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2011 All-Star game

  1. Kevin Love says there was a lot of recruiting going on All-Star weekend

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Lest you think that star players trying to recruit others stars was just some isolated little fad, we bring you Kevin Love. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Timberwolves (and they plan on offering him a max deal or at least near it), Love could be a restricted free agent in 2012. (Well,…

  2. All-Star Game draws best ratings since Jordan era

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    It was more than just Rihanna and Drake (and Kanye). It certainly was more than Lenny Kravitz. It’s the game. The NBA is as hot as it has been since the Jordan era and that continued again Sunday — the All-Star Game from Staples Center had 9.1 million people tune in to watch, the highest…

  3. Dwyane Wade’s All-Star ankle tweak nothing serious

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade left the All-Star Game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, never to return to the court. Heat fans, you should… relax. Wade himself said this was nothing serious after the game, as reported by ESPN’s Heat Index. “It was an All-Star Game,” Wade said of his decision not to return. “If…

  4. Video: Kobe Bryant, your NBA All-Star MVP

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant came out like a man on a mission — the guy who wins the All-Star MVP is usually the guy who wants it most. Playing on his home court (well, not actually the court, I have no idea what that two-toned monstrosity was) in front of the home fans Kobe put on a…

  5. Video: Kobe Bryant dunking like it’s 1999

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant said it was playing with all those younger, high-flying players. The cynic in some — not us here at PBT, we would never be cynical or sarcastic — would say it was because he had a naked ambition to win another MVP award. Either way, Kobe was dunking Sunday night at the All-Star…

  6. Kobe MVP mission was entertaining, just like All-Star Game should be

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It was obvious Kobe Bryant was going hard after the MVP three minutes into the game. That’s when, with the score tied just 6-6, Kobe got the ball in the right corner, drove baseline on Derrick Rose, the help defense was late and he went up-and-under for the kind of reverse jam he probably hasn’t…

  7. Will LeBron James get booed at All-Star Game? (And other things to watch)

    Feb 20, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    West team members from left, Kevin Love

    Every road arena LeBron James has stepped into this season, he has been booed. Sometimes loudly, sometimes as a token, but always. Will the All-Star Game be any different? Fans — well, not fans in Cleveland but fans in most cities — seem to be moving on from the drama of the summer. And, this…

  8. Your All-Star weekend schedule

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It was so nice of David Stern and the NBA to bring the All-Star Game to the home city of PBT (myself and John Krolik both live here). That way we still have to deal with family and other responsibilities in addition to work. No trip out of town for us. No working vacation. Nope,…

  9. Tim Duncan to start for Yao Ming in All-Star Game

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    It came down to Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol. Gregg Popovich went with his guy, not the hometown guy. He went with the guy who has started the last 11 All-Star Games, not the guy playing better this season. Tim Duncan will start at center for the West in the All-Star Game Sunday, replacing the…

  10. Blake Griffin becomes the NBA’s reluctant new celebrity

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin wants to be just a regular guy. Not on the court — there he is fully at home on the stage. There he wants to win. He wants to destroy you. And dunk on you ferociously. But when your dunks electrify stadiums and bring life to a dormant franchise, when you have the…

  11. All-Star halftime to have all that power — Kanye reportedly to join Rihanna

    Feb 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    VMAN21 Launch Party

    No one halftime show should have all that power. In a performance that promises to sound a lot more soulful and look a lot less like Tron than the Super Bowl halftime, Kanye West is reportedly going to join Rihanna on stage, according to Deadspin. Rihanna is the scheduled performer, but expecting a guest star…

  12. Lenny Kravitz: “Come on Get it” the All-Star trailer

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Lenny Kravitz was in Los Angeles for the Grammys Sunday night, taking on the vital role of introducing Muse. Then going to the parties. But he’s hanging out for a week in the City of Angels because he will be performing at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, performing his hit “Come and Get It.” Which…

  13. Your All-Star Game entertainment: Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 - Show

    Yes, the musical acts deserve their own post. The NBA All-Star Game is a show, a weekend of entertainment and parties where there happens to be a basketball game at one point. And some Blake Griffin dunks. So the musical acts get some love. Sunday during the player introductions you are gonna go the way…

  14. Video: Watch Kevin Love learn he is an All-Star

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Fun little video from the people at Recording NBA History: They were inside the Timberwolves locker room when Kevin Love learned he will be an NBA All-Star this season. Kurt Rambis gives the news… and you wonder how much the cameras in the room changed the amount of ribbing Love would have taken from teammates.…

  15. Kevin Love selected to replace Yao Ming in the All-Star Game

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    KLove_jumper

    UPDATE (7:36 PM EST): The league has announced that Kevin Love will indeed serve as Yao Ming’s injury replacement for the All-Star Game. Before we all get too excited: what does it say about the All-Star system that there’s actual jubilation when players are chosen correctly? At this point, it should be regarded as truth…

  16. Andre Miller is not on the Blake Griffin All-Star Bandwagon

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin — the rookie highlight package of the Clippers — is in the All-Star Game. Kevin Love and his video game stats are out. LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland is out as well. Andre Miller, the Trail Blazers point guard, thinks that’s a travesty, as Jason Quick reported in the Oregonian. “It’s all publicity and…

  17. Yes, Doc Rivers plans to play his four Celtics All-Stars at once

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Doc Rivers has a strategic advantage come the All-Star Game — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Four Celtics. Throw those four out at the same time and you have guys familiar with each other and guys who can run more complex offensive sets (or defensive help rotations) than the vanilla ones…

  18. Winderman: All-Star reserves show things still deeper out West

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Thursday’s lesson is simple and to the point. West? Good. East? Not so good. Granted All-Star selections are subjective. But after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday night for the Eastern Conference, there sort of was a shrug, a “that’s about right” reaction. No righteous indignation. One can only muster so much outrage over the…

  19. Four Celtics but no Love among All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    David Stern has some work to do out West. The coaches’ selections for the seven All-Star Game reserves for each conference came out and the East went pretty much to form. Now David Stern gets to add one player to that list and he has some pretty clear choices. The Western Conference? That’s hard. You can…

  20. Report: Rajon Rondo to be named to All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Frankly, there’s not a lot of drama in this. It would be a much bigger story if Rajon Rondo did not get selected to play in the All-Star Game. Marc Spears of Yahoo tweeted Thursday that Rajon Rondo will be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Game reserves. The entire list from both the East…

  21. D-League All-Star Game rosters announced

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Just a few hours before Blake Griffin wins the Dunk Contest on Feb. 19, a bunch of guys who want their NBA shot will get a turn in the spotlight. Sort of. The D-League All-Star game is part of the All-Star weekend festivities and is taking place next door to Staples Center at the NBA…

  22. If Blake Griffin makes All-Star Game, expect him to miss Rookie Challenge

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is on the bubble for being selected to play in the All-Star Game as a rookie (we have him in, but mostly for the entertainment factor). Everyone (including the Clippers) will find out Thursday. If he does make the cut to play the game in his home arena, expect him to skip out…

  23. It’s official, Doc Rivers is your East All-Star coach

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    We’ll find out Thursday how many Celtics make the All-Star reserves — it should be four — we know at least one Celtic is going. Doc Rivers is your official Eastern Conference coach for the All-Star Game. With the Celtics win in Sacramento Tuesday, Boston (37-11) is assured of having the best record in the…

  24. Carmelo trade could give the West another All-Star spot

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    Carmelo Anthony trade rumors may have temporarily ceded their control of basketball fans the world over, but the possibility of an Anthony trade still looms. It’s not imminent. The relative seriousness of trade talks isn’t worthy of an hourly update. But the foundation of what would cause Anthony to be moved in the first place…

  25. These should be your All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    The fans have spoken — the 10 NBA All-Star Game starters have been chosen. And as we said before, good on ya. The fans did well this time around. The way this works is the fans pick the five starters, then the coaches (or more likely an assistant coach, or the video guy, or the…

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