Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:55 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 11:18 pm
 

Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP

By Matt Moore 

Kevin Durant won the 2012 NBA All-Star MVP with 36 points on 14-25 shooting, with seven rebounds and three assists Sunday as the West won 152-149. It is his first All-Star MVP and a clear demonstration of the next level Durant is at. You have to wonder if the actual MVP is far behind this season. 

LeBron James also had 36 but turned the ball over on the final possession out of a double-team. Because, really, you knew that had to happen for us to have something stupid to write about tonight.

Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Video: LeBron-Wade oop madness at ASG

By Matt Moore 

There's a reason I refer to the Heat from time to time this season as a flying death machine. It's because of things like this. From NBAHighlightsHQ on YouTube:

 


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Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:38 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Video: LeBron goes cradle-rock windmill at ASG

By Matt Moore 

LeBron put on a show (not as good of one as Kevin Durant) at the All-Star Game and showed why everyone was so irritated he missed the dunk contest for the third year in a row. This time it was a modified switch-hand, cradle-rock windmill. You know. Run of the mill stuff. 

 

So he's got that going for him.
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:29 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Kobe Bryant became the all-time leader in points in the All-Star Game Sunday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Royce Young


ORLANDO -- Kobe Bryant can check another milestone off his list. And it's his favorite kind of milestone -- the kind where he moves past Michael Jordan in something.

In the second half of the 2012 All-Star Game, Kobe passed Jordan for first all-time in total points in the All-Star Game with a dunk late in the third quarter to give him 263 points. He passed Oscar Robertson (246 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251) earlier in Sunday night's game.

Bryant, a 14-time All-Star (tied most all-time) and a four-time All-Star MVP, entered the game with 244 points, 18 behind Jordan's all-time mark of 262. Jordan's career-high in an All-Star Game was 40 in 1988. Kobe's was 37 in 2011.

Jordan played in 13 All-Star games, and Kobe's 13th as well. Both were selected to 14.

Kobe's career resume continues to grow to ridiculous proportions. He became the fifth leading all-time scorer earlier this season and with his All-Star appearances, titles (five), an MVP and all the rest he has in his pocket, it's pretty easy to build a top 10, if not top five case for Bryant.


Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:26 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Video: NBA All-Star Game CP3 off glass to KD

By Matt Moore 

Kevin Durant called for Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Derrick Rose to participate in the All-Star Dunk Contest. But after this one from CP3 off the glass, we're not sure he shouldn't give it a go. Then again, everyone looks awesome getting passes from CP3. 

 

That's a bad man. 

KD on pace for All-Star MVP honors.
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:13 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Derrick Williams, Jack fight over Dunk Contest

Jarrett Jack did not think Derrick Williams did well in the dunk contest. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

There's nothing better than making fun of the Dunk Contest and there's not much more exciting than athlete-on-athlete violence on Twitter, so get ready for a good time right here, right now.

On Saturday night, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Derrick Williams had an up-and-down Dunk Contest. The highlight was his second attempt, a side-of-the-backboard, alley-oop assisted by Ricky Rubio. The lowlight was his third attempt, a string of misses as he tried to complete a self-toss, through-the-legs throwdown.

But it wasn't either of those dunks that set off New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack. No, it was Williams' first attempt, in which he rode in on a motorcyle with a mascot and then jumped over the bike to throw down a windmill.

On his Twitter account, @JarrettJack03, Jack objected to what he deemed a less-than-masculine scene.

"Definitely against all the man laws ever created. Dudes can't ride on the back of motorcycles," Jack opined. He later pointed out that Williams has a "cash register mouth," a reference to Williams' "underbite."

Jack went on to call the Dunk Contest the "worst... of all time" and explained that Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, the eventual Slam Dunk contest winner, has "dolphin teeth."

It wasn't long before Williams, posting on his account, @realdwill7, felt the need to respond.

"Hahaa who?" Williams wrote when someone informed him of Jack's criticism, implying that he didn't know who the seventh year pro out of Georgia Tech was.

Later, he took an apparent dig at Jack's future with the Hornets, writing: "All I know is come draft night.. That team lookin for a point guard." Shortly thereafter, he realized it might be time to simmer down. "I need to chill. chill button pushed," Williams wrote.

After the extended back and forth, Jack suggested that perhaps Williams needed to be a little more self-effacing. "I hope the dude Derrick Williams aint takin it too serious they are just jokes," he wrote. "If you can't laugh at yourself, what can u really laugh at?"

So that's good. We've apparently reached a Dunk Contest detente. In case you were wondering, the next meeting between the Timberwolves and the Hornets will be on Mar. 10 in Minnesota.
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:02 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Players react to Saturday's dunk contest

Posted by Royce Young

It might've been the worst dunk contest ever. Still up for debate probably. But one thing is for sure: The consensus on the 2012 Dunk Contest was not positive. Fans actually booed some in the arena and for the most part it created very little buzz, if any. There were a few highlights, but for the most part, it was disappointing.

Kevin Durant's voiced his desire to get some bigger names in the contest. But how did other players react? Here's a compilation of some notable player tweets:
































Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:42 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Nike selling $130 Jeremy Lin shoes

Jeremy Lin has his own Nike shoes. (SlamXHype.com)

Posted by Ben Golliver 

It's gotta be the shoes. How else to explain the rapid rise of New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, the roster cut turned global icon?

Nike will begin capitalizing on Lin's incredible rise to fame by selling a $130 version of its Hyperfuse sneakers in New York Knicks colors, according to Reuters. To be clear, these aren't "Air Jeremy's" or "Air Lin" signature models, but they are the shoes worn by Lin this season.

Nike said it will launch the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low basketball shoes, built especially for Lin, this weekend in Orlando, Florida, where the NBA is holding its All-Star festivities.

"It's not a signature line but a version of the shoe that he's been wearing this season," the company told Reuters.

The Hyperfuse sneaker is one of the most popular models worn by NBA players. Lin's version features his last name on the tongue of each shoe.

The Oregonian provides additional details
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The Oregon-based company sent out a notice this evening announcing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low iD basketball shoe created for Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who emerged from near oblivion this weekend to fame. 

The $130 shoe won't be available at off-the-shelf retail, but can be created and purchased at the NikeID.com website. Consumers can replicate the exact customization options of Lin's shoe. 
Newsday reported that a Nike spokesman issued a "no comment" when asked whether Nike has plans to produce a signature line for Lin in the future.

Sneaker companies generally reserves signature lines for established stars. All-Stars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James each have signature lines. All-Stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade have signature sneakers under the Jordan Brand umbrella.

Image via SlamXHype.com.
 
 
 
 
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