The city of Angels is back to the normal glitz and glamor now that the 2011 NBA All Star Weekend has come to a close. The weekend was dampened by the wet and gloomy weather the rain brought on Friday and Saturday. But the jam packed events and festivities that took place in the LA Convention Center, Staples Center and surrounding areas, kept the energy and excitement.
Friday’s marquee events began with the Celebrity All Star Basketball Game. Celebrities and former ball players like Justin Beiber, Scottie Pippen, Common, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Chris Mullin, R&B Singer Trey Songs and Master P’s son Romeo Miller. The young, vibrant and surprisingly athletic pop singer Justin Beiber won the MVP award for the game.
The Rookie challenge game in which the NBA rising’s young rookies and sophomore faced off for a glimpse of tomorrow’s legends. The game certainly didn’t disappoint, with 15 dunks in the first half, the likes of Blake Griffin, Demar DeRozen, DeMarcus Cousins and so many more pleased the crowd. Ultimately the play maker John Wall racked up 22 assists as well as the MVP award to lead the rookies to a victory over the sophomores.
Fans and media were privileged to attend the the All Star Practice Saturday morning. I was one of those individuals to do so. Such an intimate opportunity for people to see their favorite players and coaches, East head coach Doc Rivers facilitated shooting contests and interacted with fans as Laker fans booed him. All in fun and games, both teams exchanged friendly banter.
In addition to going through plays in preparation for Sunday’s game, Dallas Mavericks Dirk Norwitski and Oklahoma City sensation Kevin Durant now hold the Guinness Book of World Records for most consecutive three pointers in one minute at 15, edging out Celtics Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
By night fall, the most anticipated event was the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. While Warrior’s Stephan Curry took the crown for the Skills Challenge and James Jones stole the Three Point Contest title from the Celtics’ Pierce and Allen, Clippers rookie Blake Griffin was the man of the hour.
Killing any hopes of Wizards’ Javale McGee to win the slam dunk honor, the athletic prowess of Griffin shocked fans and viewers by jumping over a Kia while receiving a ally-oop from his team-mate Baron Davis who was sitting inside the car. Griffin’s dunk was by far one of the most dangerous and genius dunks the NBA has ever seen. The Slam Dunk contest has been officially revived!
Sunday’s All Star Game
Too many highlights to mention, the All Star game showcased the most elite players with monstrous dunks, assists and amazing highlights! The most talked about dunk was the facial Heat LeBron James received from the game’s MVP Kobe Bryant. To add insult to injury, the West pulled out the victory, making it back to back West wins since the last time Los Angeles hosted the All Star Weekend.
Completing his first All Star Weekend, Blake Griffin left his mark, the only player in NBA history to participate in events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Despite undesirable weather, the NBA All Star weekend went off without a hitch, creating more memories for years to come.
The 2012 NBA All Star weekend will be hosted by the Magic in Orlando, FL.
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Written by Gyasmine
Gyasmine George, M.S., a former basketball player, coach and advisor for student athletes and founder of Female Field Guide where she educates and advises women on sports and athletics. She has a rich love and knowledge for sports and athletics through her many years of growing up in a sports home. In addition, her hands on experience in a plethora of entities of athletics such as playing on championship travel and high school teams, coaching, teaching and advising, sales, marketing and promotions, game day management, communications and writing, has lead her to continue to fuel her passion for athletics. Contact Gyasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org