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.
On Monday, February 9, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Pacers, 95-93. But it was more than just a win. For coach Gregg Popovich, it was his 1,000th career victory as an NBA head coach. He’s the ninth coach, and the third fastest, to reach the milestone. And he’s now among some of the best coaches of all time in the 1,000-win club, including Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Rick Adelman, George Carl, and Larry Brown, under whom Popovich started his career as an assistant in San Antonio.
Asked how he felt about the accomplishment, the ever-modest Popovich replied that his players are the ones who have done his job for him. “I've been here a long time, and I've had good players,” Popovich told reporters after the game. “That's the formula. Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for awhile.”
It was a cloudy Wednesday morning in Chicago. Thirteen-year-old Brandon Green, Jackie Robinson West’s catcher and pitcher during the team’s remarkable run to a Little League World Series U.S. title last summer, was riding to the school bus stop with his mother. It was just after 7 a.m.
Suddenly, the morning shattered into a million pieces.
Yesterday, Jackie Robinson West’s U.S. Little League World Series title — the one that had uplifted, thrilled, and united the city of Chicago and given it something to be proud of — was taken away.
The best of the NBA will be in NYC this weekend for the 2015 All-Star Game. The events are split between Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) and Madison Square Garden (the Knicks’ house). And when LeBron and Steph Curry and KD and Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook defend on the Big Apple, they’ll be bringing all kinds of special gear, from shoes to clothes to electronics.
We can’t run down every piece of gear that will be worn on and off the court, so we’re going to focus on some of the shoes players will wear over the course of the weekend.