Wizards guard John Wall said his inspiration for his final dunk Saturday night came from the Internet.
“It was just watching YouTube,” Wall explained of his leap over Wizards mascot G-Man. “Somebody sent me a YouTube link on my Twitter and it said 27 dunks that haven't been done in the dunk contest. And the first one was that one. And it seemed hard. But for me, it came out to be easy. So it worked out in my favor.”
Wall said he liked this year's new format in which the first round was a three-on-three team competition between East and West participants.
“I think it was cool,” Wall said. “It was fun. Brought some excitement to it in the first round. And basically the second round you go toe-to-toe with the guy from the West, and you got to have a great opportunity to beat those guys.”
NEW NICKNAME FOR DURANT?
A pair of Knicks kid reporters set out on an assignment to interview the All-Stars this week. Their work was shown on the videoboard throughout the events.
Late in the third quarter, the young boy and girl asked players for nickname suggestions for Kevin Durant since he doesn't like the “Slim Reaper” moniker.
“I think he's just KD,” said Dwyane Wade.
“I think we should call him Kevin Kevin Kevin,” said the Clippers' Blake Griffin.
“His momma call him Kevin, I'm going to call him Kevin,” said Chicago center Joakim Noah.
The kids then suggested “Slim KD” to Durant and other All-Stars as a play on rapper Eminem's alter ego, Slim Shady.
“I like that,” Durant told the kid. “You came up with that on your own?”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL
Between the first and second quarters, the NBA honored legendary Boston center Bill Russell with a birthday tribute.
Fellow NBA legends Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone and Julius Erving were introduced at center court before Johnson informed the crowd that it was Russell's 80th birthday. As the crowd gave Russell a standing ovation, Johnson led fans in singing “Happy Birthday” to Russell.
Johnson ended the tribute by asked all the All-Stars to walk over and wish Russell happy birthday.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
Six players made their All-Star debuts Sunday night.
They were Wall, DeMar DeRozan and Paul Millsap on the East and Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis on the West.
Anthony, a second-year forward for the host New Orleans Pelicans, received the loudest ovation of all players in pregame introductions.
FACES IN THE CROWD
Celebrities in the crowd included: former NBA players Yao Ming, Dominique Wilkins, Bill Russell, Horace Grant and A.C. Green; musicians Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Snoop, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, comedian Kevin Hart, director Spike Lee and Rev. Jesse Jackson.