Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers showed his dominance across the duration of the NBA’s 62nd All-Star game from the very beginning.
But the biggest story in California this week – the biggest in the NBA, really – came Monday with the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. It will have a serious impact on the league’s most important brand, so it makes sense to start there.
Kevin Durant dropped (another) 30-spot: It was his third straight 30-point All-Star game.
Kobe Bryant made an timely, game-sealing block with the West up 134-126 and under 2:40 seconds to play in the game.
Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade each played a well-rounded game.
He also is (a) incapable of making an elbow jumper, (b) unreliable at the free-throw line, (c) susceptible to long-term injury, (d) hypersensitive to criticism from teammates and coaches, (e) more interested in becoming the next Bill Murray rather than the next Bill Russell and (f) wondering why no one has handed him the icon status he desperately craves.
But the worst thing Howard is – and unlike the items above, this is a temporary condition – is a square peg in a round hole.