Scoop B: NBA All-Star Weekend Drama

RESPECT Magazine’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson talks NBA All Star Weekend and more on the Above The Rim Podcast. Press Play Below To Listen! 

The circus is coming to town! NBA All-Star Weekend will take place in Los Angeles from February 16-18 and this year’s event promises to feature a ton of intrigue on court and off. For anybody paying extra attention this year, you can bet on the skills competition,

the dunk contest and the three point contest at Bovada.

Before you get in there, read the details here for more info about them, since Bovada was the same site pushing the Mayweather-McGregor fight heavy, you can expect there to be some special features.

The betting lines for Team LeBron vs Team Stephen aren’t out yet but expect that to come out tomorrow.

Respect-Mag rounded up some of the juiciest storylines that are a bit harder to throw money down on but definitely what people are watching for.

Will Kyrie and LeBron James share the ball?

LeBron shocked everyone when he selected Kyrie Irving for his hand-picked All-Star team. He could have chosen any number of elite players, but instead he picked the one dude on the planet who vocally declared he wanted nothing to do with him.

Don’t forget, Irving was so intent on getting away from King James that he reportedly threatened to undergo knee surgery to force his way out of Cleveland. We now get to see these two together again and it will be fascinating to watch them (try to) coexist.

Will LeBron go out of his way to set up Irving?

Will Irving freeze out LeBron and go balls-to-the wall in an attempt to win MVP honors? No matter what happens, we all win.

 

Will Superstars Court LeBron?

All-Star Weekend is traditionally a great time for schmoozing, but this year it could turn into a recruitment fair. Don’t be surprised if James Harden uses the weekend to try to convince LeBron to bolt to Houston, or if LeBron and Paul George spend their downtime hashing out a possible future with the Lakers.

Will Draymond Green Get a Tech?

No player has ever been teed up for a technical foul in an NBA All-Star Game, but that could change this weekend thanks to Draymond Green. The fiery forward has already piled up 14 techs and three ejections this season, and is easily one of the most combustible players in league history.

Will Nate Robinson Dunk Win Butler into Oblivion?  

The league has revamped its Celebrity Game this year to include several former pros like Paul Pierce, Tracy McGrady, Jason Williams, and Nate Robinson.

Most of them will barely work up a sweat, but it’s easy to imagine Robinson taking this exhibition way too seriously. The three-time Slam Dunk champ still believes he should be logging 30-minutes a night on a playoff contender. If he could dunk over Dwight Howard, just imagine what he can do to Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.  

Will Kevin Hart Go too far?   

The NBA has decided to spice up its All-Star Game intros this year by giving the mic to Kevin Hart. It’s a fun idea in theory, but will the pint-sized comedian really be able to control himself when the cameras start rolling?

What will happen if he goes a little too far in making fun of Joel Embiid, or if he needs seven tries to correctly pronounce “Antetokounmpo”? Is this the year that we get to see a 5-foot-4 man get dunked on by a 7-footer?

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit ScoopBRadio.com to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit ScoopB.com