The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was under a much different structure than its previous editions, and it was awesome. Teams captained by LeBron James and Stephen Curry will took court with rosters the two drafted three weeks ago. In previous years, teams were divided by the Eastern and Western Conference, but the league opted to spice things up this season.
Players, media, and fans voted for the All-Star starters. Fans’ votes were weighted most, compiling 50 percent of the total points, and media and player votes accounted for 25 percent each. The 10 starters chosen this year were James, Curry, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, and Kevin Durant.
The remaining 14 players were chosen by a coach’s vote, picking seven players from each conference. Those players are Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Towns, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, Al Horford, John Wall, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Jimmy Butler.
James and Curry received the most votes overall, and were named captains. From there, they alternated picks starting with James (the leading vote-getter) to each select four of the eight remaining starters. (Steph Curry had first selection over jerseys.) There were no limitations regarding conference, and each athlete was free to select whoever he thought would make the best teammate.
Wind has wreaked havoc on the 2018 Winter Olympics’ skiing and snowboarding events, forcing postponements and nearly ruining the women’s slopestyle snowboarding finals. On Sunday, unseasonable winds could make one of the sport’s most electrifying disciplines even more dangerous.
The women’s big air event will kick off Sunday evening with a qualifying round that will determine Thursday’s final. Fortunately for Sunday’s competitors, the winds that affected Phoenix Snow Park haven’t been nearly as brutal at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, where massive jumps will push the world’s best boarders to their limits in the quest for Olympic gold.
The massive ramps and pressure of the world’s biggest stage should unlock some extra twists and flips at Alpensia. American Jamie Anderson can follow up her gold medal performance in the slopestyle competition with another trip to the podium. Her teammate, Julia Marino, will compete knowing Sunday’s runs are about more than just determining 2018’s best.