"It was something that years ago he came and he spoke to his fellow team owners and talked about how important it was to him to bring All-Star to his home state of North Carolina, and, of course, finally we're here", Silver said during a press conference on Saturday. The King is making his 15th All-Star game appearance and could be without Anthony Davis, who isn't completely sure if he's going to play in Sunday's All-Star game.
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum also made a bid for MVP with 30 points and nine rebounds.
Team LeBron's highest scorers were a pair of Warriors. Whether it's Dirk Nowitzki coaching Luka Doncic on Team World or Dwayne Wade playing his final All-Star game alongside LeBron James, this year has been considered one of the most hyped up All-Star weekends of all time.
"There's always comparisons. It's my job to go out and be the greatest I can be every single night", said James, per DeAntae Prince of The Crossover.
With these rosters, it should be a tremendous night in Charlotte on Sunday night for the NBA All-Star Game. While there have still been rookies involved in the All-Star discussion - namely Donovan Mitchell and Luka Doncic the past two seasons - Griffin said that sometimes those players are the victims of a numbers game more than anything else. "So I'm appreciative", Wade said.
Irving was definitive, saying he is fine and ready to go. "I think at the end of the year he's going to change his mind and we're going to do this all over again next year".
Moments like these prove that Silver and the National Basketball Association knew exactly what they were doing when they chose to make Wade a part of this year's All-Star Weekend. "I don't know what it's going to be, but at least in the immediate future you have something that can be good". Through the first 55 games of his rookie season, the 19-year-old has averaged 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
"I'm comfortable on this stage", Antetokounmpo said during media day. Assuming you have cable or another pay TV service, all you have to do to watch the 2019 NBA All-Star Game is find TNT. I couldn't ask for anything more out of this weekend. For all of the world to come here.so many different people, countries, walks of life want to come here. "Just enjoying the stage one more time".