Even a loss in this year’s playoffs won’t deter a player who’s fueled by those who don’t believe in him. He’s still sore about not making the All-Star team this year, something Jensen says they talk about. “I wish you’d made it, but I’m glad you didn’t,” the coach told Gobert after the All-Star snub, knowing the frustration would make him a better player. Jensen mentored Gobert through his first few seasons, tapping into his natural physical gifts to mold him into an elite NBA defender who is slowly learning how to play on the other end of the court.
Larry Bird will deliver Indianapolis’ bid for the 2021 NBA All-Star weekend on Monday — and he’ll be doing it in style. The Indiana Pacers president and the group bidding for Indianapolis to host the All-Star weekend in 2021 will combine two of Indiana’s biggest sports loves — IndyCar and basketball — in delivering the bid, using a specially themed and retrofitted Indy car, according to a news release from the team. The bid will be delivered to the NBA’s New York headquarters at 2 p.m. Monday.
The Charlotte Hornets released the following statement today: “We are excited that the NBA has once again made the City of Charlotte eligible to host All-Star Weekend in 2019. We look forward to resuming our discussions with the league on the next steps regarding this international event. We know that our city, our fans and our business community remain extremely enthusiastic in support of hosting NBA All-Star Weekend.”
“The Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment remain opposed to discrimination of any form. As we always have, we will continue to provide an inclusive environment for anyone attending an event at Spectrum Center.”