NEW YORK, July 11 -- They dunked, they danced, and they drained halfcourt shots. So what else happened at Friday's open practices at Madison Square Garden? Read's "Ten Cool Things About WNBA All-Star Friday" to find out.

Sue Bird Answers Three Burning Questions:
Who would you like to see named MVP tomorrow? "Swin Cash. Someone from U-Conn."
What's the biggest surprise of the season so far? "The competitiveness in the West. After L.A., it's hard to pick the second-best team in the conference."
Who's your favorite New Yorker of all time? "Stephon Marbury."

Dunking Dydek:
The top highlight of the West's open practice? Silver Stars center Margo Dydek dunking at the end of a three-man weave drill. Dydek's dunk sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy. Yolanda Griffith tried to match Dydek's dunk, but missed her only attempt. Then Sue Bird, always the clown, grabbed the net, climbed up to the rim, and then hung and pointed at everyone from her lofty, if unfamiliar, perch.

Cheryl's Shoes:
Finding ladies' size-14 basketball shoes? Not so tough. Finding ladies' size-14 casual footwear? A bit more of a challenge. Just ask Shock rookie Cheryl Ford, who has been having difficulty finding adequate footwear in Detroit, so Ford had a friend do some shoe shopping for her in New York, the unofficial shoe capital of the world. While Ford had success finding a few pairs of shoes, unfortunately she was unable to find an open-toed pair for formal occasions, meaning she was going to have to rethink her outfit for Friday night.

Yolanda Griffith Answers Three Burning Questions:
Who would you like to see named MVP tomorrow? "Hopefully somebody from the West. I'll say Katie Smith. She's a leader and she's doing a great job this year."
What's the biggest surprise of the season so far? "Our record. No one in our organization would have thought we'd be 8-11 at the All-Star break, especially now that we have everyone back healthy. But hopefully we can turn it around in the second half."
Who's your favorite New Yorker of all time? "T-Spoon. I looked up to her when I was growing up. She's a heck of a player on the court, and a good friend off of it."

Dance Party WNBA:
In what's fast becoming one of the best traditions of WNBA All-Star Friday, the Western Conference squad held another impromptu dance party at halfcourt at the conclusion of Friday's practice. While players like Margo Dydek and Lauren Jackson were reluctant to ham it up on the hardwood, a few players -- namely Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird and Yolanda Griffith -- found the beat and made the crowd go crazy.

Bird on a Rim:
Sue Bird doesn't just climb nets, she also rips them. Bird was the only one to find the bottom of the basket during a halfcourt shooting contest ... officially, at least. West center Margo Dydek also swished a halfcourt heave, but unfortunately she was shooting at the wrong basket, meaning it didn't count, at least according to coach Michael Cooper.

Tamecka Dixon Answers Three Burning Questions:
Who would you like to see named MVP tomorrow? "Either of my teammates, Lisa Leslie or Nikki Teasley. Then someone from the West."
What's the biggest surprise of the season so far? "The parity in the league is huge. The dispersal draft really did some teams justice. Everyone has gotten stronger."
Who's your favorite New Yorker of all time? "Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe. 'Black Jesus.' I would've loved to see him play in his prime. He was incredible."

Dawn Does It:
Her scoring might be down this season (6.4 ppg), but that doesn't mean she still doesn't have mad skills. Charlotte Sting point guard Dawn Staley took part in the Shootaround Skills Challenge, along with players like Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Tamika Catchings. You can catch the Skills Challenge during ESPN2's WNBA pregame show throughout the second half of the season.

Supporting Sheryl:
Two of the crowd favorites on Friday weren't even in uniform. Sparks center Lisa Leslie and Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes, who sat out practice due to injuries, had their own private cheering sections at the Garden. At one point the two factions got so "supportive" of their idols that a good-natured cheer-off broke out, with the sides alternating chants of "Lisa" and "Sheryl."

Helping Hammon:
Despite being unable to play in Saturday's game due to a torn right ACL, Liberty guard Becky Hammon made it out to the Garden party on Friday. Here she gets a helping hand from teammate Teresa Weatherspoon. Hammon was in a wheelchair after having successful surgery on her knee July 7, and vows to return "better than ever."