Last Friday night, the NBA's All-Star weekend kicked off in New York City with a Celebrity All-Star Game at MSG followed by the Rising Stars Challenge at Barclay's Center. From Mo'Ne Davis schooling Kevin Hart to Andrew Wiggins catching half court alley-oops, the All-Star Weekend's opening night didn't disappoint.
We're not ready to declare that the dunk contest is back, but Zach LaVine certainly rejuvenated the All-Star Weekend's most anticipated event. On top of that, the star-studded 3 point competition lived up to the hype as well and there was even a dramatic finish in the Skills Challenge which made for an enjoyable All-Star Saturday Night.
Degree Shooting Stars:
Team Bosh, which consisted of Dominique Wilkins, Swish Cash and Bosh, took home the title in the 2015 Degree Shooting Stars Challenge... an event that nobody really cares about.
We've long anticipated Jordan Brand blessing Russell Westbrook with his own signature shoe, and today we learn that it will in fact be coming to fruition. The Thunder's All-Star point-God, who is playing at an MVP-level right now, will be receiving his own signature shoe in June, which will reportedly be called the Westbrook 0.
Some news from Russell Westbrook: He has his own signature shoe coming out in June.
Basketball's international appeal is quickly escalating; as a relatively new sport, it has rode the recent wave of globalization to stretch its popularity across the map. The influx of international talent in the NBA over the past decade-plus has been a solid indication, as distant nations cultivated a love for the game and developed serious skills.
A record 101 international players were on opening night rosters, and All-Star Weekend's rookie/sophomore challenge will be adopting a US vs World format, as if the international influence weren't enough.