Curry wins the Three-Point Shootout and then Nelly immediately benches him.

• Emmitt Smith in the house. Yay.

• Paul Pierce first out of the box, finishes with 17. Billups goes for 17, too. And Curry has 18.

• The Fat Male Mavs dancers come out and perform to Ke$ha and other current songs. if you ask me, nothing’s funnier than obesity.

• Sorry, we’re having mad problems with the website. (©2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

• Galinari goes for 15 and gets eliminated, as Spike Lee claps his encouragement. Channing Frye goes for 15, and Daequan Cook goes for 15 as well.

• Yes, here comes Nota again. So this is who bought all those Manhattan Transfer albums.

• This is best acapella Michael Jackson tribute I’ve ever seen at All-Star Saturday Night.

• Final round. Pierce with 20, Billups with 14, and Curry with 17. Pierce wins. Big deal, I could beat any of them here.

• On the overhead screen they ask All-Stars can name any of the seven dwarves. Dwight Howard says Sneezy…Weezy…and Jeezy.

SPRITE SLAM DUNK
• OK, here we go. I’m looking forward to this. I’ve got a feeling that DeRozan might pull some stuff outta nowhere. DeRozan, Nate Robinson, Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace. Either way, all your snark aside, this is a respectable field.

• Judges are introduced as “experts of the dunk.” The first one introduced is Mark Aguirre, and then Ro Blackmon, Derek Harper, and then two Atlanta Hawks, Nique and Spud. (I applauded when they intro’d Nique. Yes, from press row. Sue me.)

• Nate Robinson is shorter than the T-Wolves mascot. Still amazing to me that he can dunk like he does.

• DeRozan gets a 42 for going thru the legs and reversing with two hands. Kinda fresh.

• Shannon Brown makes all the Mavs dancers move out of the way and clears a long path down the court. He runs from far away, does a Statue of Liberty 360 (Stansbury!) and misses. He follows it up by going up righty and switching to lefty. Eh. He finishes with a 37.

• I like that the judges are tough off the bat. Setting a tough standard.

• Gerald Wallace misses off the bat, then makes a lame double pump reverse that draws some boos. He gets a 38. Well.

• Nate! Misses the two-handed windmill off the toss, then nails it. That was pretty nice. He gets a 44, giving him the lead. BTW, talked to Nate last night at the ESPN party and he told me he wasn’t going to use any props, just focus on dunking. So far, so good.

ROUND TWO!
• Kobe just walked out on the floor in his warmups. Shannon should just dunk on him.

• Shannon runs down the right sideline, flies into the air and…catches an alley-oop? 41. I just unfollowed @letshannondunk on Twitter.

• Gerald Wallace brings out Flip Murray(!) to help him. Flip bounces it off the floor, Wallace runs baseline, catches, flies under the rim and reverses with one hand.

• DeRozan! There’s our first electric moment of the night. Off the side of the glass, windmills, 50! Nice.

• Galinari comes over the help Nate Robinson, and after a few tries he makes a nice toss to Nate, who catches and basically does a 360 or something close to that. 45. Nate and DeMar move on.

(• Funniest in-arena moment of the night so far was when Shannon Brown made his second dunk, which was underwhelming, and the scoreboard immediately cut to a close-up of a deeply concerned Chris Tucker.)

• Bennie the Bull just did the Single Ladies dance in front of Puffy and Jay-Z, who both kept straight faces. Funny.

FINALS
• Nate misses two dunks from under the rim, then comes back and makes an easy toss and dunk. Eh.

• DeRozan. Jumps over Sonny Weems (twice) and catches the oop and dunks with one hand.

• Nate Robinson…Nate! Off the glass, double-pump reverse, then grabs the Cowboys cheerleaders pom-poms and leads the crowd. Too bad both dunks count. That was amazing, looks better in slo-mo.

• DeRozan with a two-handed windmill, uninspired.

• So…I don’t know, I guess I’d vote for Nate.

• And the winner is…Nate Robinson, the people’s champ.

• OK, going to a party. Thanks for hanging in all night with us. We’ll be back tomorrow night for the 2010 All-Star Game from Cowboys Stadium. See ya…

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  • http://soaringdownsouth.com SoaringDownSouth

    Whats up Lang? Does Team Atlanta have a shot in the Shooting Stars Competition tonight?

  • Candice

    I know I’m early but I ready to go. Sad that D Rose had to bow out.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Soaring: I think so. Always bet on Smitty.

  • riggs

    hey folks, rajon rondo is hitting some deep 3′s in H.O.R.S.E. , now if only he can incorporate that into reg season play….

  • http://www.threeinthekey.com threeinthekey

    I told my girlfriend no sex until the dunk contest is finished. Let’s get All-Star Saturday started.

  • http://www.threeinthekey.com threeinthekey

    LeBron’s hanging out with Jay-Z? Uh oh. I don’t think that sounds very good for the Cavs.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Very happy to be here…sad we didn’t get in building for the Rookie win last night. Put that Bron pic on front page cause it was pretty sick seeing him taking basic jumpers from HALFCOURT (Dwight making a longer-than-halfcourt shot from a seated position was pretty amazing too.)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @threeeinthekey: Bron and Jay-Z host a party every year on all-star saturday. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

  • http://www.threeinthekey.com threeinthekey

    @Ben Someone said that, on Thursday, Bron and Drake had a party. That’s pretty sick, too. Especially since they both went on to judge the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown the next night.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    This is a shamockery, Greg Oden should have won the HORSE competition by default.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I’m not a Twitter hater at all…signed up, enjoying it, all that, but I hope we still get people commenting on here, too. I know Lang is gonna kill it with this liveblog and many of our readers/writers can enhance that by writing in here too…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And Anton proves my point with that comment at 8:09. Well done.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Skills: Westbrook; 3′s: Curry; Dunks: Brown; Shooting Stars: Zzzz.

  • p_cee

    did dirk think the question was, how is your resolve in a tough playoff encounter.
    i heard mcchale was allegedly hilarious, i’ve seen no evidence of this.
    its 1am in the UK and im ready for an underwhelming dunk contest, lets go!

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    I just said bye to Rwitter for the duration of All Star Sat & Sun. I enjoy my longtime tradition of watching the events while reading/writing on Slamonline. Twitter’s great, but too many semi-funny tweets/opinions during big Sports events; spoils the fun for me. (Hey Lang, see what i did there? Semi colon, babeee)

  • Candice

    Not that Shooting Stars is my fav but when the Bull’s finally get a star they take the Bull’s out of it.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nota reoresente!

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    “Rwitter”? I’m sorry, it’s early morning here in SE-Asia. I’ll wake up…eventually.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Ben: I want you to start screaming at the top of your lungs for Lebron to show up and join in on the dunk contest unannounced. Preferably in a batman outfit or something.

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  • Candice

    Reggie please stop with the Bruins stuff, we know shut up.

  • Melanie

    There’s Paul Simon sitting next to Mary J Blige. OMG he does look 90 and homeless.

  • http://www.outsidethenba.com James

    Holy hell, I never thought I’d see the name “Fefe Dobson” ever again.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Just read that Tough Juice is now a Mav, so are Haywood and Mr. “i can’t feel my face”. And only serviceable Player Mavs lost was Drew Gooden (Josh Howard never recovered from his ankle woes). Now THAT’S how you pull off a trade. Cubes is going for broke, a scorer/defender in Butler, someone to easily challenge Ericka for the Starting Center pos. and the Bron hater (in his dreams maybe). I LUV this trade.

  • Candice

    Why? Why is Drake featured so much through All-Star 10?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Darksaber: Love it; the semi-colon, that is.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    No twitter for me. Just the live blog.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Chris Webber is a very good looking man (kinda homo).

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    My pleasure, Mr. Whitaker.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Darksaber: I heard that too. Fantastic trade for the Mavs. Caron is great.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Pau just e-mailed me saying that tonight’s Shooting Stars competition is brought to you by the letter “B”

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Steve Smith!!! Looks like he could still play in the L right now. Oh jesus, Becky Hammond’s cute… And she’s on the Texas team with Dirk. Go TEXAS!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Bring back 2 ball.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I thought the Texas teams hated each other?!

  • The Wize

    @Candice: because in lue of anyone talented the TIs want Drake to succeed, never mind that he is wack, corny and only ever made 1 tape. Plus he is sponsored by Sprite. Obey your masters…er, thirst. I wanna know why Lebron is featured so much in All-Star weekend, I hate him too.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Anton: he is, and it’s not homo to admit it, don’t worry. Dude’s smile is blinding.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Brent Barry with the shocker. Nice.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    WHAT THE HELL DID BRENT BARRY JUST GIVE EVERYONE IN TEXAS THE SHOCKER? DID ANYONE ELSE SEE THAT? DOES HE KNOW WHAT HE JUST FLASHED?

  • Candice

    I love Brent Berry, no reason why I just do.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Lang or Ben, i’ll give you food, lodging, hell even plane tickets to S’Pore if you stand up, walk over to Reggie and b*tchslap him so hard, he needs to be hospitalised for 2 days. Think about it, hard.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That’s my bag, BTW.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Umm, Shia, Juks… what is the shocker? Some cool hand sign?

  • Candice

    Darksaber they may have to pay a little kid to be so they won’t get banned.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    My girlfriend: ‘I’d leave you for Chris Webber’.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Arnold is sitting halfcourt while the state he governs goes down the tubes. Good for him. Meanwhile, this shooting stars thingy is so great that I find myself watching Penn-Columbia and the Winter Olympics. Call me when the real stuff starts.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Me: ‘I’d leave you for Nicole Powell’.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Oh, and Kansas-Iowa State is a better contest than expected. And Kentucky-Tennessee starts in 15. A lot of ball to watch tonight. My trigger–er, remote–finger is already tiring.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Dark its an x rated hand gesture. Look it up.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Tzvi: watching Barry give a subtle sexual gesture to the entire Dallas crowd isn’t a good enough reason to watch?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Darksaber is a sheltered, sheltered child.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Michael NZ: NICE comeback.

  • p_cee

    idea for nxt year. “Russian roulette with reggie miller ft. no-one else”

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good stuff, Tzvi…and now I ask for something that will take you right back away from comments. I must admit to some sadness about not being able to watch UK-Tennessee closely…I think the Cats will BALL tonight, as Coach Cal likes to say.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    DIRK!!!

  • Melanie

    The NBA.com feed is great. Just saw an usher hassling Dikembe Mutombo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    I know this is stating the obvious but Reggie has an ANNOYING voice

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I am inviting Becky Hammon to a private party in my hotel room where I’ll be shooting my stars

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Anton: what? Child? Man get a clue.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Kenny Smith is going to be (more) intolerable.

  • The Wize
  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Anton: Glad you could join us this year.

  • Brandon

    Why is Smoove not in the dunk contest?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I wanna see a drunk Wolf Blitzer.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    So the NBA wanted only their analysts in the Shooting Stars competition, thus the “loose” geographical affiliations? Also, I’m betting with friends on all these events and took ATL in this one…I should have known better…Thanks, Angel McCaughtry!

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Oh, and Steve Nash is a comedic genius.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Nash with the flex!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Whatchu talkin bout Juks, I killed it last year too.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Nash with the people’s eyebrow. Love that dude.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Jukai: true that, Anton is the slamonline comedy king, now we need Eboy and the other übercommentators in here.

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Ok, lets see these Skills Challenge guys actually, you know, try.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    You never see Osama Bin Laden and Scottie Pippen at the same time – coincidence?

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Mutumubo siting… *sigh of relief*

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    F*ck, Marry, Kill – Cheryl Miller, Lisa Salters, Heather Cox.
    GO!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    E doesn’t appear on the weekends. I think he’s retired from here also.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Mutombo’s in the house? I hope the patented Mutombo Cam is primed and ready for the Dunk off.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Must be black history month, I’ve never seen this many brothas gathering in Texas before.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I just wish Nash would throw one down one time.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Deron:CARRY, booooo.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Durantula seems 30% more douche-y sitting next to KG.
    Also, I think one of those manequins just scored on Nash.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Sorry youngins, it’s Nash and Williams, the way it should be

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Kobe is getting his inner Puffy (i.e. Douche) on: sunglasses on indoors. Good for you, Kob’s.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    i dont think nash can dunk can he??… if HE put on a superman cap and flushed it on a one hander – there is the trophy right there…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Adam, I like the bet-on-all-saturday-night events move…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    How did Marv Albert scored that piece of @ss? Dude must have spectacular moves.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Best line of the liveblog so far: “Mary J. Blige, who is wearing sunglasses. The shooting stars hurt her eyes.”

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Lefty layup from the left side, MVP’s got fundamentals. Very nice, Steve.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    the sunnies indoors thing. if you think any of the nba spectators AREN’T hungover, you got a lot to learn..

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Looks like Deron Williams got some tips from Emmit Smith tonight.

  • Candice

    COngrats Nash.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hahaha, i luv it when Lang is tired and writin liveblogs. That last Taco Bell contest he suggested is high comedy

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    @Anton: maybe she’s into biting?

  • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sean_marks/index.html Michael NZ

    Hey now that all you SLAM guys are here, now about we get rid of those Jordan ads? Like, now?!!

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Anton – Marv Albert has been outscoring Allen Iverson all decade…

  • p_cee

    is bush smiling or just going senile?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Dubya, it just can’t get any funnier than that. He looks like a damn leprechaun in that adress.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Does anyone realize how ridiculous this is? George Bush CANNOT read from a teleprompter, but he WAS OUR PRESIDENT. I mean, think about that.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Is… is that Marquis Daniels in drag?

  • Melanie

    fat belly bella

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Nash IS allstar weekend.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Wow, “u’ve got a friend” near a-cappella with one Bass / electric Organ, righteous, Miss Badu. Badass.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Hey Lebron James is on bass too!

  • therighttoremainsalient

    When I see Dubya, i just think of frank caliendo’s line… ‘hey synonym…thats my favourite flavour..”

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Lang, don’t dare bash the dog challenge, those dogs got SKILLS.

  • p_cee

    performers under 60 yrs old >>> take note roger goodell

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Micheal Nz gotta pay the bills chief. Suck it up. As long as want a free site we have to live with ads and talking sh*t about it everyday isn’t going to do anything but aggravate people.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Enough effing commercials! I’m about fed up. Meanwhile Cousins is kinda hurt out there in Tennessee.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    who would make up the ultimate NBA band?

    David Robinson – saxaphone
    Walter McCarty – vocals
    …?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hey, who allowed the 12 year old take part in the 3pt. con…. Oh, it’s Stephen Curry.

  • Danbury

    No way Cook does good…he’s probably so psyched out right now.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Kenny Smith was so much cooler in his SLAM days.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    No Nba band w/o Wayman Tisadle, bless his soul.

  • Candice

    IF only Curry would have made the money balls.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Is Emmitt no longer down with Clyde and the Just for Men squad? Thought I saw some whites in that beard on the HD scoreboard here. Maybe he doesn’t care anymore, now that he’s headed to Canton.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Steph Curry’s shot looks almost as good as his momz does. Way to be, Dell!

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

    Aww man! Dae Dae didn’t make the Finals!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Del Curry should make a video with his sons on how to shoot the ball. That would make some SERIOUS bank.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Ah, the usual ASW problems on slamonline. I love tradition *sigh*

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

    Back working…

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Watching Garnett celebrate Pierce’s shooting is painful. He hops around on one leg even when celebrating. How the mighty have fallen.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Paul Pierce and “money balls”, how fitting. The guy IS clutch

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

    Pierce a Top 10 Celtic? I think so Charles. Top 5 perhaps.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Saddest favorite line of liveblog so far: Sorry, we’re having mad problems with the website. (©2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I hate seeing a Celtic win, especially Paul Pierce but ah well.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Oh God, i have a family Brunch in 15 mins. I’m gonna miss the livecast of the dunk contest. Seriously contemplating leaving my phone at home. Couldn’t stand reading about it here…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Saddest favorite comment of liveblog thus far: Sorry, we’re having mad problems with the website. (©2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Yep. Count me as one of the people here that didn’t give P-double a chance.

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

    PP FTW!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Paul Pierce is still looking to get some fouls get called his way.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I thought Pierce would be last. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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

    @Darksaber: where in SE Asia are you?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Anton, that’s my favorite line of the night so far. Nicely done.

  • Heff

    Darryl Dawkins looks like he’s attending Bel Air Academy

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Most are banking on this being Pierce’s only title this season. I haven’t give up on Cs yet.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    something is telling me demar is going to kill this ish if he nails all his dunks the first time.

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

    Still got Shannon Brown… over DeRozen.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    DeMar can’t do nothing but dunk at this point in his career. So he better do it damn well.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    If I see Nate try a dunk 23042304 times, heads will roll.

  • michael scorn

    Is Nique gonna allow Nate to pass him with a 3rd dunk title? He shouldn’r be allowed to judge.

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

    Derek Harper looks like a tortoise.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    F*ck paul pierce.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Kenny right on point with Demar being top ten athelete in the L.

  • Melanie

    Kobe’s in his uni. Guess to accept player of the decade award?

  • therighttoremainsalient

    How many different ways can you spell DeRozan incorrectly?..
    ..
    Paul Peirce wanted all his money ball makes to be called ‘and ones!’.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nate Rob: Marketing Whiz.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Somebody save this dunk contest. or maybe the L should just dead it already. There are no dunks left to do that will really amaze me anymore.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    @DP – bored people are boring.

  • michael scorn

    I see why Wallace lost in 2002.

  • http://tygr20.com tygr20

    So far, 1 dunk semi-worthy of the contest. Sad.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Dwight Howard naming of the seven dwarfs… sneezy, weezy, breezy… Nate.

  • Dallas

    Shannon Brown’s first two dunks were not that impressive wtf..

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I was expecting Kobe to steal the ball and jack up a 3

  • michael scorn

    What was LeBron so worried about again?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Dwight chuckles and Chris Tucker looks like he wants to channel his innner smokey. This is horrible.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I’ll tell you what would win right here – Shannon Brown curb stomping Nate Robinson and then completing a standing two handed dunk from under the basket. it’s different, physical yet well thought out.

  • Anthony

    all this hype for 2 practice dunks ? please dontletshannondunk.com

  • Dallas

    Oh Derozen just threw down a sick dunk

  • Dallas

    Oh Derozen just threw down a sick dunk

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Great job by Sonny Weems. That isn’t easy.

  • Reesereport

    The one perfect dunk and I don’t record it. FML

  • michael scorn

    Wouldn’t it be great if LeBron announced that he will be participating in the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest?

  • rob

    This has gotta be the most boring Slam dunk contest ever. Shannon and Gerald sucked WTF!!! they didn’t even tried. I’m done with this crap.

  • Dallas

    Lebron should be in this idk what he was thinking.

  • rob

    *Try

  • Danbury

    Wow. That was a horrible first round. DeRozan was the only saving grace…

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Well saw the 1st round while my girl was pulling on my ear to leave. My thoughts: meh.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    THIS JUST IN: Nash sending life time supply of black bean taco’s was intercepted by Jerome James.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    LeBron wins!

  • rob

    @Anton: Easily.

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

    I’m sorry y’all but the Slam Dunk affair is just not happening for me. Maybe it should be Slam Dunk in a game situation contest. I’ve seen better in games this year.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Benny The Bulls Routine looked a little TOO GOOD… is that Beyonce in that outfit?

  • rob

    dontletshannondunk.com

  • therighttoremainsalient

    IS shannon Brown the first guy that can only dunk in games?

  • Anthony

    im bored, im switching to youtube right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZtENNNUbA

  • Dallas

    Nate the great again.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Someone take Nate out back and put him out of our misery like Lassie.

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

    @therighttoremainsalient: how many different ways can we find to spell ‘Peirce’ incorrectly?

  • michael scorn

    Looks like my 2 votes for nate came through

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great job Lang, great job commenters. Not so great job, dunkers…

  • Dallas

    Man.. what a dissapointment.

  • Dallas

    I should have just watched the Kentucky-Tennessee game

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

    well i hope the parties are more fun that All Star Saturday Night 2010! Boring this year, for real.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    This Dunk Contest sh!t sucked!!! The Live Blog was 10000000000 times more interesting than the actual events. Wow!
    EVERYONE: Watch the Winter Olympics instead!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    And I’ll be honest: I didn’t even read the live blog!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Did I miss anything? Dozed off.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    dontletshannondunk.com

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s exactly why you didn’t miss a thing, Russ.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Have fun at the party, though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    DeRozan’s first dunk may have been the best dunk we’ve ever seen in the dunk contest, and it got a 42. Are you freaking kidding? ARE YOU?!

  • http://slamonline.com MooButter

    I can’t believe all the hype about shannon brown going into this in relation to how poorly he performed. I am absolutely shocked one of the judges gave him a 9 on his second dunk. It was a straight up alley oop. He shouldn’t have gotten above a 4 from anyone. I know it’s been said already, but I thought the exact same thing while watching, dontletshannondunk.com.

  • Jay

    Shannon just let me down so hard.. I was so excited to see somebody just come and jump out of the gym.. no props or anything just get back to entertaining someone with athleticism and he may as well have done layups.. Worst dunk comp ever?

  • Dallas

    Yea, i believed all the hype about Shannon Brown. He should’ve at least done a 360 dunk. I’ve seen better alley oops in games than Shannon’s tonight. Shannon Brown:: C’MON MANN!!

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

    I judge this All Star Saturday – as a whole – a generous 3/10.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    dontletshannondunk.com

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    team flight brothers are still laughing their asses off about the dunk contest

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    weak A$$ dunk minus proly one from nate and 2 from demar…hey jukai you stole that from me!PLEASE JUST LET SHANNON DUNK IN GAMES. COM!!! he was awful…and pierce asying hes one of the best shooters in the history of the game!!? GTFOH…Pierce and Garneet all pumped up about the contest? that was a bad sign for C´s fans.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    dontletshannondunk.com I had to say it again.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    dontletshannondunk.com dontletshannondunk.com dontletshannondunk.com

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    PATHETIC! WORST DUNK COMP EVER. SHANNON BROWN BLEW IT.

  • Ansonpanson

    why crash and brown sucked: they are/were both bobcats

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    teddy, no damars dunk was not even top 20 all time, it was nice though, he and nate were good, not great

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    shannon was…man, maybe worst ever? Crash was bad too but not as bad as brown, wtf?

  • Jarrod

    you ever realise gatorade doesn’t work on players that suck

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    the Statue of liberty dunk would have been crazy by shannon. he would have won the whole thing had he hit that. fans would have voted for him to win the finals. btw, he was going to jump over DJ Mbenga in the finals. oh well. so far this weekend has been horrible imo. the rookie game was boring. i didnt even realize Westbrook had 40. and tonight sucked. hopefully they drop HORSE

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Horse was hilarious. We’re running out of time guys, can y’all just shoot 3′s instead?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Gotta say Chuck, Kenny et al were in fine form during this snoozefest. Chuck saying “maybe nobody won” as Cheryl was calling for the envelope (and her immediate scolding of Chuck’s remark) made me laugh like a Hyena. Also when they started commenting on the cheerleaders, and Chuck suggested Nate go through them instead of over, there was a weird silence, then those dirty old men started chuckling because they realized the double meaning of that. Charles even said “i won’t go there, no further comments on that”… Fun…ny.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Oh and for someone who just a day ago was boasting about showing the world his “two sided between the leg dunk” on Twitter, Shannon Brown just redefined “foot in mouth”. Hahaha, Laker players, such tools.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    that was awful. kenny smith, “the bum”, was incredibly annoying in horse. he kept yelling the same siht over and over. ive never wanted to kill him more. paul’s win was surprising, but nice. shannon was turrible. nate won with a 51% vote. demar proly should have won, but whatever.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    allstar weekend gets under way soon after all this ‘dress rehersal right?’

  • Yesse

    That dunk contest was weak. If we could have like “the biggest hype busters” in dunk contest shannon would probably be number one.

  • Rich

    The past couple of years, I rolled my eyes at the props and gimmickry that had crept into the Slam Dunk contest, but watching last night’s snooze-fest, I’d actually have welcomed some wacky props or costumes. The contest should have been shut down after Vince won it in 2000. I just can’t see anybody ever topping his jaw-dropping display of creativity and athleticism.

  • barnabusb

    It’s crazy how the NBA is able to ruin a game as simple as HORSE. Why don’t they just let the players play, instead of interrupting for stupid interviews and replays of lame-ass layups. Let them play at a faster pace and the game would actually be half exciting. And that dunk contest was turrible. Just turrible. All those guys should be thoroughly embarrassed.

  • http://4Aitkenroad,Hamilton,ScotlandML37YA Hambone

    there should be a dunk in for all contestants from now on.

    derozen looked as though he wasnt trying

    shannon brown should be demoted to the d-league

    gerald wallace should rebound shots on the 3 point contest.

    i think vince and j-rich could have won last night eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaasyy.

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

    Wade to Udonis: “Man, how was the Bahamas?
    UD: I just chilled on the beach, got a message, hit the Black Jack tables, and ate like a King. How was All Star?
    Wade: Got my Gabby on, but other than that, you ain’t miss nothin’.

  • http://4Aitkenroad,Hamilton,ScotlandML37YA Hambone

    if they dont let the team flight bros. in next year im boycotting the event.

    lets have a dunk off tam nba vs tfb

    lets see who`s got the cahonas now.

    gerald wallace cant dribble through his legs never mind a 360 under both legs over a team mate.

    man im still pissed at that piece of crap

    on a side not i thought rondo couldnt shoot and did you see KD hes gonna be large.

  • Jolst

    THE DUNK CONTEST IS BACK!!!!

  • http://IdontthinktheLakersneedanymorescoring.whattheyneedisacenterthatfillsinalltheintangibles.AcenterlikeNoahwouldbeperfectforthelakersbecausehewoulddoallofthedirtyworkthatGasolOdomdontwanttobeaparto drock

    “Air up there” should have been an honorary contestant.he would have won the dunk contest easy.

  • Buschfiya

    Nate only won coz he’s short, and his last dunk was alright…. DeRozan’s dunks overall were much better, and more unique…..overall the dunk contest as a whole was horrible.

  • Buschfiya

    at least no props were used, but still that was the worst dunk competition in years….it just looked like the players legs weren’t warmed up, they were missing all their first attempts… and like get the crowd into it a little more c’mon people. like what the hell was that straight alley oop from kobe what is that damn i can’t even dunk and i can do that!?!!!

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    dunk comp was wack.

  • michael scorn

    I like how they want to rush through the dunk and 3pt contest just to get it over with, but H-O-R-S-E gets a whole hour.

  • j4zzm4n

    worst dunk contest ever….epic fail

  • michael scorn

    @Tarzan- OMG yes! He repeated everything he said 4 times in a row. I had to put it on mute. Also, every time someone took a shot he would yell “that’s good” before it got to the rim, every single time.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The through the legs (from the back) and reverse two hander has never been done before (unless you count Ricky Davis after elmination). That dunk alone should have gotten him the win, but it was in the first round and the judges gave him 42. And yes it WAS one of the best dunks ever, but it didn’t come from a superstar so most people didn’t care. Nate got 44 for a two handed windmill. Wow.
    And the off the side of the backboard windmill was crazy.

  • k.a.

    Lame-ish dunk contest but anton boofed all over this comments section, kudos brah

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Michael S: Actually, they wanted to rush through horse too. They did that ridiculous shootout between Rondo and Durant when both were at like “H-O” and that ended up being longer than it would have taken for them to ACTUALLY play horse. Horse sucked.

  • TyMo

    Lang, why the heck would you order a taco without lettuce?

  • barnabusb

    They need to just mic the players and let them play.

  • Dallas

    HORSE sucked i wanted to punch Kenny Smith in the face, and everybody wanted to tell Omri Casspi’s fan club to shut up. The best part of last night was hearing Chuck just clown on everybody. As far as the dunk contest, i thought Nate & Demar’s dunks were okay, but nothing like Vince Carter.

  • whooo!

    anyone who keeps citing vince in 2000′s conteset is a fool. obviously he had one of the greatest ever, but dwight’s put on some crazy dunks, and josh smith’s performance when he won was just crazy. plus, j-rich has had better dunks than vince, they were just scattered throughout his multiple contests. stop comparing everything to the vince year, because it wasn’t just vince, but a STACKED contest. it’ll never be the same, but it never has to be as bad as it was this year either.

  • whooo!

    imo, saying ‘this contest wasn’t like vince’ is like saying the 06 Heat weren’t the same as the 96′ Bulls. it’s a no brainer.

    oh, and James White shoulda gotten an invite in that short window when he was actually in the league.

  • tmw554

    wow that was the lamest dunk contest ever. did shannon brown or gerald wallace prepare for it at all?

  • Dallas

    You’re right whooo

  • Kapisi

    Dunk comp was super wack!!!!!…Brown and Wallace were lame!

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