2011 All-Star Weekend

Spending All-Star Weekend with Blake Griffin

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Because we can’t seem to get enough of all things Blake Griffin….

NBA TV is about to air a new show “24 Hours with Blake Griffin” starting Friday (the premiere is Friday, 6 p.m. Eastern). The show follows Griffin as he is the rock star of All-Star Weekend, doing the Rookie Challenge, the Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game itself. There are all sorts of other players fawning over Griffin.

And, there is footage of him in the dunk contest rehearsal. Not in this clip though, you’ll have to watch the show for that.


Blake Griffin, selling you some Kias (and it worked)


Blake Griffin almost didn’t do the car dunk.

Because there was a lot of paperwork to get done. Seriously. See Kia knew they wanted to do a commercial out of it so Blake’s people and Kia’s people (and a bunch of lawyers) got together and drew up the papers well in advance. Then it dawned on them late in the game they needed approvals from Baron Davis as well (he throws the pass out of the sunroof), so there was that round of paperwork. But they got it done and Griffin dunked.

And interest in Kia cars, Kia Optimas in particular, went up, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell (just keep scrolling down).

What if Griffin had not made the finals of the Dunk Contest? Yea, like that was going to happen. Start inserting your conspiracy theories here. David Stern is the Illuminati.

But the commercial is done and running.


And here CNBC’s Rovell breaks it down for you.

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Curry, Wall, Rose, Westbrook voted by fans into Skills Challenge

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Once again NBA fans, you have some good taste. Tony Parker may not think so, but I do. And really, whose opinion do you care about more? Don’t answer that.

Fan votes got to decide who was going to compete against Chris Paul in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Saturday night.

You all chose Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), the league announced. Four solid choices. I actually am interested to see who is faster on the dribble: Rose, Westbrook or Wall.

Who got left out? Tyreke Evans (who is hurt anyway and couldn’t have competed), Baron Davis, Derek Fisher (maybe it should have been Ramon Sessions on the list instead) and Tony Parker. Parker is really the only guy you could make a serious case for, but I’m not going to. I’m good with the choices.

What is the skills competition? You watch players dribble around cones, pass through targets and generally run drills. Thrilling, huh? Best part is they put it on national television.

Tyreke Evans to miss All-Star Rookie Challenge, Harden in

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Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis — a foot condition where if feels like someone is ramming a knife into your heel with every step, something that tends to hamper you hoop game — all season long. He missed the Kings game Wednesday because the only real cure for this is rest.

Along those lines, Evans is going to skip the All-Star Rookie Challenge Friday night to rest his foot more.

In his place, James Harden will suit up for the West, bringing a little old man game to the young bucks showcase.

The All-Star Rookie Challenge starts at 9 p.m. Eastern and you can catch it on TNT.

Video: DeMar DeRozan getting ready for the Dunk Contest

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Everyone talks about Blake Griffin having the home court advantage in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Saturday night because his Clippers play at Staples Center.

DeMar DeRozan may be a Raptor, but he is an L.A. guy too — he went to high school in Compton then played his college ball at USC. He will have some fans in the stands.

Especially if he pulls off a few of the dunks he’s been practicing, which you can catch in this video. And DeRozan was smart to bring in Jus Fly to consult a little — this isn’t in-game dunking, it’s a show.