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>2011 NBA All Star Starters Announced

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The announcement of the 2011 NBA All Star Game starters took place during tonight’s episode of “NBA Tip-Off” on TNT. Host Ernie Johnson with NBA analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith let us in on who will be featured in the Feb. 20 All Star Game.

My Predictions (Starters/Reserves): Linkd Here

Here are the selected starters by the fans:

Western Conference:
PG – Chris Paul (Hornets)
SG – Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
SF – Kevin Durant (Thunder)
PF – Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets)
C – Yao Ming (Rockets) *Will Be Replaced Due To Injury

Eastern Conference:
PG – Derrick Rose (Bulls)
SG – Dwyane Wade (Heat)
SF -Lebron James (Heat)
PF – Amar’e Stoudimare (Knicks)
C – Dwight Howard (Magic)

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in All-Star Weekend, NBA

 

>Mailbox Suprise: D.J. Mbenga

>Shoutout to my good friend, Chris! Thanks for the sick D.J. Mbenga Auto!

Got this amazing item in the mail today:

 

>Pau Gasol Visits Children Hospital Los Angeles

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Pau visited the hospital to share with the kids and donated tickets to the upcoming NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 18-21. 

 Pau had a great time spending time with patients outside the hospital in the courtyard.

 Pau took time to talk to the kids about the upcoming Jam Session. He even handed out tickets to the event, taking place at the LA Convention Center, Feb. 18-21.

Pau spent time participating in different activities with the children.

Photographer: Andrew Bernstein, NBA

 

>Mason & Ireland Live From Venice Beach

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On Thursday February 17th, 710 ESPN radio show Mason & Ireland will be live from Venice Beach, CA.

Great chance to meet current/former NBA players including Andrew Bynum, Corey Maggette, Jalen Rose, and Michael Cooper.

Facebook Link:

2-6pm – vote on ESPNLA.com for the “25 Top Moments in LA Basketball History”
2-6pm – prize giveaways every 15 minutes
2-6pm – Pop-A-Shot Contest
2-6pm – Local Fast Break Team Exhibition
2-6pm – Interviews/Autographs with ANDREW BYNUM (Lakers Center), JALEN ROSE (ESPN analyst, former NBA player), COREY MAGGETTE (Bucks forward, former Clipper), and MICHAEL COOPER (USC Women of Troy Head Coach, former Laker) – Times TBD
4-4:30pm – Drawing to play HORSE with MICHAEL COOPER to win a pair of American Airlines tickets!

More info to come!
Subject to change if necessary

 

>"The Black Mamba" World Premiere Feb. 19

>Can’t wait to see Kobe’s first motion picture.

Here’s the Trailer:

Facebook Link:

Kobe Bryant is “The Black Mamba” World Premiere showcases the world’s best basketball player – in his biggest challenge yet.

Starring Kobe Bryant, Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo, and more.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
A Nike Basketball Production.

Coming 2.19.11
1:00 AM PST
Streaming Live on Facebook.com/Nikebasketball

 

>Wayne Gretzky’s 50th Birthday

>Happy 50th Birthday to the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

In honor of his Birthday, I want to share my favorite card.

2002-03 UD Superstars Shawn Green / Wayne Gretzky / Kobe Bryant

 

>Lakers Continue To Dominate The Jazz At Home

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Lakers (33-13) vs. Utah Jazz (27-18)

Lakers came into tonight’s game with 16 straight home wins over the Utah Jazz, including the playoffs.

Lakers defense was a big problem for the Jazz. The Lakers were forcing tough shots and turnovers. Andrew Bynum had 2 blocks in the first quarter.

Lakers led 37-22 at the end of the quarter. Lakers shot 72.2% and the Jazz shot 36.4%.

The Lakers offense kept their touch in the second quarter. Everyone moved the basketball around resulting in easy buckets. Out of the 24 field goals made in the half, the Lakers had 20 assists. Their bench also outscored Utah 20-3 in the half.

Lakers led 66-38 at the half.

Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. Raja Bell picked up a technical foul for arguing a call. The entire Jazz team was frustrated with the way the game had been going. 93-65 was the score at the end fo the third.

Lakers’ bench pushed the tempo and went on a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 38. Game became a little chippy when Earl Watson and Steve Blake almost got into an altercation. In the very next possession, Derrick Caracter bumped Watson twice for the offensive foul. Watson was upset, but nothing escalated.

Joe Smith played for the first time since Jan. 11th. The third squad played sloppy down the stretch, but the Jazz never came close.

Key Numbers:
20 assists for the Lakers in first half.
19 straight games with a block for Bynum
17 straight home wins against the Utah Jazz
13 points away from tying Hakeem for 7th on all-time scoring list for Kobe
3 technical fouls (Jazz Ast. Coach; Deron Williams; Raja Bell)

Box Score: Lakers 120 Jazz 91

Picture Credit: AP