Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 NBA All-Star Weekend

     LIVE FROM ORLANDO, FL FEB. 24-26, 2012
                           ANWAY CENTER

The NBA All-Star Weekend is this weekend, and there is plenty of basketball action for you to check out. I will give you a brief preview of the weekend events, from the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (Friday),  the Skills Competitions (Saturday), and the 2012 NBA All-Star Game (Sunday).

The Rookie/Sophomore Game is a little different this season. In years past the Rookies of the NBA would take on the second-year (Sophomore) guys from the league. Instead, this season's game, the players were "drafted" on two different teams mixing the rookies/sophomores up. The two guys that were selected to pick from the players pool, you guessed it Shaq (Team Shaq) and Charles Barkley (Team Chuck). This game should be fun to watch the young guys of the league show off their talents and skills. Tune in at 9 PM on TNT Friday Night to catch the action.

Team Chuck

PlayerTeamPos.Ht.Wt.Home CountryExp
MarShon BrooksNew JerseyG-F6-5200Providence/USAR
DeMarcus CousinsSacramentoC6-11270Kentucky/USA1
Paul GeorgeIndianaG-F6-8215Fresno State/USA1
Gordon HaywardUtahF6-8210Butler/USA1
Kyrie IrvingClevelandG6-3191Duke/USAR
Kawhi LeonardSan AntonioG-F6-7225San Diego State/USAR
Tiago SplitterSan AntonioF-C6-11240Saski Baskonia/Brazil1
Evan TurnerPhiladelphiaG-F6-7205Ohio State/USA1
John WallWashingtonG6-4195Kentucky/USA1
Derrick WilliamsMinnesotaF6-8241Arizona/USAR

Team Shaq
PlayerTeamPos.Ht.Wt.Home CountryExp
Norris ColeMiamiG6-2175Cleveland St/USAR
Landry FieldsNew YorkG6-7210Stanford/USA1
Blake GriffinL.A. ClippersF6-10251Oklahoma/USA1
Brandon KnightDetroitG6-3189Kentucky/USAR
Jeremy LinNew YorkG6-3300Harvard/USAR
Greg MonroeDetroitC6-11250Georgetown/USA1
Markieff MorrisPhoenixF6-10245Kansas/USAR
Ricky RubioMinnesotaG6-4180FC Barcelona/SpainR
Tristan ThompsonClevelandF6-9227Texas/USAR
Kemba WalkerCharlotteG6-1172Connecticut/USAR

Saturday's festivities always are entertaining and allows the participates to show off their talents, while the REST of the talented NBA All-Star players sit on the sideline in their flashy swag, with that look of, "Hey! Look At Me, I'm Awesome!" You can tune in at 8 PM Saturday and catch plenty of basketball action, minus an actual game.

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

G/FPaul GeorgeIndiana Pacers6-8215
FJeremy EvansREP2Utah Jazz6-9194
FChase BudingerHouston Rockets6-7218
FDerrick WilliamsMinnesota Timberwolves6-8241

^REP2 Jeremy Evans was named Iman Shumpert's replacement.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Pos.PlayerTeamHeightWeightFirst roundFinal round
FJames JonesMiami Heat6-8215
FRyan AndersonOrlando Magic6-10240
GMario ChalmersMiami Heat6-2190
GJoe JohnsonINJAtlanta Hawks6-7240
FKevin DurantREPOklahoma City Thunder6-9235
FAnthony MorrowNew Jersey Nets6-5210
FKevin LoveMinnesota Timberwolves6-10260
^INJ Joe Johnson was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Kevin Durant was named as Joe Johnson's replacement.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Pos.PlayerTeamHeightWeightFirst roundFinal round
GStephen CurryGolden State Warriors6-3185
GRussell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder6-3187
GJohn WallWashington Wizards6-4195
GDeron WilliamsNew Jersey Nets6-3209
GKyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers6-3191
GTony ParkerSan Antonio Spurs6-2180

Haier Shooting Stars Competition

City/StateMembersTeamFirst roundFinal round
AtlantaJoe JohnsonAtlanta Hawks
Lindsey HardingAtlanta Dream
Steve SmithAtlanta Hawks (retired)
TexasChandler ParsonsHouston Rockets
Sophia YoungSan Antonio Silver Stars
Kenny SmithHouston Rockets (retired)
OrlandoJameer NelsonOrlando Magic
Marie Ferdinand-HarrisPhoenix Mercury
Dennis ScottOrlando Magic (retired)
New YorkLandry FieldsNew York Knicks
Cappie PondexterNew York Liberty
Allan HoustonNew York Knicks (retired)
The 61st NBA All-Star Game


Western Conference All-Stars
PosPlayerTeamNo. of selectionsVotes
GChris PaulLos Angeles Clippers5th1,138,743
GKobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers14th1,555,479
FKevin DurantOklahoma City Thunder3rd1,345,566
FBlake GriffinLos Angeles Clippers2nd876,451
CAndrew BynumLos Angeles Lakers1st1,051,945
FLaMarcus AldridgePortland Trail Blazers1st
CMarc GasolMemphis Grizzlies1st
FKevin LoveMinnesota Timberwolves2nd
GSteve NashPhoenix Suns8th
FDirk NowitzkiDallas Mavericks11th
GTony ParkerSan Antonio Spurs4th
GRussell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder2nd
Head coachScott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Eastern Conference All-Stars
PosPlayerTeamNo. of selectionsVotes
GDerrick RoseChicago Bulls3rd1,514,723
GDwyane WadeMiami Heat8th1,334,223
FLeBron JamesMiami Heat8th1,360,680
FCarmelo AnthonyNew York Knicks5th1,041,290
CDwight HowardOrlando Magic6th1,600,390
FChris BoshMiami Heat7th
FLuol DengChicago Bulls1st
CRoy HibbertIndiana Pacers1st
GAndre IguodalaPhiladelphia 76ers1st
GJoe JohnsonINJAtlanta Hawks6th
FPaul PierceBoston Celtics10th
GRajon RondoREPBoston Celtics3rd
GDeron WilliamsNew Jersey Nets3rd
Head coachTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls)
^INJ Joe Johnson was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Rajon Rondo was named as Joe Johnson's replacement.