NBA All-Star Weekend: 5 biggest things to watch for

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The five biggest things to watch for as  the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend is upon us

NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us. Going into any NBA All-Star Weekend there are things to look for from the NBA and its players. What should we be looking for from these great players and the league?

Let’s take a look.

Recruiting by LeBron

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Now, LeBron James is not the only player that recruits at the NBA All-Star Weekend, but he is certainly the highest profile player that does it. With his failed attempt to trade the whole Los Angeles Lakers team for Anthony Davis, LeBron James has put himself out there as the head recruiter in the NBA.

Look at the roster he has chosen to be on his team for the NBA All-Star game. There are a ton of players on LeBron’s squad that will be free agents this summer. Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis will all be free agents in the summer of 2019. With all of the festivities that surround NBA All-Star Weekend which includes the game on Sunday, LeBron will have plenty of time to pitch all these future free agents about joining him in Los Angeles.

Players can recruit other players and it doesn’t constitute tampering in the NBA, so LeBron will be a busy guy this weekend.

Farewell of D-Wade and Dirk

For all those people who didn’t like the addition of these two players, all I have to say is sit down and be quiet. Wade and Nowitzki have given so much to the game of basketball that a little love thrown their way at the NBA All-Star Weekend should not bother anybody. Between these two players there are 30 All-Star Game appearances. Dirk will participate in the 3-point shooting contest on Saturday night as well as the game on Sunday.

Wade who was drafted to Team LeBron will only participate in the game. Nowitzki and Wade won’t play all that much in the game, but the emotion both these players will be playing with one last time for the fans will be immense.

Curry sibling rivalry

Stephen and Seth Curry will be shooting against each other. With Seth Curry being the leading 3-point shooter in the NBA right now at 47 percent and his better known brother, Stephen, being the one of the best 3-point shooters of all-time this has the possibility of being very entertaining. When you add in the fact that this NBA All-Star Weekend is taking place in the Curry’s home state the fans will be into it. I think the only thing to make this 3-point contest more interesting is if the NBA let Stephen and Seth’s father, Dell Curry, into the contest.

200 point game

Will this be the year that the lack of defense or any defense intensity gives way to a team hitting the 200 point barrier? I don’t believe we will see 200 points by Team LeBron or Team Giannis, but the possibility is out there. Will the fans want to see 200 points? That’s a hard call because I think there is still a good portion of the fans that want to see these great athletes play defense on each other the last five minutes of the game. Personally, I don’t even like seeing teams score 130 points in a game. Defense means something to me, but it is an exhibition game.

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Luka’s world

Luka Doncic, the rookie from the Dallas Mavericks will be on the national stage. Even though he missed out on an All-Star Game berth, Luka, will be on the World Team in the Rising Stars game.  The skills that the probable NBA Rookie of the Year has shown so far have been eye popping. He’s a nightly highlight reel. Doncic has the showmanship, smile, and pure joy for the game that fans have latched onto. Luka is appointment television, so it’ll fun to see what he does on the big stage of NBA All-Star Weekend.