NBA All-Star Weekend FAQ by Ebony Ivory
NBA Live 2005 on SuperCheats.com

NBA All-Star Weekend FAQ
Created: 10/7/04
Version 1.21
Last Update: 10/9/04

By: Ebony Ivory (Oscar Roberts)
yung_o2002@yahoo.com





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Preface
===========

This FAQ is designed to help players who need help performing different dunk
and alley-oop combinations in the Slam Dunk Contest mode of NBA All-Star
Weekend as well as info on the 3 Point Shootout, Rookie Challenge, and
NBA All-Star game.

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Updates-

v1.1 - 10/8/04

Added a 720/540 section, Fixed a couple spelling mistakes


v1.2 - 10/9/04

Added a Catching Alley-Oops section, revised the layout a bit

v1.21 - 10/10/04

Fixed some grammatical errors


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*~*Table of Contents*~*

                           Dunk Contest
                           ============
   I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basic Controls/Timing Help

  II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Modifiers

 III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Foot Gather Dunks

  IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Foot Gather Dunks

   V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Foot 180 Gather Dunks

  VI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Foot 180 Gather Dunks

 VII. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ball Toss/ Alley-Oop

VIII. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tips/Tricks

  IX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catching Alley-Oops

   X. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 720/540 2 Hand Reverse

  XI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Highest Rated Dunkers

                          3 Point Shootout
                          ================
 XII. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basic Controls

XIII. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Highest Rated Shooters

                          Rookie Challenge
                          ================
 XIV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosters

                          NBA All-Star Game
                          =================
  XV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosters

 XVI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Credits/Copyright Info



Note: All ratings/rosters are from the NBA All-Star Weekend mode.  If playing
      in a Dynasty, then the ratings/rosters may be different than the ones
      posted.


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                                Dunk Contest


                            -------------------
                            |I. Basic Controls|
                            -------------------



Move Player - Left Analog Stick
Ball Toss/Alley-Oop - Right Analog Stick/C-Stick
Modifiers - (Gathers, Dunks, and Alley-Oops) L or R or L+R
Rotate Player - (On 180 Gathers) Left Analog Stick



Gathers (On Approach)
=======

                         PS2         XBOX        Gamecube
                         ===         ====        ========
1 Foot Gather -        Square         X             B

2 Foot Gather -           O           B             X

1 Foot 180 Gather -   Triangle        Y             Y

2 Foot 180 Gather -       X           A             A


Dunk Tricks (Just before takeoff)
===========


Tomahawk -             Square         X             B

Pump -                    O           B             X

Windmill -            Triangle        Y             Y

Clutch -                  X           A             A
 

Timing
===========

First off, I'll say that the best way to get timing down is in the Slam Dunk
School- Advanced Practice.  The trouble that most people have with timing is
the button presses from gather to dunk.  You'll usually need to press the dunk
button just after the gather to get in the air.  If the player consistently
jumps half-heartedly, then you probably need to press the dunk button sooner
or start the whole process sooner.  Its usually pretty good to start from just
inside the 3-point line.
Once at the rim, holding the dunk button til just the right moment leads to a
better finish(some dunks need to be held longer than others).  A couple lead 
to a different finish for the dunk.
Also 180 dunks can be turned into 360 (or 540/720) by rotating the left analog
stick before takeoff.

Note: higher spin dunks need to be held longer than 180s

See Tips/Tricks Section for help on the 720/540 2 Hand-Reverse


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                            ---------------
                            |II. Modifiers|
                            ---------------



Pressing different combinations of L/R along with the dunk process will
produce different results. (Ex. pressing '2 Foot Gather' then 'Tomahawk'
usually leads to a two-handed tomahawk dunk, but if L is held then it becomes
the Dee Brown 'cover the eyes' dunk).  L/R also modify the alley-oops thrown
(see ball toss section).

Pressing L during the gather will reverse the spin/handing of the dunk.



===========

Format-

Modifier + Gather, Rotation, Modifier + Dunk

Ex. L+R+gather, Pump = Behind The Back Dunk

Ex. gather, 360, Tomahawk = 360 Tomahawk



(From Baseline dunks go under the basket)



From Baseline
-------------


any,Pump = 1 Hand Pump

any,Clutch = Between Legs

any,Windmill = 1 Hand Windmill

any,Tomahawk = 2 Hand  180 Cockback



(From HC means from anywhere but the Baseline)

* = automatic 50 with good timing


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                           |III. 1 Foot Gather Dunks|
                           --------------------------


From HC
===========

gather,Tomahawk = One Hand Tomahawk


*gather,Pump = MJ Spread Legs from freethrow line


gather,Windmill = Switch Hands Windmill


gather,Clutch = One Hand Clutch


*gather,Windmill(from alley-oop) = One Hand Freddie Jones Cockback


gather,L+Clutch = Behind the Back (switch hands, not reverse)


*gather,L+Windmill = Vince Carter Arm In Rim Dunk (Depending on how good you 
                     time and how long you hold you can get your armpit in the
                     rim)


gather,L+Clutch = Between the Legs


gather,L+Tomahawk = 1 Hand Tomahawk


*R+gather,Tomahawk/Windmill = 1 Hand MJ Rock The Cradle Dunk


*R+gather,Clutch/Pump = 2 Hand MJ Rock The Cradle



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                          |IV.  2 Foot Gather Dunks| 
                          --------------------------


From HC
===========

gather,Pump = 1 Hand Cockback


gather,Clutch = 1 Hand Clutch


gather,Windmill = 1 Hand Windmill


gather,Tomahawk = 2 Hand Cockback


*gather,L+Pump = Between Legs Twice


gather,L+Tomahawk = Dee Brown Cover the Eyes Dunk


gather,L+Windmill = 2 Hand Windmill


gather,L+Clutch = Between the Legs



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                         ----------------------------
                         |V. 1 Foot 180 Gather Dunks|
                         ----------------------------


From HC
===========

gather,Pump = 2 Hand Reverse Pump


gather,Tomahawk = 2 Hand Reverse Cock Between Legs(actually cock not switch 
                  hands)


gather,360,Pump = 360 Statue of Liberty


gather,360,Tomahawk = 360 Tomahawk


*gather,0/360,Clutch = 180/360 Between the Legs


gather,0/360,Windmill = 180/360 Windmill


*gather,720,L+Windmill = 540 2-Hand Reverse


*gather,720,R+Windmill =  720 Statue of Liberty



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                         -----------------------------
                         |VI. 2 Foot 180 Gather Dunks|
                         -----------------------------


From HC
==========

gather,Tomahawk = 2 Hand Reverse Cock Between Legs


gather,360,Pump = 360 Statue of Liberty


gather,360,Tomahawk = 360 Tomahawk


*gather,0/360,Clutch = 180/360 Between the Legs


gather,0/360,Windmill = 180/360 Windmill(L on the gather gets you the VC
                        windmill)


*L+gather,360,Tomahawk = 2 Hand Lean Cockback



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                        |VII. Ball Toss/Alley-Oops|
                        ---------------------------


Pressing L on non-backboard oops will send it off of the backboard

Pressing R on backboard oops will send it in the air



-Flick Up = 1 Hand off of backboard

-Flick Left = Left Handed jumpshot in air

-Flick Right = Right Handed jumpshot in air

-Flick Down = Throw off ground off backboard

-Hold Up = 2 Hand toss up in air

-Hold Left = Left elbow in air

-Hold Right = Right elbow in air

-Hold Down = Fist bounce off of ground to the back board




Rotate
===========

-Left/Right to Up = Turn Around shoot/throw overhead in air

-Left/Right to Down = Turn Around between legs off ground off backboard

-Left to Down to Right or
 Right to Down to Left = Turn Around to one side off ground off backboard

-Up to Left = Off of Back in air

-Up to Right = Volleyball serve off of backboard

-Down to Left = Right hand behind back in air(face forward)

-Down to Right = Right hand between legs off ground off backboard(face forward)

-Down to Left(hold left) = Left knee in air

-Down to Right(hold right) = Right knee in air

-Left to Up to Right(hold right) = off head in air

-Right to Up to Left(hold left) = kick ball with right foot from behind in air

-360 clockwise/counter-clockwise = put ball on ground, kick up overhead in air


L+R+right analog stick = throw it off of the shot clock

D-Pad up+right analog stick = throw it off the camera

D-Pad left/right+right analog stick = off of left/right Jumbotron screen

After a lob press L+O to do a front handspring


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                           -------------------
                           |VIII. Tips/Tricks|
                           -------------------


-Repeatedly doing the same dunks gets you lower scores

-Catching an alley-oop on the way up leaves more time to do the better dunks

-Practice at the same level you intend to play, since the delay for holding
 buttons gets shorter at harder difficulties

-Getting a big finish will up the score you recieve

-It is possible to do a previous dunk but perform it better to get a good score

-Hold the dunk button to cancel the attempt

-Alley-oops generally land you higher scores

-You can get the most air by holding the gather until the last possible moment
 before the takeoff

-Practice in Slam Dunk School(it works wonders)



****~*~*~*~****

In the All-Star Game, Rookie Challenge, One on One, and Individual
Practice modes, it is possible to throw yourself an alley-oop off of the
backboard by pushing in the right stick then going up to catch it like a tip

****~*~*~*~****

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                         -------------------------
                         |IX. Catching Alley-Oops|
                         -------------------------


Due to requests I am dedicating a whole section to catching alley-oops.

It is usally easiest to catch the basic lob alley-oops before they hit the
ground(on some it is easier to catch them off of the bounce).  You need to
time the jump so that the ball gets close enough to the player's hands that
he catches the ball during his jump.  For the more advanced oops(ie. . off the
camera), its takes some practice to get the timing/distance down.  It is
possible to do practically all of the dunks off of tosses, but you'll need
to time the toss so that the player catches it JUST as he's leaving the ground.
When doing alley-oop combinations, don't forget to hold the dunk button until
the right moment for a big finish.  Once you master catching alley-oops it is
possible to get near perfect or perfect scores for reular dunks done with an
alley combo(such as between the legs; guaranteed 50).



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                        |X. 720/540 2 Hand Reverse|
                        ---------------------------


Theses are undeniably the two hardest dunks to pull off in the dunk contest.
This is why I decided to dedicate a whole section to them.


The Process
===========

The tricks are done by using the 1 Foot 180 gather.  After the gather, you
need to rotate the left stick counter-clockwise twice. After the rotations
cue the dunk with L+Windmill for the 540 2 Hand Reverse or R+Windmill for the
720. 


The Rotations
=============

First off, the rotations need to be CLEAN(the stick must be pushed all the way
out for the full duration of the rotations).  It may be possible to do the
dunks by rotating clockwise, but I have only been able to perform them by
rotating counter-clockwise.  Practice makes perfect here, as it takes time
to be able to rotate the stick cleanly AND quickly.


The Timing
===========

I usually start the gather from a couple feet inside the 3 point line.  Start
rotating the stick AS SOON AS you input the gather.  Once you complete 2 full
rotations, cue the dunk.  Let the dunk buttons go as the first 360 is being
completed.  If the player drops the ball, then hold it a bit longer.

Note: On most of the other rotation dunks, it is possible to input the
      rotations while the player is in the air.  This is not the case as the
      player will start the dunk with a windmill cupping the ball or the
      Statue of Liberty(meaning success) depending on wether you were able
      to input the full 720 before your player left the ground. 



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                        |XI. Highest Rated Dunkers|
                        ---------------------------


Julius Erving - 99
Dominique Wilkins - 99
Jason Richardson - 99
LeBron James - 98
Vince Carter - 97
Tracy McGrady - 96
Steve Francis - 95
Kobe Bryant - 95
Desmond Mason- 95
Richard Jefferson - 95
Clyde Drexler - 95


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                             3 Point Shootout

                           ---------------------
                           |XII. Basic Controls|
                           ---------------------


face buttons(Square,Triangle,O,X)/(X,Y,B,A) - Jump/Shoot
R - pick up ball
L - switch camera view

Try to shoot just before the peak of the jump for best accuracy
Regular balls = 1 point
Money balls = 2 points


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                      |XIII. Highest Rated Shooters|
                      ------------------------------


Larry Bird - 95
90s Reggie Miller - 93
Peja Stojakovic - 92
Kyle Korver - 89
Rasaul Butler - 87
Reggie Miller - 86
Brent Barry - 85
Rick Barry - 85
Ray Allen - 85
Bill Sharman - 85
Michael Redd- 85
Casey Jacobsen - 85
Charlie Ward - 85
Walter McCarty - 85
Bobby Jackson - 84
Baron Davis - 83
Troy Hudson - 83


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                            Rookie Challenge

                             --------------
                             |XIV. Rosters|
                             --------------


Rookies
-------
PF Emeka Okafor 70 OVR
PF Dwight Howard 69
SF Luol Deng 59
SG Andre Iguodala 62
PG Ben Gordon 65
SF Josh Childress 62
PG Devin Harris 59
C  Rafael Araujo 55
SG Luke Jackson 52


Sophomores
----------
C  Chris Kaman 57
PF Chris Bosh 65
SF Carmelo Anthony 80
SG LeBron James 83
PG Kirk Hinrich 61
PG Dewayne Wade 76
SG Josh Howard 67
PF Udonis Haslem 50
SG Jarvis Hayes


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                                NBA All-Star Game

                                 -------------
                                 |XV. Rosters|
                                 -------------


East
----
Shaquille O'Neal 90
Jermaine O'Neal 81
Vince Carter 84
Allen Iverson 82
Steve Francis 83
Ben Wallace 74
Jamaal Magloire 63
Jason Kidd 83
Ron Artest 69
Baron Davis 85
Michael Redd 74
Paul Pierce 86



West
----
Yao Ming 71
Tim Duncan 86
Kevin Garnett 94
Kobe Bryant 92
Tracy McGrady 87
Ray Allen 83
Dirk Nowitzki 82
Sam Cassell 69
Kenyon Martin 75
Peja Stojakovic 78
Brad Miller 70
Andrei Kirilenko 79



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XVI. Credits/Copyright Info

Thanks to:

Dunn 27 for a couple of the alley-oop combinations

Havoc3 for the 540 2-Hand Reverse dunk combo and the 2 Hand 360 lean

murd3r

Me not having a life for most of a day figuring out different dunks when
they were already posted on GameFaqs

Of course the game manual/practice modes
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