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NBA All-Star voting ends Monday night, and, as of the last round of results, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry trailed Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving by 32,285 for the second starting spot among Eastern Conference guards.
In the five days since that update was sent, every team in the league has made a push for its players, but there was no indication of a big move in either direction for Lowry or Irving.
Enter Lewis Hilsenteger.
The creator of the online show "Unbox Therapy" sent out this tweet on Sunday to help Lowry's All-Star bid:
As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, that tweet had more than 33,000 retweets, each of which could count as a vote, since the tweet contained Lowry's @Klow7 Twitter handle and the #NBAvote hashtag.
But there was one problem: The tweet was the second Hilsenteger sent in support of Lowry that day, meaning it's possible those retweets were for naught. He realized his mistake Monday, and raised the stakes.
Apparently my tweet yesterday for @Klow7 may not be valid since it was 2nd tweet of the day on my acct. That's 33K votes that may not count!— Lewis (@UnboxTherapy) January 18, 2016
In the first seven minutes the new tweet was up, it got more than 8,000 retweets, possibly enough to make Lowry a starter for the second straight season.
Last year, Lowry was voted in by the fans, thanks in large part to a tweet from Justin Bieber that got more than 50,000 retweets. This year, however, Bieber put his Belieber Army to work for Chris Paul, much to the ire of his native Canadian fan base.
With the All-Star Game in Toronto, there's been even more of a push from Canada to get Lowry the start in his home city. Toronto city councilor Norm Kelly tweeted multiple times Monday, racking up more than 6,000 retweets, and Toronto mayor John Tory tweeted Sunday, garnering another 2,800-plus.
Meanwhile, Irving's only notable tweet on the final weekend of voting came, unsurprisingly, from teammate LeBron James, who secured Irving another 6,000-plus votes.
Whether that will be enough for Irving to make his second career All-Star Game start remains to be seen. NBA All-Star starters will be announced Thursday night before the Los Angeles Clippers visit Cleveland to face the Cavaliers. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
Then, on Thursday, new Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell did Kobe like this:
Honestly Tracy McGrady might have been the GOAT!— D'Angelo Russell (@Dloading) August 13, 2015
All right, all right, we're almost certainly exaggerating. The Kobe move was all in good fun. Meanwhile this could be interpreted in multiple ways: 1) simply enthusiastic hyperbole from someone who was just watching impressive Tracy McGrady highlights; 2) a lamentation of the injuries that kept McGrady from reaching his heights; or 3) OMG Russell thinks McGrady was better than Kobe!
We're guessing it's a mix of 1 and 2; after all, who hasn't tweeted outrageous things based on a single moment/video, and who doesn't wish McGrady had been able to fulfill his potential?
But hey, this is the Lakers and this is Kobe, so it's fun to imagine his locker-room reaction to the No. 2 overall pick's offseason shenanigans.
Or, before then, he could just shut it down with:
James Harden isn't always the flashiest, but he's nothing if not methodical and effective.
Even in a game that doesn't count in the NBA standings, and even after he gets dunked on by a lesser (but still pretty good) player.
That's what happened Sunday in the final of Los Angeles' Drew League, when the Southland native was absolutely put on a poster by Compton's own DeMar DeRozan, a onetime All-Star with the Toronto Raptors:
But true to form, the Houston Rockets star and players' MVP waited for his moment to strike ... then did this, over fellow Angeleno Nick Young, for what was the eventual game-winner:
Harden's team, LAUNFD (L.A. Unified), eventually beat Most Hated Players 98-93 in the final to continue a strong run in the Drew League.
4 titles in 6 years! LAUNFD defeats M.H.P. 98-93 to win the 2015 Championship! #thedrew— Drew League (@DrewLeague) August 9, 2015
And Harden wasn't just a one-play wonder. As he does, Harden had a game.
Is it NBA season yet?
H/T Bleacher Report