The annual National Basketball Association All-Star Game isn’t taken too seriously by basketball fans. It’s best appreciated as the culmination of a weekend of parties attended by athletes and their celebrity friends. Before the most recent competition on Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the players mingle beside the court with director Spike Lee and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Rapper-turned-actor Common visits Cee Lo Green. Their younger peers, Lil Wayne and his protégé, Drake, make faces for TNT’s cameras.
Joe Lacob leaped out of his courtside seat as the final shot arched toward the basket. As it swished through for a Golden State victory, the venture capitalist and Warriors owner danced onto the court.
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are two of the biggest names in the National Basketball Association’s free agency class of 2013. One appears to be staying in Los Angeles and the other could be on the way out.
Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 92-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of their best-of-seven National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference semifinal.