LAWS ON THE COURT: All Star Preview 2013
This Friday marks the 2013 NBA All Star Weekend in Houston, Texas. You will see players from different teams compete together West vs. East on Sunday February 17, 2013. The much-anticipated event will be live on TNT for the Americans, and TSN for Canadians.
The celebrity game which happens on Friday for American eyes only, brings together big names and these are just a few: Usain Bolt (Olympic gold medalist); Neyo (R&B Singer); Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games); Trey Songz (R&B Singer/Actor); Common (Rapper/Actor); Ryen Russillo (ESPN Host; Dikembe Mutombo (eight-time NBA All-Star), Clyde Drexler (ten-time NBA All-Star), Sean Elliott (two-time NBA All-Star), and Bruce Bowen (NBA legend). Should be a game full of laughs, and no talent.
Rising Stars, Rookie Game
The Rising Stars, Rookie Game, takes place on Friday. Team Shaq (Shaq O’Neil) vs. Team Chuck (Charles Barkley). Rookies for Team Shaq include: Kyrie Iriving, Andrew Nicholson (Canadian), Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes, and rookies for Team Chuck include: Tristan Thompson (Canadian), Bradley Beal, and Brandon Knight. Some of the rookies featured will also compete in the All Star skill competition on Saturday.
Saturday is when the real fun takes place. Four competitions, will take place Skills Challenge, 3-pt Contest, Shooting Stars, and the Dunk Competition.
Dunk CompetitionFootage from the 2011, Slam Dunk Competition, when Blake Griffin took the crown!
The competition I’m looking most forward to is obviously the Dunk Competition, the vets like Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard will make these new comers, think real hard, bringing something original to the table, isn’t always easy. Terrence Ross, a rookie, of the Toronto Raptors might have something up his sleeve. He amazes everyone in the ACC with his spectacular dunks, let’s hope he brings it to Houston where the lights are bright. Eric Bledsoe, of the L.A. Clippers, may have some help with coming up with a fun, enticing dunk to pull the crowd and judges in. His teammate is none other than the 2011 Slam Dunk Champ, Blake Griffin, who amazed the judges by jumping over a car. Checkmate.
3-pt contest, Kyrie Irving, Steve Novak, and Paul George will be stepping it up against Stephen Curry, Matt Bonnar, and Ryan Anderson. My two favorites going into this would be from the West: Stephen Curry, he’s having one of the best seasons of his career, and I am still dumbfounded at why he wasn’t chosen to be a part of the All Star game on Sunday. The kid is much better than a few of the so-called “All Stars”. From the East: Kyrie Iriving, this rookie, has surpassed anyone’s expectations with the year he’s having.
Everyone knows it will either be Jeremy Lin or Tony Parker who win the skills competition. Though Brandon Knight may give them both a run for their money. Past winners of this competition are: Tony Parker (2012), Stephen Curry (2011), and Steve Nash (2010).
A lot of people don’t know what the Shooting Stars Competition is so in a nice brief summary, I will give you the inside scoop. This contest features (1) current NBA player, (1) current WNBA player, and (1) NBA legend. There are 6 different spots in which each team has to make all shots in a numeric order, in the fastest time. Each shot must be made before the next player is allowed to shoot. Each team has up to two minutes to complete the entire course.
Seems simple enough right; they’ll make it look easy. The team representing the Western Conference, James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Current NBA players), Maya Moore and Tina Thompson (Current WNBA players) and Sam Cassell and Robert Horry (NBA Legends). The team representing the Eastern Conference, Chris Bosh and Brook Lopez (Current NBA players), Swin Cash and Tamika Catchings (Current WNBA players), and Dominique Wilkins and Muggsy Bogues (NBA Legends). I really don’t know who will take this one, but I am hoping it’s none other than old teammates Westbrook and Harden.
Sunday is where all the bragging rights come into play with a starting roster for the Western Conference: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Stacked much? Eastern Conference players are: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett, and more than likely Kyrie Iriving to replaced the injured Rajon Rondo.
Enjoy the all-star weekend, and let me know your thoughts, tweet me @heyitscocomo! I follow back!
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