PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 09: Chase Budinger #10 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after hitting a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockets defeated the Suns 96-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NBA All-Star weekend hasn't stopped since last night's Rising Stars Challenge, with parties that likely lasted 'til six in the mornin' and other lesser events being televised all day today on NBA TV, highlighted by the return of Grandmama.
The events continue tonight on TNT, starting at 8 p.m. EST with NBA tip-off followed by the annual four events
of no real interest : the Haier Shooting Stars (1st Event), Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event), Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event), and lastly, the main event, the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
There are no Pistons represented in these events, but there will be a couple former Pistons -- JERRY STACKHOUSE (yes, he's still in the association) replaces Joe Johnson in the shooting stars event for Atlanta and 2009 Detroit Pistons draft pick Chase Budinger will participate in the slam dunk contest.
While Paul George is the early favorite to bring us all the best dunks and take home all the Sprite, and some other nice prizes I'm sure, I'm interested to see what Budinger has up his sleeve. Budinger could be the first white guy to win the Slam Dunk contest since 1996 when Brent Barry defied all odds.