The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon


“That’s just Maya,” said Coach Reeve. “She only knows one way, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s Game 5 of The Finals. That’s what makes her really, really special.”

Another standout for the West was Nneka Ogwumike, who posted 22 points and seven rebounds. Well-acquainted with all-star appearances, Taurasi finished the day with 12 points.

The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon, who put the basketball world on notice that there is a wave of capable young guards ready to take over when the likes of Bird and Lindsay Whalen decide to hang it up. Clarendon had 14 points, and her 10 assists mark the most ever dishes in an all-star debut.

Irving eventually decided to agree to the max extension Cheap NCAA Jerseys Cleveland offered. At the time, it looked like he would be the face of the franchise for the duration of his contract.

Things changed when James made the decision to go back to Cleveland. James announced his intentions to sign with the Cavs on July 11. Suddenly, Irving was reduced to a sidekick.

Irving reportedly wasn’t happy in Cleveland while playing under his rookie contract. When he signed the extension, he was led to believe the Cavs were building around Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike him. That promise never was fulfilled because James came aboard.

The most attractive centers available are inherently less attractive because of how the game is played. Noel can’t shoot, pass, or really score. He’s an ace defender and rim protector, but he’s a totally lopsided player. Gasol, meanwhile, can pass and score, but he is an entirely inflexible and doomed defender at this point in his career.

As the league moves closer and closer to positionless basketball, teams are opting for smaller big men who may not be able to block shots like Noel or post up like Gasol but who can offer just a bit more flexibility on the court.