Big 3s ng Boston, Miami magkakampihan vs Kobe, West All-Stars
WALANG ibang iniisip si Heat star forward LeBron James kundi ang manalo ang East team kontra West team sa gaganaping All-Star game sa Staples Center.
Isinantabi muna ni James ang rivalry nila sa Boston dahil karamihan sa maglalaro ay manggagaling sa kanilang koponan.
“We’ll be rivals once again when we walk out of here,” pahayag ni James. “But for right now, we’re trying to win for each other.”
Nakatakdang harapin ng East ang team ni Kobe Bryant na West sa Linggo ng gabi (Lunes ng umaga sa PIlipinas, Pebrero 21).
Masasaksihan ng mga fans ang paghaharap ni Bryant sa “Big Three” ng Boston at Miami.
“The city is on fire,” sabi East player at New York forward Amare Stoudemire. “They love it. I’m pretty sure the stars are going to be out on Sunday.”
Sina James, Dwyane Wade at Chris Bosh ang “Big Three” ng Heat habang sa Boston ay sina Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen at Paul Pierce habang kasali rin si sa East si Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.
“It’s great for the game,” ani Wade. “This is our showcase weekend, and especially having it out here in L.A., it really brings the All-Star kind of feeling to it. This is Hollywood, and they’ve done a great job of making it special.”
Makakasama ni Bryant sa West si Clippers forward rookie Blake Griffin.
“It’s gone by too fast,” ani Bryant. “It seems like it was yesterday that I was at the Garden for my first one. It’s pretty surreal. It’s always fun playing an All-Star game, but to host it makes it a little bit more exciting.” Elech Dawa