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All-Star Game leftovers

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: February 15, 2010

With Sunday’s All-Star Game finishing late, listed below are some post-game locker-room quotes on the two hottest subjects:

1) The record crowd of 108,713
2) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both free agents this summer, possibly signing with the same team.

ON THE RECORD CROWD:
West coach GEORGE KARL: “As I told the team before the game there have been four or five experiences in my life that I’ve been shut up or humbled or quieted. The presence of Arnold Palmer the first time I met him. When I met Bill Clinton in the White House… From the scoreboard to the 100,000 people, to just the brand of basketball that was played, there was just a lot of classy stuff.”

LeBRON JAMES: “This was unbelievable to be in front of 108,000. That was actually what it was. That was not a false number. You could look up in the stands and there was not a seat open. To be part of history is something that you always wish and dream for. I’ve been part of some historical events, being a part of the 2008 Olympics. When we played in China it was the largest international game in Olympic history. To be part of another historical event tonight it’s humbling.”

DIRK NOWITZKI: “It was an unreal experience and I’ll always remember this for the rest of my life and so will probably all the other guys. Just to compete and be in it at the end of the game, and have a chance to win, was great.”

CARMELO ANTHONY: “The whole game, when we were on the bench, we were just looking around, talking about how many people it is and how exicted we were, just to be a part of that situation. We were amazed by everything that was going on.”

MVP DWYANE WADE: “It’s a historical event. It’s going to be in our minds and our hearst and thoughts for a long time. Dallas is the real MVP. Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban really put o a fabulous event. To be able to perform in front of a crowd like that, I know I can do it. I’ve done it before.”

(LeBRON-WADE teammates?)

LeBRON JAMES: “He’s a great player. Tonight he showcased why he’s one of the best players on the planet. You want to play with guys that are great and want to win and want to compete at a high level every night. We’ll see.”

Coach STAN VAN GUNDY: “I don’t think you needed to see tonight to understand that would scare any of us in this league. But, yeah, incredible talents, both of them.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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