The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Sights & Sounds

(image from the NBA Facebook Page)
Okay, here are some thoughts on the just-concluded NBA All-Star Weekend:

- Props to Team Chuck for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge win! Kyrie Irving is going to be so awesome in this league! Had Jeremy Lin not played a couple of games so close to the challenge, he probably would've been on the floor longer and would've made some great plays, too.

- Kevin Love won the Three-Point Shootout?! AWESOME! Will he be able to hit it just as consistently for the remainder of the season? Well, here's me calling it: The Wolves will NOT make the Playoffs this year, but they'll be close. 9th or 10th out West. If they were in the East, it'd be a different story.

- The Slam Dunk Contest was W E A K. Javale McGee's double dunk last year was better than the one Jeremy Evans threw down, but, considering the level of the competition, I guess he deserved the win (yes, even over Paul George). Here's the thing about this kind of event -- the STARS make it. The only time people will REALLY get excited about the Dunk Contest again is if the BEST DUNKERS join. No two ways about it. And there are SO MANY to choose from. Off the top of my head: Josh Smith, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, Nicolas Batum (he should heal up, though), Demar DeRozan, or John Wall. Of course, I'm sure the organizers tried their best to invite these guys, so I'm putting the blame on the stars themselves. It is called the ALL-STAR weekend after all, right?

- I rooted for D-Rose and the East players, but I'm still okay with the West winning since KD got the MVP. And I do have to give props to LBJ for engineering the East's comeback, BUT damn why did he have to pass up the shot TWICE in the waning moments? I know it's "just" an All-Star Exhibition, but come on, he HAS got to show the world he has the BALLS to shoot the ball when it counts the most, right? What good is coming back from 20+ down, if you don't have the guts to finish the job, right?

- This is another reason why Wade should be the endgame playmaker for Miami. Wade has the moxy to risk taking the big shot, and the possible blame, AND if Wade's actually the one starting the play, maybe he can find LBJ in an open spot and actually "force" James to take the potential game-winner.

After the JUMP: Mini-movies about the different 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Events and some choice images!

Rising Stars Challenge Mini-Movie:

Shootout & Dunk Contest Mini-Movie: 

Celebrity Game Recap:

All-Star Game Mini-Movie:

Some Images:

The NBA All-Stars. West up top and East down low.
(image from the NBA Facebook page)

AI with the lefty windmill as Marc Gasol ogles.
(image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Blake "Earthquake" Griffin does what he does best.
(image by the AP)
D-Rose on the breakaway.
(image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Hail the 2012 All-Star MVP!
(image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Kevin Love's bearded throwdown.
(image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LeBron and Kobe share a light moment. This was before
LeBron let the endgame pass him by.
(image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook please join next year's Slam Dunk Contest.
(image by Erik Lesser/Getty Images)
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