NBA All Star Weekend

Drake Rowland, Staff Writer

Every February the NBA hosts an All Star Weekend, where the stars of the NBA compete in a variety of events concluding with the NBA All Star games. It is a wild weekend for basketball; most times even non basketball fans or non NBA fans will tune into Saturday night’s festivities. Saturday includes the three point competition and the slam dunk contest.

                Events for the weekend include the skills contest, three point contest, slam dunk contest, shooting stars contest, and finally the All-Star itself. The skills contest is a contest between the top point guards in the league like Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and Rajon Rondo. The contest tests the guards’ speed with the ball and precision. They have to weave in between cones, pass into nets, and finally make a lay-up; the fastest is the winner. This seems easy but it is actually very challenging. The three point contest is a timed event that has two rounds. The first round is for all the contestants and the top two move on to the final round.  This contest has six rounds of five balls with a money ball; the normal balls are worth one and the money balls are worth two. The one with the most points wins. The slam dunk contest is pretty self-explanatory. The contestant who has the most impressive dunk normally wins; this event also has two rounds. The shooting stars contest is interesting because it has one NBA, WNBA, and one legend from a couple of cities. Contestants have to shoot from different areas on the floor ending with a half-court shot which is always exciting.

                In the past there have been very thrilling weekends. Junior Mark Salem said, “I will never forget when Nate Robinson won the Slam Dunk contest. A man so little won a dunking contest… I was amazed.” There was also a dunk where contest Gerald Green blew out a candle of a cupcake while dunking. Last year Blake Griffin jumped over a car; each year the contestants have gotten more and more creative. Junior Andre Gainey said, “I can’t wait to see what they do this year in the Dunk Contest… It’s my favorite to watch.”

                The starters were announced on Thursday. Magic center Dwight Howard was the leading vote getter with 1.6 million votes. The East starters are Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, and LeBron James. The West team is Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum, and Kevin Durant. Some basketball fans think that certain players get snubbed. While other fans think that some players that are voted in or even to start should be there. Even though most people think this game is just for the fans, people vote for the players they want to watch so there will always probably be some conflict.

                No matter who wins what the weekend will be very exciting and fun to watch. It is probably the most watched All-Star weekend except the Pro Bowl. Many fans enjoy the other contests that are included. Junior Dylan Yasso said, “I have always been watching the slam dunk contest ever since I can remember.” The All-Star Weekend is February 24-26.