Kyrie Irving is All Star Game MVP!

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The 63rd Annual NBA All-Star Game was played this past weekend, and a few #HGAlumni put on a show in New Orleans. There were many #HGAlumni comepeting in the weekend’s contests, and you can find them all here.

The weekend started off with the Rising Stars Challenge, where the Hoop Group was watching 9 of their own Alumni. While #HGAlumni Andre Drummond was named MVP of the Game, the night’s biggest moments belonged to two other #HGAlumni, Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr., who went shot for shot late in the game, hitting three pointer after three pointer in a classic duel!

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Andre Drummond has been dominating in the paint for years, all the way back to his Hoop Group days!

Saturday followed with some Star performances as well, as another #HGAlumni Damian Lillard signed up for three of the Big competitions! Damian competed in the Skills Challenge, the 3 Point Shoot Out, and the Dunk Contest, taking home the Skills Challenge Trophy with teammate and fellow #HGAlumni, Trey Burke.

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Damian Lillard and Trey Burke took home the Skills Challenge Trophy on Saturday Night.

And what about the Dunk Contest? This year the night belonged to another #HGAlumni, John Wall, who stole the show on a BIG TIME Slam!

John Wall Hoop Group Jam Fest

But all of the contests and challenges were just warm ups for the Big Show on Sunday Night, where Kyrie Irving stole the show! Kyrie finished the night with 31 points and 14 assists, including 15 point in the 4th quarter and leading the East to a 17 point comeback to win the game for the first time in 4 years! Kyrie was not the only #HGAlumni to have a Big Night, as Carmelo Anthony set an All-Star Game record with 8 made 3-pointers!

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Kyrie started with the Hoop Group way back when he was just a youngster in Middle School, and continued to attend our events throughout High School, before playing at Duke University and eventually being drafted 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his 2 and a half years in the NBA, Kyrie has 2 All Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year Award, a Rising Stars Challenge MVP, a 3 Point Shooting Contest Victory and now an All-Star Game MVP!

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Kyrie has been one of the brightest Stars to come through the Hoop Group, and we are proud to call him one of our own!

Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at Hoop Group Skills Camp

All Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving (left) & Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right) both coached by Kevin Boyle are seen playing at Hoop Group Skills campground.

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