The NBA All-Star Weekend. (Ft. All-Star Game, 3 Point Contest, Dunk Contest, Skills Contest and Rising Stars Game)

Payton Beasley, Writer and Editor

The NBA All-Star game events was this past weekend and it sure did not disappoint. Many fans said that the All-Star game was one of the best they have ever seen. It all came down to the final free throw for Team Lebron to win money for Chicago Scholars, a Chicago-based education foundation. It had a different formatting this year, due partly to the death to an all time great, Kobe Bryant. The scores after each quarter reset, and the winner of each quarter won $100,000 to the foundation/charity of their choice. Team Lebron won 3 quarters, including the final to win the game, so they received $400,000 (you get $200,000 if you win!). Team Giannis only won 1 quarter, but many fans said they put up a incredible fight. There was real defense being played for once and it was a great game. Basically, each team’s scored was added up and the first one to reach 24 plus their amount won. There is no clock in the fourth quarter. Anywho, some of the highlights was Rudy Gobert playing actual defense, Chris Paul being on takeover, and a incredible performance by Kawhi Leonard, who won the first ever Kobe Bryant MVP award.

Now for the Mountain Dew 3 point contest, it was one of the best we have ever seen. Lacking many of the usual 3 point specialists, the 3 point contest involved underdogs such as Zach Lavine, Buddy Hield, Duncan Robinson, and Devin Booker. It all came down to the wire, with Buddy Hield beating Devin Booker on the final shot by a score of 27, while Booker had 26.

The AT&T Dunk Contest was the most contested and most controversial dunk contest maybe ever. The four contestants were Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones Jr., Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton. Dwight showed off that he still had hops by performing his usual superman dunk with a 24 instead of the usual S for Kobe. Pat Connaughton jumped over Giannis, but he could not make it. It was between Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr., who put on one of the best dunk contests maybe ever, by showing high hops and incredible skill. Aaron Gordon dunked over a 7′ 7 Tacko Fall yet still lost. Derrick Jones Jr. won by a couple of points.

The Taco Bell Skills Competition showed a nice variant of players, yet it was between the Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis and the Heat’s Bam Adebayo. Bam Adebayo won by showing his 3 point shooting, that Sabonis could not make. Congrats Bam!

The Rising Stars game is always a good game to watch that displays many players talents. Team USA won 151-131 against Team World. Miles Bridges was MVP, dropping 31.

All in all, All Star Weekend was a great weekend that featured intriguing events.