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NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: February 25th, 2012 | 0 Comments

We are half way into the NBA season and that means it is time for the All Star Weekend. The events begin tonight with new Rising Star Challenge with coaches Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Team Shaq stars last year’s Rookie of Year winner Blake Griffin and Team Chuck is highlighted by number one overall pick Kyrie Irving. Unlike previous years, players do not need to be in their rookie or sophomore year to participate which has allowed NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin to play. Expect the game to be full of highlight reel plays and plenty of Lin puns from the announcers.

NBA All Star Game Blake Griffin Dunk 2011

Blake Griffin wins the 2011 Dunk Contest by jumping over a car!

Saturday is has all of the skills events to look forwards to. It begins with the Haier Shooting Stars Challenge which puts current and retired NBA players with a WNBA player to represent their city in a shoot-off. This year has teams from Orlando, Atlanta, New York, and Texas. That event is followed by the Taco Bell Skills which takes some of the best NBA point guards and times them as they go through an obstacle course filled with passing, shooting, and dribbling sections. The third event is the three point contest which will test last year’s champ Jon Jones against NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kevin Love.

Saturday’s biggest draw is the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Last set a record number of votes as Blake Griffin took home the trophy with his dunk over a car. This year is filled with new faces that all have something to prove. Expect some big dunks out these future all stars.

Sunday night will feature the 61st annual NBA All Star game in Orlando, Florida. The Western Conference All-stars will look to defend their win from last year with the returning All-Star MVP Kobe Bryant. The Eastern Conference brings last year’s NBA MVP Derrick Rose in hope of adding another win in this annual rivalry. Looking at the rosters, it would seem that the West has a deeper team but don’t count out the play makers on the East. From the West, you can expect Kobe to take way too many shots and Blake Griffin will likely throw down a few dunks that seem impossible. With the East, expect LeBron and Wade’s year playing together to show with highlight reel dunks and crazy assists. Also expect a big game out of Dwight Howard since this could be one of his last games in an Orlando Magic jersey. Overall, you can expect to see both teams put up huge scores with little to no defensive effort.

East Starters
G – Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls
G – Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat
F – LeBron James – Miami Heat
F – Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks
C – Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic

West Starters
G – Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
G – Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
F – Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
F – Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers
C – Andrew Bynum – Los Angeles Lakers