Ronny’s All-Star Weekend Recap.
After a week of All-Star festivities, Ronny gives his personal reflections.
The National Basketball Association recently held their All-Star Weekend festivities throughout New York City. Most of the All-Star related events I’ve attended were here on the campus of LIU Brooklyn and in Brooklyn.
NBA House was an interactive event for basketball fans held in the Brooklyn Paramount Theater. Among the activities at the house were an NBA Fan Combine, an arcade style free throw contest, bobble head designing, video games and a fan version of the NBA Skills Competition. There was also an NBA Shop at the Luntey Commons in LIU and the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, given to the eventual champion of the league, was on display as well. I took the time to attend this event three separate times between last Wednesday through Friday.
The NBA House was filled with many different mascots, athletes and entertainers. While some of these people were approachable, others were not as approachable nor were they pleasant. Mason Plumlee, the Brooklyn Nets power forward and Duke University alum, was one of the non pleasant personalities in my opinion. I do recognize the fact that a star player is very occupied especially if they have to make numerous apperances in numerous venues during an event in the city they play in. However, if you are telling fans to “stop complaining” and promising pictures and not living up to that promise, that makes you look like an A-Hole. It’s all good though. I don’t give a damn. It’s over.
While number 1 for the Nets was pretty much a dip, others were easily approachable and they were cool about it. During the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Practice at the Steinberg Wellness Center, NBATV’s Matt Winer and Rick Fox were easy going and respectful. We took pictures, shared a laugh and enjoyed the practice. In addition to pictures with Fox and Winer, I was able to snag a shirt during a t-shirt toss for the first time ever.
Saturday was a dull day. I resumed my All-Star activities on Sunday at the Barclays Center. The arena hosted an exhibition game between the NYPD and FDNY dubbed “NY Heroes: Bravest vs. Finest.” NYPD came back to win the game by the final of 40 to 33. The NBA Development League (NBA D-League) hosted the Boost Mobile Dream Factory and their own All-Star Game. The Dream Factory consisted of a Three Point Competition and a Dunk Contest. The Three Point Competition was won by Jerell Eddie of the Austin Spurs who defeated Seth Curry of the Erie BayHawks, who is the younger brother of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA.
Jarvis Threatt of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Westchester Knicks lit up Barclays Center during the Dunk contest. These dunks did not come as close as Zach Levine, whos dunks were jaw dropping, the night before at the NBA Slam Dunk contest. However, they were thrilling dunks. The competition was won by Threatt.
In the D-League All-Star Game, the teams participating scored a combined 223 points. Team “Futures” defeated Team “Prospects” 129 to 94.
Overall, I enjoyed this NBA All-Star Weekend. There was so many things to do and so much fun to be had. Granted, there were a few hiccups but those hiccups do not define the good times I had and with people who I sincerely appreciate. I wish the city of Toronto good luck trying to top this in 2016.