VIDEO: LeBron thanks the fans before the East and West All-Stars get going
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — No one, and I mean no one puts on a party like New Orleans and the NBA for ALl-Star Weekend.
And it all culminates with tonight’s 63rd All-Star Game here at the Smoothie King Center. From the kicking player intro concert from Pharrell Williams, Nelly, Diddy and Busta Rhymes to all the action that will follow from LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the fellas from the Eastern and Western Conference squads, we should be in store for a relentless night of action.
Dig in with us all night here for the best tweets, notes and observations from the festivities right here.
– And no, that wasn’t me on stage with Pharrell. But that is Snoop joining the party now. Keep coming back because you never know when your Tweet will show up here …
Snoop has a few Larry O'Brien patches on his jacket. Lolol—
Barbara Titus (@BarbaraTitus) February 17, 2014
– Kobe Bryant showing up for the intros in a clean suit was a nice touch for the West. Player/coach?
If someone could merge Marvin Gaye's anthem with Gary Clark Jr.'s, I could die in peace…—
Rob Peterson (@ShotDrJr) February 17, 2014
– My main man and Hang Time Podcast partner Rick Fox of NBA TV is all over the style scene down here in New Orleans. Check him out while wait for this game to start … (Pharrell is almost as tall as Rick with that hat on)
VIDEO: Pharrell and Rick Fox talk fashion at All-Star Weekend
– Get your MVP predictions in now. I’m going with KD. It’s his year. He might not be on your Mount Rushmore … yet, but he’s trying to get there.
Kobe Bryant's Mount Rushmore: Magic, Bird, Michael and Russell. "That's impossible to do four, though, man."—
Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 17, 2014
– Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin handling the opening tip is a nod to the small ball that has become the rage around the league.
Not one center on either starting 5. Indicative of the state of the game.—
Touré (@Toure) February 17, 2014
– Generation Next wants a seat at the All-Star table and it’s showing on the rosters …
All 5 West starters are 25 years old or younger.—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) February 17, 2014
LeBron v. Griffin dunk contest has broken out in the first quarter of the All-Star Game.—
Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 17, 2014
– You wonder why the stars from nearly every walk of life turn out and turn up for NBA All-Star Weekend … you’ve been watching it since the opening tip. These guys are the best and most jaw-dropping athletes on the planet, IMO. Nothing like seeing these guys work like this.
– East up 30-27, btw, with Blake on course for a wicked night along with LeBron, Durant and Melo!
Eleven of the first 25 field goals have been dunks.—
Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 17, 2014
Yao Ming on video board inside arena. He doesn't have to stand up to stand up.—
Fran Blinebury (@franblinebury) February 17, 2014
Twitter: What's the single-game dunk record in the All-Star Game? Pretty sure Blake is up to nine. In the first quarter—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2014
– 44-42 West lead at the end of the first quarter of the 63rd NBA Dunk Fest
The one happy medium that the NBA revealed successfully during this All-Star Game is an organist playing hip hop beats during the game.—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 17, 2014
– Classy tribute to Bill Russell from Magic Johnson and the other Hall of Famers … Happy Birthday Sir! Magic leading the Happy Birthday serenade from the entire arena, All-Stars included. So classy!
VIDEO: Happy Birthday Bill Russell
Crowd, led by Magic Johnson, singing Happy Birthday to Bill Russell. Vienna Boys Choir it ain't—
Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) February 17, 2014
All the players now surrounding Bill Russell, hugging him and shaking his hand.—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) February 17, 2014
– Dwight Howard scores a bucket and there is absolutely no reaction from the crowd. A couple of years ago his every move drew oohs and aahs from the crowd. Now he gets nothing. It’s just weird.
The East just isn't defending like a Frank Vogel team. I think he's lost the locker room.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) February 17, 2014
– The NBA making sure Bill Russell has the best seat in the house every year is pure class. No one treats their former greats better. No one!
Lillard shot that from Baton Rouge.—
Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 17, 2014
Even Blake Griffin's missed dunks are money tonight.—
Andre Aldridge (@AndreHoops) February 17, 2014
Can we get a Kickstarter fund going to make a LeBron James vs. Blake Griffin dunk contest happen ASAP?—
Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) February 17, 2014
It's West 84, East 74. And we have 59 seconds left before hafltime. What was the over-under on this one, do you suppose?—
Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) February 17, 2014
– West 89, East 76 at halftime and now we get a sick halftime show led by Trombone Shorty that also includes a little Earth, Wind and Fire!
Dr. John &Trombone Shorty Coming Up—
Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 17, 2014
All-Star Game first half numbers: 156 points, 50 assists, 4 free throws, 0 blocks.—
Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) February 17, 2014
The NBA All-Star game halftime show is MUCH better than the Super Bowl halftime concert.—
Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) February 17, 2014
If I'd known this was gonna be the halftime show, I would've started walking to NOLA last week.—
David Steele (@David_C_Steele) February 17, 2014
Charles Barkley now interviewing Obama. I hope he asks him who's on his Mt. Rushmore of presidents.—
Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 17, 2014
– Lil’ Chris giving the West a halftime pep talk?
All-Star Game scoring record is 42, done by multiple players. Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin both sitting on 30 midway through the third.—
Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) February 17, 2014
This All-Star game is in direct conflict with Frank Vogel's soul. How he's sitting thru this – i just don't know. The man deserves a medal—
Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 17, 2014
Sweet matador defense, two three-pointers and super-tight shirt, Dwight Howard.—
Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) February 17, 2014
Rex Kalamian and Kobe were just talking to Durant trying to get him all fired up for a big 4th. This could be good.—
NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) February 17, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki is likely going to end his career with over 30,000 points and he'll go scoreless tonight. This isn't his style of play.—
Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) February 17, 2014
– MVP Watch … Blake, Durant, LeBron, Kyrie, Melo? They are all having monster nights.
Uncle Drew in the house suddenly.—
Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) February 17, 2014
– You know why I love Joakim Noah? Because any other guy would concede a that layup to Durant. But not Noah.
– Sitting here having a wild chat with NBA.com’s John Schuhmann and Leigh Ellis of The Starters and we’re trying to figure out if the U.S. sent two teams to international competition could they win gold and silver? I say yes. Think of the preposterous depth they have on the Men’s Senior National Team. It could happen.
An All-Star record seventh 3-pointer for Carmelo Anthony. He has 27 points.—
Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 17, 2014
Game, blouses! (seriously, they are really wearing blouses this time)—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) February 17, 2014