When the scoreboard ceased turning, three guys got on a plane with MVP trophies. Shaun Livingston, the nation's only 6-6 high-major point guard, shared MVP honors for the West with New York guard A.J. Price. Livingston was his typical smooth self and had 12 points and 7 assists. Meanwhile, Price set the game record with 15 assists.
Over on the East ledger – which by the way lost the game 124-110 – UNC-bound winger J.R. Smith had 16 points to take home the hardware.
Most all-star games are morphing into mini-three day minicamps for eager NBA execs to gander over the best high school talent. While there are a handful – emphasis on handful – of guys who can reasonably make the leap to the pros, the rest of the kids are either fooling themselves or being fooled by others. Ndudi Ebi, Travis Outlaw and Kendrick Perkins have played a combined 77 minutes in the NBA this year. How's that for a statistic?
Anyway, here are some random musings from a bad feed off a satellite TV broadcast by a guy who watched in a comfortable chair:
WEST – Noah 7, M. Williams 15, Swift 17, Afflalo 6, Livingston 12, Brock 7, M. Brown 19, Davis 17, Palacios 9, Price 8, Pruitt 7. T – 124.
EAST – Howard 16, Jo.Smith 15, Morris 11, JRSmith 16, JWright 5, Bright 9, Cerasoli 5, Simmons 4, MikeWilliams 12, DWright 17. T – 110.