Posted February 17, 2014

Photo Diary: Behind the scenes from 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans

2014 All-Star Weekend, Adidas, Ben Golliver, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Jordan Brand, Julius Erving, Karl Malone, LeBron James, Nike, Paul George, Smoothie King Center, Yao Ming


Throughout All-Star Weekend, there was a nightly party hosted near the Smoothie King Center. On Friday night, these Mardi Gras Indians came through in full dress to put on a show for the assembled crowd.


It’s hard to overstate how prevalent basketball legends are during All-Star Weekend. If you exit the hotel elevator, you’re liable to run smack into Julius Erving, Shaquille O’Neal, Daryl Dawkins… who knows. It could be any of hundreds of players from past and present. The only things as ubiquitous as hoopers in New Orleans: huge rims and Cash Money music. Any time, day or night, the vehicles and their sound systems made themselves known.


This bad boy is an Alligator Sausage po’ boy sandwhich from the Daisy Dukes diner, located near the hotel district that hosted the players and media. That’s a lotta gator for one lunch.


Here’s what the Dunk Contest looked like from the floor seats. Memo to Magic Johnson, Julius Erving and Dominique Wilkins: Down in front!


The 6-foot-7 Julius Erving and the 4-foot-10 Kevin Hart engage in deep conversation after All-Star Saturday night completed.


Sean “Diddy” Combs came through the Smoothie King Center’s back hallway with his entourage and stumbled upon Jazz guard Trey Burke and Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who had just won the Skills Challenge. Diddy grabbed the trophy from Burke and pretended like he was going to steal it before stopping to take a photo with the rookie, who was happy to take the rapper up on the offer. Looking at the trophy, Diddy then quipped: “I don’t even know what this is for.”


The All Stars look like CLOWNS with their socks and shoes ........