NBA All-Star Game notebook: NBA legend says Russell Westbrook could be one of best ever

Seven-time champion Robert Horry had high praise for Westbrook after teaming with the Thunder point guard and WNBA star Maya Moore for “Team Westbrook” during Saturday night's Shooting Stars.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 17, 2013

STERN'S SPECIAL MEMORY

NBA commissioner David Stern, who presided over his final All-Star Game on Sunday, shared his favorite All-Star memory.

“I would have to say my favorite memory actually compounded and growing to the present day is awarding Magic Johnson the MVP trophy in Orlando,” Stern said. “Giving sweaty Magic Johnson a big hug right after he hit the last 3 and still being able to hug him, because he's alive, every time I see him. That is at the top of the list. And it will not easily be dislodged. Even though I do enjoy every All-Star, that one will resonate for the rest of my life.”

TIP-INS

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the league is looking into future All-Star plans, which could include international cities, neutral cities and revamping All-Star Saturday night. … Stern said this weekend that “lots of exhibition travel” is on the horizon but said there is nothing to announce at the moment. It's possible the Thunder could soon play a preseason game overseas. … When asked if basketball fans in Seattle should be worried about Thunder chairman Clay Bennett doubling as the chairman of the relocation committee, Stern said “absolutely not.”

FACES IN THE CROWD

Celebrities in the crowd included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Kevin Hart, Julius Erving, Gary Payton, Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas, Nick Cannon, Terrell Owens, 2 Chainz, Nas, George Gervin and Bill Bellamy.

QUOTABLE

Stern on the prospects of the NBA in Seattle: “I'd like to see the NBA go back there.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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