Hoop Diaries with Jeremy Fitch
By Jeremy Fitch
Dwyane Wade: We have seen Wade grow before our very eyes. Whether it is on the court with his health over the years, or off the court as he has branched into his very successful brand. This year has been a special year as he has switched trainers and it has made for a healthier one for Wade. It has reminded us of the Wade we all grew up watching when we called him “Flash.” All-Star weekend for the 12 times in a career is something many people dream of, but few get to experience. When asked about how special this All-Star game will be, Wade said, “I’m turning 34 years old, and the fans still want to see me in the All-Star Game.” “It’s a pretty cool thing. Besides my first All-Star, it probably means the most.”
LeBron James: Is there anything that King James has not accomplished on and off the court? Entering his 12 straight All-Star games, now as a veteran, he is more of the teacher than the student. James always enjoys all that the weekend has to offer, as he will not be in action until Sunday night. All the stars will be out in Toronto Saturday night as they watch threes get splashed and dunks hammered down on what has become a fan favorite each year. Overall, LeBron is embracing another year of health and his lifetime Nike contract. James is a businessman in the finest manner, certainly a role model of many.
Chris Bosh: Bosh has an amazing story coming back from the blood clots on his lungs that sidelined him most of last season. Bosh is more focused and appreciates all that he has being an NBA superstar on and off the court. Bosh really came on to the scene when he got to Miami and has never slowed down on All-Star appearances since his move to South Beach years ago. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh will be playing all together for the first time since LeBron went back to Cleveland. These guys are all friends and it will be great to see the trio back together hanging out and enjoying some of the best times of their lives together in their 11 straight All-Star weekend with each other.
Kobe Bryant: The final chapter of Kobe’s career would not be right without one last All-Star appearance. Dwyane Wade said it best when he said, “As long as I hold up my votes, it’ll be a special All-Star Game for me because this is Kobe’s last one,” Wade said. “I wasn’t in the league for (Michael) Jordan’s, but I was watching it as a fan and it just looked like it was something cool to be a part of, so this will be special. A lot of people are gonna celebrate him.” Kobe is our generation’s Jordan and we are going to honor someone that has been a legend and a first class superstar Nike athlete for years. We have seen Kobe embrace each game and has been more open with the media throughout the season, and it will be great to see what he brings to the table this weekend in his final All-Star festivities.