In a city packed with superstars in entertainment, the basketball’s top talent took center stage on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game. The West led big for most of the contest before the East pulled within two late in the fourth quarter. In the end, the West pulled out a 148-143 win. Here’s my wrap-up of the evening:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant felt LeBron James coming, seeking one of his chase-down blocks that would have further energized an East team that had momentum.
So Bryant jumped a little bit quicker and slammed it down over his pursuer - "I kind of snuck it by him," Bryant said - then threw in a 3-pointer on the next possession for good measure to put the W More »
On Saturday afternoon, both All-Star teams practiced in front of fans at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The teams did some shooting drills, and then East coach Doc Rivers had both teams face off in a jump shooting contest. The practice was a light workout, and players seemed to enjoy it. As West coach Gregg Popovich explained a drill, Russell Westbrook put his arms around Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, and the trio shared a laugh (take a look at the photo to the right). It was a reminder that while these guys battle on the court, many of them are friends off it, having spent a lot of time traveling together on the AAU circuit in high school. More »
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a gospel choir at midcourt encouraging him to fly, Blake Griffin soared over a car and threw down a two-handed dunk.
The rookie's remarkable leap won the slam dunk contest, and it also drove home the clear point of All-Star Saturday: The Clippers' rising star is just at the beginning of one thrilling ride.
Griffin easily cleared the hood of the 2011 Kia Optima and c More »
Greetings from Los Angeles, California! I’ll be here all weekend covering NBA All-Star Weekend for SIKIDS.com. 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:
The Slam Dunk contest. We are almost there. One of my favorite and most anticipated events of the year. I always look forward to the high-flying, jaw-dropping, out-of-this-world dunks because, well, it's pure acrobatic awesomeness! While I count down the moments until Saturday's contest, here’s my top five favorite NBA dunkers.
NBA All-Star weekend is finally here! NBA fans have a whole weekend to soak in the league’s best players putting on a show, from the celebrity game to the rookie-sophomore contest all the way to main event on Sunday evening. But there’s still one competition that trumps all the others: the dunk contest.
Watching the league’s most athletic players showing off their most impressive dunks has always been my favorite moment of All-Star weekend. Julius Erving. Michael Jordan. Vince Carter. Legends are made in the dunk contest. We all wish we could fly through the air and pull off some of the most iconic dunks, but most of us, myself included, can’t jump high enough to do a 360 tomahawk on a regulation 10-foot rim.
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