Best of 2011: Marv Albert Has Bieber Fever

Posted: December 26, 2011 by Keith Stone in all-star, basketball, NBA

It’s the end of the year so let’s look back at some of the best moments in The Suite (and give Stone a break). This was originally published on February 22 celebrating the top moments of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

#567: OMG! Justin Bieber named Celebrity Game MVP

Despite scoring only 8 points in a losing effort, Bieber beat out Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, and Michael Rappaport for the game’s MVP (in text message voting determined by the fans, obviously). Bieber proved to be a decent shooter with an unorthodox sideshot and even crossed up Common. Craig Sager later interviewed Bieber during the All-Star Game. It was awkward.


#566: Team Atlanta wins Shooting Stars Competition
With Dominique Wilkins cheering passionately from the sidelines, Team Atlanta brought the trophy home. I don’t know why they still do this. It’s basically a half-court shooting contest. And yes, I would absolutely love to see a team of Landry Fields, John Starks, and [insert name of NY Liberty player here].

#412: Puff Daddy wishes Blake Griffin was in All-Star Game
On the All-Star Game red carpet (WTF?), Puffy said that he’s bummed out that Blake Griffin wasn’t in the game. Ummmmmmmmmmmm…

#335: Charles Barkley takes Allen Iverson with #1 Pick of All-Star Fantasy Draft
TNT had an interesting show where their commentators selected fantasy teams from a pool of every All-Star ever. Chuck had the first pick and was apparently getting a blowie instead of reading the rules. He picked The Answer. It was turrible. He did not win.

#291: Chris Paul misses layup in Skills Challenge
In a contest designed to test fundamentals, CP3 bricked his opening layup attempt. He did not win.

#113: Charles Barkley’s Birthday Cake

Those are Krispy Kreme donuts. The cake weighed over 200 pounds. Sir Charles ate the whole thing.

#86: The World’s Longest Handshake
Maria Menounos interviewed Stevie Wonder on the red carpet. He shook her hand for 90 seconds and ended by singing a great rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Chuck.

#69: 3-Point Shootout trophy presented by Dick Johnson
The 3-Point Shootout was a bore. James Jones outlasted Paul Pierce and Best Guy Ever Ray Allen to win. The only payoff came when Jones was presented the trophy by the immortal Dick Johnson. He was short and pale and it didn’t last very long. The presentation, I mean.

#19: Blake Griffin 360
Blake’s first dunk was a 360 with the ball behind his head. It only got better from there.

#18: Russell Westbrook tomahawk jam
The little man didn’t act so little in taking the ball all the way to the hoop for a ferocious slam.

#17: Serge Ibaka from the foul line
Air Congo dunked it in from the foul line. Not even a toe was in front of it. That’s impressive for a big man. Somehow the judges only gave him a 45. Brent Barry, eat your heart out.



#16: DeJuan Blair goes off the backboard
Blair threw down a sick alley-oop to himself during the dunk parade known as the Rookie Game. Kid’s doing pretty good for no ACL’s.

#15: East Bay Funk Remix
DeMar DeRozan paid homage to Isaiah “J.R.” Rider (or as he’s known now Inmate #872948) with a sick re-imaging of the classic through-the-legs dunk. It definitely tops The Karate Kid in terms of remakes.

#14: Amar’e!
Amar’e led the East (along with Queen James) with 29 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, in only 28 minutes as the Knicks’ first All-Star starter since 1992. He also threw a great midair alley-oop to Dwight Howard.



#13: Dr. J gets some
JaVale McGee’s mom, Pam, came to deliver an extra ball for her son for his 3-ball dunk. To curry favor with the judges, she gave them each a kiss on each cheek. Dr. J isn’t satisfied with that. Good thing she wasn’t a newspaper reporter.

#12: More balls, more fun
With an assist from John Wall, JaVale McGee dunked three balls at the same time. Even Taylor Rain can’t claim she did that.

#11: Kobe dunks on LeBron
It looked like Kobe had an open path to the hole on the fast break, but nobody does the chasedown block like LeBron. What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Kobe just sneaks it in and gives LeBron a pat on the ass.

#10: Serge to the rescue
A young Asian boy loses his toy. There’s only one guy who can save it. This definitely gets bonus points for the theatrics.

#9: Kobe and Durant go back-to-back
Kobe’s reverse in traffic wasn’t bad by itself, but the CP3-KD alley-oop following it makes for a hell of a sequence.

#8: DeMar DeRozan and Darryl Dawkins in…”The Show Stopper”
DeRozan nailed a sweet reverse windmill off the bounce all with one hand. Awesome. Almost as awesome as Chocolate Thunder’s suit, which he described by saying it was kissed by 1,000 artesian princesses. Paging Bellevue…

#7: LeBron the freight train
When LeBron gets a head of steam, he is impossible to stop. He had a head of steam here. This was part of an impressive and furious comeback to cut the West lead from double-digits to 2 in the final five minutes.



#6: More baskets, more fun
McGee dunked two balls in two separate baskets for his best dunk of the night. It’s an insane effort that’s almost impossible unless you have the wingspan of 747. This got a 50 from the judges but unfortunately, McGee shot his load and didn’t have anything better for later. If he did this dunk in the final round, he may have been able to challenge for the crown. Maybe.

#5: Bill Russell honored
Bill Russell was given a standing O for being recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. A very touching moment.

#4: Wall-Griffin bounce pass alley-oop
During the Rookie Game, John Wall bounced a alley-oop from the three-point line to Blake Griffin, who finished it off with a reverse. Not only that, but Wall did the Dougie afterward.

#3: Kobe up-and-under
Early in the game, Kobe drove baseline, started to go up, double pumped, went under the hoop, and threw it down. He’s slowed down, but Kobe dunked several times and proved he still has the ups. He was named All-Star MVP with 39 points, although he took more shots than any player on either team. The Black Mamba still managed to put on quite a show.

#2: Blake soars over car
Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk contest with a ridiculous alley-oop over a Kia Sorrento (the official car of the NBA!) with his coach Kenny Smith preaching like Billy Graham and a gospel choir singing I Believe I Can Fly behind him. Baron Davis threw the oop from the sunroof and the rest is history. Over three days, Blake slammed alleys from John Wall, Baron Davis, and Deron Williams. That’s what I call diversity. You only get that at All-Star Weekend.

#1: Queen James passes when the game is on the line
With a minute left and the West up by 4, LeBron had an opportunity for an wide-open 3. He chose to pass to Chris Bosh who promptly missed a shot and the West took it from there. This year’s All-Star Game reaffirmed that Kobe is still the league’s alpha dog and LeBron can’t hack it in crunch time when his team needs him the most. By deferring to his teammates, the greatest basketball player in the world continues to fail to live up to his potential and gives the doubters extra ammo for not believing in him.

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