Subpar NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Al SileshiContributor IFebruary 15, 2009

A lot of hype went into this year's NBA All-Star Saturday and I personally expected an exciting night. While I wasn't 100 percent disappointed in the events, it certainly did not live up to the hype.



The day kicked off with the new addition to All-Star weekend, H.O.R.S.E. (also known as G.E.I.C.O). I wasn't expecting a lot from this event, but Kevin Durant made it somewhat interesting.

After falling behind early, Durant picked up his shooting and stole the competition from rookie standout OJ Mayo.

There were not too many trick shots in this game like I expected, but Joe Johnson gave us a little show with a couple between-the-leg attempts, and Mayo tried a few tough ones, but neither could handle Durant's range.


Haier Shooting Stars

The next event was the Haier Shooting Stars competition. This was not the most appealing part of the weekend, but it was fun to watch. This year, Team Detroit made up of Arron Afflalo, Bill Laimbeer, and Katie Smith took home the prize.

The most exciting part of this event was surely the half court shot attempt. Smith sank the shot on her third try giving the team a time of 58.4 seconds. Team Phoenix, consisting of Leandro Barbosa, Dan Majerle, and Tangela Smith, couldn't beat the time in front of the home crowd and took home second.


Playstation Skills Challenge

The Skills Challenge followed. 2008 No. 1 draft pick Derrick Rose coasted to his first win with a 35.3 seconds time. Rose said afterwards, "It means a lot. I'm a part of history with some of the greatest players in the league that have won this award."

Like the other competitors in the challenge, Rose did not show his winning drive during the competition. Rose, Mo Williams, Devin Harris, and Tony Parker took a more patient approach to the course.

They lightly jogged and Parker timed out at 50.8 seconds to give him the two slowest times in history, including last year's performance.

Foot Locker Three Point-Shootout

This year's three-point shootout winner was Daequan Cook? Cook wasn't exactly the favorite but outlasted Rashard Lewis to take the title.

Defending champ Jason Kapono couldn't three-peat and finished third. Kapono failed to join Larry Bird and Craig Hodges as the only players to win the contest three years in a row.

Danny Granger and Roger Mason, Jr. squeaked out 13 points each, and Mike Bibby rallied from a slow start to put in 14.


Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest attempted to salvage the average performances of the previous events. Defending champ Dwight Howard impressed everyone in the first round, scoring a perfect hundred to get to the next round with Nate Robinson.

In the final round, Robinson, dressed in his all-green kryptonite outfit, had a great first dunk and then jumped/catapulted over Dwight Howard. Howard had an interesting first dunk.

Superman brought out a 12-foot rim and had Magic teammate Nelson threw it off the backboard for the jam. Dwight followed that with a decent free-throw line slam, however he came up short.

The most exciting part of the whole dunk contest, and maybe the night, was LeBron James declaring he would compete in the event next year.

That would certainly make All-Star Saturday night a bit more interesting.