By Joe Becker
Great All-Star game in Phoenix tonight. Not so close, but great action and very entertaining for the fans. A good dose of Shaq, Kobe, LeBron and the rest of the NBA Stars. Included in that group was the Blazers own Brandon Roy.
Roy was solid as always hitting 7 of 8 shots. Many of them were dunks, but he did display his sweet jump shot. Brandon wound up playing 31 minutes, more than anyone in the game. He finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
West sqaud wins it 146-119.
Watching the game brought back memories to the three NBA All-Star games I've covered over the years. The first was 1987 in Seattle and it still might be my favorite. It was played at the Kingdome and was the highest scoring game in NBA All-Star History. The West won it 154-149 in overtime. That's right, there were over 300 points in the game. It was also Dr. J's last all-star game. The game was great, but the whole weekend was fantastic. Michael Jordan won the Slam Dunk contest and Larry Bird won the three point shootout.
I also covered the 1991 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina. That game was close as well with the East winning 116-114. Charles Barkley was the MVP. The Blazers had three players in that game, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Kevin Duckworth. Blazers coach Rick Adelman was also the Head Coach of the West Sqaud. That trip was great fun.
Then, two years ago, "The Ace", Sports Photographer Brian Warner and I covered Brandon Roy in Las Vegas for the Rookie Challenge. It was another terrific weekend and Brandon is such a good guy to cover. They also had a 30 year reunion of the Blazers 1977 NBA Championship. What a pleasure to visit with former Blazers Coach Jack Ramsay again. Of course, the NBA All-Star game was the icing on the cake. The West won the game 153-132.
Plenty of great memories...and hopefully, many more to come.