NBA: All-Star weekend a family affair

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z NBA: All-Star weekend a family affairThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HOUSTON - Many of the fathers in this year's crop of All-Stars brought their children along as they moved through Saturday's jam-packed schedule.

Several members of both teams had their sons and daughters with them as they met with the media before practice for Sunday night's game.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, with his young son Kiyan on his lap, lit up when asked what it meant for him to share this weekend with his boy.

"This is for him," he said. "We do this for our kids and our family. Of course we enjoy it, but we want them to enjoy it. That's why we bring them up here and try to do as much as possible with them. This is something that they'll never forget."

Kiyan was quiet the entire time Anthony spoke.

"He's going to talk about it later on," Anthony said, nudging the boy. "He's shy right now. He loves basketball. He can name all these players and their stats, what they do."

Kiyan finally broke his silence when asked to reveal his favorite player besides his father.

He paused for a couple of seconds before quietly saying "LeBron," and smiling to reveal a grin that was missing its two front teeth.

Some of the kids at the event weren't as patient as Kiyan. The son of Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul let his father know when he was ready to go.

"Daddy, we're done," the boy exclaimed near the end of the interview.

Paul talked for another minute or so while the boy went back behind the curtain, then returned and threw his credential down.

Even if he wasn't on his best behavior, Paul couldn't imagine not bringing him to All-Star weekend.

"I try to take my son everywhere," Paul said. "We just got off a 15-day road trip and I ain't seen my son for two weeks. I wasn't going anywhere without him."

Most of the players who brought children on Saturday were joined by their sons, but Kobe Bryant brought his daughters.

One of them had a great view of a half-court shooting contest at the end of Saturday's practice as she sat on Bryant's shoulders to check things out.

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