For the first time in 15 years, Kobe Bryant will not partake in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. After he was voted a starter by the fans, his left knee will keep him on the sidelines. First time all-star, Anthony Davis, of the Pelicans, will take his place. To me, this will be the first of many appearances for Davis. This year, the festivities will take place in New Orleans. Davis’ home court. But is that the main focus of the weekend? Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m sure many people are going out and celebrating with loved ones, or boycotting. I’m laying in bed and writing about all-star weekend. Damian Lillard is going to be busy. He is the first player to compete in all the events. He will be competing in the Three-Point Contest, the Slam Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars game, the Skill Challenge, and the All-Star Game. The fact that he was a sixth overall pick, five other teams passed on him, he was still named Rookie of the Year. The Wizards were one of them. But we have the sharp shooter Bradley Beal. Beal will challenge Lillard in the Three-Point Contest and play on the same team as him in the Rising Stars Challenge. John Wall will go against him in the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game. Lillard is looking to repeat in the Skills Challenge this year. This years All-Star weekend should be very eventful and full of surprises. I’m predicting a John Wall win in the Dunk Contest and a Bradley Beal win in the Three-Point Contest. I’m not sure if that’s biased but hey, my hometown favorite players are in them. John Wall is the first Washington Wizard to make it to the All-Star since Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison in 2008. Years of terrible records have given us the chance to build our roster for the future, and the future is now.
But I’m not sure how much Kobe Bryant we’ll see in the future.
Hopefully 20 more years.