Archive for the ‘All-Star Weekend ’08’ Category

I Gulp My Haterade, Care to Join?

February 17, 2008

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This dunk looks great in pictures. Then again, MySpace taught us to know better. (picture from NBA.com)

Cute is for elementary school crushes, puppy dogs on cards, and babies making funny faces at you in grocery store check-out lines.

Cute is not for dunk-contests. At least not NBA ones.

Perhaps I should have seen this coming. With the ever-diminishing age of the players in the league, and with the “rule” of only allowing players in their first three years in the league to participate, it should have been obvious that there would be a fair share of corniness.

But I never expected everyone to buy into it.

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Where Record Breaking Boobies Happen

February 16, 2008

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Boobie for three!

I was all set to post this right after the Rookie/Sophomore Game finished, but when I got to the WordPress login page there was a headline that caught my eye on the “Dashboard.” “Wolverine Movie Cometh” it read. Being a movie freak, and enjoying X-Men as much as the next young adult who grew up watching the cartoon/reading the comic, I followed the link to the article at a blog entitled Illseed. The post was brief, and it basically just chronicled the next installment of the X-Men series.

I decided to poke around the site a little, and I ended up finding something much more intriguing. The author had posted a riddle invented by Einstein. In the set-up, the author claims that the riddle is simple and straightforward but that Einstein stated 98% of people in the world wouldn’t be able to solve it. That hooked me right there, and I spent the next twenty minutes figuring it out. Click the link above to find the riddle, just be sure not to scroll down the page too far because the solution is in the comments.

Anyway, back to my original purpose of re-capping the Rookie/Sophomore Game. Below are my thoughts and observations, bulleted like they’re from Washington pre ’97.

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A Heads Up

February 15, 2008

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Unfortunately, Bird Man will not be in attendance at this year’s game—he could not find a shirt.

With only a few hours remaining before the start of the 2007-08 NBA All-Star Weekend Festivities, I wanted to give you a heads up of what to expect from me these next three nights.

Basically, I will be posting and updating the site after nearly every event (except for the fake ones, like tonight’s Celeb All-Star game for example). I would live-blog, but I don’t have wireless in my house and refuse to buy a 100 foot ethernet cable that would run all the way to my couch. Instead, I’ll just keep a notebook journal and update that.

I look forward to reporting on the usual All-Star weekend shenanigans, so be sure to check back frequently throughout the weekend for my unfiltered opinions and rants.

P.S. Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to everyone. Especially you, Roger Clemens. I wonder if you wore your special red V-Day Panties yesterday or if your panties just turn that color every day from the bleeding mass on your bottom. Either way, I applaud your year-round Valentine’s Day spirit.

Call Me Intrigued

February 4, 2008

Now that the Super Bowl is done, it’s time to turn our attention to more important things.

Like All-Star Weekend. And more specifically, the dunk contest.

With that in mind, check out this link of Jamario Moon, and tell me that this isn’t going to be the best dunk contest since 2000. I’m excited.

Three-Point Shootout Projections

January 30, 2008

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2 in a row?


Before I get to my selections for the Three-Point Shootout (and I promise this is the last one, there will be no Shooting Stars or Skills Competition picking), I just wanted to share this link with you. It takes you to NBA.com’s homepage for the dunk contest, and at the bottom you can see the Top 10 dunks of each contestant’s career. I’m always one for dunk mixtapes, just thought you might enjoy it too.

Now for the choosing. In an effort to reduce monotony from my shoot-out contestant rationale (“he shoots good from deep”), I have decided to switch up the format a little bit. Instead of a paragraph on I have chosen each player, there is simply a YouTube clip. Agree or disagree, but the clips I selected were enough for me to deem the contestants worthy.

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Rookie/Sophomore Game Projections

January 28, 2008

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More All-Star Weekend Predictions (loge via NBA.com)

Having enjoyed the self-empowerment of selecting the All-Star reserves, and with my head still spinning from an unbelievably exciting day in sports yesterday, I have decided to continue my projection of this year’s All-Star Weekend.

The Three-Point Shootout selections will come later in the week, but for now, we start with the Rookie Challenge (also known as the “Rookies have no chance in hell” game).

One more point before my picks—I’m not entirely sure of how the rosters are filled on each team. As far as I can tell, you fill each position with the starting five positions, then just pick the next best four players (with perhaps a little thought to their ability to sub). With that in mind, here are my selections.

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The Should-Be’s and Probably-Will-Nots

January 25, 2008

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One will, and one won’t (pictures via The Sporting Blog)

The NBA All-Star starters were announced yesterday (as well as Doc Rivers being the Eastern Conference coach). Once again, the fans maligned perspective makes for a starting line-up that fails to represent the best talent available in either conference. But that’s nothing new; it happens every year.

Now comes the more interesting part. On the 31 (next Thursday), the reserves for each team will be announced. Seven players (7 players— 2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 center, 2 wild-cards) will be picked by the coaches… and by David Stern. To clarify, David Stern will only select a player if injury does not allow a coaches’ selected reserve to participate. This means that David Stern will have the job of picking a player to replace Tracy McGrady for the West All-Stars, seeing as how T-Mac is once more hurt.

If I were the embodiment of all the NBA coaches for each respective conference (+ David Stern), here’s how my teams would look:

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The Dunk Contest We Would Run

January 19, 2008

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The glory years of the dunk contest… we can bring them back

Late last week, All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest invites started going out. On Saturday, Randy Kim at AOL Sports wrote an article about Jamario Moon’s inclusion, and then yesterday Mike Trudell at Timberwolves.com reported that defending champion Gerald Green accepted his own invitation to participate.

That means that within a few days, half of the participants have already been chosen. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop speculates that Dwight Howard should and will also be included, leaving only one remaining spot.

Don’t get me wrong, seeing Gerald Green and Dwight Howard square off in another dunk contest won’t be so bad, but I’m sick of how the league continues to mishandle a wonderful opportunity for sheer excitement. How can it be so hard to run a fruitful dunk contest when there are so many years of successful models from which to copy?

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Something To Measure Yourself By

January 18, 2008

This will be pretty cool. I spotted this on TrueHoop a few days ago but am only now getting around to linking to it. Apparently, this year’s All-Star Weekend will feature a D-League game of H-O-R-S-E.

If you’re like my friends, you’re pretty sure that you’ve got one or two H-O-R-S-E shots that would baffle even the elite level NBA player (I’m talking to you Phiz). This ought to be a good way to gauge whether or not that’s really true.

After all, if you can’t beat a D-Leaguer in H-O-R-S-E, you can’t beat an NBA player. Unless they’re a Knick. Then you could beat maybe half of them.