CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hometown favorites Steph Curry and Kemba Walker were among the many NBA superstars who spoke during NBA All-Star Media Day in Charlotte Saturday morning.
Stars like All-Star team captains Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, along with stars like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade answered questions during the Media Day.
Hornets Kemba Walker talked about the All-Star Weekend being in Charlotte.
“It’s amazing. I’m happy everyone is here. I’m really happy to be home. Welcome everybody into this city. Everybody’s getting a chance to see it. I’m getting a lot of good feedback about the city. That’s what I like to hear. A lot of guys telling me, “This is my first time in Charlotte. I didn’t know how cool it was.” So I’m really excited to hear that,” Walker said.
When asked where he would tell his fellow players to visit in Charlotte, Kemba had one place in mind.
“I’m going to tell them to go to this Japanese steakhouse called Nakato. That’s my spot. I would tell them to go out there and get some good food,” Walker said.
Warriors Steph Curry talked about growing up in Charlotte and how much it meant to him that All-Star Weekend was in his hometown.
Charleston native Khris Middleton spoke about basketball in South Carolina.
“The game has grown in South Carolina a lot. People don’t realize that. We have a lot of great talent there. Guys in the past and guys coming up now. Hopefully, I keep the trend going. Jermaine O’Neal started it off, and hopefully to keep going after me,” Middleton said.
Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke about being captains in the All-Star Game.
“It’s crazy. Before I came into the league, I was looking up to him. Right now I was in the locker room, and I was sharing a meal with Team Giannis. Like I’m leading the All-Star team. You know, picking teams with LeBron James. If you told me that six years ago, I would never, never, never thought I would be in this position right now,” Antetokounmpo said.
“There’s a sense of pride every time you’re competing, and like you said, I got the opportunity to hand-select my team. There is a sense of pride. I know we all saw the way the game was last year, and we’re going to try to top it. Hopefully, it can come down to the wire, like it did last year, but we’ll see. We’ll see what happens,” James said.
NBA All-Star Weekend continues Saturday night and concludes with the All-Star Game Sunday night!