Photo Diary: Behind the scenes from 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans
Even All-Stars have to deal with some “Hurry up and wait” in their daily lives. The East squad was stuck in the media hallway for a few minutes about 90 minutes before the start of the All-Star Game’s pre-game concert. With nothing else to do, Heat forward LeBron James, Heat guar Dwyane Wade and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony started quizzing Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan on his footwear. DeRozan was wearing the special All-Star version of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s latest signature sneaker. More details on those can be found here.
It was obviously good to see Clippers guard Chris Paul healthy, as he missed time recently with a separated shoulder, and it was great to see him back in New Orleans, where he was drafted by the Hornets in 2005. Paul was one of the most popular players throughout the All-Star Weekend, and he caught up with many familiar faces.
Before tip off on Sunday, former Rockets center Yao Ming and Hall of Fame Jazz forward Karl Malone engaged in an extended conversation about who knows what. It’s not often that we can say that someone “dwarfs” Malone, but Yao clearly does here.
This shot really boils down All-Star Weekend to its essence: You turn the corner in a cavernous arena and you never know who will be waiting, but you can bet it will be someone or someones that have left their mark on the NBA.