Brian Geltzeiler joins Peter Brown on Yahoo Sports Radio. They discussed All Star Saturday night, the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe, Kevin Garnett and the trade deadline.
HOUSTON — NBA All-Star media availability is not for the faint at heart. All 12 players from each squad are available simultaneously, sitting behind tables. Media from all corners of the globe, including Australia, Scotland, India and Japan, were littered amongst the Yanks such as yours truly.
If you’re looking for a way to capture the quality of NBA All-Star Week, think Adam Sandler movies. They are meant to be entertaining. They are hectic, foolish and sometimes embarrassing. The critics hate them.
And the fans love them.
Take a look at the web site Rottentomatoes.com and find Adam Sandler movies, whether it’s as a writer, producer or star. By my count, 39 of them have been rated by critics. Of those 39, 34 of the reviews have been negative.
Safe to say Adam will not be polishing that speech for the Oscars.
This year’s All-Star Saturday Night has a new theme of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference. Like that’s going to turn a weekend where everyone wants to (a) party and (b) not get hurt into serious competition.
TNT personalities Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal made their picks as GMs for the Rising Stars Challenge. O’Neal had the first pick and chose Portland guard Damian Lillard. Barkley then chose New Orleans big man Anthony Davis.
Yeah, you read that right. Both guys passed on Cleveland point man Kyrie Irving, who’s in the real All-Star Game.
There is a developing groundswell of support for Andre Drummond as an alternative to Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year.
This is a borderline insane notion, of course. Drummond is a big man who doesn’t even start for the awful Detroit Pistons, who harbor only faint playoff hopes despite playing in the Eastern Conference. Lillard is a point guard, the toughest position in the NBA, and is playing it so well that the Portland Trail Blazers are on the cusp of the Western Conference playoff race.