After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of downtown, it was an absolute mob scene after the events; a little reminiscent of New Orleans with people spilling out of the bars and clubs and walking (stumbling?) down the crowded streets until well past our normal bedtime.
There were celebrities and recognizable faces at every turn, thanks no doubt in part to lavish events being hosted by the likes of Hennessy VS that the players themselves were often attached to — like this one hosted by Carmelo Anthony that we got to check out.. The basketball brought everyone to town, and once there, the events and parties kept everyone going non-stop until very, very early Monday morning.
As we travel back across the country and catch up on some rest, relive all of our All-Star coverage by following the links below.
– Kevin Durant was your All-Star game MVP, while Kobe Bryant was bloodied and LeBron James turned the ball over with the game on the line by trying to pass instead of taking the big shot. So essentially, just like the regular season.
– Breaking down all of the winners and losers from Sunday night’s All-Star game. We’ll let you guess which one Nicki Minaj was.
– Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan to become the All-Star game’s all-time leading scorer. Somewhere in Charlotte, MJ threw a remote control at his HDTV.
– Dwight Howard did a good job of not talking trade at all this weekend. He also did a good job of looking as disinterested as possible in the All-Star game.
– Speaking of Dwight, David Stern held a press conference Saturday and said he supports Howard’s right to leave Orlando if he chooses. Stern also said injuries were not increased as a result of the shortened season, and talked a bit about the arena situation in Sacramento.
– Rajon Rondo wasn’t exactly thrilled to discuss his recent two-game suspension, but did eventually admit he might have learned from it.
– The league paired up Deron Williams and Dwight Howard for a charity event. Predictably, Orlando officials were not amused.
– LeBron James said he’d consider entering the dunk contest. As long as, you know, the winner received a million dollars.
– Kyrie Irving was your Rising Stars Challenge MVP. The exhibition was a little rough, but there were still some spectacular plays — like this one involving Ricky Rubio, DeMarcus Cousins, and Blake Griffin.
– Jeremy Lin played in the Rising Stars Challenge, but managed only two points. He did, however, debut his own personal Nike basketball shoes.
– Blake Griffin had some dunk contest advice for Paul George … which was not followed.
– Steve Nash continued to remind us he’s not looking to be traded, unlike a certain center in Orlando that we know.
– Dwight Howard danced around those very same trade questions, while Kobe Bryant — now in his 16th season, and knowing he’d be subjected to requests for shout-outs to fans across the globe for 45 minutes — skipped media availability altogether.