When Stephen Curry met Mo’ne Davis last week before the Golden State Warriors game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he did not waste the opportunity to commemorate the moment.
The Warriors point guard and NBA MVP candidate is a big fan of the Little League World Series pitching phenom and 2014 SI Kids Sports Kid of the Year winner. So he did what fans usually do when they meet a great athlete: ask for an autograph.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry were two of the many stars in New York over the weekend for the NBA All-Star Game. But two days before they hit the court at Madison Square Garden, they shot around with a group of local kids.
On Friday, James and Curry joined nearly 60 elementary, middle, and high school students at an NBA Fit basketball clinic at the newly revamped High School of Graphic Communication Arts gym. The space was renovated by the NBA and features a new floor and All-Star banners of NBA players, including James and Curry.
“I didn’t play on courts like this. [I played on] outdoor courts and makeshift courts,” James told the kids.
During media appearances earlier in the week, Russell Westbrook said he intended to use the weekend to rest. Fortunately, things didn’t go according to plan.
The Oklahoma City Guard scored 41 points in a 163-158 West victory Sunday night. The performance earned him the 2015 All-Star MVP and left him just one point shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain’s 53-year-old record for most points in an All-Star Game.
In the final minutes of the game, the MVP found out just how close he was to breaking the record. But he put his team first and his chance to make history second, using the last few minutes of the game to secure a Western Conference win. Still, Westbrook’s dynamic performance was filled with several high-flying dunks — one so high that he even hit his head on the rim!
You know that feeling of rushing to the new roster posted outside the gym, scanning it for your name, and walking away disappointed? Damian Lillard does. Because it happened to him as a pro, twice, in a six-month span.
By Lauren Shute and Christina M. Tapper
We’ve reached the midpoint of the All-Star weekend and the big game is tonight! Four events highlighted Saturday night’s action. But the main event was the Slam Dunk Contest. Here’s what went down:
LaVine Wows Crowd With Perfection in Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine’s name had been on the lips of just about every NBA player before the NBA’s All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. And Saturday night, everyone in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — and millions watching at home — saw exactly why.
By Lauren Shute and Christina Tapper
The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off yesterday with Media Day. It gave journalists covering this weekend’s All-Star Game some time with featured players from around the league. Media Day was packed with what seemed like a never-ending crowd of reporters and cameras rolling and flashing at every turn. But we managed to get in on some Media Day action with some of your favorite NBA star.
Upon arrival at Media Day, LeBron James reunited with his former teammate Dwyane Wade while reporters looked on and captured the moment. LeBron, whose dominant play led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 12-game win streak earlier this year, comfortably dressed in sweats and donned sunglasses inside the room. It was probably the most useful accessory to have when the spotlight is on you!
Before the start of the NBA season, Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley had a message for media personnel in New York City: “If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Anthony Davis play, let me tell you, he’s the next big thing in the NBA.”
Davis was the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans). He spent last summer in Barcelona, Spain, with Team USA, and Barkley was impressed by what he saw. Just three years into his pro career, Davis has gone from a great young talent with loads of potential to one of the best young players in the league. So far this season, he’s averaging 24.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. Davis was recently selected for his second All-Star appearance (his first time as a starter). Though he’ll miss the game because of a nagging shoulder injury, Davis spoke with SI Kids as All-Star Weekend kicked off about all of his early professional success, how far he’s come, and what his Pelicans need to do to turn things around come playoff time.