The NBA All-Star Game is all about fun. It’s about fun for the players, and fun for the fans. Even though this year’s contest was a lot more competitive than in prior years, it was still all about players taking some time off and having a good time.
And it showed. The league had microphones on a handful of players during the game, so that fans could get an opportunity to see what the dialogue was like during the game.
It’s pretty incredible, and highly entertaining.
Much of the content comes from the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who was his usual, jovial self. Perhaps the best moment was Curry asking an usher if he could get some popcorn, only minutes before cameras caught him on the sideline snacking, while his team played.
Other highlights included Curry saying hello to Fergie after the now-infamous national anthem, and Team Stephen coach Mike D’Antoni saying they would call the first play for Curry because “It’s his team.” Seeing Curry’s relationship with other players, including LeBron James, was pretty special, too.
But while Warriors’ fans will appreciate Curry the most, the person who stole the show was Joel Embiid. He channeled every NBA fan who has ever had an argument on a website or Twitter, by engaging Al Horford in a long conversation about whether Michael Jordan is really the best player ever, or if Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell deserve that distinction.
Hopefully the NBA will start putting out more videos like this. They’re a joy to watch.