NBA D-League All-Star Game Recap
Brian Butch, aka “Polar Bear,” Wins MVP.
by Maurice Bobb / @reesereport
As most of you already know, Dallas’ weather threw the nation’s basketball aficionados one helluva curveball for the 2010 NBA All Star Weekend in Dallas. Snow? In Texas? I’d have been less surprised to learn that Sarah Palin was a returning champion on Jeopardy. Ok, so Old Man Winter got his rocks off by wreaking havoc on the best weekend the L has to offer, but it was too much for a guy nicknamed, “Polar Bear” to end up as the MVP of the 2010 NBA Development League All-Star Game.
Yes SLAM fam, this is not a joke. A joke would be: How much does a Polar Bear weigh? Enough to break the ice. No this is fact. Brian Butch, whose nickname is the “Polar Bear,” scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the West All Stars past the East 98-81 in front of a capacity crowd at Center Court at Jam Session presented by adidas.
Cornball serendipity aside, Butch, a former Wisconsin star and the NBA D-League’s 16th-leading scorer at 16.1 ppg, brought his A game to help lead his squad to the W.
Butch got some help on O from Diamon Simpson of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, who chipped in 15 points and Rio Grande Valley’s Mike Harris who finished with 14.
The Iowa Energy’s Earl Barron, who spent parts of three seasons with the Miami Heat from 2005 through 2008, dominated the paint for the East team with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting and Sioux Falls’ Reggie Williams, the D-League’s third-leading scorer with 25.8 ppg, poured in17 points on some pretty wing treys in a losing effort.