Kawhi Leonard

18 Feb 19

What are the New York Knicks doing? Have they completely given up? The Knicks just traded their young superstar, The Unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee for Dennis Smith Jr. Wesley Matthews, Deandre Jordan two future first-round picks from the Mavericks. The Mavericks got rid of Dennis Smith […]

18 Feb 19
Nachrichten Welt

NBA-ALL-STAR-SPIEL 2019 RECAP – Team LeBron besiegte das Team Giannis 178-164 in Charlotte – Giannis Antetokounmpo hatte mit 38 Punkten die meisten Punkte, Kevin Durant mit 31 Punkten für das Team LeBron – Kevin Durant wurde MVP genannt – Die Halbzeitshow wurde von J Cole überschrieben, während Meek Mill in der Pre-Game-Show auftrat. – Team […]

18 Feb 19
Arcynewsy

2:35 ET Tim BontempsESPN CHARLOTTE, N.C – You know the picture.

18 Feb 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1599605-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1599605-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1599605-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1599605-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers works against Team Giannis’ Paul George, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The Team LeBron won 178-164. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James was trading lob pass with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered. Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners. Giannis Antetokounmpo — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. “We just started making shots,” Durant said. Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend. “Thanks for the hospitality,” Durant said. “It was an amazing weekend. Glad we capped it off with a ‘W.’” The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again. Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief. It was not a defensive showcase, as always. Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions — by both the West and the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game, and by the West in both the second and third quarters of the 2016 game. The 53 points tied a one-quarter All-Star record as well, matching the total by the West in the third quarter of the 2016 games and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was time to get competitive, things tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards. But when Team LeBron used a flurry of 3s to get back into it, everyone on the bench was standing — sometimes running from the bench and onto the court during play, the celebrations a bit more exuberant than what’s usually allowed. And the All-Star farewells for Miami’s Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki— the adds to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in honor of their career bodies of work — were festive, as everyone wanted. Nowitzki entered the game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots — all of them 3-pointers — before heading back to the bench. Wade checked in not long after Nowitzki took the floor, then started the second half and achieved his primary missions for his last All-Star Game as a player. He got an alley-oop lob from James. And he threw an alley-oop lob to James. Wade dunked, James dunked, and the close friends who entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013 got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as on-court teammates. Wade finished with seven points in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki never returned after his nine-point, four-minute opening stint. When the third quarter ended, every player gathered behind them as Wade and Nowitzki were honored with commemorative jerseys at midcourt. “Thank you to the commissioner and the NBA for allowing us to both be on this stage again,” Nowitzki said. “Exactly what Dirk said,” Wade said as he took the microphone. “We’re very thankful for this opportunity. … The game is in great hands. It’s easy to walk away right now.” TIP-INS Team Giannis: Antetokounmpo was awarded a first-quarter free throw — but instead of shooting it, he tossed a pass to himself off the backboard. It isn’t legal, and didn’t work, but he didn’t mind. … Joel Embiid had 12 rebounds and Antetokounmpo added 11. … Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in the game, had four points on 2-for-8 shooting. Team LeBron: James spent part of halftime on the court listening to J. Cole’s performance, then grabbed a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who was dealing with a muscle strain in his shoulder, played five minutes and made both of his shot attempts. SPLAT BROTHERS Ordinarily “Splash Brothers” in Golden State, Curry went splat — courtesy of Klay Thompson. Early in the fourth quarter, Curry shot a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by someone who’s usually his teammate. Thompson gave a dismissive wave, as if to ask “Why’d I do that?” when Curry’s 3 swished. And Curry made the free throw to seal the four-point play. OLADIPO SPEAKS Victor Oladipo’s season is over with a leg injury that kept him from playing in the All-Star Game as well. The Indiana Pacers star, however, was watching. “Wish I could be there playing with you guys but I know this will be a good game to watch!” Oladipo tweeted. “I was on Team LeBron last year but this year it’s all about #TeamGiannis! Lets Go Fellas!!!” Oladipo was replaced on the Team Giannis roster by Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell. NO-FIGHT NIGHT There were no fights, though that didn’t stop the league from bringing in reknowned boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to deliver his famed “Let’s get ready to rumble” proclamation just before tip-off. UP NEXT The next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.
18 Feb 19
Hoop Central

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is officially over with Team LeBron taking the 178-164 win against Team Giannis. Kevin Durant walked away with the game’s MVP honors. They managed a pulled off a surprising comeback against the underdog Team Giannis.  Will Holtz and I graded each individual’s performance tonight. I covered Team Giannis and Will […]

18 Feb 19
Nachrichten Welt

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – Bei der Heimkehr von Stephen Curry stahl Kevin Durant die Show. Durant erzielte mit 31 Punkten für Team LeBron ein Teamhoch, das dazu beitrug, sein All-Stars-Team mit einem Rückstand von 20 Punkten bei einem Sieg von 178-164 gegen Team Giannis zurückzubringen und zum zweiten Mal in seiner Karriere All-Star MVP zu […]

18 Feb 19
Nachrichten Welt

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – Bei der Heimkehr von Stephen Curry stahl Kevin Durant die Show. Durant erzielte mit 31 Punkten für Team LeBron ein Teamhoch, das dazu beitrug, sein All-Stars-Team mit einem Rückstand von 20 Punkten bei einem Sieg von 178-164 gegen Team Giannis zurückzubringen und zum zweiten Mal in seiner Karriere All-Star MVP zu […]

18 Feb 19
SCNG
#gallery-1632546-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1632546-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1632546-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1632546-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ LeBron James #23 of the LA Lakers and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets both of Team LeBron look on as they play against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, works against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, works against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, shoots over Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team Giannis’ Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, shoots a three-point shot against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Rapper J. Cole performs at halftime during NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis reacts as they take on Team LeBron in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron shoots against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) President of the Miami Heat Pat Riley sits with his wife Chris Rodstrom Riley ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Rapper Meek Mill performs ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Director Spike Lee speaks with a person on the court ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Rapper Meek Mill performs ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team Giannis’ Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrates his three-point shot against Team LeBron during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team Giannis’ Kyle Lowry, of the of the Toronto Raptors, moves past Team LeBron’s Damian Lillard, of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team LeBron’s Swayne Wade, of the Miami Heat, moves toward the ball against Team Giannis during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, speaks with rapper 2 Chains during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Team LeBron’s Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, heads to the hoop against Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s an All-Star Game lesson that Lakers fans hope applies to the rest of the regular season: Underestimate LeBron James at your own risk. The 34-year-old team captain didn’t win the MVP — that honor went to his first overall draft pick, Kevin Durant (31 points). But James was right at the forefront of a comeback from 20 points down on Sunday night, as his handpicked team topped Giannis Antetokounmpo and company 178-164 at the Spectrum Center on Sunday night.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Even his fussy groin injury, the one that has kept him out of 18 games this season so far, looked temporarily healed as he caught lobs from Dwyane Wade, his former teammate and close friend. The 34-year-old wasn’t at the height of his powers for the entire game — All-Star games are rarely exhibitions of all-out effort — but with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his 15th consecutive All-Star Game appearance, he’s still the player fans expect him to be. “You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” he said. “I’m a competitor no matter what it is.” Even in exhibitions, James plays to win: His team overcame a 38-point performance from Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks forward who is one of the regular season MVP front-runners. Some of Team Giannis’ top plays came in the first half, particularly a Steph Curry bounce pass that soared above the backboard before Antetokounmpo flushed it with a tough reach. But James’ merits as a team-drafter came to roost: Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, while Klay Thompson (20 points) and Damian Lillard (18 points) sparked the bench. Team LeBron outscored Team Giannis 96-69 in the second half. Team LeBron coach Mike Malone, who worked with James closely for five years as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant, told a (possibly apocryphal) story about halftime, when his players were down 95-82 but wanted to watch rapper J. Cole perform at halftime. “I said, ‘Listen, I’ll let you go watch the concert,’ Malone said, “if you promise to get your (expletive) back in transition.” Team LeBron fell in line, holding Team Giannis to fewer points in each quarter as the game progressed. The offensive spark came from Lillard, who tied the score with back-to-back third-quarter 3-pointers that he drilled from the midcourt logo, sending the bench exploding in celebration. Timely shooting from Durant and Leonard helped close the door on Antetokounmpo’s squad, which he had drafted to be scrappy over being experienced. The teammate who might be the most talked about of James’ selections was held out for most of the game: Anthony Davis scored just five points in under five minutes, reportedly held out over concerns of a lingering shoulder injury. Kyrie Irving, James’ former partner in Cleveland, had 13 points and tossed an assist for a furious James dunk late in the fourth quarter. But James’ favorite moment might have been the pomp surrounding Wade, who scored seven points in his final All-Star appearance. He didn’t quite have the splash of Dirk Nowitzki, who drilled three straight 3-pointers after subbing into the game in the first quarter, including a shot before the buzzer. Both were presented with framed jerseys before the final quarter. James called it “bittersweet” — the bitter part that it would be the last time the two are playing on the same floor. “And then the sweet part of it, seeing him be able to go off on his own terms,” James said. “He’s just able to hang it up when he was ready to hang it up and be at peace with it all.” Peace is something that’s far from James at the moment. With the Lakers (28-29) in 10th place in the West, James said he would immediately shift forward into concentrating on making the playoffs. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months,” he said. “Pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of basketball we were playing before my injury.” It was only for one game, but Malone said he remembered the rush of confidence he felt with James as one of his players rather than one of his opponents. He sounded like he wouldn’t count him out. “LeBron is the greatest player in the world, and he can do anything out there, and he makes all of his teammates better,” Malone said. “Tonight was just another example of that.”
18 Feb 19
NJ SPORTS BUZZER

Photo by Associated Press Now that the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game has concluded, with Team LeBron prevailing over Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. It’s now time to hand out grades for every player involved in the game. Who stood out from the rest, delivered and made a impact during the game, […]

18 Feb 19
CBS Los Angeles

LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time.

18 Feb 19
Farnorthsider

February 17, 2019 was NBA and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s 56th birthday. It was also the date of the 68th NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, where one team of competitors was captained by MJ’s biggest rival for the title of best NBA player of all time, LeBron James, currently of the Los […]