The NBA’s Saturday Night portion of the All-Star Weekend was a huge success, thanks mostly to the Slam Dunk Contest, which was completely reinvented and was tooled more toward showmanship and excitement than pure athleticism.
The Skills Competition and Three-Point Shootout were also no slouch, as they offered a lot of excitement in their own right.
Paul Pierce was booed as mercilessly as any participant in an All-Star Weekend ever has when he was shooting in the shootout, and the Skills Competition did not fail to have excitement.
The Shooting Stars Competition was, as usual, the weak part of the night, and as I have begun to completely shun the event, I feel that it would be a waste of time to grade their participants.
Then there was the dunk contest.
I have heard the complaints that it has become too commercialized and I respond with a, “What do you expect?”
That is the NBA these days, and it probably isn’t going to change much with your complaints, so the best thing to do is take it for what it was, an extremely entertaining exhibition in which Serge Ibaka was robbed.
Each participant put on an absolute show Saturday night, and even though the voting was suspect, it was nothing short of amazing.
So, I would like to take a look at each of the other members of the night, and dish out a grade for each participant.