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Ten “NBA” activities. Two competitive hosts. One epic grudge match. Watch Skeets and Tas fight their way through NBA Jam Session, the most interactive event of All-Star Weekend in Orlando, for the fourth year in a row.

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More from 2012 All-Star Weekend:
NBA Couch Surfing + NBA All-Star Superheroes + Dancin’ Hedo finds NBA soulmate

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That was a weird All-Star Weekend, wasn’t it? The best moment was a hilarious steal in the Rising Stars challenge, a legitimate injury was suffered in the main event due to some deep seated beef between two of the game’s best players, and LeBron James was actually criticized for passing on a possibly game-winning shot like it actually mattered. From front to back, it was just strange.

So yeah, it was an odd weekend. And that’s probably why we were able to do so many silly things down there. Here’s the highlights:

Jam Session IV drops later this week, so stay tuned for that. The daily show and regular posting returns tomorrow, so make sure to wear yellow and blue as we celebrate February 29 with Leap Day William. See you then.

All-Star Weekend can be a grind, so that’s why Skeets and Tas asked NBA players to help them do their work and write their own headlines. Pulitzers to be handed out later.

More from 2012 All-Star Weekend:
NBA Couch Surfing + NBA All-Star Superheroes + Dancin’ Hedo finds NBA soulmate

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Some dance to remember. Some dance to forget. But only Orlando Magic forward “Hedo Turkoglu” dances for party animals everywhere. And only one teammate is brave enough to join him!

More Dancin’ Hedo: The original “Party Machine” + Hedo Turkoglu skips town

More from 2012 All-Star Weekend:
NBA Couch Surfing inspired by Jeremy Lin + NBA All-Star Superheroes

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The All-Star weekend of 2003 featured one of the better slam dunk contests ever. Save for a tame effort by Richard Jefferson — in which he managed the rare feat of doing an elbow dunk that didn’t involve use of an elbow — it was a high caliber affair that culminated in a showdown between 2001 champion Desmond Mason and 2002 champion Jason Richardson, both pushing the other to produce their A-games, crescendoing beautifully with J-Rich’s final clincher:

The All-Star game itself was not half bad, either. The first and thus far only All-Star game to go to double overtime, it saw 300 total points scored, an in-his-prime Allen Iverson doing what an in-his-prime Allen Iverson did at All-Star games, and an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett dominate proceedings on his way to the MVP trophy. Shaq faced off with Brad Miller for the first significant time since Shaq tried to kill him, an amusing in-game report spoke of Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce’s outrages at playing so few minutes, Yao Ming looked woefully out of place on his way to two points and two rebounds, and the close finish saw the game’s very best turn up the intensity and play at something resembling their very hardest. It was good fun to watch, right down to the Zydrunas Ilgauskas experience. Even the 52 turnovers were aesthetically pleasing.

However, this was all secondary. The weekend wasn’t about Iverson, nor Garnett, nor Richardson, nor the surprise appearance by Kool and the Gang. This whole night was about a player who, on talent alone, barely deserved to be there. (And no, that person wasn’t Yao.)

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NBA players are already superhuman, so how far could they be from being superheroes? Skeets and Tas head to Media Day to ask the NBA All-Stars what their superpower would be, and what name they’d use to fight crime. And, oh, if you’re hungry, you’re going to love Ryan Anderson’s response.

More from All-Star Media Day: NBA Couch Surfing inspired by Jeremy Lin

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From a hotel balcony in Orlando, Skeets and Tas are left to pick up the pieces of the dunk contest from the good (Evans, Williams) to the bad (invisible dunks) to the ugly (Kevin Hart). All that, plus Kevin Love’s busy night, Tony Parker’s slow win, and why Allan Houston should still be in the NBA.

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