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.”
McCollum: Shortened preseason? Silver: On the table. McCollum: All-Star game in Portland? Silver: On the table. McCollum: Yes! Regular season games overseas? Silver: On the table. No doubt.
Scott Agness: NBA announces that Charlotte will host 2017 All-Star weekend, with the big game to be held on Sun., Feb. 19.
Rick Bonnell: EXCUSIVE: Charlotte wins bid to host 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Formal announcement tomorrow. Story coming.
The team’s new practice facility at the CNE is slated to be completed just in time and there will be NBA events throughout the city.
The Raptors rebrand has been completed and piles of new merchandise will be available in the near future in advance of the 2015-16 season and another logo will also soon be revealed – the Toronto NBA All-Star 2016 logo. That will happen on Wednesday, when select speakers from the NBA and Canadian basketball community are on hand in Toronto, including rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, of Vaughan.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission submitted a bid to host the 2018 NBA All-Star game. The last time the city held the mid-season extravaganza was in 1997. “We’re very excited about returning to Cleveland at some point for an All-Star game,” Silver said. “We know [Cavaliers’ owner] Dan Gilbert would very much like it to happen and I think it’s just a function of when. Making sure that the timing is right in terms of the upgrades to the building.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena. “They’ve expressed interest in it and we’re waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building,” Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
There were rumblings that Drake was not happy with the team’s new logo. Still, the all-star game is in Toronto in February 2016. He will be back. Drake Night 3, anybody?
Chris Herring: Phil suggested that Carmelo physically “pushed himself” to be able to play in the All-Star Game despite his injured knee
The Nuggets need a bona fide star. Can Gallo be an all-star in this league? “It’s my goal. It has been in my mind since I came in the league. … There is something in my mind that tells me I have a chance to go to the All-Star Weekend,” said Gallinari, looking forward to next season after needing almost two years to regain his form after a knee injury in 2013 led to the downfall of the Nuggets in the playoffs and the nasty divorce between Karl and Kroenke.
Rick Welts: The thing that I get credited with, maybe that I’ll always live with, is the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend. It wasn’t really as visionary a thing on my resume as people might want to credit me for. I was in the unenviable position of trying to sell the NBA to major corporate sponsors at a time when the NBA was not viewed as a good investment for companies like that. I knew that if we could create some additional events, I’d have a chance at least to try to create some corporate interest in sponsoring those events. That, really as much as anything, was my motivation in trying to create a second day of events around All-Star: that we could bring the fans with the support of some corporate partners, and that really was an important part of launching [NBA Commissioner] David Stern’s success.
Q: You’ve talked about how that should even be the case at All-Star Games, where you’d still go after guys. Kobe: Go back and watch the 1988 All-Star game, the ’89 All Star game. Those guys competed. They were trying to win, man. And I always tried to do the same thing. … You understand, when I’m matching up with Vince (Carter) in the All-Star Game, or matching up with Dwyane (Wade) in the All-Star Game, they know I’m coming. Hopefully All-Star Games will get back to that.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday night that it’s “probably unlikely” for Orlando to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game because the city hosted the exhibition just several years ago, in 2012. Asked about Orlando’s chances of hosting in 2017, Silver answered that Orlando’s chances are slim “only because the game was here in 2012 and there are some other teams that haven’t had an All-Star Game in a long time who, if their bids are complete, would take priority only because we like to share the wealth, so to speak.
Despite winning the game’s MVP award somehow, Hart acknowledged that it was time to retire on The Jim Rome Show. “That little girl embarrassed me on live television,” Hart said. “It’s only going to get worse if I keep going back. I don’t want to see what’s going to happen next.”
“I totally disagreed with this whole idea that the All-Star Game is so important that we should sit out regular-season games to get ready for the All-Star Game, and now with Anthony’s decision to not only play in the All-Star Game but to end his season,” Gundy said Thursday on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show. “I think it’s backwards thinking from these organizations or players. It’s got to be about the team, the team, the team. “The All-Star Game doesn’t need any specific player. But these teams do need these maximum salary guys.”