February 27, 2012
It's the halfway point of the NBA season which means it's time to bring out the extremely tired and lame slam dunk contest, 3-point contest which I used to love when I was a kid, and of course the All-Star game. The showcase of the best players the NBA has to offer. Ahhh the atmosphere, the spotlight, the lack of defense that is the All-Star game.
But this All-Star game was different from more recent ones. Sure there was a party atmosphere but the game slowly took on a more serious playoff like feel.
Dwight Howard may have one foot out of the door in Orlando so when he took the mic to address the home crowd and profess his love it didn't seem authentic, some of the fans expressions were like yeah whatever dude.
After the West dropped 88 points in the first half, the East decided to play a little defense...uh no they didn't but they did start strong a little more and soon the lead went from 20 to 14 to 3 and what do you know we have a game!
Dwayne Wade must've thought it was June and he was in the NBA Finals as he hit Kobe with a hard foul that resulted in Kobe suffering a nasal fracture.
Wade said, "Yeah, I obviously didn't try to draw no blood, but I took a foul. Kobe fouled me two times in a row, so he's still got one up on me. But I'm glad that everything was cool and we got back to being competitive and having fun. Tonight he does what he normally does. He got 27. He's Kobe Bryant. He scores the ball. He's a tough cover. But it's great being a little piece of history. He's one of the best of all time. We will one day say we had the honor of playing against one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball."
Dwayne, were you guarding Kobe or worshiping him? Easy Dwayne! Look it's one thing to have respect for a player but dude is still playing, you're talking like he's already in Springfield in the Hall of Fame. All I am saying is I don't think Patrick Ewing and John Starks ever showed Michael Jordan that much love in the press.
Then there's Lebron James. Kobe was guarding James at the end of the game, yup broken nose and all, dude was even daring Lebron to take that 3-pointer that would've tied the game but James made a horrible pass and it was picked off by Blake Griffin.
James said, "Yeah, he was telling me to shoot it. I saw my teammate open for a split second. When I tried to throw it late, that's what usually happens and it results in a turnover. Definitely, I wish I could have that one back."
Yes dude is serious, see I'm convinced Lebron doesn't get it at all, I mean listen to him. He doesn't want the last shot in the game that Kobe and Michael and all the greats live for. Lebron tied the record with six 3-pointers in the game yet at one point dude was inbounding the ball when they were down 3.
Do you think Kobe or Jordan would've been inbounding the ball with any game on the line, they'd act like they didn't hear the coach. Uh who won the Slam Dunk Contest again? Exactly, get rid of it already, maybe next year go with a game of horse or pig, it would be less ridiculous than what I witnessed.