NBA All-Star Weekend


Max Becker, Sports Editor

Over the weekend of February 17-19th, the National Basketball Association hosted it’s annual All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It was originally supposed to be hosted in North Carolina, but commissioner Adam Silver chose to relocate due to their anti-LGBTQ bathroom laws.

The festivities included live music with performances by DJ Khaled and Fat Joe, the All-Star Celebrity Game, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest, and of course, the East vs. West All-Star Game. 14-year old Jarrius Robertson, who suffers from the liver disease biliary atresia, stole the show at the Celebrity All-Star game when he drained his very first shot of the game. Kristaps Porzingis finally gave New York Knicks fans something to celebrate when he won the Taco Bell Skill Challenge. The 3-point contest reached an exciting conclusion when the Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon took home the overtime victory over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who also made headlines recently with his claims that the Earth is in fact, flat. The dunk contest was one of the most lackluster in recent memory, after reigning dunk champion Zach Lavine was unable to attend after tearing his ACL earlier in the season. Glenn Robinson III was able to end the event on a high note with an impressive 50-point dunk that secured him the victory.

On Sunday night was the All-Star game, with the added drama of former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant being reunited on the Western All-Star team. The game immediately turned into a dunk fest, with Lebron James showing he’s still got his bounce after throwing down dunk after thunderous dunk. In the end, it was Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans who took home the MVP, after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlains record for most points scored in an All-Star Game.

The All-Star weekend was capped off by the first blockbuster trade of the season, in which Demarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for 3 players (including Buddy Hield) and draft picks. The terrifying front court combination of Cousins and Davis could prove to be one of the best of all time, and could carry the Pelicans deep into the playoffs.