How the West was Won!

Posted on February 26, 2012


The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend is officially in the books and while some events fell short, the All-Star game lived up to the hype.

I will admit that after the slam dunk contest on Saturday night I wasn’t sure what to expect, then I remembered why the contest sucked; there weren’t any All-Star players participating in the contest. Is it just me or were those dunks lame? I’m going to go with lame for 500. No flare…no dazzle…no authenticity…just lame. Next year, instead of putting on a boring show they should just hire the And1 team to entertain us because I won’t be sitting through anymore contest like this one.

Fans tune in to see their favorite players get loose on the rim. We don’t care about Jeremy Evans on game day and we don’t care about him during the All-Star break. Disgruntled viewers expressed their disgust with David Stern on Facebook and Twitter and suggested that the league should somehow offer more incentives to increase player participation.

I’m not sure if that will work but something has to give. It’s an honor to be elected to the game by fans but we can’t force players to participate in the events leading up to it.

Moving On!

The Amway Center in Orlando was rocking on Sunday as the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences faced off. The game started off a little slow but it picked up and by the 4th quarter the competition was clearly on. All of the dunks that we missed on Saturday showed up in a high-flying match up that featured the most points scored in {a non-overtime} All-Star game.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant showed us why the Oklahoma City Thunder holds the number one spot in the western rankings. Durant took home the MVP trophy finishing with 36 points and seven rebounds while Kobe put up 27 points to pass Michael Jordan as the No. 1 scorer in the history of the All-Star game. Blake Griffin also joined Jordan and LeBron after he put up a triple double; he finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

There wasn’t much defense but who are we kidding? It’s not about that!

The guys had fun playing, fans were entertained, D.Wade bloodied Kobe’s nose, Dwight Howard could be staying in Orlando and LeBron still can’t win a game in the 4th quarter even if it’s just for bragging rights.

Oops did I just say that? Yes I did…that my friends is how the West was Won!