Monday, February 27, 2012

Boomer's Recap of the NBA All-Star Weekend

Wow, what a full weekend of hoops, now here is Boomer, with the recap of what was the 2012 NBA All-Star weekend.

Friday Night you got a preview of what the NBA (could) look like in the next 10-12 years. The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge was a unique way of showing off the Rookie's and 2nd year players, as Team Chuck came out on top over Team Shaq, 146 to 133. Kyrie Irving (from THE CLEVELAND CAVS) was named the MVP of the game, Irving scored 34 points and made all EIGHT of his 3 point attempts. From what I watched, it looks like there is plenty of young talent in the NBA for years to come.

Kyrie Irving with his MVP trophy
Saturday Night NBA fans in Orlando and around the world were entertained with the NBA All-Star Shooting Stars Competitions. Here are the results from those events, some were fun to watch (Three Point Contest) others are in need of some serious re-booting (SLAM DUNK CONTEST).

Haier Shooting Stars Competition

City/StateMembersTeamFirst roundFinal round
New YorkLandry FieldsNew York Knicks38.737.3
Cappie PondexterNew York Liberty
Allan HoustonNew York Knicks (retired)
TexasChandler ParsonsHouston Rockets42.747.6
Sophia YoungSan Antonio Silver Stars
Kenny SmithHouston Rockets (retired)
AtlantaJerry StackhouseREPAtlanta Hawks55.3 —
Lindsey HardingAtlanta Dream
Steve SmithAtlanta Hawks (retired)
Joe JohnsonINJAtlanta Hawks
OrlandoJameer NelsonOrlando Magic1:04 —
Marie Ferdinand-HarrisPhoenix Mercury
Dennis ScottOrlando Magic (retired)

Team New York with their Haier Shooting Stars trophy

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Pos.PlayerTeamHeightWeightFirst roundFinal round
GTony ParkerSan Antonio Spurs6-218029.232.8
GRajon RondoREPBoston Celtics6-118632.834.6
GDeron WilliamsNew Jersey Nets6-320928.341.4
GJohn WallWashington Wizards6-419532.8
GRussell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder6-318733.8
GKyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers6-319142.2
GStephen CurryINJGolden State Warriors6-3185
Tony Parker with his Taco Bell Skills Challenge trophy

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

Pos.PlayerTeamHeightWeightFirst roundTiebreaker
(24 seconds)
Final roundTiebreaker
(60 seconds)
FKevin LoveMinnesota Timberwolves6-102601851617
FKevin DurantREPOklahoma City Thunder6-9235201614
FJames JonesMiami Heat6-82152212
GMario ChalmersMiami Heat6-2190184
FRyan AndersonOrlando Magic6-1024017
GAnthony MorrowNew Jersey Nets6-521014
GJoe JohnsonINJAtlanta Hawks6-7240
Kevin Love with his Foot Locker Three-Point Contest trophy

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

FChase BudingerHouston Rockets6-721828%
FJeremy EvansREPUtah Jazz6-919429%
G/FPaul GeorgeIndiana Pacers6-8215
FDerrick WilliamsMinnesota Timberwolves6-8241
GIman ShumpertINJNew York Knicks6-5220
Jeremy Evans with his Sprite Slam Dunk Contest trophy
61st NBA All-Star Game

And now for the actual NBA All-Star game played last night. For the most part it was a game of high flying dunks and wide open 3-pointers, with some sort of defense down the stretch during "Money Time". The winners this year came from the West with the aid of the games MVP Kevin Durant (36 points) and now All-Time points leader in All-Star history, Kobe Bryant (27 points) to hang on to beat Lebron's (36 points) East squad, 152 to 149. Overall, I watched the whole 1st quarter and the majority of the 4th quarter, just to watch :) Lebron again, lose in the closing seconds. I mean, come on its the All-Star Game and TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager (nice suit by the way) is asking LBJ questions afterwards, as if he just lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals. To the winners goes $50,000 a piece to each player and for being a loser, well you got a nice 25K as well. 

Check out the Box Score

Kevin Durant with his All-Star Game MVP award
A preview of what to expect come June? Stay tune...

Well, folks that wraps up the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend down in Orlando, FL, who's got their tickets booked for next seasons NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas?