NBA All-Star Game: Has Anyone Ever Received Technical Foul in an ASG?

Published 02/12/2024, 10:02 AM EST

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The NBA All-Star Weekend is a grand celebration of the sport and an entertaining event for the fans. Due to that, during the All-Star games, the competitiveness is not as high as the teams share in the league because this is an occasion to celebrate basketball and unity among the teams. So as a result of that, there are generally no fouls or fights during these games. However, in the history of the NBA All-Star games, there is one flagrant foul that has been committed by Dwayne Wade on the legend Kobe Bryant during the 2012 game.

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The match was held in Orlando, where all the top players had gathered to display their skill sets. But as the game started, it was not an ordinary matchup, as Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade entered this contest with ferocity. With each possession, they jockeyed for position, looking for openings in the opposing defense.

Finally, when Bryant saw an opening, he drove to the basket but got hit with a thundering foul by Wade. The hit was harsh, and the consequence was devastating: a fractured nose for Bryant, which was the first ever flagrant foul in All-Star Game history. However, what followed after that was even more sensational. Generally, when a player gets injured badly, he tends to have a grudge against the athlete who did it to him, but Bryant wasn’t like that.

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After the game, he called up Wade to show his admiration for him and cleared the air by saying there were no hard feelings. But Bryant also did not forget what happened and came back for redemption in the regular season when the Lakers faced off against the Heat and the Mamba earned 33 points, emerging victorious and settling his score with Wade.

So, due to the mutual understanding and respect for the sport and the event, there have not been any other fouls at the All-Star Weekend. But is that still a treat to watch for the fans, as the games aren’t as high-intensity as the regular season ones?

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Fans were disappointed with last year’s All-Star game

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game disappointed spectators and players alike, as a lack of defensive effort and energy limited the showcase to a highlight reel of easy layups and long-range jump shots. Despite the efforts to liven up the format with charitable rewards and a live pregame draft, the event felt flat, causing many to doubt its future. Many of the players had mixed sentiments about the event emphasized the need for engagement and pointed out the lack of rivalry in the game.

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Due to that, it had become evident that a shift was required to restore the All-Star Game’s enthusiasm and intensity. So, this year, to get back the rivalry spirit of the game, the NBA has announced the East vs. West comeback. The last time the two conferences played against each other was in 2017, which added some spice to this competition. Which conference do you think will win the All-Star game? Let us know in the comments below.

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