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NBA All-Star Game 2011 Red Carpet Watch

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles held true to the city in which it took place, as the players hit the red carpet with their best Hollywood outfits on. Chris Bosh and LeBron James were sporting softer color suits and sun glasses, while the other member of Miami’s Bermuda Triangle, Dwyane Wade, was representing with a skinny tie.

The other top team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics, put their four stars in the game. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen all went with the secret service look, while Kevin Garnett went sans shades:

Apparently the non-dirty player didn’t get the memo. Here are pics of all the other All-Stars and celebs on the red carpet at Staples Center:

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Blake Griffin and DeMar DeRozan Are the Easy Favorites

Blake Griffin gave NBA fans a collective boner when he answered our prayers by saying he would join the Slam Dunk Contest. As if that wasn’t good enough, the NBA seemed to listen to our other request — to replace point guard Brandon Jennings in the event. Jennings actually was injured, but the league did well to name DeMar DeRozan the replacement because that kid can get up.

Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin is the easy favorite in the contest, checking in at 1:3 odds to win it. He had a spectacular alley-oop in the Rookie Challenge on Friday, and he’s been an individual nightly highlight show. There was his alley-oop over Kyle Korver, and then his reverse alley-oop during a game. But my favorite dunk of his this year was the one where he tea-bagged Timofey Mozgov:

DeMar DeRozan is a second-year forward for the Toronto Raptors. He was their first-round pick in 2009, selected 9th overall. Last year he won the first ever dunk-in for the contest, beating out Eric Gordon. He finished second to Nate Robinson last year, but he was the only player to record a perfect score in the contest. His odds to win it are 3:1. It’s easy to see why he’s in competition to win it — he took the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest with jams like this:

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Kevin Garnett Denies He Is a Dirty Player

After toiling in Minnesota for 12 largely unsuccessful season, Kevin Garnett became somewhat of a sympathetic figure. He made 10 All-Star games, won an MVP award, but lost in the first round of the playoffs seven years in a row. Finally Minnesota freed him with a trade to Boston where he teamed up with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. They went out and immediately put together the best record in the league and won a championship.

Once they started winning, people no longer felt badly for KG and they started to see him for what he was — one of the league’s biggest trash-talkers, dirty players, and the quintessential love him or hate him player.

Garnett is a polarizing figure. He plays hard, gives his all, and helps his team win, and fans of his team love him. But he also plays head games, uses questionable veteran tactics, and is not very sportsmanlike. For those reasons, opposing fans disgust him.

Regardless of how you feel about Garnett, you have to respect how hard he plays and how badly he wants to win. Because of all that, he says his team loves him and he’s not a dirty player.

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John Wall Alley-Oop to Blake Griffin Video

John Wall broke Chris Paul’s Rookie Challenge record with 22 assists on Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The stats really are meaningless given that there was worse defense played than the French protecting the Bastille, but at least it provided plenty of highlights. The best one had to be John Wall’s bounce pass alley-oop to Blake Griffin. I’ve never seen anything like it. Here’s the John Wall alley-oop to Blake Griffin video:

If there’s even a slight amount of that sort of creativity in the dunk contest, we’ll be in for quite the show. Not bad for a live game, huh?

Adidas Yellow All-Star Game Shoes Steal the Show

If you happened to check into the Rookie Challenge on Friday night of All-Star weekend, it was impossible not to notice the retina-piercing yellow sneakers on the court. Several players were rocking the Adidas adiPURE shoes for the game and these babies were bright yellow. As I wrote on twitter (follow LBS), it was just like watching Oregon’s football team during the National Championship Game. Jrue Holiday, Wesley Johnson, Serge Ibaka, Taj Gibson, James Harden, and Steph Curry were some of the players blinding us on the floor with their yellow shoes. Here’s an up-close look at these babies:

We know Adidas has been rolling out special items for the weekend including tight-fitting jerseys, and new shoes for Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, and Snoop Dogg, but I’d say they swung and missed with these ones. When I watch the NBA, I want to keep my eyes on the ball and not the feet. Thanks guys.

For a complete rundown of the shoes that will be worn during All-Star weekend, check out Complex.

Carmelo Anthony Nets Trade Includes Derrick Favors, Four First-Round Picks

Mikhail Prokhorov could be the world’s biggest Carmelo Anthony fan.  We all know the Nets need to make some sort of huge splash in order to become a contender, but is it worth wagering their entire future for one player?  Anthony may be one of the NBA’s best players, but who could blame the Nuggets for trading him away with what New Jersey is offering?

In order for the trade to be finalized Anthony must agree on the three-year, $65 million extension the Nets are offering.  Reports have surfaced stating that Anthony and Prokhorov are scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend, but Carmelo said there is “no meeting at all” and talk of one is “news to (him).”  Of course, it would be foolish to rule out the Knicks regardless of how far along the talks are between New Jersey and Denver.

If the deal goes through, here is a look at what each team would get:

Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman
Nuggets get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and four first-round picks.

Man, that’s a ton of first round picks.  The Nuggets would lose two of their best players but they would also have an infinite amount of resources to use toward rebuilding.  Two first round picks every season for four years can yield plenty of talent.  Favors may not have worked out as planned just yet, but he was a third overall pick for a reason.  Harris is known to score points in bunches.  Anthony is the definition of a franchise player, but I’m just not sure any player is worth that type of king’s ransom — especially one who takes his hat off to himself and rocks shades during interviews like a clown.

NBA All-Star Weekend Parties in LA: Here Are Your Options

With NBA All-Star Weekend comes plenty of parties that are loaded with athletes, celebrities, and top-notch musical entertainment. Since we know many LBS Nuts are from the Los Angeles-area, we figured we’d show you the flyers for some of the top party spots for this weekend in case you’re interested in going to a banger. At least do it for me while I’m stuck out here on the East Coast where everyone’s acting like today’s 52-degree high was a regular day in Tahiti.

Friday, Feb. 18

(click on each flyer twice to enlarge it)

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