Bradley Beal and Joel Embiid are vying to be the second-best player in the Eastern Conference

NBA All-Star Weekend is done and finished.

But it seems like one person still hasn’t forgotten about it.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the Eastern Conference. But the battle for second best player in the Eastern Conference is heating up.

And after the All-Star break, both men vying for second have come out swinging.

Let’s start with our first contender, Bradley Beal.

😳 @RealDealBeal23 hasn’t forgotten about that All-Star snub 😳 pic.twitter.com/2Ka1SSTphY

— The Association on FOX (@TheAssociation) February 25, 2020

It started on Sunday, when Beal torched Chicago – the same city that hosted this year’s All-Star Weekend.

Bradley Beal poured in a career-high 53 points tonight against Chicago.#WizBulls | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/O5SE303psn

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 24, 2020

Beal is the only player in the NBA in the top 10 of scoring that was not named an All-Star. He’s second in the

The HoopsHype Daily: The tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant was heartbreakingly beautiful

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ONE LAST GOODBYE: The memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant came on Monday and it featured family and friends of the departed, including some of the biggest names in the history of basketball, speaking beautifully about the father and daughter. Without question, the person who had the most touching speech was Bryant’s wife and Gianna’s mother, Vanessa Bryant, who showed incredible strength and bravery keeping it together while sharing some of her favorite memories of her husband and daughter.

Michael Jordan, who doesn’t often make public comments these days, also gave a memorable speech, saying that Kobe was like a younger brother to him and that a piece of him died when Bryant passed. He also provided us with one of

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Pascal Siakam loves the work as much as the game

Feb 25, 2020

Tim BontempsESPN

PASCAL SIAKAM RELISHES the work. The process of getting better drives the Toronto Raptors forward in a way that sets him apart.

“He was always the first one in the gym,” former teammate DeMar DeRozan said. “He always came back to the gym at night. He worked on everything he does now.”

Year after year Siakam has put in specific work to take a weakness of his game and turn it into a strength, which has allowed the 25-year-old forward to blossom into an All-Star.

“I love the fact that I can not be able to do something and I can put in a lot of hours doing it and I can become good at it,” Siakam said. “It feels good. It feels so great, and I enjoy that. So I want that feeling.

“I love the feeling that I