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  1. Dunk Contest gives Evans, others chance to make name for themselves

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    There is no Blake Griffin. No Dwight Howard. Not even a Nate Robinson. The NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night Dunk Contest is a showcase event this year filled with a bunch of names that had casual fans saying, “who is that?” But for Jeremy Evans, it’s a chance. Evans is a human pogo stick — the…

  2. LeBron James might try the dunk contest … if the winner received a million dollars

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James in unquestionably one of the most violent dunkers in the game today, and could easily compete with anyone in the league in a slam dunk contest if that’s something he wanted to do. But up until this point, despite empty promises and a tease from time to time, he hasn’t decided to commit.…

  3. Video: Jeremy Lin’s agent talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Fans line up when waiting to purchase the first officially licensed T-shirts featuring NBA New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin‘s agent Roger Montgomery is one popular guy right now. His phone is ringing off the hook, people are coming up to him on the street — everyone wants to get a piece of Jeremy Lin. It’s Montgomery’s job to keep the storm away from Lin (just let him play hoops) and set up…

  4. NBA’s Rising Stars know exhibition drill, put on dunk fest

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Give the people what they want. Nobody tuned in to the BBVA Rising Stars game Friday night of All-Star weekend to watch defense — they wanted to see dunks, crazy passes and guys carpet bombing threes. Then more dunks off ally-oops. Then Jeremy Lin. In that case, the fans got their money’s worth. Friday night…

  5. Kyrie Irving scores 34 points, named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Kyrie Irving was the number one overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, but he was largely selected there for his ability to create for his teammates first, with his scoring being an afterthought. In the Rising Stars Challenge, which kicked off All-Star weekend on Friday, he showcased what’s possible for him offensively, scoring 34…

  6. Video: Ricky Rubio dribbles between defender’s legs, finishes with lob to Blake Griffin for the dunk

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend’s opening night was largely an abomination, with players going half-speed, playing zero defense, and only occasionally producing the kind of highlights one would hope to see in an exhibition game. But there were a few noteworthy moments, and this one, started by Ricky Rubio dribbling between the legs…

  7. Jeremy Lin talks D’Antoni system, overcoming bias

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Mavericks’ Jason Terry said what a number of people — a decreasing number every day, but they are out there — have said about Jeremy Lin: He is a system guy. Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system is designed to give the point guard numbers, and Lin is a product of it more than anything else.…

  8. Jeremy Lin debuts customized Nike basketball shoes at Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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    You’ve heard the rags to riches tales of Jeremy Lin — from sleeping on a friend’s couch to leasing space at the W, from sitting at the end of the Knicks bench to starting as the team’s point guard. And now, from not having a shoe deal of any significance to having a personalized set…

  9. Report: Rasheed Wallace to sign with Lakers

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    I expected this about as much as I expect a “Hangover 2″ to win the Best Picture Oscar. Rasheed Wallace is close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina…

  10. Blake Griffin dishes out some dunk contest advice

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest in an exciting and memorable way that most think will be difficult to top by any of the contestants participating in the event this year.  Jumping over a car isn’t something we see every day, and last year, JaVale McGee said he had no shot to top it…

  11. Steve Nash reiterates he’s not looking for a trade, but free agency…

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    After this All-Star Weekend the trade rumors are going to really start to ramp up as we head to the March 15 deadline. Steve Nash’s name will come up. A lot. Because just about every team could use an elite point guard. But when asked about it Friday, Nash did the same dance he has…

  12. Video: A Tribute to JaVale McGee

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    JaVale Planking Freezer

    JaVale McGee is a 24-year old center for the Washington Wizards. McGee is 7 feet tall, has a 7-6 reach, can run the court like a deer, and jump out of the gym. McGee is currently 2nd in the league in the league in blocked shots, and is capable of dunking from just about anywhere…

  13. All-Star 2012 interview: Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has made an impact early this season, despite playing alongside veteran superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. We caught up with him Friday morning at the practice session for the Rising Stars challenge, and discussed what it’s like to play with that kind of star power, how he and his…

  14. Kobe Bryant a no-show to All-Star media availability

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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    The 2012 NBA All-Stars had their first mass media availability session of the weekend on Friday, and everyone who was named to the team managed to show up and tolerate the wide-ranging and sometimes-inane questions from both traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Everyone, that is, except Kobe Bryant. Bryant was a no-show to the festivities,…

  15. As expected, Dwight Howard dances around trade questions

    Feb 24, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend. That’s the only thing that matters right now. This is for the fans and we’re going to enjoy ourselves.” “All that stuff can go on after the All-Star break.” That is pretty much what you knew Dwight Howard was going to say when asked about…

  16. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, and Bernard King among 2012 Hall of Fame candidates

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a distinct honor to many in the basketball world, no matter how ridiculous and arbitrary the criteria for inclusion seem to be. With that in mind, here are the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2012, as announced by press conference on Friday:…

  17. Fan voting will weigh into Hall of Fame selections beginning in 2013

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Here’s a curveball for you: Beginning with the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013, fans around the world will be able to take part in the Hall of Fame selection process. That’s a pretty significant step for any Hall of Fame body, much less one with a history of controversial, closed-door decision making. According…

  18. Rajon Rondo to replace Stephen Curry in Skills Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    We told you the night it happened that Stephen Curry‘s foot injury — which his agent swears is not related to his ongoing ankle issues, and when has an agent ever lied? — might keep him from defending his title in the All-Star Saturday night skills challenge. It is. The league announced that Curry is…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs look good at the rodeo

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    What you missed while on a red-eye flight to Orlando for the All-Star Game (wait, that was me)….. Heat 102, Knicks 88: Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis combined to shoot 1-for-18 on the night, do that against the Heat and you know the result. Brett broke this out for us as a game of the…

  20. Thunder’s young legs, depth show Lakers guard is changing

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden, Troy Murphy

    Wednesday night it was the Celtics. Thursday night it was the Lakers. Two nights, two wins for the young Oklahoma City Thunder over the old guard of the NBA. The teams that from 2008 to 2010 won the NBA titles and met in the finals twice. In case you need any more proof that the…

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