By Dan Shanoff
Page 2

The NBA All-Star Weekend in Denver should have you in a retro mood. After all, it was the 1976 ABA All-Star spectacle in the Mile High City that introduced us to the slam-dunk contest. (Of course, don't get me started on how that event has gone to pot.)

But as you follow the celebrities, dunks, 3s, rookies-vs.-sophs and the main-event game itself, remember that no All-Star Weekend is complete without a new pair of Air Jordan XXs.

No, wait: No All-Star Weekend is complete without scanning the Hot/Not list! Check it out for talking points to make you the barstool All-Star.



WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT: 2005 NBA ALL-STAR BREAK
Category Hot Not Hot
Denver celeb sightings
Jay-Z

Ron Artest
Dunk-contest favorite Josh Smith LeBron no-show
3-on-3 shooting stars comp Alex English Luke Walton
3-point contest favorite
Ray Allen
'(01 winner)

Voshon Lenard
('04 winner)
Celebrity game participant Nelly and Ice Cube Ashlee ex Ryan Cabrera
All-Star on-court kicks Air Jordan XX Ron-Ron "mismatch"
All-Star off-court fashion NBA-logo button-ups Baseball hats
Sophs. vs. rooks player to watch Carmelo (at home) Emeka Okafor
Coach of the (mid-)year Mike D'Antoni (PHX) Flip Saunders (MIN)
Pre-NBA seasoning Ben Gordon
UConn (Okafor, Gordon)
Andris Biedrins
International
Scouts' favorite 2005 NBA draft prospect Utah C Andrew Bogut Any high school senior
East shocker Wizards rule! Knicks stink!
West shocker Sonics rule! Wolves stink!
Feel-good story Grant Hill's comeback Brawlers' remorse
Amazing acquisition
Shaq, Steve Nash (tie)

Carlos Boozer
Contract-year watch Eddy Curry Kwame Brown
Who needs college? Dwight Howard Sebastian Telfair
Beating expectations Baby Bulls Crappy Raptors
Trade bait Michael Redd Allen Iverson
Division Southeast Atlantic
Arena music Kanye West Ludacris
Historical homage 1976 Denver ABA dunk contest Throwback jerseys
Violation
Brawling

Cursing
Rivalry scorecard Shaq Kobe
Soothing team presence Vince Carter Rafer Alston
Frustrated star Kevin Garnett Jason Kidd
Fun to watch
Run-n-Shoot

Halfcourt sets
Biggest second-half debate MVP (Nash vs. LeBron) Artest's reinstatement
Bold 2nd-half pick Lakers miss playoffs Lakers win title

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.