All-Star Saturday left us with many exciting sights and sounds to hold us over in anticipation of the game tonight. The NBA once again demonstrated why its All-Star celebration is unparalleled in professional sports, with an extremely entertaining and theatrical evening, filled with familiar faces, up-and-comers, and a solid stable of celebrities ready to be entertained. The entire evening felt like a celebration of basketball, which is after all, what All-Star weekend is supposed to be about. There was a great balance between established veterans and fresh faces. From Steph Curry’s impressive performance in the Skills Contest to James Jones stunning two Celtics to claim the three-point crown, Saturday night certainly worked to showcase some of the League’s up-and-comers.
Of course nothing demonstrated the power, ability, and potential of the young crop better than the always entertaining, albeit sometimes stagnant, dunk contest, which was capped, in case you missed it by Blake Griffin JUMPING OVER A CAR.
Yeah he only hopped over the hood and, as Charles Barkley pointed out on TNT, it wasn’t physically the most amazing dunk ever, but presentation plays a big part, and the showmanship coupled with the hype surrounding the young stud was certainly enough to win over the crowd and the judges alike. The entire contest was quality, producing several memorable moments such as Serge’s long leap to start the contest or Javale’s two-hoop trick. I walked away from Saturday’s contest more satisfied than I have been in recent memory, especially after catching a glimpse of my man DeJuan Blair’s iced-out NBA chain, which looks as though it would be well-suited for a rap video:
All of this excitement and the actual game hasn’t even happened yet. Who knows what will happen, LeBron might have to put up fifty just to make up for all the NBA-publicity that he hasn’t been the centerpiece of. I’m excited. Happy All-Star Sunday.