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Stars Collide in LA for the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend

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by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 10, 2011
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February is a special month for all basketball fans. It's that special time of the year when all those fantasy match-ups all come true. [firstpara]

We get a look at shooters shooting, dunkers dunking, and superstars teaming up with each other.

We will finally see what it would be like if superstars like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen played on a single team.

We will also witness how pretty basketball can be when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh team up with each other.

Wait.

What?

That has already happened?

Oh yeah.

Anyway, February is the month when we see the best players drop their usually jerseys (this will have an entirely different meaning for Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, if you know what we're saying) to team up with some of their usual adversaries.

Here are FHM's thoughts on this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend:

All-Snubbed Team
This happens every year. There will always be a bunch of players who deserve to be named All-Stars but don’t (we seriously think the NBA should increase the number of All-Stars to 14 per team).
Our Western All-Snubbed team consists of Steve Nash, Monta Ellis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph, and Kevin Martin while the Easter All-Snubbed team is bannered by Raymond Felton, Danny Granger, Andrew Bogut, Carlos Boozer, and Josh Smith.

All these fellows deserve to be called All-Stars; sadly, there’s a limit to the guys who can play in the All-Star game. Allen has had a tremendous year but if you ask me to take out one player from the Easter All-Stars, it will have to be him. We just don’t see the logic behind having four players from the Boston Celtics and only two from the league-leading San Antonio Spurs. Sure, you can say that the West has more stars but there are players from the East who are playing better than Allen right now.

Among those ten players, Aldridge most deserves an All-Star billing. The guy is carrying Portland right now, scoring in the 40s in two separate occasions. It’s too bad that his team’s poor standing affected his trip to the All-Star game.

Slam Dunk Contest
This has got to be one of the most awaited Slam Dunk Contests in recent history. We’ve all seen how Blake Griffin humiliated Timofey Mozgov. We’ve all witnessed how he almost kissed the rim off an alley-oop. We know that Griffin is capable of doing something special in the Slam Dunk Contest and all eyes will be fixed on him.

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(Recap: Griffin's best dunks of the season)

There will be three guys who will try to make this a competition and not a coronation: Washington’s JaVale McGee, Oklahoma’s Serge Ibaka, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. We don’t think Ibaka aka Air Congo has the creativity to challenge the others so it becomes a three-horse race with Griffin winning over DeRozan in a tight battle. The winner will still be chosen by fan votes and considering the rep that Griffin has been getting as of late, it looks like he’s taking the title home with him unless he misses a couple of dunks. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll see dunks that we’ve never seen before.

Three-Point Shootout + Skills Challenge
Paul Pierce will be coming back to defend the title but the favorite for the Three-Point Shootout has got to be Ray Allen. The other contestants are Kevin Durant, Dorell Wright, James Jones, and Daniel Gibson. We think Allen will win but we're rooting for Gibson for this one. Why? Because the Cleveland Cavaliers need to win something. Anything.

(Recap: The Cavalier's season of historic fail)

The Skills Challenge is also poised to be interesting this year but Chris Paul is the definite favorite. The fans will choose between Derek Fisher, Baron Davis, Tyreke Evans, Tony Parker, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, John Wall, and Russell Westbrook and the four top vote-getters will join Paul in the competition.

NEXT: Say hello to the NBA's new stars, and be on the lookout for a certain high-flyer from LA

WORDS BY: CARLO PAMINTUAN
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