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NBA All Star Weekend
Remember the last time they had the All-Star Game in New York? Let John Amici and Scoop Jackson take you through it in this weird British broadcast of the event. David Stern’s plans and more after the jump.
The NBA’s All-Star Saturday has lost its luster and the NBA is trying to get it back. No, it isn’t promising big stars in a declining Slam Dunk Competition, or a total wipeout of the painstakingly boring Shooting Stars and Skills Challenge. Instead it’s just a duct-tape resolution, one that involves stringing together the four events by creating East and West teams — including naming captains — and implementing a scoring system, in which the winning conference gets a larger cash prize to donate to charity.
As SportsGrid’s Video Assignment Editor, CJ Fogler’s main job is to grab potentially viral video moments as they happen. But he also takes a lot of screengrabs (and produces a number of animated GIFs) that don’t always make the site. Every week, we’re going to share a few of them with you.
Today In Great Ideas: Shaq And Barkley Will Choose Players For The Rookie-Sophomore Game, Playground Style
We’re not sure how this will turn out, the NBA’s new Rookie-Sophomore (sorry, “Rising Stars” [sorry, "BBVA Rising Stars"]) Challenge at All-Star Weekend, wherein Shaq and Charles Barkley will pick the teams. The pickup game conceit is an interesting idea, and with names like Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, and Ricky Rubio attached, there’s reason to hope for some fun plays. But we do know this: the winner of the Shaq-Barkley duo (both of whom will clearly be miked up while this game is going on) is not going to shut up about it.
If there’s one thing I assume rich people like to do, it’s throw extravagant parties. Hey, you’re rich – why not? And when you see things like Dwight Howard’s upcoming “Larger Than Life” All-Star bash, it doesn’t do much to debunk that idea.