Special Sub-Topic: NBA All-Star Weekend: 2009
|Each year, one of the franchise NBA teams get to host the annual NBA All-Star game (the exception being the 2007 NBA All-Star game). Where was the 2009 NBA All-Star weekend held?|
Phoenix, Arizona. Each year, one of the NBA franchise teams host the annual NBA All-Star game. The All-Star game in 2007 was an exception to this and was held at Las Vegas. This was done in a bid to hold talks for a new NBA franchise in Las Vegas.
|Which event was added as a new event to the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend?|
Horse. Horse is an age old variation of basketball which has been played by kids and players alike for some friendly competition. The 2009 Horse competition was sponsored by Geico, an auto insurance company, and hence the players were assigned letters from the word Geico whenever a player missed a made shot.
|Kevin Durant broke the record previously held in 2004 for most points scored in the Rookie Challenge game by scoring 46 points during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend. Whose record did he surpass while achieving this feat?|
Amare Stoudemire. Amare Stoudemire held the previous record by scoring 36 points during the 2004 NBA All-Star Weekend. Kevin Durant, overall had a great weekend also winning the Horse competition beating OJ Mayo and Joe Johnson. Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard acted as head coaches for the rookies and sophmores, respectively.
|Jason Kapono was unable to complete a three-peat performance when he lost during the final round of the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Foot Locker three-point shootout competition. Who was the winner of this competition?|
Daequan Cook. Jason Kapono had previously won both the 2007 and 2008 Foot Locker three-point shootout competitions. Other players to hold three-peat performances in this competition were Larry Bird and Craig Hodges. Larry Bird won the first three competitions of the three-point shootout to complete his three-peat.
|Which player won the 2009 PlayStation Skills Challenge?|
Derrick Rose. Derrick Rose won the competition with a final round time of 35.3 seconds. This was the first time a participant completed the final leg with a slam dunk.
|Whose last minute injury laid the way for entry of Maurice "Mo" Williams into the 2009 NBA All-Star game, who was earlier controversially excluded from the event?|
Chris Bosh. Mo Williams from the Cleveland Cavaliers was finally included into the All-Star Weekend after Jameer Nelson's injury forced him to walk out of both the Playstation Skills Challenge and the All-Star game. Mo Williams got the nod for the Skills Challenge but the All-Star place was given to Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics. But later when Chris Bosh also had to withdraw due to injury, Maurice Williams was finally given the final spot on the East roster.
|What was unique about the judges for the Slam Dunk Competition for the 2009 All-Star Weekend?|
All the judges were veterans from the host city franchise team. This was the first time that the NBA voted that all judges be former players of the host city franchise team. In previous editions, former dunk champions or former all-stars were chosen to be judges.
|Which dance group, winner's of America's best dance crew, participated in the 2009 NBA All-Star weekend festivities including an entertaining cameo with Shaquille O'Neal?|
JabbaWockeeZ. JabbaWockeeZ, is an asian dance crew who mixed martial arts with their dance to provide some breath-taking moves.
|Each year, the all-star teams from the West and East are coached by the coaches of the teams with the best record in NBA during the first half of that season. Which two coaches represented the two conferences?|
Phil Jackson and Mike Brown. Phil Jackson from the Los Angeles Lakers was the Western Conference coach, and Mike Brown with the Cleveland Cavaliers was the Eastern Conference coach. Phil Jackson participated in his 4th NBA All-Star game as coach, and this was Mike Brown's first appearance in the All-Star games as coach, and only the second Cleveland Cavalier's coach in history. The first was Lenny Wilkens back in 1989.
|The 2009 NBA All-Star game was won by the West with a convincing 146-116 win over the East. Who was awarded the 2009 All-Star game MVP?|
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were both awarded the MVP trophy for the great performance by them during the game. It was also a possible sign of them coming to terms after years of bad publicity between them. A great gesture indeed to end a great All Star Weekend.
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