By Dwayne Haskins
In this new year, what is necessary to keep the excitement going for a game that has been played for over 60 years? The NBA sought out excitement, to keep the buzz going.
In, 2015 the roster for the East Conference includes: Lebron James (Cavs), John Wall(Wizards), Kyle Lowry(Raptors), Pau Gasol(Bulls), Carmelo Anthony(Knicks), Al Horford(Hawks), Jeff Teague(Hawks), Paul Millsap(Hawks), Jimmy Butler(Bulls), Kyrie Irving(Wizards), Chris Bosh(Heat) and Dwyane Wade(Heat). The Western Conference also includes high flying playmakers such as: Steph Curry(Warriors), Kobe Bryant(Lakers), Anthony Davis(Pelicans), Marc Gasol(Grizzlies), Blake Griffin(Clippers), James Harden(Rockets), Klay Thompson(Warriors), LaMarcus Aldridge(Trail Blazers), Russell Westbrook(Thunder), Kevin Durant(Thunder), Tim Duncan(Spurs), Chris Paul(Clippers) and Demarcus Cousins(Kings).
NBA All Star weekend starts, Thursday Feb. 12th includes an All-Day Dunk-A-Thon between 10am-5pm. BBVA Compass Rising Star’s practice both of these events will be aired on NBA TV. The following day, Friday Feb. 13th, at 7pm, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Challenge, followed by the 11th annual Rising Stars Challenge. Saturday Feb 14th at 10 am the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 would be announced. Following the announcement of the Hall of Famers the challenges begin to start it off, Degree Shooting Stars will begin, the second event, Taco Bells Skill Challenge, thirdly Foot-Locker Three-Point contest and lastly the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Finally on Sunday the games begin with the D-League All-Star game at 2:30 pm, and the final event of the weekend is the NBA All-Star game live on TNT at 8:30 pm.
As fans anticipate the weekend, they look forward to a player that made his mark in NBA History this year. Steph Curry who is the youngest player to reach 1,000 points, that ONLY took him 369 games. Curry received the most votes out of any NBA player including the likes of Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. A grand total of 1,513,324 votes for Steph Curry, Lebron James was second with 1,470,483 votes and third was rising star Anthony Davis with a grand total of 1,369,911 votes. It will be exciting to watch these incredible athletes play together as they look forward to breaking more records. Kobe Bryant has scored the most points in the All-Star game with 280 points, and has been selected 17 times, two more selections and Bryant can pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with the most selections for the All-Star game. Despite the expectations of some players, the West look forward to close in on a significant 9 game losing record against the East. As for the East, they look to keep the record in their favor, as of now the current record is is 37 Wins for the East and 26 Wins for the West. The Bullis school and athletes wish the NBA super stars a healthy weekend and a highlight reel of plays to keep the tradition going.