The Suns and Mavericks are going to play a little street ball. A little outdoor basketball.
The Mavericks have agreed to be part of the annual Phoenix outdoor preseason game at Indian Wells (where some guy named Roger Federer will be working this weekend). It’s an outdoor preseason basketball game known for being in a really nice facility, but with chilly temperatures.
The last couple of years, the game has been broadcast on TNT. If you wish for one thing for this game, wish for a windy day, like the stuff you and I have to deal with out on the playground. Deal with having to shoot your ball six inches to the left to adjust for the conditions, Dirk. Not so good now are you? Well, actually he probably is.
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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.
This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.
The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.
Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.