Tristan Thompson is looking forward to all-star weekend being in his backyard. “That’s great for basketball in our country, for Canada basketball. It just helps the game so much, makes it more popular, obviously hockey is our first love but basketball is moving up, becoming more popular here, and especially in the GTA,” Thompson said the other night.
Draymond Green: I remember, my second year in the NBA, I told my Nike rep, Adrian Stelly, I told him, “Yo, I’m gonna be an All-Star in this league.” Me and Adrian, we have the type of relationship where it’s not player, shoe rep. We’re way closer than that. So, he’s somebody I talk to all the time about various things. I told him, “Yo, I’ma be an All Star this year.” And he was like, why don’t I believe you? He’s like, if you won’t believe it, you won’t believe it. And I was like, “No, I really think I’m going to be an All-Star in the league.” From that point on it’s just been constantly working to get there. And still working to get there. I’d say last year was the first time that I really noticed, it’s not only a dream of mine, it’s not something I’m speaking and thinking I can do, but it’s really a possibility.
Josh Lewenberg: Patterson on JV: “Im so proud of him. Im hoping he makes the All-Star Game. He worked so hard this summer & everythings starting to pay off”
So when Mason Plumlee was given the chance to showcase his leaping ability on the NBA’s grandest stage — the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in February — he seemed to be a dark horse contender. Only things didn’t go as planned. “I didn’t do so well,” he said Monday, laughing, of an event in which he couldn’t escape the first round. “No more dunk contests for me.”