• Jerome 'Slim' Du Plooy
Jerome 'Slim' Du Plooy is a South African television presenter of The Bball Show (Saturdays on SABC1). A top media and radio studies graduate from Boston Media House in Johannesburg, South Africa, Slim is also a former radio DJ and an experienced MC at NBA and basketball events, which include the NBA All-Star Jam Session (U.S.) and Basketball without Borders Africa (South Africa). Passionate about the game of basketball and the NBA, Slim is bringing his own perspective to the 2012-13 NBA season via his bi-weekly blog – The Slim Line.

Deserving All-Stars?

Jerome ‘Slim’ Du Plooy is a South African television presenter of The Bball Show (Fridays on SABC1). A top media and radio studies graduate from Boston Media House in Johannesburg, South Africa, Slim is also a former radio DJ and an experienced MC at NBA and basketball events, which include the NBA All-Star Jam Session (U.S.) and Basketball without Borders Africa (South Africa). Passionate about the game of basketball and the NBA, Slim is bringing his own perspective to the 2012-13 NBA season via his bi-weekly blog – The Slim Line.

Deserving All-Stars

As you all know, it is the NBA All-Star Week! What are your expectations for the game? East? West? I am amped up for the game and will be rooting for the East. But as you all know the famous word "BUT", I am a little disappointed that two players I feel should have been selected for the game will not come out on the court this Sunday. Those players are J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks (East) and Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors (West).

Let's get started with J.R. Smith. Smith, who is a reserve and to me a contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award, has been gunning since the season started over three months ago. He is also one of the reasons the Knicks are having one of their best seasons while also making noise to be the title contenders

Stephen Curry, meanwhile, will be heading to the All-Star Weekend but not to participate in the Sunday’s All-Star Game but to participate in the three-point shootout contest. Let's face it, this boy can play. Not only is he a former star of Davidson but also one of the most promising guards in the league. Although David Lee has a lot to do with the Warriors’ success, they are not the same team when Curry is not playing. Curry averages 20.9 points-per-game and is dishing out 6.6 assists every night. He also shoots .44 from behind the three-point line. Yes, Tony Parker deserves to be out there but isn't it time for rising stars to be part of the All-Star Game?

I myself will be part of the All-Star Weekend in Houston and will emcee at my second consecutive Jam Session. Absolutely blessed and truly humbled, I will keep you up to date with my day-to-day activities and keep you posted on what happens at the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend.

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