Fun Fact of the Day: For the first time in history 2 teams have reached 45 wins before the NBA All-Star Game: the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and the San Antonio Spurs (45-8). #winning
A moment of silence. Yesterday, Ingrid Williams the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder’s assistant head coach Monty Williams passed away from injuries sustained during a car accident. Players and coaches were emotional on both the Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans players (where Williams was head coach for the past several years). The teams held a moment of silence before the game in honor of Ingrid.
Nobody panic! Hey everybody the Olympics are this summer in Rio! Everyone is excited, except … all the female athletes of childbearing age. So half of the people are not so psyched. Earlier this week, 2-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo said she would probably skip this summer if she had to decide today, because she wouldn’t want to put a future child at risk. This made the U.S. Olympic Committee sit up and say whoa whoa whoa, what can we do to help? Yesterday, they worked with the CDC to name 2 infectious disease specialists, who will consult with all prospective U.S. Olympians about the Zika virus. To which everyone said, Thanks? I guess... Hope and the other players on the US women’s soccer team have a bit more time to mull things over because they are still working through qualifying rounds.
Spotlight on the NBA All-Star Weekend
If your date is rushing through your romantic dinner this Valentine’s Day, it’s probably because of the NBA All-Star Game. Here are all the deets you need to know about the spectacle that is happening all weekend long.
Hey, now, you’re an All-Star. 12 All-Stars from each conference will duke it out this weekend in Toronto. Who has the most representation? The Golden State Warriors, of course. Draymond Green and “Splash Brothers” Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will all represent the Western Conference. Also, be sure to check out the Splash Brothers rematch in the 3-pt contest.
Get your game on, go play. Everyone is super excited to see retiring Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant play his last All-Star game. He came in 1st in fan voting with 1.9 million votes, which makes this his 16th time as a starting player—the most of all time. While he’s not playing his best b-ball this year because he’s old, he’s known to really turn it on for the fans during the All-Star game. He is a 4-time All-Star MVP (tied for the most) and has the most career All-Star game points.
Hey, now, you’re a Rock Star… Basketball not really your thing? There will be celebrities galore at the All-Star game this weekend, including stars Kevin Hart and Drake who will be coaching the celebrity b-ball game this year. Who else will be there? No really who is that? It looks like Canada’s music scene is decades behind the U.S. because the game’s musical line up includes Sting, Ne-Yo, and Nelly Furtado. Tweens everywhere have no idea what I just said.
Baggage claimed. Bengals QB Andy Dalton took to Twitter to find two bags that fell out of the back of his truck when he was in Texas. Yesterday, some guy named Robert saved the day! All hail the power of Twitter.
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans or don’t want to pay $2K to go to the All-Star game? Don’t worry you can watch all the fun from the comfort of your own home.
- Celebrity Game—Friday 7pm ET on ESPN
- Skills Challenge, 3-Pt Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest—Saturday 8pm ET on TNT
- All-Star Game—Sunday 8:30pm ET on TNT
#6 Kansas @ #3 Oklahoma—The last time these two teams met was over a month ago when they were ranked #1 and #2 in the nation. The game was a serious nail-biter that went to triple overtime with Kansas coming out on top. Now, Oklahoma has the upper hand. See if they can get their revenge! Saturday 2:30pm ET