2010 NBA All-Star Game
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that was played on February 14, 2010, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas United States. This game was the 59th edition of the NBA All-Star Game and was played during the 2009–10 NBA season. This was the second time that the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area had hosted the All-Star Game; the area had previously hosted the event in 1986. Dallas was awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by commissioner David Stern on October 30, 2008.
|Date||February 14, 2010|
American Airlines Center
|National anthem||Gretchen Wilson (US) |
Canadian Tenors (Canada)
|Halftime show||Alicia Keys, Shakira|
|Announcers||Marv Albert, Doug Collins and Reggie Miller|
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Mike Fratello, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith (All-Star Saturday Night)
Kevin Harlan, Kevin McHale and Dwyane Wade (Rookie Challenge)
|NBA All-Star Game|
The All-Star Weekend began on Friday, February 12, 2010 with the Celebrity Game and the Rookie Challenge, a game between the league's best rookies and second-year players. On Saturday, the event continued with the All-Star Saturday Night, which featured the Shooting Stars Competition, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and H–O–R–S–E Competition. The D-League All-Star Game and the second D-League Dream Factory Friday Night, the latter of which was modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, also took place during the All-Star Weekend. The D-League Dream Factory Friday Night was held on Friday and the D-League All-Star Game was held on Saturday.
The Eastern Conference All-Star team defeated the Western Conference All-Star team 141–139. The East's Dwyane Wade, who recorded 28 points on 75% shooting, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals was named as the game's MVP. In the Rookie Challenge, the Rookies defeated the Sophomores for the first time since 2002, with Rookies' Tyreke Evans named as the game MVP. In the All-Star Saturday Night events, Nate Robinson won his third Slam Dunk Contest while Paul Pierce and Steve Nash won the Three-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge respectively. Team Texas, the home team, won the Shootings Stars Competition. Kevin Durant repeated as champion in the H–O–R–S–E Competition.
The announced attendance for the game was 108,713, the all-time attendance record for the sport. The previous verified record for attendance at a basketball game was 78,129, set in a December 13, 2003 game between Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field in Detroit. The final of the 1968 European Cup Winners' Cup between AEK Athens and Slavia Prague at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens is believed to have had an attendance of 120,000 but that total was not verified at the time. The previous record attendance for an NBA All-Star Game was 44,735, set at the Houston Astrodome for the 1989 All-Star Game. This event also broke the record for the single largest attendance for an indoor event, previously held by WrestleMania III in 1987.
This marked the first All-Star game where neither team wore a white uniform. The East wore blue uniforms with silver trim, while the West wore red uniforms with gold trim.
The Dallas Mavericks served as host of an All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history; they previously hosted the 1986 All-Star Game at their former home court, the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.
The venue for the game on February 14 was Cowboys Stadium, home of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, while the Rookie Challenge and NBA All-Star Saturday Night events were held on February 12 and February 13, 2010, respectively, at American Airlines Center, home of the Mavericks. This marked the first time the All-Star events were split between two venues since 1989.
The Mavericks were awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by NBA commissioner David Stern, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on October 30, 2008. This was the first All-Star Game to be played in a football stadium since 1996 when San Antonio's Alamodome hosted the event.
The coaches for the All-Star Game are the head coaches of the teams with the best winning percentage in each conference through the games of January 31, two weeks before the All-Star Game. However, an NBA rule also prohibits a coach from being selected for consecutive All-Star Games. Because Phil Jackson and Mike Brown coached in the 2009 All-Star Game, they were not eligible for selection, even though their teams (respectively the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers) had the best winning percentages in their respective conferences at the January 31 cutoff date.
The coach for the Western Conference team was Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl. This is the fourth time Karl was selected to be an All-Star coach, after previous selections in 1994, 1996 and 1998. At January 31, the Nuggets had 32–15 record, the second best winning percentage in the Western Conference, behind Phil Jackson's Lakers. The coach for the Eastern Conference team was Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. This is the second time Van Gundy was selected to be an All-Star coach, after previously being selected in 2005. At January 31, the Magic had 32–16 record, the second best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, behind Mike Brown's Cavaliers.
The rosters for the All-Star Game are chosen in two ways. The starters were chosen via a fan ballot. Two guards, two forwards and one center who receive the highest vote were named the All-Star starters. The reserves were chosen by votes among the NBA head coaches in their respective conferences. The coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The reserves consists of two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. If a player is unable to participate due to injury, the commissioner will select a replacement.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the All-Star Ballots with 2,549,693 votes, which earned him a starting position in the Eastern Conference team. Allen Iverson, who retired briefly before returning to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, earned his eleventh straight selection to the All-Star roster. Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard completed the Eastern Conference starting position. These five starters also started in the previous year's Eastern Conference team. The Eastern Conference reserves includes 4 first-time selections, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Gerald Wallace and Al Horford. Wallace became the first player to represent the Charlotte Bobcats in the All-Star game, while Rose became the first All-Star for the Chicago Bulls since Michael Jordan.
The Western Conference leading vote-getter is Kobe Bryant with 2,456,224 votes. Two-time MVP Steve Nash returned after missing out on the All-Star roster the previous year. Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan and Amar'e Stoudemire completed the Western Conference starting position. Bryant, Duncan and Stoudemire all started in last year's game, although Stoudemire was listed as a forward then. Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki represented the home town after being selected as a reserve. The Western Conference reserves includes 3 first-time selections, Kevin Durant, Zach Randolph and Deron Williams, who grew up and starred in high school in the Dallas area.
Four players missed the game: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Brandon Roy due to injury; Allen Iverson due to personal reasons. As a result, four more were named to the roster as replacements: Chauncey Billups for Paul, Chris Kaman for Roy, Jason Kidd for Bryant and David Lee for Iverson. Both Kaman and Lee are first-time selections. Eastern Conference coach Stan Van Gundy selected Joe Johnson to replace Iverson in the starting lineup, while Western Conference coach George Karl selected Dirk Nowitzki to replace Bryant in the starting lineup.
^INJ Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Brandon Roy did not participate due to injury.
^DNP Allen Iverson did not play due to personal reasons.
^REP Chauncey Billups was named as a replacement for Chris Paul, Chris Kaman was named as a replacement for Brandon Roy, Jason Kidd was named as a replacement for Kobe Bryant, and David Lee was named as a replacement for Allen Iverson.
^1 Joe Johnson started in place of Allen Iverson.
^2 Dirk Nowitzki started in place of Kobe Bryant.
^3 Although the NBA listed Pau Gasol as a forward in the All-Star ballot, he was selected as a reserve center by the head coaches.
7:50 p.m. CT
|Eastern Conference All-Stars 141, Western Conference All-Stars 139|
|Scoring by quarter: 37–34, 39–35, 42–40, 23–30|
|Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Chris Bosh 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 11
|Pts: Carmelo Anthony 27|
Rebs: Anthony, Stoudemire 10 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge featured a team of standout first-year players ('Rookies') against a team of standout second-year players ('Sophomores'). The game was divided into two twenty-minute halves, similar to college basketball. The participating players were chosen by voting among the league's assistant coaches. The Rookie team included five of the top ten picks from the 2009 NBA draft: Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn, James Harden and Brandon Jennings. The Sophomores team featured seven players from the previous Rookie Challenge game: Michael Beasley, Marc Gasol, Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez, O. J. Mayo, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. However, Rose was later replaced by Anthony Morrow due to Rose's selection to the Skills Challenge and the All-Star Game.
The head coaches for the Rookies and Sophomores teams were the lead assistants from the All-Star Game coaching staffs, Adrian Dantley from the Denver Nuggets and Patrick Ewing from the Orlando Magic. They were assisted by two All-Stars who served as assistant coach, Kevin Durant and Chris Bosh. Durant participated in his third successive Rookie Challenge game, after playing as a rookie and sophomore in the last two years. Bosh, a Dallas native, returned to his hometown where he grew up and starred in high school basketball. Dantley and Durant coached the Rookie team while Ewing and Bosh coached the Sophomore team.
At halftime, sophomore Eric Gordon and rookie DeMar DeRozan competed in the inaugural NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition to determine the fourth participant of the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. DeRozan, who was not part of the Rookie team, earned 61% of the fans vote to defeat Eric Gordon and won a spot to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.
^DNP Derrick Rose was excused from the Rookie Challenge in consideration of being named to the All-Star Game and his participation in the Skills Challenge.
^REP Anthony Morrow was named as a replacement for Derrick Rose.
9:00 p.m. ET
|Rookies 140, Sophomores 128|
|Scoring by half: 67–55, 73–73|
|Pts: Tyreke Evans 26
Rebs: DeJuan Blair 23
Asts: Brandon Jennings 8
|Pts: Russell Westbrook 40|
Rebs: Beasley, Lopez 7 each
Asts: O. J. Mayo 10
The Rookies won the game 140–128, ending the Sophomores' seven games win streak and winning the Rookie Challenge for the first time since 2002. Rookie's Tyreke Evans was named MVP; he had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and notched a record 23 rebounds, becoming the first player to have a 20–20 game in the Rookie Challenge. Sophomore's Russell Westbrook had a game-high 40 points in a losing effort. It was the second time a player has reached the 40-point mark, since Kevin Durant had 46 points last year. The Rookies were up by 12 at halftime, the largest lead of the game. Westbrook, who had 11 points at halftime, took over and scored 29 points in the second half. But strong plays enabled the Rookies to keep the lead for the rest of the game.
Slam Dunk ContestEdit
The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was contested by defending champion Nate Robinson, All-Star Gerald Wallace, Shannon Brown and DeMar DeRozan. The fourth contestant was determined through the first ever NBA All-Star Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition that was held at halftime of the Rookie Challenge game. The opening matchup between DeRozan and Eric Gordon ended with DeRozan winning 61% of the online fan vote and the final spot in the Saturday competition.
The Slam Dunk Contest was held the following night. Each of the four contestants performed two slam dunks in the first round. A panel of five judges, including former champion Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb, then scored the dunks to determine the final round pairing. DeRozan's scored 92 points in the first round, including a 50-point dunk to advance to the finals. Robinson scored 89 points and also advanced to the finals, in which he was narrowly victorious in his effort to repeat. Robinson incorporated the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders his final round dunks, which earned him 51% of the fan vote, thus making him the first three-time dunk contest winner. After accepting the trophy, Robinson announced his retirement from any future dunk contests.
|Pos.||Player||Team||Height||Weight||First round||Final round|
|1st dunk||2nd dunk||Total||Votes|
|G||Nate Robinson||New York Knicks||5–8||180||44||45||89||51%|
|G||DeMar DeRozan||Toronto Raptors||6–7||220||42||50||92||49%|
|G||Shannon Brown||Los Angeles Lakers||6–4||205||37||41||78||—|
|F||Gerald Wallace||Charlotte Bobcats||6–7||220||38||40||78||—|
|G||DeMar DeRozan||Toronto Raptors||6–7||220||61%|
|G||Eric Gordon||Los Angeles Clippers||6–3||222||39%|
The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout featured six players: defending champion Daequan Cook returned to defend his title, competing against Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Channing Frye, Danilo Gallinari and rookie Stephen Curry. Frye was the first center to participate in the three-point shootout since Sam Perkins in 1997. In this contest, contestants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible from five shooting stations behind the three-point arc in one minute. Players begin shooting from one corner of the court, and move from station to station along the three-point arc until they reach the other corner. Each station has four standard balls, worth one point each, plus one specially colored "money ball", worth two points.
Curry led the first round with 18 points as he advanced to the final round along with Billups and Pierce, who both scored 17 points. Cook failed to advance, finishing with 15 points along with Frye and Gallinari. In the second round, Pierce set the tone early by scoring 20 points, and both Billups and Curry were unable to match his score. Pierce, who could only manage to score 8 points in his first participation in 2002, became the first Celtic to win the contest since Larry Bird won it back-to-back in 1986 and 1987.
|Pos.||Player||Team||Height||Weight||First round||Final round|
|F||Paul Pierce||Boston Celtics||6–7||235||17||20|
|G||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||6–3||185||18||17|
|G||Chauncey Billups||Denver Nuggets||6–3||202||17||14|
|G||Daequan Cook||Miami Heat||6–5||210||15||—|
|C||Channing Frye||Phoenix Suns||6–11||245||15||—|
|F||Danilo Gallinari||New York Knicks||6–10||225||15||—|
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge was contested by four players. Derrick Rose, the defending champion, was supposed to participate in the contest but he suffered an injury before the All-Star Break. He was replaced by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. 2008 champion Deron Williams, 2005 champion Steve Nash and rookie Brandon Jennings also competed. In this contest, the contestants have to complete an "obstacle course" consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. The contestant who finishes the course with the fastest time wins the contest. All contestants must comply with basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course.
The two former champions, Nash and Williams advanced to the second round with the 35.0 and 34.1 seconds respectively. Jennings missed the cut for the final round with just 35.7 seconds, 0.7 second slower than Nash. In the final round, Nash went quicker than his first round attempt to record 29.9 seconds, while Williams could only record 37.9 seconds. Nash became the second two-time winner of the event, joining Dwyane Wade who won it back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
|Pos.||Player||Team||Height||Weight||First round||Final round|
|G||Steve Nash||Phoenix Suns||6–3||195||35.0||29.9|
|G||Deron Williams||Utah Jazz||6–3||207||34.1||37.9|
|G||Brandon Jennings||Milwaukee Bucks||6–1||169||35.7||—|
|G||Russell WestbrookREP||Oklahoma City Thunder||6–3||187||44.1||—|
|G||Derrick RoseINJ||Chicago Bulls||6–3||190||—||—|
Shooting Stars CompetitionEdit
The Haier Shooting Stars Competition was contested by four teams of three players, with each team representing a city which has both NBA and WNBA teams (or in the case of Sacramento, had one during the 2009 season). Each team consisted of one current NBA player, one current WNBA player, and one NBA legend. In this competition, each team must make six shots from six shooting locations of increasing difficulties. The team who makes all six shots with the fastest time wins the competition. For the first time in the event's history, the TNT and NBA TV analysts participated in the event, as the NBA legend. Defending champion Team Detroit did not return to defend their title. A home team from Texas competed in the competition, representing Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, the three cities in Texas that have NBA franchises. Other participants in the event included Team Atlanta, Team Los Angeles and Team Sacramento.
In the first round, Team Texas and Los Angeles both had the two best times and advanced to the final round. In the final round, Team Texas finished the course in just 34.3 seconds, defeating team Los Angeles who recorded 55.2 seconds. Team Texas only missed two shots in their first five shooting locations before hometown player Dirk Nowitzki scored the half-court shot in the team's sixth attempt. WNBA player Becky Hammon, who won the competition as part of Team San Antonio in 2008, became the second two-time winner, after Bill Laimbeer.
|City/State||Members||Team||First round||Final round|
|Texas||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks||1:28||34.3|
|Becky Hammon1||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|Kenny Smith||Houston Rockets (retired)|
|Los Angeles||Pau Gasol||Los Angeles Lakers||1:00||55.2|
|Marie Ferdinand-Harris||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Brent Barry||Los Angeles Clippers (retired)|
|Sacramento||Tyreke Evans||Sacramento Kings||1:46||—|
|Nicole Powell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|Chris Webber||Sacramento Kings (retired)|
|Atlanta||Joe Johnson||Atlanta Hawks||1:47||—|
|Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|Steve Smith||Atlanta Hawks (retired)|
A H–O–R–S–E Competition, which was contested for the first time last year as an exhibition event before the All-Star Saturday Night, is now part of the All-Star Saturday Night events. The objective of this competition is to accrue as few of the five letters as possible. Players are given a "letter" every time they fail to duplicate a shot of another player. Each player is given 24 seconds to make or duplicate a shot—dunking is prohibited. Each player who fails to duplicate five shots is eliminated from the competition. An NBA referee is assigned to rule whether the shot is performed properly. Defending champion Kevin Durant returned to defend his title, competing against Rajon Rondo and rookie Omri Casspi. All players started slow in the contest early on after failing to make most shots. Casspi was soon eliminated when he accumulated the five letters. Due to time constraint, the competition turned into a three-point contest. Durant made most of his shots, eliminating Rondo who missed two three-pointers.
|F||Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder||6–9||230||H-O-R|
|G||Rajon Rondo||Boston Celtics||6–1||171||H-O-R-S-E|
|F||Omri Casspi||Sacramento Kings||6–9||225||H-O-R-S-E|
The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 12 at the Dallas Convention Center. A total of 20 celebrities took part in the game, including several former basketball players. Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and five-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, served as coaches for the celebrity teams. Three former NBA players, Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Chris Mullin, along with Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, participated in the game. The West team won 41–37 over the East. "Special K" Daley, one of the four Harlem Globetrotters player that participated in the game, scored game-high 18 points for the West. Actor Michael Rapaport, who scored 4 points, was named as the Celebrity Game MVP for his defense on football player Terrell Owens, the MVP of the last two Celebrity Games. Owens, who played both college basketball and football in Chattanooga, led the East with 10 points. The Globetrotters, joined by "Curly" Neal and "Bucket" Blakes, entertained the crowd during the timeouts with their signature ball-handling tricks.
D-League All-Star GameEdit
Twenty of the NBA Development League's top players were selected to the D-League All-Star Game rosters by a combination of fan balloting on the official D-League website and voting by the 16 head coaches of D-League teams. Players who have been selected by coaches and fans must be on an active roster of a D-League team. Iowa Energy head coach Nick Nurse and Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Chris Finch were selected as the coach for the Red Team and the Blue Team respectively. Both coaches earned the honor by securing the best records in the D-League through January 26.
^INJ Alexis Ajinca, Dontell Jefferson and Antonio Anderson did not participate due to injury.
^DNP Joey Dorsey did not participate due to a recall by the Houston Rockets, while Sundiata Gaines and Anthony Tolliver did not participate due to call-ups to the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors respectively.
^REP Romel Beck, Brian Butch, Joe Crawford, Desmon Farmer, Curtis Jerrells and Diamon Simpson was named as replacements for the unavailable players.
3:00 p.m. ET
|Eastern Conference 81, Western Conference 98|
|Scoring by half: 41–48, 40–50|
|Pts: Earl Barron 20
Rebs: Rob Kurz 10
Asts: Curtis Stinson 11
|Pts: Brian Butch 18|
Rebs: Brian Butch 13
Asts: Curtis Jerrells 6
In the fourth annual D-League All-Star Game, the Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference Team 98–81. Bakersfield Jam center Brian Butch, who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, was named as the MVP of the game. Iowa Energy center Earl Barron scored the game-high 20 points, while Curtis Stinson recorded the game-high 11 assists for the East.
D-League Dream Factory Friday NightEdit
Slam Dunk ContestEdit
Dar Tucker won the third annual D-League Slam Dunk Contest, beating Alonzo Gee in the final round. Tucker scored four 50-point dunk, finishing with perfect score in both the first and final round. In his final dunk, Tucker jumped over his teammate Brian Butch, who is seven feet tall.
|G||Dar Tucker||Los Angeles D-Fenders||6–4||205|
|G/F||Anthony Danridge||Albuquerque Thunderbirds||6–5||215|
|G||Alonzo GeeREP||Austin Toros||6–6||220|
|F||Trey GilderREP||Maine Red Claws||6–9||185|
|F||Bill WalkerDNP||Maine Red Claws||6–5||220|
|F||Deron WashingtonINJ||Tulsa 66ers||6–8||215|
^INJ Deron Washington did not participate due to injury.
^DNP Bill Walker did not participate due to a recall by the Boston Celtics.
^REP Alonzo Gee and Trey Gilder was named as replacements for the unavailable players.
Andre Ingram won the third annual D-League Three-Point Shootout, beating defending champion Blake Ahearn in the final round by a score of 39–37. Ingram advanced to the finals having scored 18 points, while Ahearn scored 20 points in the first round. Morris Almond and Rob Kurz were eliminated in the first round.
|G||Andre Ingram||Utah Flash||6–3||190|
|G||Blake Ahearn||Bakersfield Jam||6–2||190|
|G||Morris Almond||Springfield Armor||6–5||210|
|F||Rob Kurz||Fort Wayne Mad Ants||6–9||230|
Shooting Stars CompetitionEdit
The Haier Shooting Stars Competition was held for the first time in the D-League Dream Factory Friday Night events. A team of Pat Carroll, Trey Gilder and Carlos Powell won the inaugural competition by defeating of a team of Brian Butch, Desmon Farmer and Donell Taylor in the final round. Carroll, Gilder and Powell finished the course with a time of 15.6 seconds, with Powell made a half-court shot on their first attempt.
|G||Pat Carroll||Iowa Energy||6–5||190|
|F||Trey Gilder||Maine Red Claws||6–9||185|
|F||Carlos Powell||Albuquerque Thunderbirds||6–7||225|
|F||Romel Beck||Dakota Wizards||6–8||195|
|F||Brian Butch||Bakersfield Jam||6–11||240|
|F||Desmon Farmer||Reno Bighorns||6–5||210|
|F||Mike Harris||Rio Grande Valley Vipers||6–6||235|
|G||Donell TaylorREP||Idaho Stampede||6–5||215|
|G||Curtis Jerrells||Austin Toros||6–1||195|
|G||Mustafa Shakur||Tulsa 66ers||6–3||190|
|F||Diamon Simpson||Los Angeles D-Fenders||6–7||230|
|F||Reggie Williams||Sioux Falls Skyforce||6–6||210|
|G||Dontell JeffersonINJ||Utah Flash||6–5||190|
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