The appointment of the All Star this weekend is at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte and the main game, this Sunday (at 3:00 am on Monday Spanish time), coincides with the anniversary of Michael Jordan. The president of the Charlotte Hornets turns 56 and will host an event in which the show is taken for granted, although always subject to the debate on competitiveness.
Michael Jordan has praised the fantastic season they are holding James Harden Y Russell Westbrook. The stars of Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are leaving historical statistical traces. Harden has already scored 31 consecutive games scoring at least 30 points, which has allowed him to equal the second mark in history, held by Wilt Chamberlain since 1968. The holder of the best brand of this type is Chamberlain himself, with 61 matches. In addition, Harden sum this season and 22 games scoring more than 40 points. The last to square a statistic was Michael Jordan in the 1989-1990 season.
Westbrook also adds another record in the history of the NBA with 11 triple in a row, after which he has obtained with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists despite the defeat of Oklahoma City in New Orleans (131-122). "I have no problem recognizing that what has been achieved by Westbrook and Harden is something impressive and difficult to achieve, but put in the balance of winning six league titles I'm left with the latter," Jordan said in reference to the six rings he won with Chicago Bulls, between 1991 and 1998.
Jordan stressed that the milestones achieved by Westbrook and Harden demonstrate the talent that exists in the League. "I am very proud of what both of them have done because they are making a mark for the League, and I think it really helps it to grow." Harden will play the All Star with the team that captains LeBron James, while Westbrook will form with the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. LeBron will match Kobe Bryant's mark with 15 selections for the All Star. He arrives at a bad time for his team, the Lakers, who have lost four of their last five games and are in the tenth position of the West, outside the squares of 'playoff'. With 28 wins and 29 losses, the Lakers are two victories for the Clippers, who occupy the eighth place.
The All Star will be very special to Stephen Curry. His father Dell played in Charlotte for many years and he grew up there. The star of the Warriors, in addition to playing the main game, will face his brother Seth (Portland), in the triple contest.
Luka Doncic will not be in the match of the Stars on Sunday, although it was one of the most voted by the fans, but the calculation of the vote of the players and the press, they finally left out. Even so, there is expectation for his presence in the game this Friday, early on Saturday in Spain, in the party of the Emerging Stars. The Slovenian player from Dallas is making an extraordinary season in which he averages 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
The fans of the NBA will have a golden opportunity to honor two players who have marked with their special stamp the last two decades, the German Dirk Nowitzki and the American Dwyane Wade. Adam Silver, the commissioner of the League, extended a special invitation in recognition of his extraordinary careers.
Last season, the first in which the All Star was celebrated with the format of two captains who chose their teams, LeBron James also opted in his first election for Kevin Durant, while Stephen Curry, who was then captain, chose Giannis Antetokounmpo. The game held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles it was won by the LeBron team by 145-148.
Party of the Emerging Stars.
Friday 21 hours (Saturday 03.00 Spanish time)
U.S: Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn), Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento), John Collins (Atlanta), De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento), Jaren Jackson (Memphis), Kevin Knox (New York), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Donovan Mitchell ( Utah) and Jayson Tatum (Boston).
World: OG Anunoby (Toronto), Deandre Ayton (Phoenix), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sacramento), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Clippers), Rodions Kurucs (Brooklyn), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago), Josh Okogie (Minnesota), Cedi Osman (Cleveland) and Ben Simmons (Philadelphia).
Contests of Triples, Mates and Skills
Saturday 8:00 p.m. (Sunday, 2.00, Spanish time)
Skills. Mike Conley (Memphis), Luka Doncic (Dallas), De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Boston), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando) and Trae Young (Atlanta).
Triples: Devin Booker (Phoenix), Seth Curry (Portland), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Danny Green (Toronto), Joe Harris (Brooklyn), Buddy Hield (Sacramento), Damian Lillard (Portland), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) , Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte).
Math. Miles Bridges (Charlotte), John Collins (Atlanta), Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City) and Dennis Smith (New York).
Sunday 20.00 (Monday, 03.00, Spanish time)
Team LeBron. Five starting: LeBron James (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Boston), Kawhi Leonard (Toronto) and James Harden (Houston). Substitutes: Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), Bradley Beal (Washington) and Dwyane Wade (Miami). Coach: Michael Malone (Denver).
Team Giannis. Initial team: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), Paul George (Oklahoma City) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte). Substitutes: Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia), Blake Griffin (Detroit), DAngelo Russell (Brooklyn), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando), Kyle Lowry (Toronto) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas). Coach: Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee).