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  1. Raptors’ Ross wins dunk contest with Toronto tributes

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Terrence Ross pulled out the Vince Carter Raptors throwback jersey, then did a throwback Vince Carter dunk. Then he did a not-very-far throwback dunk of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. Then he dunked over a kid. All the while Toronto’s own Drake was jumping around in the first row like a giddy 12-year-old boy. It all worked.…

  2. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  3. Raking up hardware already, Lillard wins All-Star Skills Competition

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Consider this the first of a bunch of award Damian Lillard could be racking up. The Portland Trailblazers celebrated rookie won the All-Star Saturday Taco Bells Skills Competition. He seemed to embody the old John Wooden mantra of “be quick, don’t hurry.” “I think the biggest thing for me is to try to be too…

  4. Team Bosh wins Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Saturday

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat takes part in the All-Star Shooting Stars competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Chris Bosh has shooting range. Swin Cash can flat out shoot the rock. And Dominique Wilkins is Dominique Wilkins. “My elbow is sore now, I haven’t shot like that in a few years,” Wilkins says. Nonetheless, Team Bosh won the Sears Shooting Stars competition that kicks off All-Star Saturday night. Shooting Stars is the event…

  5. Billy Hunter issues statement after being ousted as head of NBA players union

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    HOUSTON — NBA players union president Billy Hunter was unanimously voted out of that position by representatives from 24 of the 30 teams in Houston on Saturday. He did some questionable things that came to light during an internal audit, and that was more than enough in the players’ eyes to get him removed from…

  6. David Stern says his favorite All-Star memory was giving the MVP to Magic Johnson in ’92

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    1992 NBA All Star Game

    HOUSTON — David Stern addressed the media at the Toyota Center on Saturday, and being that this is his last All-Star weekend as NBA commissioner, some of the questions asked him to reflect on his time working for the league over the last 30-plus seasons. One of his more poignant responses came when the topic…

  7. “I don’t see any scenario where both cities are happy” Stern says of Seattle/Sacramento issue

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern listens at a news conference before the All Star slam dunk competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    When this is all over and the Kings have new owners and plans for an arena, fans in Seattle or Sacramento will be heartborken. “I don’t see any scenario where both cities are happy,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. That pretty much kills the expansion hopes, which some fans saw as a win-win scenario in…

  8. Deputy NBA commissioner says 2015 All-Star game ‘likely’ to be hosted by Knicks or Nets

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leaps to block Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams despite hand grab by Nets' Reggie Evans during their NBA game in New York

    HOUSTON — During commissioner David Stern’s press conference inside the Toyota Center before the All-Star Saturday Night festivities began, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that it’s likely that the 2015 All-Star game will be hosted in New York — either in Brooklyn by the Nets at the Barclays Center, or in Manhattan by the Knicks…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    gerald green cupcake

    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…

  20. 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…

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