If you were to browse through the list of NBA champions since 1980, you’d find that there is just one notable outlier to the rule that suggests title contenders need a superstar to win it all – the 2003-04 Pistons. While that Detroit team featured four players who were either already multi-time All-Stars or went on to become multi-time All-Stars later in their careers, no one would have mistaken any of those Pistons players as the prototypical “superstars” entering the 2004 postseason.
Aside from the expected festivities, the Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star game, the NBA All-Star weekend brings with it ample time to either rest or stay busy with promotional opportunities. While many will be resting for the second half of the season, a number of NBA athletes are choosing the latter, opting to do a number various promotional activities. Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap stopped by the Samsung Soho Studio to meet
The Atlanta Hawks’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans may have ended their 19-game winning streak, but the loss didn’t negate their January of historic proportions. The Hawks finished the month of January with an NBA record 17 wins and zero losses. The accomplishment was honored Wednesday evening as the NBA announced its conference players of the month.
Why do doubts remain about the Atlanta Hawks? The Hawks are 40-8. They have lost twice since Thanksgiving. They have beaten Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, the LA Clippers, Cleveland again, Portland, the Clippers again, Memphis, Washington, Toronto, Chicago again, Oklahoma City and Portland again. The Hawks just completed the best undefeated month in NBA history, going 17-0 in January. They have won 19 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in league annals. They have won 12 straight road games. What seems to be the
The All-Star reserve selections were finally announced on Thursday and as expected, there were predictable picks to go with inevitable omissions. The selected are as follows: West: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan and James Harden. East: Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
On Thursday night, Al Horford was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Also chosen as reserves were teammates Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap. But, instead of being with those teammates to celebrate their selections, Horford was hanging out with another teammate at a movie premiere.
Every team wants a player in the NBA All-Star Game. Just this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban complained that the voting system is “absolutely, positively broken” and lobbied for the NBA to provide additional roster spots for reserves who may have been overlooked by the fans. His reasoning was that leading vote-getter Stephen Curry received a mere 1.5 million votes, which is a miniscule total when you consider the global, electronic balloting process. As he often does, Cuban made some good
PHILADELPHIA – There are worse things to be called. So, yes, it’s okay to use the “S” word when you’re talking about the Atlanta Hawks, a team virtually no one has noticed most of this season, and whose dearth of national TV appearances has already been covered on this site. They don’t mind being referred to as the “Spurs of the East.’’ Heck, who wouldn’t? While LeBron’s return to Cleveland , Carmelo and the Knicks’ fall from grace to embarrassment, along with the