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Will anyone actually make it to Dallas?

Feb 11, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

Of the myriad complications in planning a massive event like All-Star Weekend, it’s safe to say that the remote possibility of a snowstorm in Dallas barely even registered. Dallas may not be facing a “Snowpocalypse” on par with the Northeast, but the weather in those two regions in particular has compounded into quite the travel nightmare.

The NBA is keeping a close eye on the travel itineraries of its players, but what can you really do when the forces of nature are working against you?  The schedule during All-Star Weekend is packed with all kinds of events involving all kinds of players, leaving little wiggle room in terms of accommodating delayed player arrivals. Plus, though the NBA would obviously have a vested interest in having players like Jennings participate in the weekend’s festivities for a variety of reasons, the league also has a commitment to TNT and an obligation to keep the broadcast rolling.

That said, you have to wonder if certain All-Stars would be able to hold the festivities. What if half of the field for the dunk contest turns out a no-show because of flight delays? What if Kevin Durant can’t make it to Dallas to defend his H-O-R-S-E title? Or what if, (gasp), LeBron James or Kobe Bryant (should he be participating) or even Dwight Howard or Dwyane Wade can’t get to the arena on time? The weather in Dallas is bad, though not awful. That said, it could be the weather in the rest of the country that throws a wrench into the weekend’s schedule.

  1. Rob - Feb 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    the good news for Durant is that he is already on the road (via @twitter) and OKC is only about 3 hrs away. As for the others – today isn’t bad. I live here…but tomorrow I imagine most of the town will be shut down because people in Dallas don’t know nor are they equipped to handle ice.

  2. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    I am leaving Decatur Ill to go to Dallas tx, to visit some friends for the NBA event should i leave all the snow in Decatur and pick up more of it on the way there……………….WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS TRIP ……………………..

  3. annonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    i also have been looking forward to this trip i am leaving arkansas today but am not quite sure if i should or not i think i’m gonna stay seeing a few basket ball players is not worth me getting hurt or sometihing more seriously. when i’m out stuck in the snow where will they be then?

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