All Star Weekend Discussion

All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby laakers on Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:32 pm

Might as well start one since there isn't another one.

Rookie-Sophomore game was pretty boring/uneventful, Drummond dominated, and Waiters had a head-to-head with Hardaway Jr which pretty much consisted of pull-up jumpers. Those were really the only things noteworthy, and the lack of highlight plays was somewhat upsetting. It was also annoying how Chris Webber, Grant Hill and Marv Albert would say something about Mason Plumlee being the "favorite" Plumlee. Kind of funny at first but overdone. Anybody catch the celebrity game?
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:38 pm

:man10: :man10: As the Taco Bell CEO or Chairman was carrying the Skills Competition trophy to Damien Lillard and Trey Burke someone in the stands yelled out, don't drop the trophy.

Last night that was hilarious when the CEO of BBVA dropped it in front of everyone and Tim Haraway Jr. grabbed the mic from Craig Segar and said "ESPN Not Top 10"
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:33 pm

yesterday was boring, today is boring so far, dunk contest will probably be boring, tomorrow will also probably be boring.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Weezy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:53 pm

This team dunk contest is really weird. You watch the dunk contest one way for an entire lifetime (minus the stupid 'dunk wheel' year) and a change this drastic is just odd. Some really nice dunks, but they're coming at you so fast it's hard to appreciate them, the crowd barely has time to ooh and ahh between dunks.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:56 pm

i agree with kendall

Kendall Marshall wrote:this teamwork s*** is weird.


https://twitter.com/KButter5/status/434896827113304064

i was expecting the crowd to start booing
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Weezy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:00 pm

Are there people in this arena? It's so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Ras Algethi on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:03 pm

Damian should have won that one.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:05 pm

this is cringeworthy
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby laakers on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:09 pm

So why did PG get a 4th attempt..?
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby thkthebest on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:13 pm

Lmao. What the heck did I just watch?
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:15 pm

every single year they say "the slam dunk contest is back" and it just gets worse and worse
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby thkthebest on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:16 pm

Wait. What the hell? It's over?
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Helljumper on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:16 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:every single year they say "the slam dunk contest is back" and it just gets worse and worse


This.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:17 pm

That Wall dunk was nice.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Ras Algethi on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:17 pm

Best dunks were George's reverse 360 between the legs, Walls' over the mascot pump reverse, and Liliard's dunk.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Weezy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:19 pm

Eh, it was still better than the Shannon Brown dunk contest, that might have been the worst I've ever seen

And the John Wall mascot dunk was absolutely sick, haven't seen that one before.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:22 pm

just bring it back to the old rules. 8 dunkers, 3 rounds, none of these stupid gimmicks.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:23 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:just bring it back to the old rules. 8 dunkers, 3 rounds, none of these stupid gimmicks.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:26 pm

That was the dumbest thing I've ever watched. There was more dead time than dunks. 100% disappointed and the dunk contest has completely lost any ounce of legitimacy it had.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Ras Algethi on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:26 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:just bring it back to the old rules. 8 dunkers, 3 rounds, none of these stupid gimmicks.


Agreed. And just 2 chances, you miss the first, you get one more thats it.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:27 pm

the winning dunkers for each matchup shouldve had a dunk off for the dunker of the night. ended way too abruptly.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Weezy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:29 pm

Why do they have to say "the dunk contest is back" every year? It can't be back every year unless they're speaking literally. :man10: They've been saying it's back every year now since like the year after the wheel or whenever it was that Jason Richardson was throwing down crazy dunks.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby laakers on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:29 pm

That was a terrible format..
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby Forward Three on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:34 pm

That contest felt so forced and so over-produced but most of all, it felt so rushed!

Look, every dunk has been done before(just about), what matters is the anticipation, the build-up, the hype and the execution with personal style. That's where all the excitement comes from. Crowd goes quiet, everyone is watching, and boom something cool happens.

The 'freestyle round' completely killed that out the gate*. The battle round was better to be fair, and I think it was a decent idea, but having that double as the final as well, what the hell were they thinking? At least make it a round robin or a points system with a proper final afterward.



* I actually think the idea of a freestyle round could be a good addition but it can't be 90 seconds. It has to be more like 3-5 minutes if not more and treated more like warm-ups. TNT (or perhaps more accurately the NBA's sponsors) are always shoehorning product BS everywhere, so this could be the opportunity for that. Instead of doing a bunch of commentating and then starting the show, just start the show on the court with the players warming up, grab them for interviews as they go. That could work. But the way they did it was horrific.


It's sad too because you look at that mess and you can reverse engineer it from the committee meetings that would have taken place but they missed it by a country mile.

Then as if that wasn't enough, what the hell was up with the camera angles? They were terrible, the replay angles were terrible. Like, McLemore's dunk really looked great but you had to wait until the third replay angle to see it.

And then the whole event was just over so suddenly.

Ugh. What a waste. To quote a popular sentiment of late. The NBA is a joke.
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Re: All Star Weekend Discussion

Postby lakersyunowin on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:38 pm

What a disaster...aside from Wall and maybe George's dunk, that was abysmal. The crowd wasn't into it, and even worse the players(dunkers) didn't even seem that into it. It's like they were forced to go to a funeral of someone they didn't know. The dunk contest is a neutered mess.
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