New look comes to NBA All-Star game as Old guys go
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – There was a hint of panic as Dwyane Wade wondered whether elder actually was eldest.
”Who’s the oldest player here?” Wade asked.
The Miami Heat star can relax. He’s not even the old man on the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team.
But he’s close, and he can’t believe how quickly it happened.
”Me and Bron, we were talking to (DeMar) DeRozan and Kyrie (Irving) and Paul George and we were like, ‘When we came in we were in y’all’s position,”’ Wade said of a conversation he and LeBron James had earlier in the weekend with some of their teammates who faced the West on Sunday night in the All-Star game.
”It was the Jason Kidds, the Kevin Garnetts, these players that we have so much respect for were at the All-Star game. They were the older guys that had been around 10 years and now we are. It’s crazy.”
Kidd now coaches Garnett. Allen Iverson is retired, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Vince Carter are getting close, and Tracy McGrady is trying to become a baseball player.
Those were the perennial All-Stars when Wade and James first started showing up in the midseason event about a decade ago.
”It’s a little sad. When I first got in, it was always Kobe, Tim Duncan, Shaq was still every year and now I’m the old guy,” said Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, the oldest All-Star who will turn 36 at June.
Bryant, who sat out the game with an injury, is a couple of months younger. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, who turns 33 in June, was the oldest East player. Wade turned 32 last month.