What a legendary NBA all-star weekend in Chicago. From the slam dunk contest to the 3-point shootout to the skills contest and the all-star game, the events were sensational and the Chicago scene remarkable.
Kazeem Famuyide and I are launching a brand new all-star edition of the Big Apple Buckets podcast after our weekend in Windy City. Kaz opens the show and talks about what was probably the best NBA all-star weekend ever and how the NBA honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant in the best possible way. We're breaking up the success of the new all-star game format outside of the game, which ends with a free throw. Competitiveness in the fourth quarter was a pleasure, and fans stood up when the target score of 157 points came close.
We also canceled Saturday night's celebrations, including the Slam Dunk competition in which Derrick Jones Jr. left Aaron Gordon behind with the help of Dwyane Wade. Was it Wade's fault that Gordon lost? Did Jones deserve victory? I was also Tik-Tok with these gadgets. Buddy Hield ousted Devin Booker at the last ball in the 3-point competition, and the addition of the Mountain Dew shot created a lot of intrigue. Bam Adebayo, who defeated Domantas Sabonis in the Skills Contest, was a beautiful representation of the tall men who played like guards in today's NBA.
We then play clips from Devin Booker, Rudy Gobert, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Common who speak on the All-Star Weekend. Booker talked about the teams that play hard in a tight game. Gobert spoke about the importance of playing for charity. Barrett talked about not dipping his old college teammate Zion, and Zion said Barrett wouldn't let him. Common considered what it meant to have an all-star weekend in his hometown of Chicago. He also talked about honoring Kobe and his favorite memory with Kobe at the Oscars.
NY Post Knicks beat writer Marc Berman then walks past his weekly spot to talk about Barrett's rookie season and his performance in the Rising Stars Game, what about the Knicks in the past two months and the rumor by Jay Wright is expected. Will Mike Miller go to the young people about the veterans who left a playoff race? Will Kevin Knox see more minutes or go to the G League? Is there any chance that Wright will leave Villanova to train the Knicks?
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