On my trip to All Star Weekend, Cavs back on the grind, and Cavs Zine 2 dropping soon

I had a great trip to Orlando for All Star Weekend in the event anyone out there was interested to know that. I had never been to an ASW before, and the overall scale of the events off the court, surrounding the games and competitions, were simply way bigger than I thought they’d be. I wrote a few articles for SLAM Online in coverage of the weekend, primarily from the back seat of our rental car as we zipped from one location to the next, and below are those links as a heads up.

* Superstar Experience: Recapping a whirlwind trip through All Star Weekend

* NBA Cares All Star Day of Service: Where Marc Gasol and Kevin Love lay sod, and LaMarcus Aldridge helps the Commish install a mailbox 

* The Air Jordan 2012 Flight Lab: Featuring Jadakiss and an incredible experience with the Air Jordan 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Team Chuck holds up his MVP award during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.
Bill Nagel put together a solid piece here at Stepien Rules this weekend too, and here is that link as well if you missed it. I also mentioned this to 92.3 FM’s Joe Lull when he had me on his show this past Sunday, as well as the Big Timers Will Burge and TJ Zuppe at ESPN 850 when they had me on their Saturday morning show, but I feel it bears repeating: Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson were the talk of the weekend down there in Orlando. Swear.

I’m not allowing my rooting interests to influence that comment at all either. They really were. The thing is, the Cavaliers haven’t had any nationally televised games this season. None. So basically, as simple as this sounds, the vast majority of the NBA community outside Cleveland hasn’t seen those two guys play at all in the League yet. When they did on Friday night though, those two guys killed it. There was definitely a nice vibe down there in FLA with regards to Cleveland and the Cavaliers as a result too, and I appreciate those two guys for making that possible.

In other big news, Cavs Zine 2 is dropping shortly. Here are some details on that from the Cavs Zine Editor and Chief, as well as an update from the I Go Hard Now camp, who collectively dropped some heat in CZ2 as well. We will have more on the Cavs Zine 2 release coming soon, and I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about whatever happens in tonight’s game down at the Q. Getting ready to head there shortly.

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.