From the player who made history with four different franchises to the incredible amount of money the league will donate to various university and healthcare organizations.
The NBA All Star Game 2021 is just around the corner and, beyond the huge collection of stars that will gather in Atlanta for the game, the day will be full of curious facts and records that will enlarge the history books of the best basketball league in the world .
Chris Paul, the man who will make history with four different franchises
The base of Phoenix suns will be added to the historical Moses Malone and Shaquille O’Neal Like the only three players to be selected to the All Star Game with four different franchises. In Paul’s case, he did it with New Orleans Hornets -now, Pelicans-, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Suns.
For his part, Malone did it with Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets -now, Wizards- and Atlanta Hawks, while O’Neal succeeded with Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and the Suns.
LeBron James, the fixed of the NBA All Star almost two decades ago
The star of the league and player of Los Angeles Lakers will participate by 17th consecutive NBA All Star, standing as well as the third player with the most appearances in the match.
Interestingly, he is only surpassed by two glories of the Angelina franchise: the deceased. Kobe Bryant, 18, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 19.
James, 36, was the player most voted by the people for this edition with 5,922,554 votes to which he added 214 from the players and 100 from the press, areas in which he also led.
Thus, he was chosen as captain and made up his team for the match with: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Domantas Sabonis and Rudy Gobert.
Europe and the world stomp in the NBA All Star Game 2021
With a record of six players selected for the eventEurope has reason to celebrate what will be a historic day. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Rudy Gobert (France), Nikola Jokic (Serbia), Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania) and Nikola Vucevic (born in Switzerland, but with Montenegrin nationality) they will be the representatives of the Old Continent.
This historical number reaches another dimension, the three other international players who are not from Europe but who will also say present: Joel Embiid (born in Yaoundé, Cameroon), Kyrie Irving (originally from Melbourne, Australia) and Ben Simmons (also from Melbourne).
The huge amount of money that both the NBA and NBA Players Association are going to donate
As part of the negotiations to re-float the All Star Game -which had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic-, both the NBA as the League Players Association (NBAPA) they decided donate more than three million dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which are those universities that were founded before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that predominantly received African-American students. Likewise, the money will also be used for support actions of care, relief and vaccines against the coronavirus.
It is all part of the great social activism in which NBA players have been involved in recent years, carrying out solidarity and awareness campaigns against racism in the United States and various parts of the world.
The triple contest, the great attraction of a previous full of stars
From 20:30 in Argentina, the events prior to the main game will begin to be televised (through ESPN), with the contest of triples as the great attraction. It is that, for the first time since it began to take place, the six participants are also players who will play the All Star Game.
To the list that make up Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum (both of the Boston Celtics), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) they were joined in the last hours by the base Mike Conley (also from Utah), who entered at the last minute to impersonate Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) both in the game and in the contest. Interestingly, Booker himself had been selected to impersonate another injured player, the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis.
Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on Curry, who will go for his seventh participation -eating Dale Ellis and one behind Craig Hodges, who is the top participant with eight. The Golden State Guard will seek his second crown, after having been champion in 2015. The 32-year-old has achieved 2,664 triples throughout his career, what is currently the second best mark in the NBA behind the 2,973 of the retired and historic Ray Allen.