All-Star Saturday Shines Again

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 14, 2010

DALLAS (BASN) — Saturday night during the NBA All Star festivities, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder repeated as H.O.R.S.E Champion, but it wasn’t easy.

Boston Celtic All Star guard, Rajon Rondo took him into sudden death and match him shot for shot from the three-point line, but it was Kevin holding the trophy at the end.

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge competition is always interesting and it came down to the wire with defending champion, Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz, going head to head against Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns.

However, it was Nash winning the title for the second time with the time of 29.9 seconds. He had previously won this title in 2005 at the NBA All-Star Game in Denver.

I picked Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors to win the Footlocker three-point contest and he made me look like a genius in the first round but it was Boston Celtic Paul Pierce that came on strong hitting all five “money balls” and walked away with the trophy.

He became the first Celtic to win since Hall of Famer Larry Bird in 1988.

The Sprite Slam Dunk Championship took a little time to build up to the hype and defending Champion Nate Robinson appeared to be the crowd favorite. Some of the guys such as Shannon Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers and Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats seemed a little nervous.

In the end, it was Robinson winning for an unprecedented third time.

The Haier Shooting Stars competition was pretty cool and it confirms the fact that if you got game you play with anyone. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Becky Hammon of the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars and two time NBA Champion, TNT Analyst Kenny Smith put on a show.

They represented Team Texas and beat the competition easily to win the title.

NBA All Star weekend had something for everybody. Please refer to photo the of Alicia Keys and I can end the conversation right there but no! Also Shakira and Usher appeared respectfully.

More than 90,000 fans were in attendance Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Now English is my first and only language but I still can’t describe to you what the biggest high-definition video board in the world look like.

It utilizes 300 million light bulbs, weighs 600 tons, and measures 160 feet wide by 72 feet high. Long story short, there isn’t a bad seat in Cowboy Stadium!

The game was broadcasted in 215 countries and territories and in 41 languages. There were 309 international reporters from 36 countries and territories. More than 1,800 media covered this event not to mention coverage on television, radio and web sites.

The NBA is still fantastic!