Sachin Shenolikar

NBA All-Star Report: Friday

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  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • February 19, 2011, 9:06 PM

Greetings from Los Angeles, California! I’ll be here all weekend covering NBA All-Star Weekend for The city is swarming with NBA players past and present.

On Friday, the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott hotel was packed with reporters and NBA players for an interview session. Each player sat at his own table and fielded questions for 45 minutes. Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard had most reporters surrounding them. Later in the afternoon, I checked out the celebrity game at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Here are some of the highlights from Friday:


Chris Paul was asked if he has seen the NBA’s Where Amazing Happens commercial that shows video footage of him from when he was in high school. " Somebody put [the video] on my Twitter and I looked at it,” he said. “It's crazy. I'm still trying to figure out where they got that footage from. I know it was practice in my junior or senior year because I was on varsity. I got my parents trying to figure out where they got that from.”

Paul was also asked which of his West teammates he was most looking forward to playing with on Sunday. “K.D. [Kevin Durant] and Blake Griffin,” said Paul. “I’m excited to throw [Griffin] a lob.”


Dirk Nowitzki is the Mavericks best player by far, but he credits a lot of the team’s success (40-16 record) to an unsung hero: center Tyson Chandler. The 7’1” center was acquired over the summer and has given a big boost to the Mavs’ defense and given the team a lift with his upbeat attitude. “He's so positive about everything,” said Nowitzki. “It's great. He's vocal during timeouts and in the locker room he's always talking and communicating with guys. He has good energy.”


Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked what he thought about Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin. While Rivers was impressed by Griffin’s highlight reel dunks, he felt another part of his game has been overlooked. “What's missed through all his dunks is his passing ability,” said Rivers. “Obviously the dunks scream at you, but I'm more impressed by how well he passes the ball.” Griffin’s 3.5 assists per game are third in the NBA among forward-centers.


Led by Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, the West team beat the East, 54–49. Even though legends such as Pippen, Chris Mullin were playing, most of the fans’ attention was on singer Justin Bieber of the East. Bieber had a couple of good highlights: He it two three-pointers and had some flashy dribbling moves. But he also missed several shots badly and turned the ball over several times. In the end, that didn’t matter. Bieber won the MVP of the game even though he scored just eight points on 3 of 11 shooting — and his team lost. (The MVP winner was decided by a fan vote.) 

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hey justin beaver this isnt da wmba so leave and find yhur way there

Bieber baby, baby, baby oooohhhhh! MVP award by fan vote. unreal. see ya girl.

Justin Bieber doesn't play, why is he there?

Justin Bieber that is messed up!


Just for the record, he probably would've won the MVP award if he didn't score at all and just sang the halftime show or was the mascot. Now that Bieber has officially taken over both basketball and music, let's hope he doesn't make an appearance at the baseball All-Star Game! Oh, and SportsCenter3, that pic of Justin Bieber looks wierd because he didn't have enough time to put on his make-up before the game.

That is the single greatest comment i ever heard.

Thank You for that awesomeness and by the way Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!

OMG!! That made my day! Baseball is life to me and if he steped foot onto a baseball diamond,i would think " I never knew girls play baseball." HAHA his fans think if they vote for him he will go out with them. haha

Bieber fever P.S. it is deadly, it poisions the mind

uh oh my cuzn haz bieber fever.

yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!justin bieber!!!!

really??? \:/

is it just me or is that a REALLY WEIRD PIC OF BEIBER UP THERE??!?!

yhu can so tell justin beaver or wut eva hiz name iz iz posin

i know right hes so cute thats a really bad pic of him whoever posted it up obviously doesnt like the poor kid!

yeah,look at that weird face he's making. LOL

tell me if i'm wrong but i think there is a typo in the MVP BIEBER section:
He it two three-pointers~~~~~shouldnt it be he HIT 2 3-pointers? yeah anyways...... it was a good game i was for east only cuz of jalan rose cuz he was on the fab 5 and he went to the university of michigan!!!!!! :)

how did he get mvp

justin bieber stinks

no literally he stinks


o zus be kwiet

you got that right

Justin Bieber is so overrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOW do you know you listen to him



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