If you watched the NBA All-Star Game last night, you didn’t learn anything about current pro rank dynamics that wasn’t already common knowledge. The game was just a 48-minute long reminder that the next generation is here, teeming with young stars that have assumed full control of the league and led by prime LeBron, KD, Melo, and CP3 either at or approaching the pinnacle of their powers. And those guys are flanked by exponentially emerging talent like Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Paul George, and Blake Griffin. It was a reminder that the era of Kobe, KG, and TD essentially has its office boxed, labeled, stacked, and waiting for the dolly. These are the logistics of the game as it stands.
But let’s not detour through Maudlinville just yet. There were shoes worn during last night’s highlight fest, really cool shoes. For instance, Westbrook wearing two pairs of Jordan XX8s. Blake debuting the Jordan Super.Fly 2. DWade’s extremely purple Li-Ning WoWs and Tony’s extremely red PEAK Team Lightnings. Throw Joakim’s new Le Coq Sportif Pro Models in there. See, cool shoes. Focus on those. Don’t think about Kobe, KG, and TD retiring sooner than you think and taking what’s left of the ’90s golden era with them. Don’t think about it. Focus on the shoes. Those cool shoes we just talked about.
One good cry. Just come back here and look at this NBA Kicks All-Star Game recap.