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  1. Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

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

    We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good. Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are…

  2. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  3. Your Lakers trade rumors and speculation of the day

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Byron Mullens

    I’m just going to put this one out there, and let you decide how you feel about it. Peter Vescey of the New York Post, yes, him,  has a post describing the Dwight Howard situation and the Lakers’ involvement. Apparently there’s been an offer, and apparently it was shot down. From the Post: “I can…

  4. Stern says number of injuries not up this season. He’s right.

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    David Stern

    If it feels to you like more guys are missing games due to injuries this season, you are right. But don’t confuse that with there being more injuries, and don’t blame the injuries on the lockout. NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about injures this season at his Saturday press conference and he has looked…

  5. The bizarre dichotomy of the NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Sunday night, 24 players will amble into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Many of them will be hungover, sleep-deprived, or both from a night of partying at all the hot spots during the biggest nightlife year for the NBA universe. They will casually go through the media requirements, slowly get dressed, do some casual…

  6. Video: Paul George’s glow-in-the-dark dunk from All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

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    The 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest seemed to be all about gimmicks, and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers was the one who led the charge. This glow-in-the-dark dunk wasn’t a bad idea in theory, but he didn’t glow nearly enough for us to get a good enough look at that athletic, 360 windmill jam…

  7. Video: Chase Budinger pays tribute to Cedric Ceballos, dunks blindfolded in 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:54 AM EST

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    The 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was more than a little too contrived in the opinions of just about everyone watching. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few dunks that are worth reliving, and Chase Budinger provided one of them for us in the event’s final round. Twenty years ago, Cedric Ceballos won…

  8. Dirk admits his drive suffered after winning a title, still wishes he’d gotten to party more

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What do you do after you’ve done the best you can? Where do you go after you reach the apex? You spend 18 years of your life working towards something, and then, finally, after so many failures and disappointments, you walk away with proof of success. What do you do after that? For Dirk Nowitzki,…

  9. Grading Dunk Contest dunks: Evans and Budinger get an A

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    It was not a great contest, and worst of all it felt scripted, like the Kardashian “reality” shows. But I guess that’s where we’ve gotten to with the All-Star Dunk Contest. It’s style over substance. And only a couple dunks really impressed We’ve graded all 12 dunks from the contest (from A to F, like…

  10. Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:57 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz was a late addition to the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, only getting in after the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert bowed out due to injury. But he made the most of it, and the best of his three dunks — a leap over a seated Gordon Hayward, who threw two…

  11. Video: Jeremy Evans dunks two basketballs over Gordon Hayward, wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:25 PM EST

    Jeremy Evans

    Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz is your 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and this dunk is likely the reason why. In a contest full of skits, props, and gimmicks, this one was relatively straightforward, but with an incredible degree of difficulty that made it one of the more pure and meaningful dunks of the…

  12. Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching. “But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue…

  13. Tony Parker is your 2012 Skills Challenge champion

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    The Taco Bell Skills challenge was technically the second event on the agenda for All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, but with the first featuring teams of NBA players past and present, along with WNBA players launching half-court shots to ultimately determine the winner, well … we passed. The Skills Challenge, though, is a little bit…

  14. Stern says Sacramento arena deal comes down to paying up

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    It’s all about the money. It’s always been about money when it comes down to getting a new arena built in Sacramento and keeping the team in that city. But now it has come down to pulling out the checkbooks and committing to dollars and the negotiations are intense. When David Stern talked about issue…

  15. David Stern defends Dwight Howard’s right to leave Orlando

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    NBA commissioner David Stern held his annual All-Star weekend press conference from the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, and not surprisingly, one of the first questions that came up was about Dwight Howard. Howard, as you may have heard, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and he’s gone back…

  16. Report: Wilson Chandler stuck in neutral without FIBA clearance from China

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    Yahoo sports’ Adrian Worjnarowski (perhaps you’ve heard of him) reports that restricted free agent Wilson Chandler, who agreed to a release from his Chinese Basketball Association team last week and has met with the Nuggets and Raptors to find a new team, is currently, well, stuck. While his team agreed to his release, clearing his…

  17. Video: A Kia dunks over Blake Griffin

    Feb 25, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    One year ago today (give or take), Blake Griffin won the NBA Dunk Contest jumping over the hood of a Kia while Baron Davis threw him the ally-oop out  of a sunroof. As part of a Kia commercial from Funny or Die, now a Kia tries to do a dunk over him. Griffin has a…

  18. Rondo begrudgingly admits to having learned from his recent two-game suspension

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo wasn’t initially named to the All-Star team this year, but he made it in when tendinitis in Joe Johnson‘s left knee forced him to sit it out. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers thought that the snub to that point had bothered his point guard a little bit, which might have had something to…

  19. California investors (and Mike Dunleavy Sr.) frontrunners to buy Hornets

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    Mike Dunleavy

    Last week David Stern said he was close to having a buyer for the New Orleans Hornets — and getting a new lease with the state of Louisiana for the New Orleans Area — that would keep the team in the Crescent City. Those buyers are from Los Angeles not New Orleans based but they…

  20. The league was nice enough to pair Dwight Howard up on a community service trip with Deron Williams

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Practice

    The Nets want Dwight Howard. And not in the “well, if you’re available, we’d love to have coffee with you” way. More in the “blurting out ‘I love you’ on the first date and talking about how easy you are to get into bed” way. The only way this gets more intense is if Mikhail…

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