February 18, 2006

My All-Star fun has peaked.: A 7 footer wins the 3-point competition, and a 5'-9"er wins the slam dunks. Welcome to the new NBA, home of the versatile player.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:04 PM - 23 comments

i like watching big guys who can handle the ball and are good shooters from the outside. however, if they can't play tough d during the playoffs, they are not going to help their teams advance deep into the playoffs. 2 members of the all-nba defensive team, duncan and ben wallace, led their teams into the finals by patrolling the lane and forcing teams to beat them on the outside

posted by erkno11 at 10:48 PM on February 18, 2006

Holy cow. Of course, always NBA-reliable CCTV-5 decided to televise boxing today instead of any of these events. BitTorrent, don't fail me now.

posted by geekyguy at 11:11 PM on February 18, 2006

damn, don't know what i was thinking about on the topic of this post. i tried hard to watch all of the festivities. it was pretty hard. i thought the dunk contest was a little better this year. i get tired of all the chances they get to complete a dunk. i thought robinson's dunk over webb was awesome. nowitzki represented well and proves some big men have an outside shot. and ray allen has the sweetest shooting stroke i have ever seen

posted by erkno11 at 11:50 PM on February 18, 2006

Lets see...isn't this how it is for ALL sporting events...the festivities leading up to the big event are huge, but the game is a stinker...I for one will be watching "O Brother Where Art Thou" on TBS tomorrow at 7... But still, look at baseball. The Derby is WAAAAY more fun than the actual game (no matter what Bud says, the Derby is loads better), and NOBODY really watches the Pro Bowl (I only did b/c there wasn't anything else on)...and Hockey...man, wow, I don't know what to say there...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 12:37 AM on February 19, 2006

The NBA is fading as fast as the sunset. No one cares about the All-Star weekend. I was pissed that TNT went from the Busch race at Daytona to 4 guys talking about the All-Star weekend. Especially after the race ended in a multi-car crash where they could have had a ton of great interviews. But Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, they had to go to 4 guys talking about nothing for 25 minutes. No one gives a rats ass about the NBA All-Star weekend. Why? Because most of the stars are at home or sitting on the sidelines watching. Piss on TNT.

posted by dbt302 at 01:00 AM on February 19, 2006

As "coach" I am wondering what David Stern and the rest of the wheels at the NBA thought when they scheduled all star weekend on "THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE" weekend. I guess they just wanted their ratings to go down so they could complain and try to find another super-star to try and lead them back to some respectability. Not much of an NBA fan, though I might have watched the game if it had come on before church and not RACE weekend.

posted by coach at 06:07 AM on February 19, 2006

I'm happy. At least a Knick player can win at something.

posted by dyams at 07:43 AM on February 19, 2006

Nate Robinsons win will be the highlight of the Knicks season and will probably earn him an endorsement deal somewhere.

posted by doggstarr at 07:51 AM on February 19, 2006

Some of you guys always come up negatave about any thing. Is that how you get your kicks? Come on, these are talented people, they entertain those of us who need to think about something other than people getting killed or druggies hurting inocents in order to get money to make a "buy". GET A LIFE!

posted by westcoast at 12:31 PM on February 19, 2006

For someone harping on negativity, if all you do is sit around all day thinking about people getting killed or "druggies hurting inocents [sic]," perhaps you're the one without much of a life. Or, just maybe not a very happy life.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:35 PM on February 19, 2006

I was talking about the Knicks. What positive, with regards to this season or the state of that team, can be said, westcoast?

posted by dyams at 12:52 PM on February 19, 2006

The audiences for NASCAR and the NBA don't mix much (see above). TNT must have set a new record for people changing channels.

posted by dusted at 01:32 PM on February 19, 2006

"Black Hand", you just proved my point!

posted by westcoast at 01:40 PM on February 19, 2006

"west coast," how "so"?

posted by yerfatma at 01:54 PM on February 19, 2006

Robinson is the next Webb. That guy is sweet. 5'9 and look what he can do! The cool thing is, I bought a topps total pack of cards today and got his rookie card!

posted by msukicsballlz at 04:03 PM on February 19, 2006

yo dbt302 you're friggin idiot why u gotta hate on the nba its better than watching a bunch of ass clown that really have no talent but to drive and crash. you just jealous u cant play basketball r u just drinking that hatorade. one of the tallest nba player won a competition and one of the smallest nba player won a slam dunk contest shit i would have spit in your face to insult the nba allstar game

posted by defrag3x at 04:18 PM on February 19, 2006

defrag3x, take it down a notch or seven, okay? You know better.

posted by chicobangs at 06:03 PM on February 19, 2006

what makes Nate Robinson more impressive is that he played cornerback also at the Univ of Washington. He has tried to start a fight with a 7 footer in practice and had to be restrained from going after Malik Rose at 6 ft 8,,,,, gotta love his intensity

posted by doggstarr at 09:35 PM on February 19, 2006

You had a "point?"

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:09 PM on February 20, 2006

shit i would have spit in your face to insult the nba allstar game Another I.T.G. sighting on SportsFilter. The NBA All-Star Game is a joke, on par with the Pro Bowl. No defense, very little real desire, and very few people actually give a damn about the result.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:12 PM on February 20, 2006

This is the same thing you haters say about the regular season. "They dont play defense." "They are only in it for the money" 82 game regular season guys, every coach preaches defense. The idiot that said there was no talent at the game is well.. an idiot. The best players in the world were there with the exception of a few shuns. I wonder if the NBA werent full of black guys would they still get the same amount of pure HATE. And Iggie was robbed, Nate in no way in Hell deserved to win that competition. He would have eliminated himself with all those misses if this were the McDonalds All American Slam Dunk Contest. They just didnt want to give the slam dunk title to the guy that already had won something, soph vs rook MVP, that weekend.

posted by Drallig9399 at 07:03 AM on February 21, 2006

Drallig, you'll have to count Bill Simmons among the idiots, then. His piece (beware: hating on the host city inside) might not be worth a front page post, but he has the same problem with the NBA all-star game that I do.

The final 10 seconds of a two-point game finished with an airball, a turnover and then a game-ending missed dunk that bounced to midcourt.
There's no game there, and don't pretend there is. It's a pageant, it's a red carpet without the Oscars. A midseason party is fine. Go nuts for donuts. But you, and I, and every player (& playa) who showed up to watch or participate this weekend knew how completely meaningless it really was. And no rigged slam dunk contest or rookie/sophomore thing or McDonald's All American whoopdedoo is going to change that.

posted by chicobangs at 07:44 AM on February 21, 2006

yo dralling i agree with u

posted by defrag3x at 04:09 PM on February 21, 2006

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