Over 108,000 Reasons For Success

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 16, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — It has been called the Black folk’s Super Bowl.

It’s better known as the NBA All-Star Weekend

This year, there was No Magic. No Bird. No Dr. J.

No Shaq. No Kobe. And no Allen Iverson.

But shockingly, there was four inches of snow on the ground.

But the party didn’t stop.

This year, the festivities took place in Arlington, Texas where opinionated and somewhat controversial owner Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks hosted the NBA All-Star Challenge, the three-point shoot out, and the Slam Dunk Contest.

The NBA All-Star Challenge was lame. The three-point shoot-out was good.

Pierce vs. Curry. Old school meets New School.

The Slam Dunk Contest however was “hot garbage.”

Yeah, the New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson won for the third straight time but it wasn’t anything spectacular so stop clapping as if the Knicks won the NBA Championship, Spike Lee.

I guess, we will all have to wait for Kentucky’s John Wall to participate in next year’s Dunk Contest in order to bring some excitement back into this once must see event.

I, for one agreed with Shaq’s suggestion of having Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James compete in the Dunk Contest and donate the money to the people of Haiti.

The Slam Dunk-Contest, of course was simply a pre-game warm-up to the All-Star Game which 108,713 fans attended the event, making it the most people ever to attend a basketball game in history.

The 108,713 fans enjoyed watching the game on Jerry Jones’ large high-definition big screen television which is 160 feet wide and 72 feet high at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium

The game was rather entertaining and went down to the WIRE (no puns intended) when the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony missed the game winning shot which gave the East a 141-139 win over the Western All-Stars.

In the end, Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade, who scored 28 points, had 11 assists, and added 5 steals for the East was awarded the game’s MVP by Commissioner David Stern.