The 2012 NBA All-Star festivities are being held in Orlando, Florida. With seven events in three days, things can get a bit hectic, you know, trying to track your favorite Milwaukee Bucks players.
This guide should help stay on top of watching the local heroes as you bounce from network to network on your remote control.
7 PM (CT): Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN)
In addition to celebrities like Ne-Yo, Common, and Vinny Gaudagnino, this charity exhibition also features three ex-NBA stars — Penny Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Nick Anderson — who never donned the purple and green in the 90s.
8 PM CT: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (TNT)
In a game that formerly matched a squad of promising rookies against another of talented sophomores, the new version features mixed teams drafted by Barkley and Shaq… and nary a Milwaukee Buck.
Saturday: Events start at 7:30 CT (TNT)
Haier Shooting Stars
This thriller features three-person teams that join up WNBA, NBA, and ex-NBA stars. This year’s contingents represent New York (Landry Fields), Orlando (Jameer Nelson), Texas (Chandler Parson), and Atlanta (body that replaces Joe Johnson).
Since Milwaukee doesn’t field a WNBA team, they couldn’t really be included here. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, really.
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
Non-Bucks Steve Nash, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, and Deron Williams dribble around cones and throw balls at stuff. It is kind of like a circus, but with point guards instead of clowns and elephants. Brandon Jennings would have been included, but the league forgot he was a point guard based upon “style of play”.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
No Bucks, which is surprising once you consider that it’s an event that asks its contestants to chuck up 25 shots in 60 seconds.
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Derrick Williams, Paul George, Jeremy Evans, and Chase Budinger will dunk.
Last year’s runner-up, JaVale McGee, has a legit beef on his exclusion. Current members of the Bucks do not. Now I miss Darvin Ham.
6:30 PM (CT): NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia Motors
No, Brandon Jennings did not get named as a reserve, and when Joe Johnson got hurt, Rajon Rondo was called to duty. But there’s a silver lining: if three more Eastern Conference guards get hurt between now and Sunday, Brandon will get the call!
Have fun. If you’re keeping track at home, there will be 75 current and former NBA players with a combined 121 city-stops on their collective resume, and none of them have EVER played in Milwaukee.
Wait just a darned second.
I think there may be someone to root for.
Of course, Marcus Lewis!
Sure, he wasn’t in Milwaukee long enough to use the full allotment of days on his extended-stay motel room, but Marcus was in camp with the Bucks to start the season.
Marcus will be in the D-League All-Star Game at 1 PM CT on Satuday. Enjoy cheering for him.