The Super Bowl's dunzo, but no worries: The real sporting fun starts tomorrow in Dallas, site of this year's NBA All-Star Weekend and everything else that entails—rookie challenges, dunk contests, parties and bullshit, some awesomely whorish groupie get-ups...and yeah, the actual game on Sunday. Our homies at the esteemed Dime Magazine will be in Dallas to document everything (check their site over the weekend for live-blogging, exclusive pics, and more), but before the fuckery begins, we enlisted them to get our minds right for the weekend. So, on the eve of the first ASW of the new decade, Dime Mag presents its top 10 NBA All-Star Weekend moments of the 2000s...

#10: Jason Richardson delivers a facial
WHEN: 2003 Rookie/Sophomore Challenge, Atlanta
DIME SAYS: Next to the rookie game, the actual All-Star Game looks serious and conservative. In the ultimate display of "This doesn't count, right?" playground-style ball, J-Rich pulled one of the park's most disrespectful moves, whipping the ball off Carlos Boozer's forehead before dropping a three-pointer on him. J-Rich went on to win the dunk contest that same weekend—surely to zero applause from Boozer.

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#9: Yao Ming's dance party
WHEN: 2006 All-Star Game, Houston
DIME SAYS: This was the first year we saw the choreographed team dances that are now standard. The West was already at an, um, rhythmic disadvantage with Steve Nash and the TimDuncanTron, but they had a decent little snake move going [skip to 2:44]...until Yao got involved. Let's just say Yao probably won't be guest-judging on America's Best Dance Crew anytime soon.

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#8: LeBron's game-winning dunk
WHEN: 2008 All-Star Game, New Orleans
DIME SAYS: Who needs free throws when you can just smash on a 7-footer's head? After the East had blown a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, LeBron put them back on top by going coast-to-coast and catching Dirk Nowitzki before he had a chance to jump. It was the punctuation on LeBron's second All-Star Game MVP, for which he posted 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
COMPLEX SAYS: ...and Dirk caught an open-hand slap to the face. Everybody wins!

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#7: The Shaqawockeez
WHEN: 2009 All-Star Game, Phoenix
DIME SAYS: All-Star Weekend just doesn't feel official without Shaq, and here's another reason why. The '09 game was something of a farewell for the big fella, as it was held in Phoenix while he was playing for the Suns, and was honestly the last season where he played like a legit All-Star. During the pre-game intros, Shaq donned a white mask and danced with the Jabbawockeez crew, and somehow didn't look silly doing it.
COMPLEX SAYS: The one time we actually didn't object to hearing Nas' "Hero."

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#6: T-Mac goes off-glass to himself
WHEN: 2002 All-Star Game, Philadelphia
DIME SAYS: Often imitated but never really duplicated, Tracy McGrady's version of the self alley-oop made its ASG debut in '02. Watching it live, everybody in the crowd and on the court figured T-Mac was throwing a lob for somebody else—after the dunk it took a second for them to realize what had just happened.

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#5: Steve Francis' Silver Medal
WHEN: 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, Oakland
DIME SAYS: Any other year, any other dunk contest, Stevie Franchise's performance would have easily been enough to win. Just not this year. Francis would do something spectacular, and then Vince Carter would follow it up with something ungodly that made Francis' previous dunk obsolete.
COMPLEX SAYS: Damn, Stevie. In high school you was the man, homie.

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#4: Dwight Howard's "Superman" dunk
WHEN: 2008 Slam Dunk Contest, New Orleans
DIME SAYS: How high were the stakes for Dwight with this one? If he makes it, he's got an easily marketable nickname and one of the top dunk-contest memories of all-time. If he misses, he's known as the Carrot Top of the dunk contest. He made it.

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#3: Jordan's should've-been game-winner
WHEN: 2003 All-Star Game, Atlanta
DIME SAYS: Some guys just don't appreciate a storybook ending. In the last All-Star appearance of Michael Jordan's career, the G.O.A.T. capped what had actually been a bad game for him by sticking a vintage baseline fadeaway with four seconds left to put the East up by two. That should have been the game-winner, but Jermaine O'Neal fouled Kobe Bryant just before the buzzer, and Kobe's free throws sent the game to overtime, where the East lost. This narrowly edged out Mariah Carey's halftime stroke show as the game's enduring image.

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#2: Iverson and Starbury lead the East comeback
WHEN: 2001 All-Star Game, D.C.
DIME SAYS: Non-competitive blowouts are something of an All-Star tradition, but in '01 it was different. The East was down by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter, but led by Stephen Marbury and eventual League/All-Star MVP Allen Iverson, came back to make it a ballgame. Marbury's three with 28 seconds left proved to be the game-winner in the best All-Star Game we've seen since the Rolando Blackman Confidence Bowl.
COMPLEX SAYS: Our fave memory from this was seeing Sprewell race off the bench to taunt in Chris Webber's face right after the buzzer sounded (see 6:28 of clip). Yeah, Spree!

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#1: Vince Carter
WHEN: 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, Oakland
DIME SAYS: Even from our seats in the upper reaches of the Golden State Warriors' arena, the buzz throughout Vince Carter's breakout moment is still unmatched by any NBA event outside of a playoffs or Finals game. As it was happening, you knew Vince was setting the bar for how every other dunk contest would forever by judged. Vince never did an All-Star dunk contest again. He didn't have to.

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