It’s all about L.A., Blake, Kobe and Rhianna (not necessarily in this order)
- How will Blake Griffin handle the workload (and the pressure)?
This could become, it probably already is, the Blake Griffin weekend. The Clippers forward played in the rookie game last night (14 points and the usual array of plays above the rim) and will then take part in the dunk contest and finally the big game on Sunday night.
It’s the first time a Clippers player will be under more scrutiny and more expectations than any member of the Lakers.
- How about Kobe?
Since the game is in LA and we all know how much Kobe hates to be sideshow, I’m expecting a huge performance by Bryant. I believe Kobe won’t consider the game too much of an exhibition after all, not since the Lakers are in the middle of a long mid-season slump and the doubters are all out there.
- The 3-point shootout
Since, with only one notable exception (see Blake), the best players are staying away from the dunk contest the same can’t be said for the shooting contest: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Durant will be featured in this year’s contest. It could be fun even if Steve Nash will be greatly missed.
- The City of Angels
How big is it going to be? The All-Star game should alternate between NY and LA (ok maybe Chicago every 4-5 years). The Hollywood stars will be out in force (only a week before the Academy Awards) and it could be as close to a real game as an All Stars could be since a good number of players have L.A. links: Kobe, Gasol and Griffin play in the city, Westbrook and Love played college ball in town while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are also from California. I’m sure nobody loves to lose in front of friends and families.
- Rihanna’s halftime show. One simple question. Will she dress like in the S&M video?
Yours truly, Luca “the Steve Fan”