It is customary for All-Star Games to degenerate into glorified pick-up games.
And that was again the case Friday night at the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge featuring the NBA’s rookies and sophomores.
They do keep score and Pistons guard Brandon Knight was part of the winning team when Team Chuck beat Team Shaq, 163-135.
Knight finished with 10 points and six assists in 19-plus minutes. His 4-for-14 shooting performance was one of the worst of the game, but he was a main part of the most entertaining stretch of the game when he and Kyrie Irving went at it one-on-one with Irving getting the better of it.
Could it be the beginning of a rivalry between the two Central Division guards?
“Guess he wanted to be interested today,” Knight said.
The dig was a reference to a quote from Irving after the Pistons (and Knight) pummeled the Cavs in a recent 18-point beating that saw Irving benched in the fourth quarter.
"I take full responsibility for this," Irving told Cleveland.com after the Feb. 1 loss. "My energy wasn't there. It was there in the first quarter, then second and third I was disinterested. That just can't happen."
Irving said Friday: “Just happened, honestly. But more or less that kind of rivalry with me and B. Knight has been happening since high school since we started playing against each other. We were battling for the one and two spot in high school. He’s a good friend of mine; it’s great competition.”
Brandon Knight vs. Kyrie Irving battle stands out in NBA Rising Stars Challenge
Detroit Free Press | Feb 16