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Projecting the 2018 NBA All-Stars

West Reserves – Forwards

Aldridge Griffin

Forward: Blake Griffin

Decision: With Chris Paul now in Houston, the LA Clippers is officially Blake Griffin’s team. After making the All-Star game in his first five seasons then missing it over the last two, I thought 2018 was the year that Griffin would finally return to all-star status (and that still might be the case). However, Griffin recently damaged his left knee with a sprained MCL and the recovery process may take up to two months. In a huge blow to the Clippers and his all-star game selection chances, Griffin will be out until possibly late January. It is extra unfortunate because not only is the All-Star game taking place in his team’s city, Los Angeles, but Blake has also been putting up the numbers to back it up as well. The NBA All-Star game has turned into a pickup street game/slam dunk contest so obviously we need Griffin in it to excite the audience with some of his unbelievable finishes. The Clippers might not be that good anymore but that’s certainly not on Griffin’s shoulders.

Forward: Lamarcus Aldridge

Decision: One of the more underreported stories of this NBA season so far is the absence of San Antonio Spurs’ star forward Kawhi Leonard. Maybe it’s because with Leonard out to start the season with a quad injury, Lamarcus Aldridge has done an excellent job of being the face of the San Antonio Spurs in the meantime. The Spurs seem to always find a way to be successful but Aldridge averaging 20+ points and a near double-double per game certainly helps. The second overall pick from 2007 is a 5x All-star in his career (mostly with his days in Portland) but I can definitely see Aldridge being a Western All-Star again for the Spurs this year.

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Jake Montgomery (23 - Bellerose, New York) has been a die-hard sports fan since he could swing a bat and toss the pigskin. He graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. His career objective is to combine his passion for sports with his business and on-air abilities to gain experience in the various facets of sports journalism and sports broadcasting. Jake started off his sports broadcasting career as a Promotions Assistant for WFAN Sports Radio (2013-2017). After several years with the FAN, Jake has recently begun a new chapter in his life – 98.7FM ESPN New York. Starting in early April 2017, Jake has already assisted in various promotions and remote broadcasts for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. As a teenager and young adult, Jake was also a successful on-camera and voiceover actor. He is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA Union and has been featured in over 50 television and radio commercials, including Trix Yogurt, Lucky Charms Cereal and even a New York Rangers commercial that aired back in 2006. While Jake follows all sports teams, he is a major fan of the following: New York Yankees (MLB) New York Giants (NFL) and New York Knicks (NBA). He will cover all three of these major sports for KeepingItRealSports.com.

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