New commish Adam Silver has plans for New York All-Star Weekend
NEW ORLEANS -- New NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the planning for next year's All-Star Weekend in New York is going well and talked about some changes that could take place.
It already will be different, as the Friday and Saturday events will be at Barclays Center and Sunday's All-Star Game will be at the Garden. But Silver, in his first state of the league address, said instead of the fan-friendly Jam Session that features interactive basketball activities, the NBA might do something involving all five boroughs.
"Several members of the Knicks and Nets are in town studying everything that they're doing here in New Orleans," Silver said. "One of the ideas we have talked about, and it's consistent with a focus on the game, is to expand the All-Star experience to all five boroughs through programs for kids, a series of clinics throughout the New York area.
"As opposed to one focused Jam Session, taking the game to the schools and having a program involving coaches and kids leading up to All-Star Weekend, that's one of my primary focuses."
The Spurs' Marco Bellinelli won the three-point contest, outshooting the Wizards' Bradley Beal, 24-18, in the final-round tiebreaker. Both scored a 19 in the finals. Bellinelli reached the finals for the West with a score of 19.
Beal scored 21 in the first round to beat last year's champion, Kyrie Irving (16), Arron Afflalo (15) and the Nets' Joe Johnson (11).
They got skills
The team of Portland's Damian Lillard and Utah's Trey Burke won the Skills Challenge, nipping rookies Victor Oladipo of Orlando and Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia. Lillard and Burke went second and completed the event in 45.2 seconds, beating Oladipo and Carter-Williams by a tenth of a second.
Big three repeats
The Eastern Conference's team of Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash beat the West's Kevin Durant, Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins to win the Shooting Stars Challenge for the second straight year. "This is definitely the big three, man," joked Bosh, the Heat's All-Star forward. "We're the big three, back-to-back. See the similarities? There you go."
No slamming success
The NBA changed the rules and used a different format for the Slam Dunk contest, and it took most of the excitement out of the event.
The East team of John Wall, Paul George and Terrence Ross won the Slam Dunk contest, beating the West trio of Lillard, Ben McLemore and Harrison Barnes.
Wall, the last dunker, jumped over a Wizards mascot holding the ball over his head, grabbed the ball and threw it down with his back to the basket.
Moments earlier, Sacramento rookie McLemore had a creative dunk, leaping over Kings part-owner Shaquille O'Neal sitting on a throne and throwing it down with one hand. McLemore knelt down and O'Neal put a crown on his head.