NBA All-Star Weekend is here. So much is happening — and people have been posting so many Fanshots — that I decided to combine them all in one place. So far, Klay Thompson failed to retain his 3-point contest crown, Aaron Gordon used a frickin drone in the dunk contest (spoiler alert: it was super lame ... more on this in a second), and overall Saturday night at the festivities was a bit boring. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t drama elsewhere amidst the seething, glorious turmoil that is New Orleans in late February.
Here are a few moments I’ve enjoyed. Most of these come from our Fanshot section. If you see something hilarious/awesome/funny/exciting, it only takes a second. Drop a link, share it with our GSOM community!
Steve Kerr, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry weigh in on whether the four Warriors will share the court with Russell Westbrook, as has been highly anticipated and discussed:
Draymond gives a very real answer when asked how he’ll recruit Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala this summer during free agency:
Awesome response from @Money23Green on how he'll recruit @ShaunLivingston and @andre when they become free agents this summer. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/3tx1rr1qT5— LetsGoWarriors (@LetsGoWarriors) February 17, 2017
Kevin Durant discusses what it felt like returning to OKC, how he’s approaching the drama surrounding his relationship with Westbrook, and much more:
Meanwhile, Wanda Durant & Shannon Westbrook pose for a photo:
#SistersForLife #shannonwestbrook @KDTrey5 @russwest44 @NBA #allstarweekend pic.twitter.com/qBBBJwjJIt— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) February 18, 2017
On the court, Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, and others were mic'd up at All-Star practice:
Off the court, the New York Times discussed “How Kevin Durant Became Silicon Valley’s Hottest Start-up”
A fantastic read from one of the two news outlets single-handedly keeping our democracy intact right now.
Klay Thompson couldn’t make it out of the first round of the 2017 3-point competition, which was eventually won by Eric Gordon:
Watching the tape, you can tell that Kenny Anderson straight up voodoo-cursed him with overconfidence. Dammit, Kenny!
Elsewhere, we were treated to a boring, star-less dunk competition. Aaron Gordon — who put on quite the show last year with Zach LaVine — attempted to harness the awesome power of man’s technological prowess by ... uh, having a drone drop a basketball from a few feet above the rim?
Not only was the dunk boring, and not only am I an angry old man who hates drones and snapchat — ugh — but he missed his first few attempts, thereby stripping the dunk of any intrigue and mystique.
Here’s the reason I hate snapchat:
Get these kids off my lawn. Put yr dang phone away. This newfangled hand-wizardry has ruined us, I tell you.
Seriously, some old man needs to show these kids how to properly use technology:
paul pierce so old he uses one phone’s zoom to read the texts on his other phone pic.twitter.com/L4UWOM1YGI— martin rickman (@martinrickman) February 19, 2017
#Piercing pic.twitter.com/3WX5NIupeQ— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 19, 2017
Tonight, perhaps we’ll actually see something exciting. Perhaps Kerr will in fact play Westbrook with the four-out Warriors squad. Perhaps Kobe Bryant, unable to stay away, will parachute in from the rafters. Perhaps Derrick Jones Jr. will run onto the court and do this:
Okay, that was pretty cool.
Anyways, the All-Star game is tonight. 8pm ET, from New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center. Here’s all relevant info.
But overall, watching this weekend’s offerings up until this point, I’ve felt exactly like Dikembe Mutombo felt watching the dunk contest:
Did he just finger wag an entire generation without even extending his finger?! Ouch. Tell em man. Tell em how it is.