NBA All Star Weekend

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NBA All Star Game

Kobe and Shaq were MVP's and led the West to a 146 - 119 victory. Shaq had some nice highlight reel plays,scoring 17 points in only 11 minutes.Kobe had 27 points along with 4 steals, assist

Rookie vs Sophomore Challenge

I though Rookies were going to win , but Durant went crazy and scored 46 points

Haeir Shooting Stars

From NBA.COM

Phoenix hit its first five shots and made it to halfcourt in just 14 seconds, but the halfcourt heave was the team's undoing. The three shooters from Phoenix -- Leandro Barbosa, Dan Majerle and Tangela Smith -- needed more than 20 attempts there before Majerle finally sank one. By that time, Team Detroit was celebrating its victory.

Detroit needed 13 attempts to get through its first five shots, but only seven from halfcourt as the Shock's Katie Smith drained her third try from long distance. Smith helped her coach, Bill Laimbeer, become the first person to win a second Shooting Stars title. He teamed with Swin Cash and Chauncey Billups when Detroit won in 2007. Smith and Laimbeer were joined by Arron Afflalo this time around. They completed their final round run in a time of 58.4 seconds.

"I'm happy Katie got some more hardware," Laimbeer said afterward. "She has collected a whole bunch of gold medals with a WNBA championship and MVP. Now she has got another one."

Playstation Skills Challenge

Derick Rose won he event and finished it with a double pump reverse dunk. He is the first rookie to win the event.

Foot Locker 3-point Shootout

Daequan Cook won the event after winning the tiebreaker vs Rashard Lewis, he dethroned two time champion Jason Kapono

Sprite Slam Dunk

FROM NBA.COM

Krypto-Nate: Robinson Takes Down Defending Champion

Nate Robinson tugged on Superman's cape -- and won. The Knicks guard beat defending champion Dwight Howard in an electrifying slam dunk contest on Saturday, winning 52 percent of fans' votes. Clad in an all-green Knicks uniform, Robinson used Howard as a prop in the final, springboarding over the 6-foot-11 center to jam.


you could see his dunk on my icon

Celebrity All Star Game

FROM NBA.COM

Thanks to a game-high 17 points (but only one assist -- he's a receiver, not a passer, you know), Owens nabbed the Most Valuable Player trophy by leading the East Sunrisers to a 60-57 win over West Sunsetters at the McDonald's All-Star Celebrity Game at Jam Session on Friday.

Unlike last year, when Owens arrived sometime after the opening tipoff, he was in Julius Erving's starting lineup in a game that included four Harlem Globetrotters, a mid-game addition of ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman and a surprise referee in ESPN play-by-play man Mike Breen. He reffed the whole game.

"They need someone to make fun of," Breen said before the game.

Breen, who had done some refereeing before his broadcasting career, more than held his own for the 32-minute game. The only negative came in the first half when, right in front of Breen, Globetrotter and University of Arizona grad "Wildkat" Edgerson absolutely crushed Sparks center Lisa Leslie on the break, sending the four-time gold medalist into the second row.

In an act of rough justice, Breen swallowed his whistle, which drew an incredulous look from Leslie's coach, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

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Kings retire one of my all time favorite players jersey,Chris Webber

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- When Chris Webber was traded to the Sacramento Kings nearly 11 years ago, the former No. 1 draft pick initially had no intention of ever playing for that scruffy franchise out in some remote part of California.

The ex-NBA rookie of the year certainly never imagined the best times of his life would occur in drafty old Arco Arena with a patchwork collection of teammates who somehow played sublime basketball together. The mere idea of seeing his No. 4 jersey in Arco's rafters some day would have been the most improbable thought of all.

Yet that's exactly where Webber ended up Friday night when the Kings retired their former power forward's number in recognition of his pivotal role in this long-struggling franchise's greatest years.

KINGS RETIRE WEBBER'S NO. 4 JERSEY

"I'm just happy, humbled, excited -- having every emotion you can think of, including a stomach that's tied up in knots," said Webber, who didn't betray any of those nerves in his gray three-button suit and bright-red tie with matching pocket square. "This was a really unexpected honor, one that I never expected to receive."

Vlade Divac, Doug Christie, Scot Pollard and Mateen Cleaves were among the former teammates who returned to Sacramento for Webber's ceremony. Gary Payton, Webber's partner in the former stars' promising new careers as television analysts, and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson also were in attendance.

"Those memories of mine, the best moments that I've had in my life, they were here," said Webber, who made four All-Star teams and led the Kings to within an overtime Game 7 loss of the NBA finals in 2002.

Webber got a two-minute standing ovation and raucous chants of "C-Webb! C-Webb!" when he stepped to center court under a spotlight at halftime. The current Kings, including former Webber teammates Brad Miller and Bobby Jackson, sneaked onto the court to watch the ceremony during the 23-minute halftime, with Kevin Martin lounging across the scorers' table.

"When I came here at the beginning, I really didn't know what to expect," Webber told the crowd. "It was because of you guys that this worked. ... I'm thankful that God brought me to Sacramento and let me be a King. You guys stood by me when the world left me for dead. I will always remember that."

After Kings owner Gavin Maloof asked Webber to represent the woeful Kings at the draft lottery in three months, Webber hugged and rubbed the banner bearing his jersey's likeness before it was raised to the rafters.

"You made me a better player," said Divac, whose No. 21 will be hung alongside Webber's jersey next month. "You made all of us a better player. I played basketball for 20-plus years. My six years with the Kings and with you were the best."

Guard Mitch Richmond, who was traded to Washington in that 1998 deal for Webber, is the only other player from the franchise's Sacramento era whose jersey hangs alongside the numbers of Oscar Robertson, Nate Archibald and four others in a club history that dates back to the Rochester Royals, one of the NBA's original teams.

With his versatile offensive game, exceptional passing and charismatic leadership, Webber was at the center of the franchise's longest sustained run of success during his 61/2 seasons. Sacramento had eight straight winning seasons overall, including a club-record 61 victories in 2001-02 and back-to-back Pacific Division championships -- still the only title banners hanging across from those retired numbers in the Arco Arena rafters.

"Now, I'm officially a part of the family forever," Webber said. "If there's anything I'm proud of, I'm glad that I helped put Sacramento on the map."

Webber's initial reluctance to join the Kings was erased by a talk with his father, who also attended Friday's ceremony along with almost every member of Webber's extended family. Webber still wasn't sure about Sacramento until his first practice, when point guard Jason Williams whipped a sublime behind-the-back pass to him for a dunk.

Once Webber realized the possibilities of playing for coach Rick Adelman with a roster of young talent assembled by executive Geoff Petrie, he quickly grew to appreciate the chance he'd been handed early in an NBA career that wasn't really going anywhere.

Although the Kings traded Webber in 2005 to get out from under the onerous contract he signed four years earlier, Webber is long past the "hurt and pain" of Petrie's decision -- particularly given the $123 million he made from the deal.

"The day we traded Chris, I said that the memories remain the property of the Sacramento Kings," said Petrie, the executive who built and dismantled the Kings' best teams. "That's especially true today."

Although he's just 35, an age when many NBA stars are still going strong, his perpetually unsound right knee finished off his career last year after a halfhearted comeback attempt with the Golden State Warriors. Webber still has a residence and a popular restaurant in Sacramento, and he visits the central Valley regularly.

Although Webber seems happy with his new career as a provocative television analyst, he acknowledges he'll never be fully satisfied with his playing exploits, even with his name hanging forever in Arco's rafters.

When asked to rank the importance of his jersey retirement, Webber said: "I wish I could say second to a championship. It's definitely the biggest honor that I've received in my basketball career. ... I can't lie and say (not winning a championship) isn't something that I think about. It's something that I always will want, and I'm disappointed we couldn't give it to the people."