- The 64th NBA All Star Game
Q. Who was the only Spur involved in the NBA All Star Weekend in 2014 and 2015?
A. Shooting guard Marco Belinelli.
In 2014, the rising Spur shot 24 for 34 in the three point competition, shooting an impressive 70.5 percent. Other SA players involved in the festivities included Tony Parker as a reserve guard and then-Star, now-Spurs coach Becky Hammon participating in the Shooting Stars competition.
For the 2015 bash, Tim Duncan joined Belinelli to represent the Spurs in New York City. Though Duncan came home with a Western Conference win, Belinelli fell short to the untouchable Stephen Curry. Belinelli was ousted in the first round with 18 points, five buckets shy of the number needed to move on. The hyper-speed video below shows the insane depth of the 2015 contest.
Though Belinelli couldn't defend his title, Duncan came home with yet another All Star win. With the 163-158 win over the Eastern Conference, Duncan moved to 9-6 in his All Star career. In 15 minutes, he pulled in nine boards (second behind Marc Gasol), two assists and two points on 1-2 shooting.
With his appearance, Duncan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaq and Kevin Garnett as the only players in the 15-time All Star club. But in the media scrum, Duncan seemed unfazed. "I enjoy the game; all the rest of the stuff I can do without,” he told the New York Times. “I don’t like this whole situation, but it is what it is; it’s what comes with the game.”
Duncan also told New York Post writer Tim Bontemps on his attention to sartorial style, or lack thereof.
Question to Tim Duncan today: "Break down your style for me." Duncan's response: "I don't do style. I just show up for the games."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 13, 2015
Another highlight of the weekend was Youtube user Normandie's "Old Man Riverwalk, a black and white collection of classic Tim Duncan reel. Set to "Ol' Man River," Normandie syncs Kern and Hammerstein's standard perfectly with the highlight footage.