The 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off on Friday evening, with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint Celebrity Game, first media availability of the weekend and Basketball Hall of Fame announcements.
In case you missed the action on All-Star Friday, here is a recap:
BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
This was a competitive game until the final minute, proving once again that the NBA made the right decision splitting up the rookies and sophomores into even teams.
Both teams played harder than one would expect in an All-Star exhibition and, in the end, Grant Hill’s team defeated Chris Webber’s team, 142-136.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was named the game’s MVP after contributing 30 points and 25 rebounds (a Rising Stars Challenge record). He finished with more offensive rebounds than any other player had total rebounds. He was also very efficient, shooting 12-21 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. Team Webber didn’t have anyone who could slow Drummond down. He grabbed rebound after rebound, and was able to score at will off of putbacks and dunks.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters was also huge for Team Hill, finishing with 31 points on 10-14 shooting from the field. Waiters also chipped in seven assists and three steals.
New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had 36 points in the loss, leading all scorers. He also had two of the funniest moments of the night. During the game, he pretended to untie Drummond’s shoes at the free throw line in a nod to teammate J.R. Smith. When Drummond was receiving his MVP trophy, it was dropped. Without missing a beat, Hardaway Jr. grabbed the microphone from Craig Sager and said, “ESPN Not Top 10.”
Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis, who were the first two picks in the Rising Stars Draft, were solid yet unspectacular. Lillard finished with 13 points, five assists and five rebounds while Davis had 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
This was the third consecutive year that the NBA mixed teams of rookies and sophomores, as opposed to pitting the first-year players against the second-year players.
Sprint Celebrity Game
In the celebrity game, the East defeated the West, 60-56, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Kevin Hart was voted the game’s MVP by fans for the third straight year, but Hart gave the trophy to Duncan after the 49-year-old tallied a celebrity-game-record 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Michael B. Jordan was the West’s best player, finishing the game with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Other participants included Nick Cannon, Bruce Bowen, Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg and Jesse Williams.
Friday Media Availability
On Friday, All-Star Weekend participants addressed the media. Here are several videos:
Hall of Fame Announcements
On Friday, it was announced that David Stern was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. He will be enshrined with the Class of 2014.
Several others were directly elected into the Hall of Fame as well including Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis (by the international committee), former Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard (ABA committee), former Knicks player Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton (early African-American pioneers committee) and former Temple star Guy Rodgers (veterans committee).
Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood were chosen as finalists. The rest of the 2014 finalists will be announced on April 7 during the NCAA Final Four.
Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s night recap after All-Star Saturday wraps up.
NBA Team Salaries
Main Page6 days ago
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns: Betting Picks, Prediction, and Preview
Main Page1 week ago
Derrick Rose proposes to Alaina Anderson with ginormous diamond ring
Main Page2 days ago
Top 5 NBA futures liabilities for the 2021-22 NBA season
Main Page5 days ago
Milwaukee Bucks reveal their fancy 2021 NBA Finals championship rings