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  1. East and West players introduced at All-Star practice (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    NBA All-Stars Durant, Paul, James, Griffin and Wade watch a fan dance contest during practice for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — One of the more fan-friendly (and affordable) events to attend during All-Star weekend is the All-Star practice that takes place Saturday morning at the Jam Session inside the Convention Center. The event takes place inside a make-shift arena that seats maybe a thousand fans total, and those in attendance get an up-close look…

  2. Report: Clippers say they are not shopping Bledsoe, Jordan

    Feb 16, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan,Spencer Hawes

    Well, what else is the Clipper front office going to say? “Sure, we’re desperate to move them, so send in your lowball offers now!” You always say you aren’t moving a guy until you move the guy. That said, there seems to be some real truth to the report that the Clippers are not looking…

  3. Billy Hunter voted out as head of NBA players union

    Feb 16, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    UPDATE 6:26 pm: In a press conference, players union president Derek Fisher confirmed that Billy Hunter has been voted out as union president. The entire press conference lasted a couple of minutes and Fisher took no questions, then bolted out. According to reports the vote to oust was unanimous, but we didn’t get to ask…

  4. Are the Milwaukee Bucks interested in Josh Smith?

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    The Milwaukee Bucks have the potential to be one of the biggest players at the trade deadline. They have one of the league’s best shooters on an affordable deal in Mike Dunleavy. They have a serviceable backup big man on an expiring deal in Samuel Dalembert. They have point guard Brandon Jennings, who will be…

  5. Kevin Garnett says he won’t waive his no-trade clause

    Feb 16, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett has said that this is his last All-Star game. He’ll be turning 37 soon, and this will be his 15th All-Star game. He knows his way around this whole spectacle. It’s the same party every year for him. As a gift for what might be his last appearance, Garnett fielded tons of questions…

  6. Kenneth Faried’s Rising Stars MVP highlights (Video)

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    Kenneth Faried claimed the MVP of the Rising Stars game by playing his normal game. He played hard, attacked the rim for some tremendous finishes, and worked the glass with the relentless energy he shows during every game he laces up his sneakers for. Just as the video above shows. Even in the slow motion…

  7. Best way to keep up with All-Star coverage? NBC SportsTalk app.

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    You’re busy. While sometimes we like to pretend you are sitting at home hitting refresh and breathlessly waiting for PBT’s latest news and insights from All-Star weekend in Houston, we know you are not. You have errands to run, jobs to get to, kittens to rescue from trees, friends to eat and drink with. You…

  8. LeBron says rings alone don’t define a player’s career

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James listens to a question during media availability for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — The argument has been the fallback of Kobe Bryant defenders (he needs defenders?) for years. That it’s about the rings, that’s what makes him better than his peers. Michael Jordan himself even went there in picking Kobe over LeBron James in a recent interview, saying the five-to-one title disparity decided it. LeBron was…

  9. Be sure to give Dean Smith some credit for Jordan’s success

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan North Carolina

    When you see the retrospective highlight clips of Michael Jordan this weekend, they almost all start with him in Carolina blue, knocking down the jumper that wins the Tar Heels a national championship. But did that and the three seasons Jordan played at North Carolina make his six NBA titles and the rest of his…

  10. Ricky Rubio with some ridiculous highlights from the Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Rubio is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers Lillard during the first half of the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    Kenneth Faried may have won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and Kyrie Irving may have stolen the show. But Ricky Rubio had some impressive highlights of his own during the game that definitely deserve to be noticed. The brilliance in this clip’s first highlight doesn’t seem to be recognized by either…

  11. Dunk contest contestants discuss plans for All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — In advance of the main event of All-Star Saturday night, the participants had some thoughts on the overall aesthetics of the Slam Dunk Contest, and argued over who the actual favorite is to take home the trophy in 2013. Kenneth Faried, he of the Rising Stars MVP performance on Friday, seemed to be…

  12. Report: Lakers, Celtics discussed Howard for Rondo swap. Lakers deny it.

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE February 16: 2:31 am: It didn’t take long for this rumor to be shot down by one of the principles involved, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. The buzz started Friday night that the Lakers and Celtics had discussed a Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo (there would need to be other players). And before you say…

  13. Report: Clippers and Celtics still discussing a Kevin Garnett trade

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    You may remember hearing some rumblings about this a few weeks back, but apparently the interest hasn’t died down. The Celtics and Clippers have been rumored as potential trade partners before, and that makes some sense. Boston is going to need to rebuild at some point, and the Clippers have a chance at a title…

  14. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight go at each other late in Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, finishing with a game-high 40 points while his Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135. But Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight stole the show. Late in the game with a little over five minutes remaining, Irving and…

  15. Kenneth Faried hustles his way to Rising Stars MVP (and win)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Faried goes in for a dunk during the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried gets minutes in the NBA because he works harder than everyone else on the court. He is pure energy and hustle. There is no half speed, it’s all-out every play. Even in the BBVA Rising Star exhibition game on the Friday Night of All-Star weekend. Which is why the Nuggets forward…

  16. Drexler, Mutombo, Olajuwon, Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming to judge 2013 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced today. The Houston connection runs deep, as all five legends will score all of the dunks in the event’s first round. In case you needed credentials for each of these…

  17. Isaiah Thomas says Kings players trying to keep heads down during ownership fight

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas

    HOUSTON — Kings guard Isaiah Thomas’ says his phone is constantly buzzing with tweets and texts from friends asking, “when are you and the Kings coming home to Seattle?” Thomas grew up is Seattle and played at the University of Washington. Then the Sacramento Kings drafted him and he has embraced California’s capital like few…

  18. Chris Paul discusses his place in the MVP conversation

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Chris Paul is having one of his best overall seasons, leading a deep and talented Clippers team to top-tier status playing among the elite in the Western Conference. Paul’s importance as the main cog that keeps the Clippers machine running was spotlighted recently, when his team struggled with a record of just 2-7…

  19. Dwight Howard says Lakers told him he will not be traded

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard answers a question during media availability for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Dwight Howard was among the more popular players in terms of media attention on Friday, and it wasn’t because of his sparkling smile or fun-loving personality. All of the players participating in the events of All-Star weekend had group availability sessions, and between the constant struggles of the Lakers this season and Howard’s…

  20. Zach Randolph thinks Grizzlies better set for playoffs without Rudy Gay

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    When Rudy Gay was traded from Memphis to the Toronto Raptors, a lot of national pundits shook their head and said, “why would Memphis kill its title aspirations by trading its best player?” Those people didn’t watch a lot of Grizzlies basketball. It’s not that Gay isn’t a good player, look how he has helped…

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