Kobe Bryant Leads Pack Of Starters In His Final All-Star Game
In a surprise to absolutely nobody, Kobe Bryant led all players in All-Star votes and will start in his 18th and final All-Star Game when they tip off in Toronto on February 14 in the Air Canada Centre. Bryant, a four-time All-Star Game MVP and the top scorer in the game’s history, led all players with 1,891,614 votes to finish ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (1,604,325), who earned his third-straight starting nod. Russell Westbrook (772,009) and Kevin Durant (980,787) were voted starters together for the first time in their career, while Kawhi Leonard snatched the last starting spot by tallying 782,339 votes, just enough to edge out Zaza Pachulia (768,112 votes) due to a huge social media push from Vine star Hayes Grier.
LeBron James led the East with 1,089,206 votes to start his 12th All-Star Game, becoming just the sixth player to accomplish that. Hometown star Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors was voted as an All-Star starter for the first time in his career. Lowry (646,441) finished second among East guards behind the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (941,466), who was picked to be an All-Star for the 12th time in 13 seasons. Rounding out the East starters are the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (711,595) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (567,348). Anthony edged the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol by a mere 360 votes to earn his ninth trip to the All-Star Game.
Filed under the, “We Couldn’t Make This Up If We Tried,” section of news, former Blazers’ (ha!) star Cliff Robinson is opening a weed store in Oregon called “Uncle Spliffy’s.” Oregon legalized recreational use of marijuana in July, becoming one of four states, plus the District of Columbia, to do so. Beginning in October, recreational pot could be purchased from medical marijuana dispensaries, and retail stores licensed to sell marijuana will open sometime in the second half of 2016.
“Cannabis is definitely a more positive alternative to pharmaceuticals at the end of the day,” Robinson said to the Portland Business Journal. “Those are synthetics. I’m talking about something that’s natural that can bring the outcomes you’re looking for, be it for muscle tension or relaxation or preparedness. There are a whole lot of different things that are beneficial.” Robinson, who appeared on Survivor and joined Dennis Rodman in a diplomacy game in North Korea, played in 1,380 NBA games, 8th most all time in the league. He holds holds career NBA numbers of 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 1.03 blocks.
“When you talk about guys playing on a professional level, there’s a lot of physical and mental stress that comes with that, and to have something available to you that has health benefits, I don’t see the issue with it myself.”
Chris Paul Makes Matthew Dellavadova Hit The Floor
There’s nothing we enjoy more over at STASHED than watching a poor sap of a defender get their ankles broken, so watch Chris Paul drop Delly over and over again.
Did he make the shot? Who really cares?
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