Joseph Young: I know my bro Myles Turner should of made that Rising star list. Keep Ya head up bro We will show who are the best rookies this year!!
Lets Go Warriors: Re #NBAAllStar reserve announcements Klay Thompson expects "for sure a couple of us to be there just for the year we're having" https://t.co/se1rIYoI7X
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been named head coach of the Western Conference All-Star game, the NBA has announced. It will be the fourth All-Star appearance for Popovich.
Al Iannazzone: Steve Kerr is ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game because he coaches last year. Can't do back-to-back years.
For his part, Lillard has said he’s not as concerned about making the All-Star team as he was in seasons past. That’s not to say he’s any less excited for the prospect of hearing his name called when reserves are announced on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” Thursday night, but if he doesn’t make the cut, he’s not going to take the same offense to the snub as he might have in years past. “For me right now, I don’t really need the validation of it,” said Lillard. “But it’s the reward for the time that you put in and what you do on the court. I think… that’s what I am, I’m an All-Star, I’m in that group. I wouldn’t want to not be a part of that. That’s what you put your work in, your time in for, so you can come out and be at your best on the floor and you want to be rewarded for that.”
“I don’t think there’s any question he deserves to be on the All-Star team,” said Stotts. “That being said, just because I don’t lobby for him doesn’t mean I don’t believe he should be on the All-Star team… More is being asked of him, he has much more responsibility.”
As it stands now, fans are asked to vote for three frontcourt players (regardless of position) and two guards per conference as starters. “It’s disrespectful to big men,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports. “It’s not really fair. But that’s how it is.”
Cousins was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday and has averaged 27.6 points and 11.4 rebounds this season. When asked what changes he would make to All-Star voting, Cousins was quick to respond. “There definitely wouldn’t be fan voting,” Cousins told Yahoo. “You can’t base it off of who is on TNT and ESPN every night. Of course, it’s going to be most winning teams’ [players], the most popular players [selected]. The other guys that play for the Milwaukee Bucks, and in our case the Sacramento Kings, who are playing just as good basketball, will never be seen. I don’t think it’s fair.”
“I’m just playing basketball,” Walker said. “[I’m] trying to win games and get to the playoffs. If I can make the All-Star game, that’s great. If not, who cares? I just want to win. I want to just keep getting better everyday. I want to make the playoffs, man. That’s the main goal.
“No question [he should be an All-Star],” Williams said. “That’s not taking away from any other players out there in the Eastern Conference. I think he’s done his fair share, definitely.”
The second-year guard wouldn't hesitate at all to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, the All-Star Friday night competition between the NBA's rookies and sophomores. If, of course, the former undrafted free agent gets an invite, ahead of some more heralded players. "Yeah, Lord willing," Johnson said. "Yeah, it's definitely a possibility. If they let me in, that'd be great. I'd definitely do it."
Even as Spoelstra insisted during the LeBron Era that Bosh was truly the indispensible man, Bosh was frequently the target of fan ire for perceived shortcomings. Now, he's in full view, the focus on his all-around game, his defensive chops and his leadership. It wasn't easy subjugating his game to James, something Kevin Love is struggling with in Cleveland (and which Bosh warned him about). "There's a sense of pride in it," he said of his All-Star status. "I've been participating in the weekend every year. So it might as well not stop now. It's hard work, just really being consistent and being a good player. It adds a lot -- Olympics, you want to go deep in the playoffs, the All-Star break. There's no break in what we do if you want to be successful."
It makes one wonder if it wouldn't make more sense for Wade, voted in as a starter, or Bosh, a likely coaches' addition, to skip All-Star weekend in Toronto next month. But both said last week that they plan to play. It will be Wade's 12th straight All-Star and if Bosh is picked, it will be his 11th consecutive All-Star game. "One day, I'll have it off, so you can't worry about it now," Wade said. "I'll have it off for a long time one day. And it's a special year, too. I know this All-Star weekend is going to be honoring one of our game's greats in Kobe (Bryant) as well. I want to be there, and I planned to be there since last year."
Isaiah Thomas talks with Chris Mannix after the Boston Celtics win over the Chicago Bulls, and discusses what it would mean to him to make the All-Star team. “It would be a dream come true, I think I deserve it,” said Thomas. “At the same time I just want it to be over so I can focus on everything else.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Jared Sullinger: I'd be shocked if Isaiah Thomas doesn't make All-Star game. He's averaging 20 & 7 and he's 5-foot-2.
Carmelo Anthony has been voted a starter in the prior six All-Star Games, but he said it meant something to him to be picked for a seventh straight time. “Every time it happens, you get a chance to go participate in that, but not only participate but get voted in by your fans, it don’t get old,” Anthony said. “I know we always say that but it never gets old.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens pushing Isaiah Thomas All-Star candidacy: He's a guy who makes you game plan for him.
Sam Amick: Had a good chat w/ @Isiah Thomas about Monday's Warriors-Spurs game, which led to a fun debate about All-Star selections & this quote. Isiah Thomas: "The West All Stars should be 5 guys from San Antonio, 5 from Golden State, & Durant & Westbrook"
"I'm not disappointed. I'm not upset," Draymond Green said on a video for UNINTERRUPTED about not being voted in as an All-Star starter. "I've never been a guy that expects anything to be given to me or if it doesn't happen, it disappoints me. At the end of the day, I thank the fans for even being near consideration of starting. That's something I could've never have imagined in my career let alone coming into this season or any other season. It's something that I never thought would happen to be in that conversation."
Going to the NBA All-Star Game has become part of Kyrie Irving's yearly routine. But his streak of three straight appearances in the annual showcase is in jeopardy after Toronto's Kyle Lowry nudged him out of his customary Eastern Conference starting spot. "He deserves it, man," Irving said of Lowry. "It was going to be either way -- whether I made it or not -- it was going to be the same reaction from me. Just, either it would be good to be there in Toronto (or) like I said, he deserves it."
"Honestly, me as a principled man, seeing it from a broader perspective, I wouldn't be mad at all," Irving said when asked if he was resigned to not making it as a backup. "Personally, I don't feel like I deserve it just from the amount of games that I've played and the body of work."
He is the first Spurs player to be voted into the starting lineup outright since Duncan in 2010. “It means I’m going in the right direction as a player,” Leonard said before the Spurs’ game Thursday night in Phoenix. “I’m not really focused on that. I’m just trying to help my team win games and get to the playoffs.”
RJ Hunter: Regardless of being an All-Star or not that guy @Isaiah_Thomas has been great all year! Deserving no doubt. Don't snub that man
Pachulia finished fourth among Western Conference frontcourt players with 768,112 votes, just more than 14,000 behind San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard for the final starting spot. Pachulia said he is humbled and honored to have come so close. "Oh, man, it's a great feeling," Pachulia told ESPN.com. "I have a bunch of smiles. It's all good vibes. I'm so thankful. I don't think there is one player who is liked by everybody. Every single person has their own flavor. They like different players or whatever.
"Man, my country is amazing," Pachulia said. "It feels so great to be loved by this many people. That's what I care about the most, and that's why I'm so happy."
Marc Stein: Melo now tied with Gervin & Nique for most All-Star selections (nine) without NBA Finals appearance. CP3 joins 'em if picked by West coaches
Stephen Curry: Thank you to everyone who voted! Know we will have some more good news next week #DG23 #KT11 #dubnation
Kyle Lowry: I'm older than you... Lol... But thanks bro... RT: DeMar DeRozan: Congrats to my little brother @Klow7. You making me a proud big bro out here man!
The player who suffers the most by not being named a starter is Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who needed a starting nod to trigger the Derrick Rose rule, which would have given Davis a salary of a projected $24.9MM instead of $20.4MM next season. The difference would amount to $25.875MM over the life of his contract, based on those same projections. He could still invoke the rule if he earns an All-NBA nod or wins the MVP award in the spring.
Bobby Marks: With no All-Star start Anthony Davis will now need to garnish All-NBA honors. $23m difference if Davis misses out being selected.
Lets Go Warriors: Kawhi Leonard - 782,339 votes; Zaza Pachulia - 768,112 votes; Draymond Green - 726,616 votes. You're still a star to me Dray!!
Karl believes Cousins deserves to return to the All-Star Game next month in Toronto. “I don’t know anybody playing at this level in the NBA right now,” Karl said. “I hope the NBA recognizes it and gives him the opportunity to play in Toronto.”
Based on HoopsHype research, NBA players didn’t use the #NBAVote hashtag much to endorse fellow NBAers for the All-Star Game on Twitter and, when they did, they typically used it to vote for current or former teammates – whether in the league or FIBA basketball. Some more takeaways from this very important HoopsHype Twitter research: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were the leading vote-getters, although with just five #NBAvote’s each.
Kneelo: What if Jordan Clarkson is included in USA vs. World All-Star game? Does he join the World team? Eric Pincus: Basically the rookie/soph game is US kids vs. internatinoal - I've heard Jordan Clarkson would likely rep the US squad.
Wade had a good lead for one of the East starting spots at this point last year, but Toronto’s Kyle Lowry overtook him at the end thanks to a big boost from Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Even if Lowry gets a similar surge this season, Wade is likely to hold him off. “I think my fans are a little mad about how it happened last year, so they’ve gotten more into it,” Wade said. “When you constantly get in for 10 years, people probably aren’t voting as actively, but they got a little angry and they’ve gotten on top of it this year for sure.”
As for Wade, if he wins the fan vote he will take the court Feb. 14 in Toronto to team up with LeBron James for the first time since James left the Heat. More significantly, he will be there for Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star Game. “As long as I hold up my votes, it’ll be a special All-Star Game for me because this is Kobe’s last one,” Wade said. “I wasn’t in the league for (Michael) Jordan’s, but I was watching it as a fan and it just looked like it was something cool to be a part of, so this will be special. A lot of people are gonna celebrate him.”
If Bulls center Pau Gasol is voted to the NBA All-Star Game February in Toronto, he'll have a few of his fellow Spaniards to thank. Using the hashtag #NBAvote, tennis Star Rafael Nadal and singer Enrique Iglesias took to Twitter to voice their support for Gasol, who also happens to be their business partner in a Madrid restaurant.
Gordon Hayward: I’ve been getting more shots on the offensive end, but I also think I’ve had more of an aggressive mindset and I’ve really been trying to assert myself. Because of that aggressive mindset, I’ve shot the ball better, and that’s why my scoring has been going up a little bit. And I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who’s voted for me for the All-Star Game. I see all the tweets that everybody sends at me with the #NBAVote and I love the support. It’s something I’m very appreciative of.
Terry went to bat for Thomas in a piece for The Players’ Tribune, as the Houston Rockets point guard penned a story explaining why he thinks Thomas should be an All-Star. His case certainly is convincing. “If it was a players’ vote, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Isaiah Thomas would be an All-Star,” Terry writes to start the piece.
While an All-Star appearance is a big deal to Thomas, he's maintained a hope that team success would carry him to that honor. "It'd mean the world [to be an All-Star]," said Thomas. "I just know if we take care of business as a team and get wins, everything else will take care of itself. Hopefully I make it, but at the same time I'm worried about this team. If we're successful, the individual success comes."
Last season, Lillard said he felt “a little disrespected” after not making the All-Star team (he later was added to the team due to two injuries), but said he’s not going to flip out if he isn’t named for a third consecutive year. “Where our team is and how I’ve played it speaks for itself, and it is what it is,” Lillard said. “I’m kind of at the point now where I don’t really need the validation. It would be great. I want it. But it definitely won’t be the same reaction as last year.”
"He comes out and gets 28, five boards, 19 free throw attempts, making 17 -- and the loose ball, some of the things that don't show up on the stat sheet," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "And he's been doing that every game now. He is to me, if we keep on winning and he keeps on playing at that level, he's a guy that you should talk about making an all-star team. If he can continue to play at such a high level. He puts the time in, and the biggest thing is he'll get there if we continue to win."
Yes, Pachulia had a 194,421-to-99,681 lead on the greatest player in Mavericks history, who is the team's go-to offensive weapon even at 37. Nowitzki, a 13-time All-Star including last season, joked that Pachulia, a native of the Republic of Georgia, “told every Georgian to get online and vote for him.” Pachulia laughed when reminded of Nowitzki’s jibe. “You can tell Dirk I have not made one single phone call,” Pachulia said in an interview with Sporting News. “I told him when the results came out and I had 100,000 more than him, I told him, ‘See, Georgians are more active than Germans.’ It’s always a good vibe and joking between us.”
August 10, 2022 | 1:57 pm EDT Update
Aside from Boston, who else is a legitimate Durant suitor? As various outlets have reported, Miami and Toronto are among the teams with interest in Durant. It’s fair to assume that nearly all NBA teams have checked in with Brooklyn in some fashion regarding Durant. Something worth noting: As of earlier this week, there were high-ranking members of the Sixers who’ve felt strongly about engaging with Brooklyn on a Durant trade. It is unknown if Brooklyn and Philadelphia have made any recent progress on a trade. […] Well, it’s worth noting that, in addition to Boston, Durant also sees Philadelphia as another desired landing spot, per people familiar with the matter.
Boston has been considered a potential landing spot in large part because the Celtics are better positioned than most to offer an enticing package. But there are limits. According to the source, Brooklyn initially tried to pry both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown from Boston in a Kevin Durant trade. That proposal went nowhere, of course. The source confirmed recent reports that Brooklyn later shifted its focus to a deal centered on Brown, Marcus Smart, and a massive haul of future first-round draft picks. But the Celtics were not interested.
When Brown’s name first appeared in Durant trade rumors a couple of weeks ago, the Celtics star tweeted “smh” (shaking my head), an apparent sign of frustration. But a league source said Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka communicate with Brown “all the time” and have kept him in the loop, adding that Brown seems to understand the situation.
In addition to the constant movement, Norman Powell suffered a fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot in his third game with the Clippers, costing him 22 games over a span of 54 days. Powell told The Athletic that he is still rehabbing the injury, but he has been cleared to play. “I feel good,” Powell said. “Still going through the rehab process, but I feel good to be able to go full tilt. I have my insoles to help that bone in my foot. Everything is good. No issues, no problems. Hopefully, we can keep it that way so that I can feel healthy going into the season.”
“This what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Powell said of finding his niche on good teams. “I know what the team needs. I’ve played with Kawhi before and playing against PG my whole career it seems like. Ever since I got to UCLA, guys coming up and playing in the summer in the pro runs. “I think my game is really used to being in different roles, getting different looks. So, I’m not really worried about that. My focus is to stay healthy … I feel like the game is going to work itself out with all the time I put in.”
Kuminga comes from a tall family. His brother, Joel Ntambwe, is a 6-foot-9 forward who played college basketball at Texas Tech and UNLV, and even was on the Warriors’ summer league roster. Full of energy, Kuminga was the kid who didn’t walk, he ran. Really, he jumped. Or at least he tried to. “I was never bouncy, I was just a tall kid,” Kuminga said to NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest episode of Dubs Talk in an interview during the Las Vegas Summer League. “My friends used to be like, ‘Why are you so annoying? Why do you keep jumping so much?’ I was just like, ‘I’m just trying to work on my jumping, that’s it.'”
It didn’t hurt being able to have bragging rights and throwing that in the face of his friends either. “After a couple years, I became bouncier and I started dunking,” Kuminga remembers. “And I was 12, so it was surprising. I was like, ‘Man, now you see why I always want to jump and do these certain things.’ “