NBA All-Star Weekend means something different depending on who you ask about it. All-Star Games have become something of a punchline for their outright mockery of defense, but the full slate contains the largest bundle of fun on the hoops calendar, regardless of how far it strays from the usual product. Rather than honing in on the changes, it’s best to let your hair down and get swept up in the hoopla, literally and figuratively.
There’s a little something for everyone, whether you’re a diehard NBA head or just a casual observer scoping the scene for fly kicks. We get to see a new batch of high fliers competing in the dunk contest on Saturday night, and a cavalcade of older stars lounging in eye-popping threads. Fifteen years ago, that might have been Allen Iverson dripping with jewelry; today it’s Russell Westbrook taking cues from the always audacious Kanye West.
No matter what you tune in to see, the league does a great job at presenting the event for what it is – a showcase for fans of the game, where they get to see their favorite household names and the young guns hoping to eventually take their spots at the top. The NBA’s royalty acts accordingly, striving to put on a show for their audience in any way possible. It certainly helps when the competitive juices are flowing too.
Here are the Most Unforgettable NBA All-Star Moments that have stuck with us through the years. Hopefully we have a few new additions after this year’s festivities.
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