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The Circus around the NBA All-Star Game, NFL and MLB as well!

My mild version of a weekly rant!

I wanted to do a post after the wonderful NFL pro bowl game that we had but I decided to hold off and save my energy for a later date. I wish you could hear the sarcasm in my voice, that was one of the worst pro bowls/all-star games ever, what an embarrassment for the NFL, luckily for them it’s after the season.

After watch this year’s NBA All-Star game and the somewhat sub-par events surrounding the over hyped party this past weekend with performances by Chris Brown and Pitbull it makes we wonder, are these so called best of the best events even needed and necessary?

In baseball a few years back the game was tied and going way deep into extra innings and players and pitchers were getting worn out, players were pitching that weren’t even pitchers, talk was going back and forth during the game about calling the game. But as we all know the MLB All-Star has the World Series home field on the line that in itself is another debate that most people don’t agree with.

The NBA All-Star game has no offense and is weak example of a pick-up game at your local downtown park.
The slam dunk contest has turned into who has the best prop, not so much who has the best dunk. The dunk started out as a play that is allowed during a real NBA game that is a flashy way. So why not put these exiting plays into a contest, but as time has went by its turned into a fake example of what can really be done in a game.

Now the talk is about how they can get big NBA stars in the dunk contest, like paying them.
It just really all seems silly to me, just a little!

The older I’m getting the less I even care about these events and All-Star circus.
They should just have the All-Stars picked and each one given a trophy and enjoy the break with some rest so they can get well for the second half f the season, the thing that really matters.

But the bottom line is there is a lot of money in these events and the reality is their not going away because the leagues make too much money hold these water downed, getting old sporting events.

But just because they hold them doesn’t mean we have to watch them. Now I do understand that if your favorite team has a player in these circus games you want to tune in.

But even still if you’re a Suns fan and you tune and care for the 19 minutes that Steve Nash plays what’s the point.

Bottom line is more about hype and in the end nothing rather than substance!
I do know that there are a lot of people who like and want these All-Star games but as a whole for you younger folks, there just not what they use to be.

What do you think? Let us hear it!

I feel a little better now, my rant was a lot louder after the NFL pro bowl game, but I lost some steam for a complete blow up!

-Bobby Charts

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Fantasy Basketball at its Finest

It’s Monday. That’s the time for us to get back to our normal lives. Some of us have classes, some of us have dull meetings at work that we must get to. Monday is usually all about getting back into the groove of your weekly duties. Especially after having a mind-blowing weekend. People usually have an abhorrence for Mondays–this is ten fold for me after All Star weekend.

This is the best weekend in sports to me. All Star festivities are amazing–if you’ve ever been you would know. I went in 2001 when the All Star game was in D.C. That’s when my passion for basketball really started to kindle. My father took me downtown and we had a blast. It was probably the best time of my life in my early childhood. I was only 9 years old at the time and I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan. We all know that’s not happening, but I’m grateful that the sport sparked my passion to be a thinker and a writer.

There is no better picture in sports than all of the best NBA players collaborating on one floor. It keeps the fans integrated into the process–to a fault at times–and makes us love the game even more. In recent years the dunk contest has been a failure, but people will still tune in because of the tradition. These things have so much meaning to basketball fans everywhere. The three point competition, the skills challenge recently, the dunk contest, the rookie/soph game–now the Rising Stars Challenge–epitomize what the fans want to see.

That weekend is more than a break, its a time where we can step back and look at how far the game has come. We can step away from the business part and look at the history of the game. We did that especially this weekend–there were some moments that were big in All Star game history. You had Kobe playing in his 14th all-star game–which isn’t a record but is astounding. Kevin Durant and LeBron James pushed almost broke Wilt Chamberlains scoring record of 42 points. Each man was six points away. Bryant had eclipsed Michael Jordan in scoring points in an all-star game, Chase Budinger recreated Cedric Ceballos’ blindfolded dunk, and this was the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson’s return from his HIV virus.

This is the only time we’ll be able to see Russell Westbrook thrive as a shooting guard slashing to the rim. Steve Nash gave him a pin point laser pass that was about 60 feet across the floor. LeBron James won the dunk contest last night all the while going 6-7 from three-point range. By the way, Andre Iguodala placed a close second. Westbrook could’ve received honorable mention, but John Wall had been doing too much work on the rim the previous nights before.

This is the only time we’ll be able to see Rajon Rondo running with athletes. Possibly the only time for the rest of the year we’ll be able to see a few Boston Celtics involved in a game that goes over 96 points. Rondo gave LeBron James an awesome feed for an alley-oop from a little bit above the half court line. Chris Bosh received a few excellent feeds from Rondo too.

By the way, Boston and Miami working together is something else.

Blake Griffin murdered the rim with his powerful dunks. I didn’t believe that man could jump that high, but his head was well above the rim. He probably could’ve taken a bite out of it on all of his dunks. I lost count at about 5 but if I had to guess it would be around 8.

Dwight Howard–after playing a wonderful host all weekend–was dunked on about 3 times in a row. We’ll never see that again.

Kevin Durant was given the MVP after a 36 point outing. He deserved the award–I was proud of Durant because of him being from my area. I connect with him the most because I know some of the struggles that he has gone through. I have been through some of them and I know people who have gone through similar things. When saying that winning that MVP was a childhood dream he meant it; I’m glad he’ll be able to bring that home.

These games just make us wonder what it would be like to get all of these guys on the same team. They have no chemistry together, but yet they already know each other’s tendencies. What if Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James all played on the same team? What if Rondo had some elite athletes around him? What if Russell Westbrook played the shooting guard position with a point guard like Steve Nash or Chris Paul as his backcourt teammate?

Basketball is just so fun. There are things that these guys can do that no one else can. I hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.

Here are some of my favorite moments of the weekend.

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A Suggestion For The NBA All-Star Weekend

The NBA All-Star weekend has concluded and the Western Conference pulled off the 152-149 win over the homestanding Eastern Conference team. The excitement was incredible, especially during the fourth quarter. But what was even more exciting was the dunks that were in this game. LeBron was throwing down dunks with tremendous force and so was Blake Griffin. Seeing these incredible athletes rattle the rim gave me an idea of how to spice up NBA All-Star weekend for next year.

I believe the NBA should find a way to bring the big-time stars into the Slam Dunk competition. No offense to the guys that competed this year, but Jeremy Evans compared to LeBron James is a no-brainer. Fans would be thrilled to see the stars compete on the big stage. After all, Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan used to compete in the contest even though they were accomplished stars. So why can’t these stars do the same? I believe that the fans are let down when the stars bow out of events and lesser name guys are competing.

So, my message is simple and it is directed to Mr. David Stern and the rest of the stars of the NBA. Get your butts in the Slam Dunk contest stars. The dunk contest needs you. Stern, make it worth their while. Throw a bonus in there for the winner like you do for the winning team in the All-Star game. Commissioner, if you cannot get stars to compete in the Slam Dunk contest, then I think that you should get rid of the contest altogether. It’s gotten worse every year and it will not get any better.

What are your thoughts on how to make the Dunk Contest better sports fans? Who would you like to see in it? I know I would love to see Westbrook, LeBron and Blake Griffin duel against each other.

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NBA All Star 2012! “The Rundown”

I guess it’s that time of year again! NBA Fans across the globe are all geared up for NBA All Star Weekend 2012. From the Rising Stars Challenge to the NBA Slam Dunk contest this weekend never disappoints. If you glance below you can get a closer look at what’s going on in Orlando this NBA All Star Weekend.

Friday February 24, 2012  the festivities begin with the Sprint Celebrity Game.

Participants: (R&B Singer) Neyo, (Rapper) Common, (Curb Your Enthusiasm) JB Smoove, (Actor, “Jersey Shore’s”) Vinny Guadagnino, (Comedian/Actor) Kevin Hart, (“The Voice”) Javier Colon, (“Property Brothers) Drew and Jonathan Scott, (“Greys Anatomy”) Jesse Williams, (NBA Legend) Mitch Richmond, (4x NBA All Star) Penny Hardaway, (NBA Legend) Nick Anderson, (2011 WNBA MVP) Tamika Catchings, (ESPN’s) Doug Gottlieb

The Sprint Celebrity Game Coaches: Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard and Reigning NBA Scoring Champion Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also, Friday night the NBA Rising Star Challenge will display some of the top young talent in the NBA (Rookies and Sophomores). This Year teams were selected by the coaches, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and 4 Time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal.

#Team  SHAQ:

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats

Markeiff Morris, Phoenix Suns

Landry Fields, New York Knicks

Norris Cole, Miami Heat

Brandan Knight, Detroit Pistons

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

And, on the opposing bench is none other than……………………………………

#Team CHUCK

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacremento Kings

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Marshon Brooks, New Jersey Nets

John Wall, Washington Wizards

Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz

Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs

Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers

Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

*That rounds out the Festivities for Friday Night

Saturday February 25, 2012

Haier Shooting Stars Challenge: Teams and players from the NBA as well as the WNBA get together for bragging rights in this remarkable jump shooting challenge.

Teams/Participants:

Team Orlando: Orlando Magic Guard Jameer Nelson, WNBA All Star Mary Ferdinand-Harris, and former Orlando Magic Forward Dennis Scott

Team Atlanta: Atlanta Hawks Guard Joe Johnson, WNBA Atlanta Dreams Lindsey Harding, and NBATV Analyst and Former Atlanta Hawks Guard Steve Smith

Team New York: New York Knicks Guard Landry Fields, 4x WNBA All Star of the New York Liberty Cappie Pondexter, and Former New York Knick great Allan Houston

Team Texas: Houston Rockets Rookie Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young of the San Antonio Stars WNBA, and Two Time NBA Champion and Former Houston Rockets Guard Kenny “The Jet” Smith

*Followng the Haier Shooting Star Challenge will be the Taco Bell Skll Competition get ready for this tremendous showcase of ballhandling skills, passing technique, and clock management.

Participants:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

John Wall, Washington Wizards

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

*Note: Reigning Champ Stephen Curry will not participate.

After the Skills Competition, will be none other than the guys that like to make the long distance calls you guessed it the Foot Locker 3 Point Shootout!

Participants:

Reigning Champion: James Jones, Miami Heat

Anthony Morrow, New Jersey Nets

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic

Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

*Joe Johnson will not compete Kevin Durant will take his place in three point shootout

After we have been dazzled by the trey ball we can feast our eyes on the highlight of the evening none other than the Sprite Slam Dunk Competition.

*Although reigning slam dunk champion Blake Griffin will not participate along with New York Knicks Roookie Guard Iman Shumpert

Participants:

Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz

Chase Budinger, Houston Rockets

*Also this year there is a new Dunk Contest format that has been placed into effect

Sunday February 25, 2012

Sprint Pre-Game Concert:

Before the All Star game will be a concert performing live will be Grammy Award Winning Artist J. Cole, Also performing will be Acapella great Pentatonix, also up and coming star Kayla Brianna will be performing, Lastly Neon Hitch will hit the stage.

*Following the concert will be the tip-off of the All Star Game!

61st NBA ALL STAR GAME!!!

East Starters:

Lebron James, Miami Heat

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Reserves:

Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76es

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

*Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls)

West Starters:

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers

Reserves:

Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

*Head Coach: Scotty Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder)

NBA All Star Weekend 2012 is coming your way this weekend! I LOVE THIS GAME!

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