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    The 2023 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, Feb. 19. Here is which venue will host the event this year, and in 2024 and beyond. The NBA is entering the midway point of the 2022-23 season. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the league will hold its annual All-Star Game, where the top players in each conference will face off. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the NBA released a statement informing that the All-Star Game draft lottery will now be held on the day of the event, a first for the league. In that very statement, the league said that the starters and captains of the Eastern and Western Conference would be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 26. The captains will be the starters who received the most fan votes from each conference. Last year, the All-Star Game was held in Cleveland, Ohio, where Team LeBron James defeated Team Kevin Durant 163-160. So, where is the 2023 NBA All-Star Game being held?Where will the 2023 NBA All-Star Game be held?Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the Jazz, will host the...
    The NBA All-Star Break is a crucial bit of rest and recovery in the middle of the regular season. How much time will each team actually get off? Injuries are an unfortunate constant in the NBA and every team could use a chance to rest and get healthy. This is especially true for teams like the Lakers (Anthony Davis), Nets (Kevin Durant) Pelicans (Zion Williamson), Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) and Suns (Devin Booker) who are waiting out extended absences from former All-Stars. This strategic break gives teams and players a chance to catch their breath and recharge for the rest of the season and, for many teams, a concerted playoff push.How long is the NBA All-Star Break?For most teams, the NBA All-Star Break will begin after their games on Wednesday, Feb. 15. However, there are still three games on the schedule for Thursday, Feb. 16 — Bucks vs. Bulls, Wizards vs. Timberwolves and Clippers vs. Suns. NBA All-Star Weekend begins on Friday, Feb. 17 with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Rising Stars Game. Saturday, Feb. 18 will have...
    Getty Lakers GM Rob Pelinka (left) and head coach Darvin Ham A seven-time All-Star and NBA champion is reportedly not a part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ long-term plans. According to an October 3rd report from Sam Amick, Shams Charania and Jovan Buha of The Athletic, All-NBA point guard Kyrie Irving is currently not a player the Lakers are thinking about adding next summer. The Brooklyn Nets star becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season. “Throughout the summer, Irving was the prized superstar whose name was front and center of Lakers fans,” Amick, Charania and Buha reported. “Sources say the Lakers made multiple inquiries and submitted concepts to the Nets on potential Irving deals in July and August, but upon opting into his $36.9 million player option in late June, Irving had committed to Brooklyn for the upcoming season. “So as July wore on and led into August, Brooklyn shut the door on any Irving trade – closing the window on a Irving-James reunion. The Nets made clear they had no intention to move Irving and...
    No sooner does the NBA schedule drop, as it did Wednesday, then so do the accompanying strength-of-schedule analytics. While this is not like the NFL, where you don’t play most of the teams, the NBA schedule still has ample twists and turns (back-to-back sets, conference teams faced only three times, miles traveled), to add some legitimacy to those ratings. Based on the methodology of Positive Residual (which factors in opponent strength, rest and altitude), the Heat’s schedule comes out ranked 12th in toughness out of the NBA’s 30 teams. When it comes to perceived “scheduled wins,” a rested team facing an opponent on the second night of a back-to-back, the Heat’s schedule sets up as particularly difficult, fifth-toughest in the league. As for basic strength of schedule (somewhat of a flawed approach, since it is based on last season’s records at this stage), Tankathon ranks the Heat with the league’s third-easiest schedule (this is further flawed at this stage, because good teams don’t have to play themselves). And when it comes to the projections from analyst Ed Kupfer, who utilizes...
    The Memphis Grizzlies are making sure All-Star point guard Ja Morant is going nowhere anytime soon. Morant agreed to a five-year supermax rookie extension Friday. Tandem, the company home to Morant’s agent, Jim Tanner, congratulated the guard on the contract on social media minutes after extensions could be signed. “Memphis is my home,” Morant wrote on Twitter six minutes after midnight. This extension was merely a formality for the point guard voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player in his third season and who also finished seventh in voting for league MVP. The deal is worth at least $193 million and potentially up to $231 million. It’s the largest contract the Grizzlies have ever handed out, topping the max contract of $153 million Mike Conley received in 2016. General manager Zach Kleiman made clear the Grizzlies would be keeping Morant while trying to avoid violating NBA rules and the CBA a couple days after Memphis lost the Western Conference semifinals to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019...
    Getty Blake Griffin, NBA free agent The Bulls have a number of needs on the roster heading into what will be a critical offseason for a team that appeared to have itself back into NBA contention until an injury-ridden late-season drop-off left a sour taste in the collective mouths of Bulls fans. Chicago needs depth. It needs defense on the wings. It needs health. But it could also use a jolt of veteran energy, and for that there could be an interesting candidate: free-agent Nets forward Blake Griffin. Griffin showed he can still play with energy and inspire his team during last year’s playoffs, even though it was only in two appearances for a Nets team that was swept. Griffin, because of his lack of mobility, was pulled from the rotation by Brooklyn down the stretch of last season, but played with great aggressiveness in the last two games of the team’s ill-fated postseason run against Boston. “There will be a number of teams that look at him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “Chicago, Miami, the Lakers, maybe...
    Getty Blake Griffin, center, of the Brooklyn Nets. Given the way the Lakers roster looked last season, overpopulated by aging veterans whose names and reputations carried more weight than their ability to play productively, it would seem unlikely that the team would pursue a 33-year-old former All-Star with a history of knee troubles and 13 years of NBA experience behind him. But there may be more to it than that, especially if the Lakers make a run at free-agent forward Blake Griffin, the one-time Clippers star, this summer. Griffin does not fulfill the Lakers’ goal of getting younger and more athletic, but he can bring something the Lakers badly needed last season: energy and a lack of ego. That’s what Griffin showed during last year’s playoffs, even though it was only in two appearances for a Nets team that was swept. Griffin, because of his lack of mobility, was pulled from the rotation by Brooklyn down the stretch of last season, but played with great energy and aggressiveness in the last two games of the team’s ill-fated postseason...
    Getty/Thearon W. Henderson Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and head coach Steve Kerr react after Green is ejected against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center in San Francisco. Like teammate Kevon Looney did in setting his goal to play in all 82 games this season, Golden State Warriors Draymond Green set one of his own goals to win a second defensive player of the year award this season. The Warriors and Green started off the season hot, going 30-9 before Green started missing games due to a calf injury. The absence of Green threw a hitch into the Warriors No. 1 ranked defense, and it created long stretches of inconsistent defense, which cost them a chance to compete for the top seed in the NBA. Up to that point, Green was on pace as one of the top individual defenders in the league. Acting as the backbone to their defensive plan, the 2017 DPOY was literally the man in the middle when it came down to calling out reads and breaking down opposing offenses. “He...
    Getty Jimmy Butler #22 and Victor Oladipo #4 of the Miami Heat. Arguments between Jimmy Butler and Erik Spoelstra will not hold Victor Oladipo back from helping the Heat return to the NBA finals this postseason. The March 23 flare-up between Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler, head coach Erik Spoelstra and 20-year veteran Udonis Haslem has been talked about ad nauseam. But fans worried about the team’s chemistry and how it’ll impact their performance in the postseason – the main reason Pat Riley hand-selected this group – need to look no further than the return of Victor Oladipo. Since initially injuring his right knee and having his first surgery in January 2019, Oladipo has been an afterthought in the NBA, bouncing around from Indiana to Houston before being acquired by the Heat. Over the three years since initially rupturing his quadriceps tendon, during one of which he played for all three teams in the same season, he suited up for just 58 total games.  But after a full offseason and nearly an entire NBA season to recoup from his...
    Getty Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson reacts during a bout with the Phoenix Suns. The 941-day odyssey that Klay Thompson endured en route to making his return to the Golden State Warriors this season is already the stuff of legend. That Thompson has resembled the player he was before the injury saga makes his story one of basketball’s ultimate comeback tales. And things continue to trend in an incredibly positive direction, as the five-time All-Star averaged 36.7 points over his final three appearances of the regular season. Nevertheless, questions abound regarding Thompson’s ability to be the two-way maven he once was on a consistent basis; not just during Golden State’s upcoming playoff run, but next season and onward into the future. With that being the case, one pundit believes that the Dubs and their GM, Bob Myers, should cash in on Klay Thompson — as well as former No. 2 pick James Wiseman — to bring in an all-everything big man. Namely, Lakers star Anthony Davis. Cowherd Pitches Blockbuster Trade Lakers get: Klay Thompson and James WisemanWarriors...
    NASCAR Daytona 500 ratings not only came in at a three-year high, but they also beat the NBA’s vaunted All-Star Game and the Olympics closing ceremonies for the number of viewers. Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 netted a 4.7 average rating with 8.87 million viewers on FOX, making it the most-watched Daytona 500 since 2019 (5.3, 9.17M), according to Sports Media Watch. “Ratings jumped 68% and viewership 81% from last year’s all-time lows of 2.8 and 4.91 million and 7% and 21% respectively from two years ago (4.4, 7.33M). Keep in mind both of those races were severely affected by rain, the former finishing after Midnight ET (the latest ending in 500 history) and the latter primarily run on a Monday,” the site added. Still, that is an 11 percent drop over the ratings from 2019. However, the Daytona 500 has been seeing relative declines in viewership for the last five years, this year’s numbers still eclipsed the NBA’s once-popular All-Star Game. According to Austin Karp, the All-Star Game averaged 6.28 million viewers. That is over 2 million fewer viewers than...
    Getty Exec Brad Stevens may not be done adding pieces the Celtics roster. After a rocky start to the 2021-22 NBA campaign, the Boston Celtics look to have hit their stride. Winners of seven straight, the C’s are soring up the Eastern Conference ranks and thanks to an active trade deadline, look to have positioned themselves for a legitimate playoff push. With that said, despite taking a big swing on Derrick White and reuniting with a handful of familiar faces in Luke Kornet and Sam Hauser, there’s still work to be done in Boston. With vacant roster spots to fill and coach Ime Udoka openly admitting the team is seeking added shooting, could a potential reunion with “Iso Joe” be on the horizon? According to Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpett, it’s certainly plausible. “I think there is a chance of Joe Johnson. He is a guy that was really good in the room. A guy a lot of the younger guys looked up to,” said the veteran NBA insider. “I think there is a possibility there if that’s something he...
    Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray were named to the NBA All-Star Game on Monday as injury replacements for Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The league also announced that Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who was selected as a reserve, will replace Durant as a starter. The 71st NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Cleveland. This is the first All-Star selection for Ball, last year's Rookie of the Year. The 20-year-old Ball becomes the fourth-youngest All-Star in NBA history. He is averaging 19.6 points, 7.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.47 steals in 47 games for Charlotte. Ball said he was taking a pre-game nap when he received a phone call from general manager Mitch Kupchak. Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) reacts after making a 3-point shot against the Miami Heat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman) "I’m pretty much blessed, excited,"...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jayson Tatum has been named an NBA All-Star for the third straight season. The Celtics forward was named an Eastern Conference reserve on Thursday night. The 23-year-old is the youngest player in Celtics history to earn an All-Star nod three times. READ MORE: Giants Dismiss Bill Belichick's Text Messages From Brian Flores Lawsuit As 'Irresponsible'Tatum is averaging 25.9 points (43.0% FG), a career-high 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 36.4 minutes over his 49 games this season. Tatum is the NBA’s current scoring leader this season with 1,269 points, and is tied for third in the league with 38 games of 20 or more points. He also has 16 games where he scored at least 30 points, a pair of 40-point games, and he scored 51 in a Jan. 23 win over the Wizards. That was the fifth 50-point game of Tatum’s young career, the most such games in Boston history. READ MORE: There Is Reportedly Some Mutual Interest Between Bill O'Brien And PatriotsTatum is the first Celtics player to get three straight All-Star nods since Rajon Rondo...
    As the top vote-getter, Stephen Curry appears to have already locked up his eighth NBA All-Star Game starting spot, according to the first returns of the fan vote released Thursday. For Warriors followers, Curry’s whopping vote total is one of the biggest takeaways from the league’s announcement. It’s also interesting to see Andrew Wiggins ahead of teammate Draymond Green — and fourth among Western Conference frontcourt players — and Klay Thompson, who has yet to play, sitting fourth among conference guards. More interestingly, Curry has emerged as a serious threat to snap LeBron James’ four-year run as an All-Star Game captain when the 75th All-Star Game takes place in Cleveland Feb. 20. Since the NBA changed its All-Star Game format four years ago, the top vote-getters in each conference are named captains and they take turns drafting their respective teams. James has been a captain each year, but he’s more than 500,000 votes behind Curry in the Western Conference. Curry’s 2,584,623 votes leads all NBA players. Should the current vote hold in both conferences, Curry and former...
    Kyrie Irving knew the ramifications of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but still wasn't prepared for his three-month exile away from the Brooklyn Nets due to New York City's mandate and a team decision to bar him from practices and road games. 'I knew the consequences,' he told reporters on Wednesday following his first practice of the season after the Nets reversed their ban on December 17. 'I wasn't prepared for them, by no stretch of the imagination. 'Coming into the season, I had my thought process of being able to be a full-time teammate and just go out and have fun and provide a great brand of basketball out there. But unfortunately, it didn't happen like that.' The unvaccinated 29-year-old has been barred from playing home games in Brooklyn or road games at Madison Square Garden this season due to New York City's vaccine mandate. He was also prohibited by the Nets from practicing or playing road games because the team didn't want to be forced to rely on part-time players. The first-place Nets (23-9) are just...
    The NBA All-Star game has been contested for more than 70 years, thrilling fans despite being a mere exhibition match. Seeing the league’s best players lining up in colors other than their own team is a nice distraction from normal action, and it forms a key part of All-Star weekend in February. This Is Cleveland explains how it returns to its city in 2022, taking place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and other locations across the city. It’s a huge boost to the local economy and a fun weekend that all NBA fans look forward to immediately after the winter draft. The games are usually high-scoring, fun affairs. An NBA infographic by Bwin Sports details that the last ten have produced an average of 323 points scored, more than 100 more than the average regular-season game. There are always thrills and spills as the best players from across the NBA come together in what is essentially a celebration of everything brilliant about basketball in the US. Which games have stood out in the past as the best of the best?...
    Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry wrote himself into NBA's lore on Friday night as he set a new all-time record for three-pointers made. The 33-year-old shot 9-of-17 from behind the arc in the Warriors' 119-93 win at home over the Chicago Bulls, taking his tally of three pointers made in regular season and playoff games to 3,366. Curry, the reigning NBA scoring champion, entered the game against the Bulls trailing Ray Allen's all-time record by a single three-pointer and reached the milestone two minutes into the game. Steph Curry set a new NBA record for most three-pointers made in regular season and playoffs The Warriors star hit nine three-pointers on Friday night to take his career's tally to 3,366 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Former NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams to make... EXCLUSIVE: Wantaway Ben Simmons DOES have a future at the... Michael Jordan 'couldn't have been more condescending if he... Brooklyn Nets owner calls on Kyrie Irving to get his Covid... Share this article Share 11 shares Allen,...
    Faced with the prospect of playing home games without unvaccinated guard Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to completely sideline the NBA All-Star until a permanent solution can be reached. Irving, who is unvaccinated, was expected to miss home games this season due to New York's vaccine mandate. In addition to playing on the road, he would have also been allowed to practice in Brooklyn because the team's training center is considered a private workplace and not a public arena. However, the Nets are now saying that Irving will not be playing or practicing with the Nets for the time being. It remains unclear if Irving will get vaccinated, sit for the entire season, or if the team will trade him to a club that isn't facing a mandate.  Faced with the prospect of playing home games without unvaccinated guard Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to completely sideline the NBA All-Star until a permanent solution can be reached 'Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play...
    Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has been short of defenders when it comes to his jump shot and failing to really shoot anywhere outside of the key. Simmons was criticized harshly during the playoffs for allegedly being afraid to shoot anything other than a layup. But he did find one defender in former Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks star Joe Johnson. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Ben Simmons blamed a mental block on the worst free-throw shooting percentage in NBA playoff history. The 76ers head into the offseason faced with a big question - do they try and salvage Simmons or deal the former No. 1 pick? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) The seven-time All-Star told TMZ Sports on Wednesday he’s not giving up hope on Simmons just yet. "I honestly don't think nothing's wrong with it," Johnson told the gossip website. "You see him playing pickup basketball shooting jumpers, fadeaways, threes ... so we all know it's there. 76ERS HOPING BEN SIMMONS CAN FIX HIS GAME IN THE OFFSEASON "He just has to take that...
    Getty Nikola Vucevic looks for a pass recipient during a May 7 game against the Boston Celtics. The Chicago Bulls have managed back-to-back wins in a time where they couldn’t accept anything less, and the latest of those two came on the back of a triple-double performance from Nikola Vucevic. With five games remaining, the team still has a puncher’s chance at playoffs. Chicago is 28-39, three games back of the 10th-seed Indiana Pacers. The latest Bulls news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bulls newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bulls! A Big Night for the Big ManThe Boston Celtics had no answer for Nikola Vucevic on Saturday, with head coach Brad Stevens going as far as to trying Tacko Fall on him in the second half. Chicago’s All-Star big man finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a block. He’s the first Bulls player to post a triple-double since Jimmy Butler did it back in April of 2017. Nikola Vucevic – Triple-Double 18 Pts, 14 Reb,...
    Getty Joe Johnson #1 of the Triplets looks on during the BIG3 Playoffs. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2018 playoffs. However, Iso Joe believes he’s still got enough juice left in the tank to add a scoring punch to a title contender. A seven-time All-Star and former draft pick of the Boston Celtics, Joe Johnson is evidently not quite ready to hang up his sneakers as HoopsHype has reported that 39-year-old has an upcoming workout scheduled with the Milwaukee Bucks at some point this week. The 17-year NBA veteran has been striving for a comeback, putting in extensive work in both the BIG3 basketball league and more recently, as a member of the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team. In February, Johnson appeared in two games for Team USA, averaging 11 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 assists in 26 minutes per game. Even at his older age, Johnson flaunted lethal efficiency, shooting 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc. Even with the recent acquisition of Jabari Parker, the Celtics could certainly...
    More On: new york knicks Star of Knicks’ matinee vs. Zion Williamson isn’t who you think Julius Randle making sting of painful Knicks trade go away Star’s best game as Knick keeps them rolling Knicks broadcast highlight of Mavericks’ coach’s Manhattan quarantine Former Nets forward Richard Jefferson has trolled the Knicks plenty in the past. But appearing on ESPN’s Knicks-Mavericks telecast Friday, Jefferson said Julius Randle has emerged as an All-NBA player, even if as a third-team guy. Jefferson is a little late to the party as he pontificated while Randle rang up 44 points in Big D. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said in early March that Randle is having an “All-NBA season.” That honor doesn’t get as much acclaim, but is a bigger accomplishment than All-Star, because each All-NBA pick is considered one of the best 15 players in the league. More specifically, Randle would be among the top six forwards. The accolades should continue to come after Randle became a first-time All-Star in March. He also has emerged as a leading candidate for Most Improved Player. Julius...
    Drea de Matteo Jokes That the Kardashians Stole Her Hair Extensions Pro Priscilla Valles Nasdaq Rises 4% as Dip Buyers Turn to Tech Stocks, Tesla Soars The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday drew a record-low 5.943 million viewers across TNT and TBS, per ShowBuzz Daily. That’s not great! The previous record-low came back in 2008, when the game drew 6.334 million viewers on TNT alone. The fact that the game itself even happened was criticized by fans and players alike, and as noted by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch, the traditional Saturday primetime of hoopla didn’t happen – the skills contest took place two hours before the game (drawing 4.259 million viewers), and the slam dunk contest took place at halftime. © Provided by Awful Announcing To me, the bigger takeaway here is that the concept of the All-Star Game has lost much of its meaning across all sports. The MLB All-Star Game has been in freefall over the last decade. The audience hit a record low in 2012, falling below 11 million viewers for the first time. After...
    The NBA All-Star 2021 Game seems more about business and less about giving the best-chosen players a platform to compete. This, because the game is already marred with many key players dropping out because of injuries that can be the result of a short season break and less time to rest. Lakers’ LeBron James is one unhappy man because of all the circus. Even before the voting for the All-stars began, it was sure that King James would top the popularity index. However, into his 18th season, that mattered less to the 4-time champion who vocally spoke against the idea of holding the event. NBA Commissioner has responded to LeBron James Recently, in an interview, the much-respected NBA Commissioner first put a full-stop on the idea of a possible Kobe Bryant logo. Then, he pressed on the fact that he sympathizes with LeBron James and respects his opinion on looking at the All-Star game announcement as a “slap in the face”.  The 58-YO expressed, “We’re all part of a community. I respect him and his point of view. Also, at...
    More On: nba all-star game Who Kevin Durant picked for his NBA All-Star team Julius Randle’s desire to stay puts massive decision on Knicks Knicks rookie sensation misses out on NBA Rising Stars nod NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participants The Utah Jazz own the best record in the NBA at the All-Star break, but their two participants were selected last when sides were divvied up for the league’s midseason showcase event Sunday night in Atlanta. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were the final two names on the draft board and were the last picks selected by captains Kevin Durant and LeBron James, respectively. “I just want to say something. There is no slander to the Utah Jazz,” James said on TNT’s selection show Thursday night. “You guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. “Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was, we would never have picked those guys in video games. Never.” The Jazz (27-9) lead the Phoenix Suns by 2.5 games and James’ Lakers by...
    Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were already upset about the lack of respect from NBA officiating crews. Wait until they see the results of the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft. All-Star captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant selected their teams Wednesday, and the rosters were shared Thursday night during the “NBA on TNT” pregame show. Despite Utah sitting alone atop the NBA standings with a 27-9 record, the two available Jazz players didn’t come off the board until the final two picks. NBA ALL-STAR DRAFT: Full rosters for Team LeBron vs. Team Durant Durant chose Mitchell to fill his last reserve slot, leaving James with Gobert. Prior to his penultimate pick, James noted that he needed some size, then took Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis instead of Gobert. “I’m not going for this Utah Jazz slander right now,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. “Come on, man. . . . They got the best record in the NBA, and their two best players are the last two standing. This is slander. This is slander, America.” James responded to Barkley’s “slander” accusation — the Hall of Famer used slander...
    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has heard all the reasons why the league should not have an All-Star Game in Atlanta next weekend. He has two reasons why the league should: the fans and the game’s economy. Silver, in an interview with The Associated Press, said the fact that about 100 million votes were cast by fans for All-Star starters shows that the people who follow the game globally wanted the league’s midseason showcase to be played. And the league, he said, didn't want to disappoint them. “It’s the largest factor, the amount of engagement we get from our fans around All-Star,” Silver said. “Historically, in the modern digital age, we have roughly 100 million people vote for our All-Stars, and we came out about the same this year even with a shortened voting period.” Players have raised some questions about why the game is necessary and the risks involved in playing it during a pandemic. The league has said it will fly players into Atlanta privately, keep them in a hotel...
    MIAMI (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has heard all the reasons why the league should not have an All-Star Game in Atlanta next weekend. He has two reasons why the league should: the fans and the game’s economy. Silver, in an interview with The Associated Press, said the fact that about 100 million votes were cast by fans for All-Star starters shows that the people who follow the game globally wanted the league’s midseason showcase to be played. And the league, he said, didn’t want to disappoint them. “It’s the largest factor, the amount of engagement we get from our fans around All-Star,” Silver said. “Historically, in the modern digital age, we have roughly 100 million people vote for our All-Stars, and we came out about the same this year even with a shortened voting period.” Players have raised some questions about why the game is necessary and the risks involved in playing it during a pandemic. The league has said it will fly players into Atlanta privately, keep them in a hotel for one night, play the game...
    Equality and justice for all ????️‍???? We have to fight this together as one, President Biden tells governors of pandemic response By Nick Whalen, RotoWire Special to Yahoo Sports Earlier this week, the NBA announced the full rosters for the 2021 All-Star Game set to be played in Atlanta on Sunday, March 7. LeBron James and Kevin Durant will captain their respective conference’s teams. With the break fast approaching, it’s time to announce our own All-Star rosters — with a fantasy twist, of course. Like the real All-Star Game, these rosters are, in many ways, completely arbitrary. But using the lens of fantasy stats and rankings as a guide, it’s a bit easier to parse through which players belong and which don’t quite make the cut. Overall, more consideration was given to total value rankings (as opposed to per-game), but per-game rankings were also utilized to help standardize for games missed due to COVID-19. It was particularly difficult to narrow down the rosters for the Eastern Conference, which accounts for dramatically more top-end fantasy players thus far. In terms...
    Fact check: Face masks do not cause bacterial pneumonia D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sister dies from Covid as city passes 1,000 deaths Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the upcoming All-Star Game, the NBA announced Wednesday. © Reuters/Jennifer Stewart NBA: Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Booker to take the spot of the injured Davis one day after the Suns guard was snubbed for the honor. Per league rules, when a player selected to the All-Star Game is unable to participate, the commissioner chooses a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Booker and Davis both play for Western Conference teams. Booker, 24, will make his second straight appearance in the All-Star Game. He is averaging a team-high 24.7 points per game to go along with 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 26 games this season. Booker joins teammate Chris Paul on the All-Star Game roster, marking the first time the Suns have had multiple All-Stars in a season since Steve Nash...
    Getty The Golden State Warriors All-Star and starting shooting guard Klay Thompson is certainly missed by his team. With him, they’re a potential NBA title contender and one of the better teams in the league overall. Without him, they’re currently, a 16-15 team that is looking for their identity outside of their superstar guard and two-time MVP Steph Curry. Once Thompson is able to return next season, fully healthy, Golden State will be in a position to be their usual high-competing selves, or even better if they’re able to secure another high draft pick compliments of the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, when Thompson is able to attend some of the Warriors’ home games he has a unique way of getting there according to one of the assistant coaches. Follow the Heavy on Warriors Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Thompson’s Wild Way of Attending Games Getty Over the years NBA players have been known to drive more fancy, sometimes high-end cars, or be driven by a chauffeur to their games. Some even take helicopters to...
    Kanye Wests Most Extravagant Gifts for Kim Kardashian Work for Yourself? Here’s How to Reduce Self-Employment Taxes The All-Star starters were announced, with ballots from the media counting as 25% of the formula. The reserves will be announced next week, followed by captains LeBron James (West) and Kevin Durant (East) selecting teams — the format from the past few seasons. Here’s the ballot this writer submitted as starters as well as selection for the reserves in both conferences: West All-Stars starters: Frontcourt: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: The narrative is turning for LeBron to win his fifth MVP, since the campaign began last season. But his play has been excellent in year 18, controlling a game like no one else. The numbers (25.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists) are easy to yawn at, only because he’s been doing it so well, for so long. A no-brainer here. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: Another no-brainer, as the Joker has taken a massive leap as a scorer while nearly averaging a triple-double until recently. The Nuggets have struggled with consistency, but Jokic has...
    Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Life in Pictures Nonprofit tied to Amalgamated Bank looks to capture corporate donors through new fund following Capitol Hill riot NBA seems oddly determined to play an All-Star Game Despite some arenas allowing a small number of fans to be in attendance (with mixed results), the NBA has been and will continue to be a made-for-TV sport this season. © Provided by Awful Announcing Considering how much the NBA’s All-Star festivities are built around the in-arena experience (which translates to the home audience; a dunk contest is a lot less exciting in an empty gym), not to mention the myriad risks of playing amidst a pandemic, and the idea that the league would push forward with an actual exhibition game feels pretty odd. Yet that’s exactly what the NBA and the NBPA are reportedly planning to do, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are progressing toward an agreement for an All-Star Game on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, a single-night event that encompasses a game...
    Michael Jordan is inarguably the GOAT of basketball. In his 15-year career, he broke multiple records and was one of the fiercest leaders in the NBA. MJ’s popularity skyrocketed last year with the release of his 10-episode documentary series, ‘The Last Dance.’ In the eighth episode of the series, one of the best defensive point guards in the NBA, Gary Payton, claimed that the outcome of the 1996 Finals could have been different had he guarded Jordan from the start of the series. Jordan later shrugged off ‘The Glove’, saying he did not have any problems in dealing with Payton’s defensive efforts against him. This surely raised some debates about how dismissive MJ was. Payton’s ex- teammate claims the glove ‘rattled’ Michael Jordan Seattle Supersonics legend and 6-time All-Star Shawn Kemp recently made an appearance in Mikey Domagala’s Inside Buzz. When asked about MJ’s comments on fellow teammate Payton, Kemp made a bold claim. He said, “I love Michael Jordan. I’m appreciative of playing against him seriously. Well, I watched the Last Dance obviously that documentary was meant for Michael....
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets was selected on Saturday as a top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World. MPJ was named to the second team of the “All-NBA Seeding Games Team,” handed out for games played at Disney between July 30 and Friday’s end of the seeding-game season. The Kia NBA All-Seeding Games Second Team!@Giannis_An34Kawhi Leonard@CarisLeVert@MPJr@kporzee pic.twitter.com/mc79p6UQjJ — NBA (@NBA) August 15, 2020 The first team selections were as follows: – Portland’s Damian Lillard – Phoenix’s Devin Booker – Indiana’s T.J. Warren – Dallas’ Luka Doncic – Houston’s James Harden Other second-team selections were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert and Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis. Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on Aug. 3. (credit: Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images) According to CBS Sports writer Colin Ward-Henninger, Michael Porter Jr. “seized his opportunity with the depleted Denver roster, and the Nuggets have been 11.3 points per 100 possessions better with...
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