Charlotte- The 2019 NBA All-Star weekend was in Charlotte, North Carolina this year. There were a lot of familiar athletes, celebrities, and fans that indulged in the festivities this year. Hall of Famer Michael Jordan spoke with Miles Bridges about being in the dunk contest and gave him some advice. “Go out there and have fun. Be creative, but have fun.”
On Friday, the spotlight was on the Celebrity Basketball game, which featured a lot of Hall of Famers. The MVP of the game was viral comedian Famous Los, who led the home team with 22 points and defeated the away team 82-80.
The MTN Dew Ice Rising Stars game was the younger players that are freshmen or sophomores in the NBA getting a chance to show their talents on the big stage. The game had a lot of 3 point attempts, as well as shots made, as well as uncontested dunks. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma took home the MVP honors with 35 points for Team USA’s squad of first- and second-year players. With All-Star Kyrie Irving pacing the sidelines as an honorary coach, Team USA led for the majority of the game and outscored Team World in fastbreak points, 48-26 in a 161-144 victory.
On Saturday, the buzz was surrounding the Skills Challange, as well as the three-point contest. The three-point contest was a little different this year than last year because this year there were 10 players competing instead of 8.
The winner of the Skills Challenge was Jayson Tatum.
The winner for the 3-point contest was Joe Harris, shocking Stephen Curry.
“Steph is the greatest shooter of all time,” Harris said. “Shooting off the rack is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don’t want anyone to get it twisted at all. For me to come in and win on my first time, it’s surreal. It’s been an honor for me to be here, for me to participate this weekend, and it’s something I’ll remember for a long time.”
The winner of the Dunk Contest was Hamidou Diallo who shut down the court with a dunk over Shaquille O’Neal, as well as paid homage to Vince Carters’Elbow in the net to bring the crowd to its feet.