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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, it’s NBA All Star weekend, it’s Michael Jordan’s birthday weekend. All Star festivities kicked off last night with the Rising Stars Challenge (sorry, Celebrity All Star Game) and the league’s next generation gave us a taste of the action yet to come.
What Happened Last Night: Kevin Durant Was His Usual Inhuman Self, And The Next Next Big Thing In American Tennis Was Born
Well, the Aussie Open is getting very interesting… which we promise we’ll get to eventually. First, per usual, comes basketball. Here goes.
Another night of heavy NBA action last night, but with the Lakers taking the night off, the Heat beating the mother-loving tar out of the Wizards, and business as usual holds steady elsewhere, two stories emerged: Gotham City managed to beat back a Batman-looking baller and the Timberwolves welcomed back their manic pixie dream guard.
Remember when Kyrie Irving disguised himself as an old man named “Uncle Drew” and absolutely went to town on unsuspecting streetballers, all for the sake of Pepsi Max? Well, he’s done it again and this time, he’s brought Kevin Love in tow.
Kyrie Irving joined The Alan Cox Show on Cleveland’s WMMS FM radio earlier this week because he’s a man of the people. Except during his radio appearance, he was baited into singing “Summer Nights” from the movie/musical “Grease.” And no, he wasn’t dressed up like Uncle Drew. So Irving belted out a few notes – out of tune notes, that is – and plodded his way through the song. His duet partner, Erika Lauren, from “The Real World: D.C.,” was equally awful, except her domineering enthusiasm overwhelmed Irving’s mouse-like monotone-ness.
In what would be a star-filled event even without the leader of the free world, Barack Obama is hosting an “Obama Classic,” a basketball fundraiser slated to take place sometime this summer. The players it’ll feature, after the jump.
Thank God for USA Basketball, because in the midst of the MLB All-Star break, and the offseasons for the NFL and NHL, the sports pickings are slim right now. Kyrie Irving, your 2012 NBA Rookie Of the Year, turned some heads with his performance for the USA Select Team at USA Basketball camp. Kyrie was considered to some the biggest surprise, and one of the more impressive players.
So naturally, Irving is glowing with confidence. In fact, he’s so confident, Irving actually challenges Kobe to a game of 1-on-1 in this video, and asks the Laker to bet $50,000 on the game.
We learned a few things from the USA Olympic Basketball scrimmages. We learned which 12 players will represent our country later this month in London. We learned Blake Griffin is still a nasty dunker. And we learned Kyrie Irving, or as we like to call him, Uncle Drew, has some nasty handles.
After being caked in makeup and prosthetics, Cavs rookie of the year Kyrie Irving makes for a pretty convincing older dude… and then he starts dunking on people. Your mind is most likely melted if you’re playing in this pickup game.
Don’t get us wrong: we love a good alley-oop, a sick no look pass or a game-winning jump shot from the top of the key. But sometimes you have to give it up for incredible defense, and that’s exactly what goes down during this Cavaliers possession. Thunder fans went nuts after Serge Ibaka had three consecutive blocks, and that was just the beginning. Video after the jump.