All-Star Weekend has come and gone, and on Tuesday, the second half of the NBA season began. Twitter played a big role in the outcome of MVP votes.
On Friday night, we were reminded that the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can play some basketball. He was awarded the MVP of the Celebrity All-Star game. Andre Drummand, of the Pistons, set the record for most rebounds in the Rising Stars Game. He pulled in the MVP for that game with 30 points and 25 rebounds. Fans used Social Media specifically Twitter, to vote for the MVP.
Saturday night, the Wizards’ Bradley Beal finished second place in the Three-Point Contest. His teammate, John Wall, won the Slam Dunk Contest… Like I predicted (see previous blog). He was voted by the fans via Twitter. He was the last player to dunk, but the “speed and agility” of the voters “won the moment” for Wall, according to The New Rules of Marketing & PR book by David Meerman Scott.
The All-Star Game on Sunday ended as the highest scoring all-star game in history. Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, brought in the MVP. But does this mean the Cavaliers are on the road to improvement? Since firing their GM, Chris Grant, on February 6th, the Cavs are 5-0. The Cavs are trying to get their record above .500 so they have a better chance of making the playoffs.
The Lakers, well, lets just say being 17 games under .500, and their stars always hurt, it might be hard to make a push. The only thing the Lakers can look forward to is their 1st round draft pick that they cannot trade.
Speaking of trades, the trade deadline is on Thursday and there are a number of rumors out there. Will Rajon Rondo get traded? Will the Knicks get a point guard? Will the bottom feeders, Bucks and 76ers, make any moves to try and salvage their season?
The All-Star Weekend was fun, but now that the season has resumed, teams are going to make a push for the playoffs. Because at the end of the day, the farther teams go, the more money players get paid. And at the end of the day, it’s all about money.