HoopsHype All-Star rumors

March 26, 2014 Updates

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

March 25, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” Charlotte Observer

March 24, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” Charlotte Observer

First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. I know those discussions are underway right now. It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state-of-the-art. Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.” Charlotte Observer

February 19, 2014 Updates
February 18, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone. Everyone who ever released an album played the festivities, including Pharrell whose song “Happy” has kind of become the unofficial jam of people all around the world who consider bobbing their heads from side to side while walking to be dancing. The NBA took their phantom camera and shot players, fans, cheerleaders, mascots and everyone singing along to the infectious tune. The result included Craig Sager dancing. The Big Lead

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar mistakenly congratulated John Wall on All-Star Game MVP. But Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the All-Star Game while John Wall won the Slam Dunk Contest Saturday. Congrats #JohnWall on your All Star MVP - it's gonna be a great year!" Sportando

February 17, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have made it known that the city of Portland wishes to host NBA All-Star Weekend. The year 2017 was the first opening the organization was shooting for after the mid-season extravaganza visits New York in 2015 and Toronto in 2016. CSNNW.com

But according to a league source, 2017 is now out of the question for Portland due to the tirelessly slow process of getting a Hyatt Regency convention-size hotel approved which would reside at the Oregon Convention Center. Funding and hotel competitors appear to be the main obstacles holding the project up. A city official told CSNNW.com that they do expect to eventually break ground on the project, but adds that now the earliest the hotel can be constructed is in the year 2017. CSNNW.com

TNT’s coverage of the contest from New Orleans -- the East, led by Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, who took home MVP honors, with an assist from New York’s Carmelo Anthony who set an All-Star Game mark with eight, three-pointers, ended the West’s three-game winning streak, 163-155 -- averaged a 4.3 U.S. household rating (5.1 cable rating) and 7.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast nationals data. The delivery, playing against NBC’s curated primetime presentation of the Sochi Olympics and a new episode of AMC’s zombie hit, The Walking Dead, was down 4% in households and a 6% in audience from the 4.4 and 8 million viewers from the 2013 All-Star Game. Multichannel.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard was selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game Sunday night after scoring 31 points, racking up 14 assists and playing with the energy required to rally the Eastern Conference from an 18-point deficit in the second half of its 163-155 victory over the West. "It was definitely special, just being out there with all these great athletes," Irving said. "There's so many different MVPs out there on that floor, and to be named MVP amongst all those great stars is truly an honor." Oklahoman

Irving was asked what's next for the Cavaliers after the All-Star break. "Just a higher focus level,'' he said. "We went into the All-Star break with some momentum and now, coming out, its really important to get that first game and get up for that first game no matter how tired we are. "Everybody's rested. It's just really important to come out with that same focus and play as a team and hopefully continue this streak.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Irving poured in 24 of his team-high 31 points in the second half to guide the East to a 163-155 win over the West. Afterwards, James was the first to tip his hat to the Cavaliers' second-year guard. "Kyrie is special,'' said James, who had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. "It's just that simple. "He's a very special basketball player, a very smart basketball player. His ability to shoot the ball, get into the lane, make shots around the rim -- he has a total package.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Anthony scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half and hit a huge 3-pointer with 1:04 left to key the Eastern Conference’s 163-155 come-from-behind All-Star Game shootout victory over the West at New Orleans Arena. He finished with eight 3-pointers, breaking the record of six, co-held by LeBron James and Mark Price. “It was a great feeling,’’ Anthony said. “I’ve been telling you it was going to be hard for me to try and enjoy this weekend but I found a way. The guys did a great job of just getting me through it and keeping me positive. Now it’s back to the grind.’’ “The first half of the season, we want to put that behind us. Now it’s time to go, time to make a push. It’s time to lock it down.’’ New York Post

Despite their limited roles, both Aldridge and Lillard were in good spirits after the game and expressed no ill will towards Brooks. "It was fun," Aldridge said. "I definitely had my opportunity to score. I didn't make many shots. I think I played more minutes. How many did I play? 14 minutes? That's an All-Star Game high for me. It was fun. The whole weekend was fun, I had fun with the activities and the things for the fans. A good weekend." Blazers Edge

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