Although family members can attend the All-Star Weekend in Atlanta this year, the atmosphere just won’t be the same compared to previous events. However, with LeBron James and Kevin Durant as captains, it’s sure to be a great game regardless.
But fast forward to 2022 and we should see fans back in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to watch their heroes. But do any Cleveland Cavaliers players have a chance of being picked for the 2022 All-Star Weekend?
There’s one obvious addition to this list – LeBron James. He’s featured 10 times for Cleveland and has played in every All-Star game since 2005. This year he’s at the Lakers and they look on course to win the NBA Championship for the eighteenth time. Although the Nets might have something to say about that.
For anyone who’s looking to back the Lakers or the Nets, they’re priced at odds of +280 and +300 respectively with FanDuel and BetMGM, who are two leading NJ sports betting sites. It’s useful to check out a few more online sportsbooks in New Jersey such as Unibet and William Hill. Their prices could be better than some others in certain markets. It’s always wise to compare the odds so that you get the best on offer.
Overall, there have been 41 selections from the Cleveland roster for the All-Star game. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are the only two to join LeBron in the last decade. Irving has also been selected this year after his impressive performances for Brooklyn, but Love is still patiently waiting for another chance after staying loyal to the Cavaliers since 2014.
East beat West 132-120 in the 1997 All-Star Game on the only other occasion Cleveland hosted the popular spectacle. It was the 50th anniversary of the NBA and the game didn’t disappoint.
It looked like Michael Jordan was on his way to securing the MVP crown after hitting the first ever triple-double seen in an All-Star game. However, the Charlotte Hornets had a great player enter the fray in the third quarter – Glen Rice. He only played 25 minutes but broke two records in the process. He managed 20 points in the third quarter and 24 in the second half on his way to claiming the MVP award that day.
Halftime was special in 1997 as a ceremony was held to honor the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Only three couldn’t make it that night. Pete Maravich had passed away in 1988, Shaq had an injury to his knee, and Jerry West had recently had ear surgery. It was a fantastic halftime show that sticks out as one of the best All-Star events in history.
It remains to be seen if any Cleveland players will make it into the 2022 NBA All-Star team. If this year is anything to go by, the answer is a firm no as the Cavaliers are in dire form at the moment in the Eastern Conference.
At the time of writing, only the Pistons are enduring a worse campaign, so some drastic changes will be needed in the off season if the Cavaliers are to have any players in next year’s game. It’s going to take a while before anyone surpasses LeBron James’ All-Star appearance record for Cleveland, but they’ve enjoyed plenty of success in recent years. Another good season may be just around the corner.
Let’s all hope for a better outlook in a few months regarding the current worldwide situation so that fans can begin to pack arenas and start passionately supporting their team again. 2021 will be a great All-Star weekend, but you can’t beat a pulsating atmosphere, which is something the players always thrive on. Roll on 2022.