March 2, 2012

NBA All-Star Weekend 2012

The first day of the NBA’s all star weekend was Friday February 24th. This day had two main events, the celebrity game, and the Rising Stars Challenge. The two coaches for the celebrity game were Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant. Dwight Howard's team won in a blowout. The game included; Ne-Yo, Vinny Guadagnino, and Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart ended up winning the Celebrity game MVP. The two teams of the Rising Stars game were Team Chuck, and Team Shaq. Team Chuck was coached by NBA legend Charles Barkley, and Team Shaq was coached by future hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neil. Team Chuck won the game 146 to 133. Team Chuck won because of their high shooting percentage. The second day of all star weekend was Saturday February 25th. This days main events were Haier Shooting Stars Challenge, the Taco Bell Skill Challenges, the Footlocker Three Point competition and the Sprite Dunk Contest. The teams for the Shooting Stars are made up of one former NBA player, one current NBA player, and one current WNBA player that all play in the same state. The winning team in the Haier Shooting stars was team New York. Team New York was made up by Landry Fields (a current nba player), Allan Houston (an NBA legend), and Cappie Pondexter (a WNBA player). The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is a competition for point guards that tests their passing, dribbling, and shooting. It starts out by a player taking a layup. Then the player has to chest pass through a set of skinny rings. They then dribble through a set of cones. Directly after the cones they must bounce pass a ball through another set of rings. Fifth they must make a fifteen foot jump shot. They then must preform an accurate outlet pass before continuing the the course. After dribbling through a second set of cones they finish the course by making a layup. The challenge was won by Tony Parker, a point guard who plays for the San Antonio Spurs. After the skills challenge there was the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. The Three-Point Contest has 5 ball racks each one with five balls. A player has 60 seconds to make as many three pointers as they can. The first 4 balls on each rack count as one point while the fifth ball counts as two. The contestants were; Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, James Jones, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Morrow, and Mario Chalmers. The final round was between the Kevin Love, and Kevin Durant. Kevin love came out on top. The final event of the night was the Sprite Dunk Contest. The dunk contests contestants were; Jeremy Evans (replacing the injured Iman Shumpert), Derrick Williams, Chase Budinger and Paul George. Highlight dunks included a lights off glow in the dark slam, dunking two balls at once, jumping over P-diddy and jumping over Kevin Hart. The winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was Jeremy Evans. Sunday, February 26th was the final day of NBA All-Star weekend. The All-Star Game takes place then. The All-Star game is like any other game except for the fact that the best players in the league play in it. The starters for the Eastern Conference were, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard. The starters for the Western Conference were, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The West led the game from start to finish, but it still was still close down to the end. Like all All-Star games it was a little defense with a lot of high flying offense. At some points in the game it seemed like a shoot out between the East’s Lebron James and the West’s Kevin Durant. Many analyzers said that the All-Star game MVP race mirrored the regular season MVP race. That is because the MVP was either going to be Kevin Durant or Lebron James depending on who’s team won. In the end it was a victory for the West with Kevin Durant winning the MVP award. The final score of the game was the West with 152 and the East with 149. All-Star weekend is meant to give players a time to relax and NBA fans a time to watch their favorite players play against one another.

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