My favorite sports weekend of the year is NBA All-Star Weekend, hands down. Since I was probably 10 years old, this weekend captured my imagination and attention, and it became a time of the year I fell in love with. I love everything about it, from the interviews and Friday night events, to All-Star Saturday Night, and of course the big game Sunday evening. There are few things I look forward to more than All-Star Weekend every year – if anything else at all — besides Christmas.
One of my favorite things leading up to that weekend is hearing about and making my own reserve selections for the All-Star teams. The starters aren’t exciting and always pretty predictable thanks to fan voting, but the reserves always get interesting. This year is no different and there are a lot of players that deserve a spot this year, so here goes my best effort for both squads (two guards, two forwards, a center and two wild cards).
CLICK BELOW TO FIND OUT WHO I PICKED FOR EACH CONFERENCE.
The last two weeks have been pretty crazy for me, a lot going on, so I haven’t posted a ton. I apologize for that, but it is All-Star Weekend, and we’re heading into the final stretch, the 60th NBA All-Star Game.
All-Star Weekend is my favorite time of the year, but unfortunately I missed some of my favorite parts of it, due to work and other obligations. I saw All-Star Saturday Night in its entirety, and let me just say, I was disappointed.
Serge Ibaka was robbed. Point blank. The judges jobbed Air Congo. It was atrocious. JaVale McGee missed dunk after dunk, with no penalization. Blake Griffin is spectacular, but he was a disappointment as well. (more…)
I know, I know…I’m late, or at least the NBA announced their choices before me, but I got stuck at work today, so sue me. Yes, I’m furious that Kevin Love didn’t make the team.
So in the last post, I gave you my picks for the Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves, so now it’s time for the Western Conference. I cannot remember a time when so much talent was deserving and where so many great players inevitably are going to be left off the roster.
In the Western Conference, your starters are: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and thanks to China, Yao Ming, who’s played in five games this season.
There are going to be 3-5 players that are left off this roster that are very deserving of a spot, people are going to be upset with these picks one way or another, but here are your Western Conference reserves… (more…)
One of the most exciting times of the year for me is when the NBA announces the All-Star reserves. The announcement of starters is never exciting, because it’s a popularity contest that normally is decided well before the official announcement. As for reserves, it’s done by coaches and this is generally where you see a lot of first-timers make the cut.
In the Eastern Conference, your starters are: Amare Stoudemire, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.
Who do I think should get the seven spots delegated to reserves? Well, here goes nothing… (more…)
Last night the NBA announced the starting lineups for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant was among the starters out West, as voted by the fans. This will be Durant’s second All-Star appearance, and his first as a starter.
Joining Durant out West will be Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Yao Ming. Obviously, Yao won’t be joining anyone, since he’s out for the season, so hopefully a valid replacement will be selected (I’d assume Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki get the start).
In the East, it’s far more simple: LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose fill out the starting five, and all rightfully so.
The big question is, who will be selected as the seven reserves for each team? I’ll be reviewing that shortly with you all.
For the final voting numbers, visit NBA.com.