by Rex Alba
CLEVELAND -- What cold?
The frigid, wintry February weather in Cleveland thawed in the heat of the NBA's annual All-Star Weekend, which kickes off on Friday at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Among the festivities that took place included the Rising Stars Challenge, which showcased the league's top 48 rookies and sophomores led by top pick Cade Cunnigham and Evan Mobley of the Cavs.
This year's edition was turned into a mini-tournament where two semifinals games that targeted a winning score of 50 were played. The two winning teams them met in the finals where the targeted score was 25.
Rex Alba with one of the NBA's 75 Greatest Players Bill Walton
Team Barry ended up edging Team Isiah in the championship round. James Worthy and Gary Payton coached the other two teams. The entire tourney was highlighted by several high-flying dunks.
The Ruffles Celebrity Game was also featured on Friday where Team Walton of coach Bill Walton beat Team Nique of Dominique Wilkins, 65-51.
Peloton instructor Alex Toussint won MVP honors by NFL player Myles Garrett of Team Nique stole the limelight with three thunderous dunks.
Megan Fox also enjoying the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities