The festivities kicked off Friday night with the Celebrity basketball game with huge stars such as Carrot Top, Jamie Kennedy, Chris Tucker and David Arquette to name a few. Ok, just give me a second, you see, i'm a little bit star struck...David Arquette...the same guy who was in such inspirational films such as "See Spot Run" and "Ready to Rumble". Anyway, the Western All-Stars defeated the Eastern All-Stars easily,40-21. Thanks to a 14 point effort from Access Hollywood's Tony Potts who was named MVP. An actual athlete was injured in the game, during the 3rd quarter, Saints Rookie running back, Reggie Bush, slightly sprained his ankle when he went for a block and rolled it when he landed. New Orleans, breathe easy, he is fine and he just needed to ice it for awhile.
Here's the full list of the "celebrities" that played.
David Arquette (“In Case of Emergency”)
Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile)
Nelly (Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist)
Taye Diggs (Rent, Chicago)
Jamie Kennedy (“Jamie Kennedy Experiment”)
Bobby Flay (“Throwdown with Bobby Flay”)--who??
LaDainian Tomlinson (NFL’s San Diego Chargers)
Carrot Top (comedian) --they use that term extremely lightly.
Chris Tucker (comedian)
Katie Smith (WNBA’s Detroit Shock)
Coach: Tim Legler, ESPN analyst
Asst. Coach – James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
James Denton ("Desperate Housewives")
Reggie Bush (NFL’s New Orleans Saints)
Donald Faison (“Scrubs”)
Bow Wow (Roll Bounce)
Tony Potts (co-anchor of “Access Hollywood”)
Nick Cannon (Bobby)
Jonathan Silverman (“In Case of Emergency”)--again, I ask, who??
Tamika Catchings (WNBA’s Indiana Fever)
Coach: Greg Anthony, ESPN
Asst. Coach – Wayne Newton (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
Next up was the Rookie Challenge, the Rookies vs the Sophomores. The game much like years in the past, was filled with absolutely no defense whatsoever, quick shots and unrealistic scores. The Sophomores defeated the Rookies handily once again, 155-114. This score was among many records that were broken Friday night, along with the 155 points put up by the Sophomores, Chris Paul broke the record with his 17 assists, the 77 point first half the Sophomores had was a record,etc. The MVP was awarded to the Knicks, David Lee. Lee went 14/14 from the field, 30 pts overall and 11 rebounds.
Rookies: Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams, Paul Milsap, Adam Morrison, Randy Foye, Jorge Garbajosa, Jordan Farmar, Andrea Bargnani and Brandon Roy.
Sophomores: Andrew Bogut, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bynum, Raymond Felton, Danny Granger, David Lee and Luther Head.
Coaches: Mike O'Koren(WAS) and Mike Lavaroni(PHX)
I must admit, I missed everything but the Slam Dunk contest, I lost track of time when I was watching my new dvd, season 1 of "Full House".
Saturday night had a full schedule, with the much anticipated race between Charles Barkley and 67 year old Dick Bavetta, the three point contest, the skills competition and the Slam Dunk contest. The shenanigans started off with the race between Chuck and Dick(sounds like we got a sitcom...) They had to run from one baseline to the other three and a half times. My money was on Bavetta, but Chuck did beat him, in fact he ran the last half of the race running backwards, until he came tumbling down and shook the entire West Coast.
After that thrilling race had ended it was time for the three-point contest in which the participants were Jason Kapono(MIA), Gilbert Arenas(WAS), Damon Jones(CLE), Dirk Nowitzki(DAL), Mike Miller(MEM) and Jason Terry(DAL). Jason Kapono tied a record when he had 24 points in the final round and was able to at last Gilbert Arenas and took home the trophy.
The Skills competition is by far my favorite of the events, and of course I missed it. Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade took home the PlayStation Skills Challenge title for the second straight year, posting a final-round time of 26.4, almost half the time it took Kobe Bryant. Here's a look at what Wade did to win.
And finally the 2007 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, this was just embarrassing, i'm sorry but Michael Jordan is a horrible judge. He wouldn't give a ten much less a nine on the most innovative dunk I have ever seen(coming from a life long Vince Carter fan) and yet he gave a ten to Gerald Green in the final round when all he did was do a "Carter one-handed Windmill" over a two foot table. That might sound like an impressive dunk, and it would have been, if he hadn't done the exact same thing the round before but instead of a 2 ft table he used 5'7" Nate Robinson to jump over. Dwight Howard was robbed, now i'm not saying he would have beaten Gerald Green in the finals who i'm not knocking, he is a great dunker but Howard's "sticker"dunk was amazing. D-Ho as a certain Magic Fan likes to call him, jumped up and did what appeared to be one handed dunk, but he then pointed at the backboard where a sticker of Howard's face was all the way at the top. Dwight Howard dunked the ball, stuck a sticker 12 ft 6 inches high(it was measured by teammate, Jameer Nelson) all in one jump and yet he didn't get a pefect score...in fact good ole' Michael Jordan gave it just an 8. Bullshit...that dunk was awesome.
Tonight is going to be the All-Star game which I will probably miss the a little bit, it's an all-new Family Guy tonight cuz, that's how I roll.
All in all, I think the All-Star game in Las Vegas was a success, I mean, no one was arrested, killed, extorted or bankrupt...well I don't know about that last one, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are working overtime to achieve that one.