For the first time in 12 years Kobe Bryant will not play in the NBA All-Star game, due to an ankle injury he sustained. Despite not having one of the best player in the world playing in the All-Star game, there will be plenty of other things to watch.
Personally, I feel the All-Star game is not the main attraction of All-Star weekend. My favorite part is watching the celebrity game, which is always a good laugh and watching the Rookies vs. the Sophomores is always fun. The Rookie Challenge is probably better than it was before the lock-out shortened season in 1999.
And how can anyone forget the 3-Point Shoot Out and of course, no one can forget the Dunk Competition? Not to mention, the Shooting Stars competition and the Skills Challenge. I nearly forgot... H.O.R.S.E.!
The festivities themselves are typically more exciting the watch than the actual game itself.
The purpose of this slide show is to showcase these events and make my hardly educated guess as to who I think will achieve the individual awards. Without further ado, here are my predictions.