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All-Star Weekend Update

February 9th, 2003 by aswitzer

First of all, this is a Nuggets site, and Nene did the Nuggets proud in the Rookie challenge on Saturday. He played 18 minutes and had six points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. He was one of the few rookies that actually attempted to play some defense, and his four steals was tied for the team high.

Did you know that Nene is currently 9th in the NBA for steals – averaging 1.79 a game? The big man has a diverse game, and I predict he will be in the All-Star game by 2005.

The actual All-Star Game was a classic tonight. After all the bantering, Vince Carter did end up giving up his starting spot to MJ, deservedly so. MJ, who is just 8 days from turning 40, looked tired for much of the game, but he saved a little of his magic for the end. After a competitive 2nd half, the East and West played to a tie and headed to overtime. MJ got the ball on the wing with just 5 seconds left and Shawn Marion guarding him. He put up a beautiful rainbow fadeaway jumper, and it swished thru like it fell from heaven. The West called a timeout with 3 seconds left, and Jason Kidd deflected their inbounds pass. Kobe picked the ball up in the corner with time running out, and Jermaine O’Neal made a horrible foul as Kobe jacked up an off balance three-pointer. Kobe made two of the three freebies and forced a first-ever second overtime in an NBA All-Star game. The West dominated in the final 5 minutes, and KG won the MVP trophy. It almost ended oh-so perfectly with MJ’s final shot in the first overtime, but it was still a beautiful moment.

Denver is being strongly considered as a site for the 2005 All-Star game. NBA commish David Stern admitted that Denver is in the running, and that he likes to ski. Denver last hosted the All-Star game in 1984.

So, the first half of the 2002-2003 NBA Season is over – vote for the Nuggets MVP for the first half in the new poll – just scroll down on the left side of this page.

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