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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Jump ball: Has NBA All-Star Weekend lost its luster?

By Washington Post sports editors

As announced Thursday night, Wizards rookie John Wall will be participating in the NBA Skills Challenge as part of this weekend's all-star festivities. Fellow rookie Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, will be taking part in Saturday night's dunk contest, along with the Wizards' Javale McGee.

The performance of both rookies will be widely anticipated, but does the NBA All-Star Weekend enjoy the same buzz it did when Michael Jordan was winning the dunk contest and Larry Bird was winning the three-point contest? Is the new generation of stars even more electrifying? Or has the saturation of highlight shows throughout the rest of the year made this just another sideshow?

By Washington Post sports editors  | February 18, 2011; 12:09 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Saturday is worth watching. Sunday is not.

Posted by: richs91 | February 18, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sucks dat we have no All Stars but it would still be great for this Orginization if Wall won the skills comp or got the MVP or the rookie/soph game, or if McGee won the dunk contest.

With him playing with the beast Cousins again and also luckily having Blake on his squad, I could see the rookies pulling the upset and him winning the MVP since he will have the ball more then anyone else. I remember Gil won it one year, I think as a Soph.

Wall also has the speed & passing ability to win the skills comp and alot of vets dont go as hard as possible at it so if he can get dat pass through the tire then he could win that also.

In the dunk contest to me it comes down to IQ again. Our team is always dumb and McGee is one of the worst. He's talented enough to win it but its all about tempo. Those dunks he was doing in that one video is not going to win it. He may even come in 4th. They were good but no one wants to see a 7footer dunk unless it looks like a small man. Those dunks looked like a 7footer and it was all about tempo.

The good thing is that they were practicing so I dont think he was going hard but just watch those dunks in the vid and watch him in games at times. When he gets a running start or goes full speed then he can dunk like a guard. Its going to be about tempo. If he's nervous or just dunks slow like he did in that vid then he will look like crap but if he gets a running start on all his dunks and does it with energy then we could see a Jordan-Wilkins type faceoff. I think all 4 guys can be good if they do it right

Posted by: dlts2041 | February 18, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The entire NBA has lost its luster if you ask me. A bunch of staggeringly overpaid athletes -- many of whom are of questionable character at best both on and off the court -- placing little emphasis on team play while being paid by owners who regularly threaten city and state governments and milk taxpayers for millions of dollars in stadium construction and renovation costs in an already-profitable industry...

I'll stick to watching college ball, thanks. Not that is doesn't have its own issues...

Posted by: mgear1 | February 18, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Saturday is worth watching. Sunday is not.

Posted by: richs91 | February 18, 2011 1:10 PM

Watching the nba allstar game is at the bottom of my tv viewing list.
I'll record Friday & Saturday & FF thru most of it.

Posted by: VBFan | February 18, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

rookie v soph should be pretty sweet.

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The sideshow stuff -- dunking, 3 point shooting, the other skills -- is an NBA version of Battle of the Network Stars. The game itself is a joke. Not a complete joke like the NFL Pro Bowl, but close. That leaves MLB with the only legit All-Star contest, and that's based entirely on winning home field advantage in the Series. Otherwise it would be a joke, too.

So if American Idol hasn't lost its luster despite years of incipient decline, then I guess there's a place for All-Star games, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 18, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, who's NOT excited to see John Wall and Blake Griffin on the same team? I think the rookies will destroy the sophs, with at least 3 awesome Wall-Griffin oops.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 18, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Dunks aren't special anymore. The games might be fun to watch for those who have good seats. Otherwise, no -- the weekend is not special.

Posted by: devilsadvocate2 | February 18, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

the weekend lost its luster a loooooong time ago.

Posted by: LoveTheWiz | February 18, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Black Thanksgiving?

Posted by: ozpunk | February 18, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Lost its luster?When I see anything relating to the NBA All Star Weekend,it makes me realize why so many now say they prefer college ball.The NCAA markets itself to everyone,while the NBA does not.

Posted by: seanmg | February 18, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

David Aldridge, calls All Star Weekend a "national holiday" or "Black Thanksgiving" for African Americans, and quotes USC professor Todd Boyd as saying that "the NBA All-Star weekend has turned into a celebration of African American culture by extension."

This why the NBA has been falling in interest. Imagine if a white said the NHL All Star game was a 'White Thanksgiving'.

Posted by: bal503 | February 18, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Is the NBA all star game even on network TV anymore?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 18, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

"Has NBA All-Star Weekend lost its luster?"
Marv Albert answers the question.

No Jordan or Bird, no luster. Overpaid whiny athletes that can't even shoot a free throw.
Everyone of them is plastered with tattoos.
Even tattoos have lost their luster. Thanks NBA.

Posted by: wormfood | February 19, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

get off my lawn thread.

Posted by: divi3 | February 19, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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