Photo Diary: Behind the scenes from 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans
Blazers guard Damian Lillard made history by becoming the first player to participate in five events over the course of All-Star Weekend. For the record, Lillard competed in Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game (his teams won the Rising Stars and the Skills Challenge). He was given the A-list star treatment when it came to the size of his media mob during the major availability session on Friday.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was this year’s youngest All-Star at just 20 years old but he handled the attention that came with being the hometown team’s lone All-Star representative in stride. His signature “unibrow” was the subject of jokes throughout the weekend, including during in-game JumboTron features.
Heat forward LeBron James rolled in for his media session wearing sunglasses and headphones and he worked his way systematically through tons of questions about his “Mount Rushmore” comments and comparisons to Thunder forward Kevin Durant. There really wasn’t much controversy this weekend, and the hype that surrounded James last year with the comparisons to Michael Jordan, who turned 50 in 2013, wasn’t as overwhelming this year.
Anthony did his best to answer questions about New York’s struggles and his future with the club but he seemed to hit his limit with the speculation when he started getting asked whether he would be traded before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. “I know for a fact I’m not going to be traded,” Anthony said, finally, and that was that.
Pacers forward Paul George is becoming worthy competition for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook when it comes to the fashion game. This red and white polka dot shirt was the brightest gear we saw on Friday. For more All-Star Style Watch, click here.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, and former All-Star center Alonzo Mourning heads up the list of 2014 finalists that will find out whether they’ve been selected for induction in April. A whole host of Hall of Famers — including Calvin Murphy, George Gervin, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Bob Pettit, and Hakeem Olajuwon were on hand for the Hall of Fame press conference. USA Basketball chairman and Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo was on hand as well.