Beyond the Arc

by Ben Fiore

This past weekend the NBA All-Star Saturday night and All- Star game went down.  There was some ACTION.  I’m gonna break it down for you as quickly and thoroughly as I can.

First, we’ll start with the Skills Competition.  The participants were Luka Doncic (DAL), Mike Conley (MEM), De’Aaron Fox (SAC), Trae Young (ATL), Nikola Jokic (DEN), Nikola Vucevic (ORL), Kyle Kuzma (LAL), and the winner Jayson Tatum (BOS).  Here’s Tatum’s final round where he beat Trae Young for the trophy.

Now the 3 point contest.  Participants were Stephen Curry (GSW), Devin Booker (PHX), Dirk Nowitski (DAL), Seth Curry (POR), Buddy Hield (SAC), Kemba Walker (CHA), Khris Middleton (MIL), Danny Green (TOR) and this year’s champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets.  Of all people, I was genuinely shocked that Joe Harris’ awkward ass won, but he BALLED OUT.  I picked Steph to win it this year, but “Average” Joe took it home.  Check it out.

The dunk contest this year had Miles Bridges (CHA), John Collins (ATL), Dennis Smith Jr (NYK) and the champ, Hamidou Diallo (OKC).  Miles Bridges’ performance was nothing short of underwhelming, and I have done way better on a Play School hoop.  John Collins did a plane related dunk and broke the damn thing hahaha.  Check this shit out.

Although that was the funniest dunk, Hamidou Diallo bested Dennis Smith Jr with his final heritage respecting VC and Shaq.  Here it is

With jumping over a 7’2 Shaq, doing the Vince Carter signature honey dip and then ripping his jersey apart to reveal the Superman logo to pay tribute to the behemoth he jumped over.  He took home the dunk king crown, and I hope defends his title next year against possibly Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson which would be DOPE.

The USA vs World game/ Rising Stars challenge was boring with a USA win.

The actual All-Star game was actually LIT.  I like it because you get to see guys play together that you usually couldn’t, while doing crazy tricks and plays you won’t see anywhere else.  Team LeBron topped team Giannis in a score of 178-164.  Here’s the game’s best moments.

Altogether, I was really happy with this year’s All-Star game and activities minus their jerseys.  Each NBA team was represented well, and made for a very exciting weekend of all things basketball.  It has me hyped for the rest of this season, and definitely All- Star weekend next year.

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Written by benfiore

NBA writer of Beyond the Arc. Employee, podcast host and writer for Thoughts From the Bench.

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