By G. de Cardenas
One of the biggest ongoing events of the NBA at the start of this year was the NBA trades. It was very surprising for many and very depressing for others, as they had to see players being sent off from their favourite teams. This is the summary for the major trades done this year:
Isaiah Thomas from Cavs to Lakers
The other major event at the beginning of this year was the All-star weekend with the All-Star game, the celebrity game and the three point contest happening between Friday (16th of February) and Sunday (18th of February).
All Star Game
The All-Star game this year was a bit of a revolution as there was a big change in the format of the event. On October 3, 2017, the NBA announced that the format would change from the traditional Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format and would instead switch to a draft-style format. The team captains were determined by the most votes received in their respective conference. These were selected to be LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
Each team had to pick a charity to play for, and the winning team had money donated to their charity. The event proved to be a rousing success
Team LeBron won against Team Stephen 148-145. The MVP of the game was LeBron James, scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, winning his third NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) as he almost achieved a triple-double on the game.
The three-point contest was also extremely exciting with a record-breaking win. Phoenix Suns’ guard Devin Booker took home the JBL Three-Point Contest title scoring 28 points in his final round against 2016 champion, Klay Thompson. He scored a stunning 20 of his 25 shots in that monster final round.
Justin Bieber and Quavo (MVP)
This event happened Friday the 16th of February, in Los Angeles. Since the All-Star Weekend was held in Los Angeles, the competition would be represented by the two NBA teams in the city with the Los Angeles Lakers (Team Lakers) and the Los Angeles Clippers (Team Clippers) instead of the typical West Vs. East affair like in previous years.
Team Clippers won with a victory of 75 points against Team Lakers that scored 66.
These were the representatives of each team: