More Than Just Hoops

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 18, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The NBA All-Star Game is more than just a basketball game. It is a gathering of the stars from the world of sports, entertainment and even politics.

Because during the All-Star game, the cameras captured partial owner of the New Jersey Nets and Hip-Hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter (Jay-z), Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, actress Gabrielle Union, Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and director Spike Lee.

Also, Academy-award winner actor Jamie Foxx, Grammy award- winning singer Mary J. Blige, comedian Chris Tucker, Political activist Jesse Jackson and CEO of Bad Boy Record Shawn “Puffy” Combs were seen sitting on the sideline in the front row enjoying the “greatest show on earth.”

With all of those stars on the sideline, the NBA All-Star Game was very entertaining as the Eastern All-Stars’ Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had 25 points and teammate Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat put on a spectacular show with high-flying dunks and alley hoops.

But the musical performance, on the other hand, didn’t live up to the hype.

R & B singer and partial owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Usher, who was the opening act, performed with very little enthusiasm and danced as if he was an amateur. He either partied too hard the night before or he is simple getting old.

Maybe, Chris Brown would have been a better chose despite his past relationship problems with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Secondly, why was Shakira locked in a cage while on stage?

Now, that’s a positive image for little girls attending the All-Star Game and excellent way to promote female empowerment and WNBA. Maybe, NBA All-Star Talent Committee should have chosen Beyonce to perform.

She’s from Texas, isn’t she?

Next, there was Alicia Keys. She looked good and sounded O.K. as she strutted her stuff across stage. But there was no need to say “I’m from New York” at the All-Star Game, especially when it was played in Dallas.

Who was she singing to?

Nate Robinson, David Lee or Spike Lee? Ms.

Keys, the Knicks are currently 19-34 and one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. So, right now nobody wants to claim to be from New York.

Therefore, save that song for the World Series and the Yankees.

Besides, I know, Dallas owner Jerry Jones didn’t approve of this song being sung in Cowboys Stadium. Now, the franchise is going to be cursed for another 10 years.

Well at least you can’t blame that on Tony Romo.