Notes from TNT’s Coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 – Friday, February 12, 2010: Westbrook Goes Off, But ROY Is a Tossup

TNT’s exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 continues on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. (ET), with NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Sprite Slam Dunk. TNT’s coverage of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 14 begins at 7 p.m. (ET). Horse is on now. I’m going with Rooooooooondoooooooooooooooo! In the Dunk, I’m going with Shannon Brown. I’ll post an interview with him soon.

DeMar DeRozan wins the All-Star Slam Dunk-In 2.12.10 from Turner Sports on Vimeo.

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T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

Kevin Harlan and Kevin Harlan

Eastern Conference All-Star starter Dwight Howard joined TNT courtside during the first half

Howard on New Jersey Nets sophomore Brook Lopez: “I think Brook Lopez is a great player.  He can finish at both ends around the basket.  He’s a great shooter out to the three-point line.  I see a lot of potential in a guy like Brook Lopez.”

McHale on Minnesota Timberwolves sophomore Kevin Love: “Kevin Love has great hands.  He can pass the ball and make everyone better.  He has a great overall feel for the game.”

Howard on Sacramento Kings rookie Tyreke Evans: “He’s been playing great basketball.  All year long, he’s been the most consistent out of all the rookies.  He’s been passing the ball and shooting; he’s done everything.”

McHale on what he likes about Tyreke Evans’ game: “When (Tyreke) Evans was at (the University of) Memphis and (the Timberwolves) were scouting him, the one thing that he could do was get in the paint and score in crowds.  It was amazing.  I was concerned about his jump shot but his jump shot is adequate enough.  It will get better as he gets older and matures.  He was a guy I was really interested in because he could get to the rim whenever he wanted to in college.  He’s almost getting to the rim anytime he wants in the pros as well.”

McHale on Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Jonny Flynn: “His next development will be making that jump shot but he is really quick.  He’s got great speed going to the hole.”

McHale on Tyreke Evans being the Kings’ go-to player at the end of games: “The thing that impresses me about him as a rookie player in Sacramento is that he wants the ball to finish games.  He’s their go-to guy at the end of games.  They have fallen on hard times (lately) but at the beginning of the year, he was delivering for them in the clutch.”

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T-Mobile Halftime Report

Harlan, Barkley, Smith and Howard

Barkley on the Los Angeles Clippers: “The Clippers have some good, young talent.  They are a team of the future.”

Smith on seeing something new every year at the Sprite Slam Dunk: “Every year there’s something new (at the Sprite Slam Dunk).  Tomorrow night, someone is going to do something that you have not seen before.  I guarantee it.  Every year there’s something you have not seen last year.”

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Two-time Sprite Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson joined TNT courtside during the second half

Robinson on the Dunk-In: “(The Dunk-In) was kind of cool.  It was something new, something different.  It’s going to be tough (to) dunk against (DeMar) DeRozan.  He showed us a little bit and didn’t to show too much.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interview Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace who is competing in the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk

Wallace on defending Sprite Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson: “He has the advantage.  He is smaller and the two-time champion.  That carries a lot of weight in itself.  He’s the man that sitting on top of the hill and we have to knock him off.”

Robinson on Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry: “Every time (Stephen Curry) shoots, he thinks he’s going to make it.  When you have that kind of confidence you can sometimes will the ball in the hole.”

Robinson on watching other NBA game: “You have to watch (other games) to see what the other guys are doing and how they play.  It makes you a better player and keeps you on your toes.”

Western Conference All-Star Pau Gasol joined TNT courtside during the second half

Gasol on playing in European high schools compared to playing in the United States: “The biggest difference (in the United States) and the problem that most high school players have is there is so much hype around them.  When they get to college, everything is about them.  Overseas, there’s not a lot of hype, you get a little attention.  But you still have a long ways to go to prove yourself.  Whatever you do in your high school years, nobody really follows it that much.  But here, it’s a huge thing.  I think that plays against them.”

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Memphis Grizzlies sophomore Marc Gasol during the second half

Gasol on his brother Pau Gasol: “He’s always been a role model for me.  Every time I had a big decision to make, he helps me.  He’s got more experience than me so he’s a good guy to help me.  He’s a good brother.”

8 Responses to “Notes from TNT’s Coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 – Friday, February 12, 2010: Westbrook Goes Off, But ROY Is a Tossup”

  1. KevDog says:

    The HORSE contest is not viewable and should be discontinued. The Dunk contest was mildly entertaining. But these guys simply pale in comparison to guys like D. Wilkens, Spud Webb, M. Jordan, J. Ervin, S. Frances, T-Mac and the greatest competition dunker of all time…..V. Carter.

  2. Mizzo says:

    Got the notes coming for last night shortly.

  3. Okori says:

    @KevDog:

    The horse contest is only viewable because you get to see just how ridiculous of a pure scorer Kevin Durant is. I think he is the evolutionary Mark Aguirre.

  4. KevDog says:

    Okiri

    True about KD. The league has never seen anything like him. Interesting that you bring up MA on that, I hadn’t thought about it, but that’s a good analogy.

  5. Okori says:

    @KevDog:

    And the scary thing about him is that you can’t lay off of him now. Because the Thunder did a genius thing. They figured out that he was their #1 offensive option and got a bunch of guys who are happy to pick up scraps and be the outlet.

    Enjoy this. Because he’s like the basketball version of Pedro. He’s not going to be here forever.

  6. Okori says:

    Freaky thought. Imagine Durant with LBJ. Just think of that for a minute.

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