An amazing few days. The NBA All-Star Weekend lived up to expectation this year in Toronto, from our live SITM Broadcast Friday until the All-Star Game Sunday evening.
Saturday served as a perfect set up for tonight’s All-Star finale, especially with splash brothers Steph and Klay Thompson battling for the right to be called the NBA’s best shooter in a close 3-point contest. Klay would beat last year’s 3-point champion Steph Curry to claim the title and bring it back to Oakland. Immediately following the sharpshooting teammates duel, Aaron Gordon and Zach Levine provided fans with the best dunk contest since……well that is still up for debate as we speak. It is being called the best since Jordan vs. Wilkins in 1988 so that is a perfect indication of how impressive the two were. Timberwolves high-flying Levine won last year’s dunk contest so seeing his name in the finals wasn’t too shocking but what did shock the world was Gordon’s jumping ability. No words can describe it properly – just watch:
It was truly one to be remembered as Kobe Bryant laced them up for his last time as an All-Star and did so in front of Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, George Gervin and a Magic Johnson introduction complete with a highlight reel of his NBA career – from an ambitious 18 year old to a Hall of Famer. Bryant ended with 10 in a high scoring game that broke records thanks to its 92-90 first half score. Paul George led the Eastern Conference with 41 (which fell a point short of Wilt Chamberlain‘s 1962 record scoring 42 points) and Russell Westbrook led the Western Conference with 31. That performance landed him his second MVP, making Westbrook the first back to back All Star MVP since Bob Pettit in 1958.
When you think of an “All-Star” weekend and what it’s supposed to be, this one will be the benchmark for years to come. Adding even more to this historic weekend, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal are now finalists for the 2016 Hall of Fame. Both played as if they were 7ft. tall, although they obviously aren’t the same in size their impact still serves as equal inspiration for future generations of hoopers.
— NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2016