(the Clippers’ Chris Kamen is not expected to make the trip to Phoenix, product tie-in or not)
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but right around the time TNT announced they were changing their previously trumpeted All-Star Weekend game of H.O.R.S.E. to a game of G.E.I.C.O., Wizznutzz chimed in with some terrific suggestions to enliven the Associatoin’s mid-winter classic. Read the full piece for the best of the batch :
SEAN KEMP FATHER & SON 2-BALL ” NBA father and sons compete in a 2-on-2 tournament. Potential teams include: “Jellybean” and Kobe Bryant, Bill and Luke Walton, Stan and Kevin Love, Henry and Mike Bibby, Dolph and Danny Schayes, Rick and Jon or Brent Barry.
Winning team invited to the WNBA All-Star Game to play an exhibition match against Pamela and JaVale McGee.
THE NEW YORK POST HOOP SKIRT PAGEANT : Young female hopefuls compete for the chance to be selected as Stephon Marbury’s summer intern.
THE JIMMY THE GREEK ASPERGERS SKILLS CHALLENGE : TV commentators try to out do each other in an uncomfortable roundtable on the “physiology of race in basketball”.
SKINS GAME : Another twist on the game of H-O-R-S-E, featuring 5-on-5 prize-money match play between circumcised All-Stars and their uncircumcised rivals.
PAIRS FREESTYLE : NBA players partner with rapper friends in a unique 2-on-2 contest. On the court, the players face off in a traditional 1-on-1 competition, while their respective rap stars engage in a sideline dis track battle. Rappers alternate on the mic based on which player has possession of the ball. Game continues until one of the rappers retires.
Confirmed teams : DeShawn Stevenson and Proverb, LeBron james and Jay-Z, Chris Webber and Nas, Chris Paul and Lil’ Wayne, Kenyon Martin and Trina.
Old-timers division: Cedric Ceballos and Sadat X, Charles Oakley and Atlantic Starr.