The NBA revealed the first returns of voting for the 2020 All-Star Game on Thursday, and many fans on Twitter are up in arms over some players on the list.
Fan votes account for 50 percent of the vote to determine which 10 players will make it to the All-Star Game, which is being held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16. Shortly after the list was published, two players who were included immediately started trending on social media: Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall.
Fall, in particular, has become a cultural phenomenon among fans of his Boston Celtics and beyond. The 7-foot-5 Senegal native has only appeared in three games so far this season, totaling just 11 minutes — but according to voters, that’s enough to get him to Chicago. Over 110,000 fans have voted for Fall to make the Eastern Conference All-Star Roster, which puts him sixth on the list of frontcourt players in the East.
While some were quick to praise Fall as a “legend” or laugh at the situation, many others didn’t find the situation comical and called for an end to the fan vote.
The tumultuous Kyrie Irving era in Boston has come to an end.
The six-time NBA All-Star, who was obtained via trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, signed with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as free agency began this summer, joining forces with Kevin Durant in a move that came as a surprise to very few.
In need of a point guard after Irving’s departure, the Celtics agreed to terms with Kemba Walker, who has played for the Charlotte Bobcats-turned-Hornets since being drafted ninth overall out of the University of Connecticut in 2011.
Walker will be the Celtics’s third starting point guard in five years. He joins a team with a plethora of young talent, including Jayston Tatum and Jaylen Brown, that is in desperate need of togetherness and leadership after a difficult end to Irving’s term.
And former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says Walker is exactly the man for the job.
During the NBA season opener in Cleveland Tuesday night, Gordon Hayward, in his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics, suffered a horrific injury to his left ankle that likely ended his season.
The incident was not only devastating for Hayward and his teammates, whose season changed dramatically in an instant, but also for all who bore witness to it. Players on the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as fans in attendance, were visibly shaken by the scene, with many taking a moment to pray.
Several athletes across the major sporting leagues reached out to Hayward to express their support and condolences on social media — several of whom have suffered similarly tragic injuries themselves.
The first annual NBA Awards Show was held on Monday, and it was full of surprises — but one moment definitely took the cake.
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was honored with the inaugural NBA Lifetime Achievement Award during the show. Russell, who spent time as both a player and a coach with the Celtics, received the accolade from five other basketball legends — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Alonso Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.
After accepting the award, the 83-year-old turned to the other stars, pointed to each one of them and whispered, “I would kick your ass.”
Isaiah Thomas, the Boston Celtics’ star point guard, had the game of his life Tuesday night.
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards, Thomas put up 53 points in 44 minutes to lead his team to a thrilling overtime victory.
The Celtics’ point guard, who is listed at 5 foot 9, averaged just under 30 points per game this season. Tuesday night was Thomas’ highest scoring game of his career.
It was an incredible display that has earned comparisons to the likes of Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and John Havlicek.
The story behind his performance, however, is heartbreaking.
“It’s my sister — happy birthday — she would have been 23 today,” Thomas said after Tuesday’s win. “Everything I do is for her and she’s watching over me.”
Basketball fans are freaking out ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline this Thursday, which is natural. Trade deadlines in any league are sure to bring blockbuster deals as teams either stack up for the playoffs or remortgage their assets in an effort to bolster their future.
Trade rumors are boosted by fans and commentators alike, but what really gets people going is when the players themselves get into it.
Monday night, Boston Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas added some serious fuel to the fire with one simple tweet: