by Craig Kwasniewski
Some random thoughts after All-Star Weekend:
-Extra props to Spud Webb for not flinching on the Nate Robinson dunk. How bad would that have been if Nate collided with Spud on the dunk? People would be saying, "I went to a dunk contest and midget wrestling broke out!"
-Robinson's dunk over Spud Webb was sweet!!! Not only did he pay tribute to the past (which all the old school guys love), but at 5'7" he jumped over Spud and dunked the ball... at 5'7"!!!
-Iguodala's dunk was truly unique as nobody else will ever attempt that again. Pulling out the thesaurus, sublime seems to fit description. NBA.com has a great photo sequence of dunk.
-Andrea Bocelli sang at All-Star Saturday Night??? What audience were they shooting for, the 40-50 year old housewife? As the Winter Olympics shows, you can't make money unless you get THAT demographic. How long before we see NBA Cares adds talking about menopause? (Imagine LeBron on telling a room full of women the benefits of Premarin)
-Funniest moment of the All-Star Game broadcast goes to Steve Kerr and Doug Collins imitating Marv Albert's famous, "Jordan... a spectacular move!" call.
-The West lost the All-Star game simply because they spent the entire second half trying to get T-Mac the MVP award. So with the west down 2 with the ball, EVERYBODY knew that T-Mac was going to take the last shot. Why not give the ball to Kobe for the winner? If Kobe hits the shot, T-Mac still wins the MVP. Instead we get a bad fade-away three that ends in an airball. Like Houston needs to see another one of those.
-As we said, the dunk contest is competitive again. The only problem I had with the dunk contest was the unlimited amount of attempts. That just killed the momentum between dunks. After 10 misses, we were just rooting for ANY kind of dunk. Maybe limit each dunk to five attempts. There has to be some sort of gamesmanship involved.