All-Stars at the NBA All-Star Game

March 4, 2012 – On Sunday night (Feb. 26), I was in Orlando for the NBA All-Star Game. The high-scoring affair was thrilling from start to finish, as the West edged out a 152-149 win over the East.

Although the West won the game, most NBA fans will likely remember other aspects of the evening long after they’ve forgotten the score.

For me, the most memorable part of the night was the first quarter. At that juncture, it seemed as if the only two players on the court were LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In one sequence, Bryant hit a three pointer, James responded with a monster dunk, Bryant followed with another three-point bomb, and again, James came back with a gravity-defying slam.

There were three Yankees players at the game, and I caught up with two of them before they made the trip back to Tampa.

Alex Rodriguez told me that while watching James and Bryant battle it out in the first quarter was fun, the incredible number of slam dunks by both teams was what he enjoyed the most. In total, there were 40 dunks in the game.

“Those guys are rock stars,” Rodriguez said. “They put on a great show, and I was glad I could be there. It was the first time I was at an NBA All-Star Game, and it was a good one to be at.”

Curtis Granderson told me that his favorite NBA player is Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City star, who finished with 36 points, took home the game’s MVP Award.

“Kevin is my favorite player because he is so quick for a big guy,” Granderson said. “He played hard the whole night, and his endurance really stood out. He would get a dunk, and then get back and play defense. It never appeared as if he was tired.

“All of those guys are athletic, and they had a chance to display their skills on Sunday,” Granderson continued. “The fans wanted to see them do what most people in the world can’t do, and that’s what they saw.”

There will be a Bomber Bite article in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine on the Yankees who were at the game.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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