Blogtable: All-Stars in L.A.

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

Which player will leave L.A. this weekend as the most talked-about of them all? Why?

Steve Aschburner: It’s tempting to say Blake Griffin, but since he plays for the Clippers, he can’t really “leave L.A.” as the most talked-about anything. This would be a great stage for Derrick Rose to make his MVP case, but there will be too many Celtics and Heat dominating things for the East. So I’m going with Russell Westbrook. If he gets the minutes, his speed, athletic ability and aggressiveness should pop out at viewers and spectators in a game where many players seem to be going at half speed.

Fran Blinebury: Carmelo Anthony.  The Nuggets still won’t have pulled the trigger on a deal.  The rumor will only crank up to a decibel level with everyone together in L.A. and with the trade deadline clock ticking loudly.  What could make it even more delicious than to have Melo named MVP of the All-Star Game?  If that happens, several hundred Knicks fans — not to mention beat writers — might spontaneously combust.

Art Garcia: The most talked to guy this weekend will be Carmelo Anthony and we all know why. With the trade deadline only four days after Sunday’s All-Star Game, ‘Melo is going to be the center of attention leading up to the exhibition and coming out of it. Does he stay in Denver for the rest of the season? Does a trade get figured out with everyone in town talking? Will ‘Melo share some insight on what may be around the corner from happening? He’s got the cards. Will he show them?

Scott Howard-Cooper: Carmelo Anthony, because L.A. this weekend isn’t about L.A. this weekend. It’s a fun rest stop before the push to the playoffs and, more pressing, before the trade deadline. Everyone, even the many people driven to annoyance by months of ‘Melo speculation, realizes these are the final days of the Nuggets’ game of chicken. How it turns out will greatly impact at least two franchises. Too much is at stake to not look ahead in a way that keep Anthony and his future as the center of attention.

Shaun Powell: This being L.A., would it be a stretch to see Kobe and Blake Griffin put on a show and be voted as co-MVPs? It happened before, in Utah with Stockton and Malone. Because defense isn’t allowed in this game, Griffin will put on a dunk fest delight and Kobe might — might — feel threatened that somebody from LA is trying to upstage him in his front porch. Can’t let that happen, right? Anyway, because the All-Star Game loves to showcase established stars and introduce The Next Big Thing, Kobe and Griffin will be an easy angle for the media.

John Schuhmann: Carmelo, of course. And it would make my weekend if he would just come out and say that he’s not going to talk about contracts or trade speculation. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. But beyond Melo, Blake Griffin will be the talk of the weekend.  If there are any casual fans not yet on the Blakewagon, they will be after he blesses the rookie game, the dunk contest, and the All-Star Game with seven different kinds of smoke.

Sekou Smith: Kevin Durant was supposed to be a contender for the MVP award this season and was universally hailed as the player most ready to take that next step and join the league’s über elite as one of the global faces of the NBA game. Then the season started and it seemed like Durant wasn’t even generating the biggest headlines on his own team (fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook). But this Hollywood backdrop is the perfect setting for Durant to remind us all that he’s still the same guy that dominated the landscape in August. A 40-point outburst and MVP trophy Sunday ought to do the trick.

25 Comments

  1. Mr Boniato says:

    Which team will win? Who will be the MVP? Who cares?

    The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy is what only matters… and Kobe knows it.

  2. MIAMI HEAT says:

    DWYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANEE WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE should win that mvp
    or LEBRON

  3. soner says:

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    Who will win 2011 NBA All Stars Sprite Slam Dunk contest? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQVP…? http://bit.ly/ietjJl

    Which team will win NBA All Star 2011? http://www.nba.com/allstar2011/players/index.html http://bit.ly/h0ZyS2

  4. KOBE VS HEAT AND CELTICS says:

    JUST PUT THE SHOW FOR KOBE24 AGAINST THE EAST, IT IS EASY FOR KOBE24 TO HANDLE THAT.

  5. K-6 RAFFY says:

    I THINK A CELTIC IS WALKING OUT OF L.A. AS THE M.V.P. IF THE EAST WINS…. DOC RIVERS IS COACHING, THERE ARE 4 CELTICS AND THE ALL-STAR GAME IS IN L.A. THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THE C’S TO SHOW THEIR STUFF.

  6. justsayin' says:

    wow!!! sekou smith really made my day! bein’ a “the jump” fan and hearin’ my “the jump” host talk about KD that way… thank you… someone still givin’ KD credit where it is due! let’s go WEST!!!
    thought to share: “No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. -Irvin Himmel”

  7. CHI-CITY214 says:

    If the East wins the game, D Rose will get MVP. My reason for sayin the is he is UNSTOPABLE!!!! D. Rose for MVP of the All Star game, the regular season, and just maybe the Finals! He going for 40 2nite against the Spurs! CHI-CITY

  8. KB24forever says:

    i agree with shaun. KOBE might be threatened with BLAKE for the MVP honors. for me. KOBE WILL BE THE MVP for the ALLSTAR.

  9. Joe says:

    Well, i’d imagine with LeBron’s ego he’d want to be the star of the showcase & claim another individual accolade to his name, & with this game usually coming a license to play openly & disregarding the defence a little, in favour of a bit more excitement, the thought of him and Blake trying to out-do one another, especially with dunks, is a pretty exciting one. LeBron doesn’t want ANYBODY to think ANYONE is greater or more spectacular than himself so i think he’ll try to do some things that night.

    After all that he’s shown this year you’d HAVE TO think Blake will put on a show & with him being the new guy who everybody’s excited about it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up the MVP for this. I’d love to see him do that, personally (but only if he actually deserves it and not for all the bandwagon hype or whatever).

    But i think Derrick Rose will also dazzle the socks off everybody watching and definitely wouldn’t rule out Russell Westbrook to wow a few people either with his explosiveness.

    I think those 3 – not including LeBron – will have a lot more people talking about them after this game than they were before, anyway. ‘Melo will probably be talked about more simply because of the trade factors but not so much for the game, i don’t think.

  10. BOSTON says:

    West is gonna kill east, east is full of hogs and BG gonna kill stoudimire

  11. Philip says:

    I’m actually very intrested to see how this game lays put. With all the people, players, coaches, etc. KObe deffinetly is not scoring as much as he used to, I’m not suprised because he’s 31, I’m loving Ray Allen though. Dwayne Wade has put up huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge numbers with the Heat, and Raymond Felton has been playing great for the knicks. Then there’s Kevin Durant. The best scorer I’ve seen so far. Carmello, although he scored 38 against the bucks, deffinetly not himself, and I haven’t heard much from John Wall. But what I have heard a lot of is Blake Griffin I mean the dude has hops. That’s what I’m intrested in so far.

  12. lebron fan says:

    lebron will be MVP he is the most dominant player in the NBA

  13. Shad says:

    i think if blake griffin wins the dunk contest on sat & the west guards give him enough looks he’ll definitely end up as the most talked about. as for melo i think it will be more relief than exitement because of how long this whole thing has been played out. as for kobe after the loss my lakers suffered at the hands of the cavs last night i wouldn’t be suprised him he smack pau for getting to happy or exited during the allstar game.

  14. Go LA says:

    Well the other L.A. will be the story for being left out of the Allstar game. Big mistake on Coaches and Stern’s part. Portlands gain though, 6 game win streak and moved from barely 8 seed to number 5. Getting snub has produced wins and big numbers for Lamarcus.

  15. WEST says:

    the west is going to kill the east. I already bet five people $10; what do you guys think?

  16. […] Sekou Smith of NBA.com says everyone will be talking KD in LA: “Kevin Durant was supposed to be a contender for the MVP award this season and was universally hailed as the player most ready to take that next step and join the league’s über elite as one of the global faces of the NBA game. Then the season started and it seemed like Durant wasn’t even generating the biggest headlines on his own team (fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook). But this Hollywood backdrop is the perfect setting for Durant to remind us all that he’s still the same guy that dominated the landscape in August. A 40-point outburst and MVP trophy Sunday ought to do the trick.” […]

  17. jhon says:

    I think Kobe will be the all star game mvp. home court advantage…

  18. Lewis says:

    kobe or Derrick Rose will be shining out of the all star game with mvp

  19. I hope KB puts on a show for L.A. I mean it’s his city. So, hopefully the West wins and KB gets the MVP!

  20. Felix Henriquez says:

    I think Kobe , or Lebron will go home with MVP awards Kobe most likely because there will be such a big LA crowd.

  21. Mr. E says:

    As much as it would make more sense for ‘Melo to leave all-star weekend as the most talked about player with the trade deadline days away, I will go with Shaun Powell and say Kobe and Griffin. The reason being this is LA and there is a homecourt feeling to both Bryant and Griffin and generally speaking, the home crowd favorites normally put on a bigger show (Michael Jordan with 40 pts in 1988 in Chicago, T-Mac with 36 pts in Houston are examples). I can see Kobe and Blake Griffin playing “Can you top this?” for the all-star game. I also wouldn’t be too surprised to see Black Griffin the first rookie since The Big O to win all-star MVP honors.