It’s official — the Bald Eagle is not going to be chickening out throughout All-Star weekend.
Regardless of pleas from his passionate fanbase, Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso turned down a spot within the Slam Dunk Contest throughout All-Star recreation in Atlanta, per Invoice Oram of The Athletic.
“Perhaps trying ahead to (the break) a bit of bit extra,” Caruso informed reporters earlier within the week. “I’ll most likely simply play some golf with some buddies and depart it at that.”
Alex Caruso declined an invite to the dunk contest. (per The Athletic)
We may’ve seen the Carushow getting 50s! pic.twitter.com/WdMYMaGEIj
— Basketball Endlessly (@Bballforeverfb) March 3, 2021
The dunk contest discipline will likely be made up of Pacers rookie Cassius Stanley, Knicks rookie Obi Toppin and Path Blazers guard Anfernee Simons. With the condensed All-Star schedule, the competitors will happen at halftime of the sport.
Caruso might have an unassuming look, however has fairly the spotlight reel of dunks and would have been a worthy participant.
Alex Caruso Has Cult Following, Nicknames Aplenty
Caruso has rapidly carved out a spot as a fan favourite in NBA. Regardless of averaging simply 5.eight factors per recreation this season off the bench, Caruso was a top-10 fan-vote getter amongst guards for the All-Star recreation.
No actual shock right here, however LeBron James tallied essentially the most All-Star votes of any participant and will likely be staff captain for the West (take a look at Alex Caruso’s numbers btw 👀): pic.twitter.com/vqJeTDTi2f
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 19, 2021
He’s earned numerous nicknames since hitting the big-time in LA, such because the Bald Mamba and Carushow. There’s even a shaggy dog story a few Lakers assistant asking “who gave the united statesguy a jersey,” throughout the 2017 Summer season League.
One nickname that has caught is straightforward — GOAT, quick for best of all-time. It’s one which even LeBron James has taken a liking to.
“It’s humorous,” Caruso stated. “Each time it comes up, it’s humorous. It has form of misplaced its pop to me as a result of everybody on the staff says it now, however when it first began taking place it was humorous and it was an excellent snicker. Everybody nonetheless enjoys it they usually’re nonetheless saying it.
“The skin world may be taking it in basketball phrases however I feel when my teammates say it, they’re simply chatting with the form of teammate I’m and the form of man I’m. I’m simply one other one of many guys who occurs to be actually good at basketball and don’t appear like I must be.”
Lakers Centered on Relaxation Throughout Repeat Bid
After a traditionally quick offseason, the Lakers have been open about desirous to get relaxation once they can. So Caruso turning down the All-Star exercise jives with that, though there’s no query it will have massively elevated his private model.
So far as the Lakers go, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will symbolize the purple and gold on the All-Star recreation, though Davis gained’t play attributable to harm. James — who’s making his 17th All-Star look — is predicted to play, however will doubtless take it very simple throughout the recreation. James known as the sport a “slap within the face” when it was reported that the league would pursue the annual exhibition matchup.
“I’ve zero power and nil pleasure about an All-Star Recreation this yr,” James informed reporters. “I don’t even perceive why we’re having an All-Star Recreation.”
James is sitting out his first recreation of the season on Wednesday, giving him some additional day off heading into the All-Star break.
Lakers’ LeBron James will sit out his first recreation of the season on Wednesday on the Sacramento Kings on the back-to-back, sources inform @TheAthletic @Stadium. The absence gained’t impression his All-Star Recreation look Sunday in Atlanta.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
The Lakers aren’t due again on the courtroom till March 12.
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