The NBA All-Star Game was held last night in Houston. In a game typically only featuring offense, this game featured a bit of defense. On the heels of Michael Jordan’s comments that he would take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James, the two All-Stars would go at it in a subplot last night with Kobe seemingly winning the battle on the defensive end. Bryant blocked James multiple times and the West All-Stars would go on to win 143-138. Chris Paul was named the game’s MVP as he had 20 points and 15 assists. Only Isaiah Thomas and Magic Johnson had more assists in a single All-Star Game. More here.
The USC Trojans had a year they’d rather forget. After getting the news late in 2011 that their star quarterback, Matt Barkley, was returning for his senior year, they became the AP’s preseason No. 1 team. They would stumble to a pedestrian 7-6 record while Barkley’s stock slipped from potential No. 1 overall pick to out of the first round entirely. As Barkley’s stock continues to fall the news came down yesterday that he would not be throwing at the NFL Combine due to a separated shoulder suffered at the end of the season. He still might participate in the other Combine drills such as running and jumping but he will not throw. More here.
Canada’s Brandon University runs a contest in which one student gets to select a player or coach to shoot a half-court shot on behalf of the student to get a full semester’s worth of tuition. Mason Kaluzniak was the lucky student and, instead of picking a guard who had made three half court shots in a row, he selected head coach Gil Cheung. Cheung removed his suit coat and took a couple of dribbles before he let go a perfect shot that did not hit anything but net to win Kaluzniak tuition. Cheung was swarmed by his teammates as he ran around celebrating. More here and below.