From slam dunks to Shaq's throne: NBA All-Star weekend in clips

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The 2014 NBA All-Star weekend was, like most all-star sporting events, something of a mixed bag. In the last few days, New Orleans’s Smoothie King Center has hosted a Slam Dunk Contest where there wasn’t enough dunking, an All-Star Game where there wasn’t enough defense (which is a All-Star tradition) and a handful of events where there wasn’t enough interest.

Thankfully, it also hosted some of the greatest basketball players on the planet, meaning there were plenty of highlights along the way.

The unforced turnover

The All-Star weekend technically started on Friday with the Rising Stars Challenge, which hasn’t been a must-watch event since the delirious heights of Linsanity. The highlight of this year’s Rising Stars Challenge wasn’t even something that happened in the game but rather in the post-game ceremony, where a presenter did his best and dropped Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond’s MVP trophy on live television.

This is the only remotely entertaining thing that has ever happened in a Rising Stars Challenge.

The Three Point Contest

Consensus says that the Three Point Contest was the most entertaining part of Saturday night’s festivities, which isn’t so much praising the Three Point Contest as it is criticizing the Slam Dunk Contest. It really was a good one though, or at the very least it had a great finish. At the end, it came down to Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. , Beal’s first round might have been the highlight of the evening:

This is entertaining. Trust me.

The Slam Dunk Contest fiasco

The NBA is aware of growing criticism that the Slam Dunk Contest is no longer relevant, so this year they reconfigured it a bit. Unfortunately, rather than revitalizing the event, Saturday night did nothing but provide ammunition for those hoping the NBA puts the Dunk Contest out of it’s misery.

The start was especially painful, as the Western Conference representatives (Sacramento Kings’ Ben McLemore, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes) looked completely lost when forced to share the floor with one another during the opening “Freestyle“ round. The result? A nearly comedic cavalcade of missed dunks.

It’s a new avant-garde type of basketball – it’s called post-dunking.

Ben McLemore jumps over Shaq

Things did not improve in the second round. Although it felt more like a dunk contest than whatever the freestyle round was trying to do, most of the attempts were, to use highly technical basketball terminology, sucky. (For instance, )

In previous contests, Ben McLemore dunking over Shaquille sitting on a throne like a method actor auditioning for would have . This Saturday? One of the highlights of the night.
Shaquille O’Neal actually had no idea the Dunk Contest was that day. He just carries that throne around everywhere he goes.

John Wall salvages the Dunk Contest

Just when it looked like the entire contest was going to be a disappointing, forgettable mess, John Wall did this:

Maybe the Slam Dunk Contest was supposed to be longer – but no one wanted to follow this.

and would have provided a bit of much-needed momentum going into the next round... had there been another round. and players by surprise.

LeBron James is his own Dunk Contest

Despite the utter disaster that was the Slam Dunk Contest, All-Star weekend redeemed itself somewhat on Sunday with the actual All-Star Game. . The two teams scored a combined total of 318 points making it an entertaining affair for basketball fans who enjoy offense – basketball fans who enjoy defense would probably have had more fun using a toaster as a bath toy. In the first quarter alone, LeBron James unleashed a dunk better than 90% of the ones we saw on Saturday.

This was considered an off-night for LeBron.

Happy birthday, Bill Russell

Even in the midst of this high-scoring affair, there was still time for a brief tribute to NBA legend Bill Russell on his 80th birthday. While this kind of sentimentality can often be overdone, it was genuinely heartwarming to hear Magic Johnson lead the entire crowd () into a rendition of Happy Birthday and watch current basketball stars gather around the Boston Celtics legend.

What’s the collective noun for a group of legends?

Kyrie Irving’s reverse layup

All-Star weekend ended with new NBA commissioner Adam Silver, in one of his first major public appearances, (31 points, five rebounds, 14 assists) as the 2014 NBA All-Star Game MVP.

This time around, the award survived the presentation ceremony unscathed.

Not a bad clip to end on.