What happened at the 71st NBA All-Star weekend?
The NBA All-Star weekend has become a staple in the basketball world, and we have seen this replicated in the MLS in recent years, though it isn’t yet the spectacle that many want it to be. In this article, we’ll be looking at the history of the sporting spectacle as well as the weekend’s standout moments. Did NBA Coach of the Year favorite Monty Williams lead his Western Conference team to victory? We’ve got you covered.
What is the NBA All-Star weekend?
The NBA All-Star weekendis a three-day event that takes place over the course of one weekend. The first day usually consists of celebrity games, skills competitions, and the Rising Stars Challenge. The second day is the event where the best players in the league compete to see who comes out on top. The third day is usually reserved for the All-Star game itself, where players from each conference face off against one another.
The NBA All-Star Game has been a basketball staple since way back in 1951. The inaugural game was played at the Boston Garden and featured players from the East and West conferences; the East won that game with a score of 111-94. The All-Star Game has been played every year since, except for 1998 and 1999 due to the NBA lockout.
The format of the game has changed a few times over the years, but it has always been a matchup between players from the East and West conferences. There are a number of things that you can expect to see during an NBA All-Star. One of the biggest things to watch for is the MVP race, as well as the NBA Coach Of The Year award.
Several great players compete, and it’s always interesting to see who comes out on top. You can also expect to see some great matchups between some of the league’s best players, and the event is always a big draw for fans.
What happened in the 2022 NBA All-Star weekend?
The 2022 edition of the NBA All-Star spectacle delivered as expected and was a basketball fest for the ages, with there being so many amazing moments that will surely be remembered for years to come. Below we’ve picked out just a few of those great moments.
Steph Curry excels yet again
Steph Curry had a weekend to remember with the superstar being named the NBA All-Star MVP, adding to his legendary career and cementing his place as one of the greatest players of his generation. Steph Curry is only the fifth player to win it while playing for the Golden State Warriors. He was the first player to win it for the side since Kevin Durrant back in 2019.
Steph Curry played terrifically on the weekend, backing up his election as this year’s MVP, and he really did it in style too. He recorded an astonishing 16 3-pointers as his team scored a total of 50 points, though this wasn’t enough to break the record with them falling short by just 2 points. That being said, they still won and did brilliantly, with the Western Conference team winning 163-160. It was a fantastic thing to see and was an incredible matchup.
During the game, Steph Curry single-handedly recorded a huge 24 points in the first half while getting 1 steal, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and finishing thanks to 5 rebounds. He backed this up with the 16 aforementioned 3-pointers, beating the record haul of 9 that Paul George scored back in 2016. Steph Curry really is on a level of his own right now and is thriving.
Juan Toscano-Anderson takes center stage
Despite finishing second in the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night, Juan Toscano-Anderson performed remarkably well, more so when you remember that it was the first time that he had performed in such an event. It made him the first-ever player of Mexican descent to appear in such an occasion at an All-Star weekend.
To celebrate such a monumental moment, he wore a bespoke Warriors jersey and sneakers that featured the colors of his ancestral home. During his final attempt of the evening, Toscano-Anderson wore a Jason Richardson-inspired warriors jersey, paying tribute to the former player who is well remembered by many fans.
To add to this, Toscano Anderson actually received a phone call after the event from the main man himself, with the former baller telling Toscano-Anderson that he is “so respected” and will “always represent the Bay.” They exchanged pleasantries and discussed their mutual respect for one another.