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2011 All-Star Weekend

  1. Spending All-Star Weekend with Blake Griffin

    Mar 3, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Because we can’t seem to get enough of all things Blake Griffin…. NBA TV is about to air a new show “24 Hours with Blake Griffin” starting Friday (the premiere is Friday, 6 p.m. Eastern). The show follows Griffin as he is the rock star of All-Star Weekend, doing the Rookie Challenge, the Slam Dunk…

  2. Blake Griffin, selling you some Kias (and it worked)

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Blake Griffin almost didn’t do the car dunk. Because there was a lot of paperwork to get done. Seriously. See Kia knew they wanted to do a commercial out of it so Blake’s people and Kia’s people (and a bunch of lawyers) got together and drew up the papers well in advance. Then it dawned…

  3. Curry, Wall, Rose, Westbrook voted by fans into Skills Challenge

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

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    Once again NBA fans, you have some good taste. Tony Parker may not think so, but I do. And really, whose opinion do you care about more? Don’t answer that. Fan votes got to decide who was going to compete against Chris Paul in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Saturday night. You all chose Stephen…

  4. Tyreke Evans to miss All-Star Rookie Challenge, Harden in

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

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    Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis — a foot condition where if feels like someone is ramming a knife into your heel with every step, something that tends to hamper you hoop game — all season long. He missed the Kings game Wednesday because the only real cure for this is rest. Along those…

  5. Video: DeMar DeRozan getting ready for the Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Everyone talks about Blake Griffin having the home court advantage in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Saturday night because his Clippers play at Staples Center. DeMar DeRozan may be a Raptor, but he is an L.A. guy too — he went to high school in Compton then played his college ball at USC. He will…

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

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    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…

  7. Ray Allen, Pierce, Durant in All-Star Three-Point contest

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    This is a pretty good lineup: The man that will be the all-time leader in three pointers made, the NBA’s leading scorer, and the defending champion. This year’s NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest could be interesting. The lineup of shooters for All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 19) at Staples Center has plenty of guys who can knock…

  8. Joakim Noah says he expects return after All-Star break

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

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    Joakim Noah said Wednesday night his hand is “coming along” and when asked for a timeline said he plans to return right after the All-Star break. Noah is traveling with the Bulls on the annual “ice show trip” — and if you saw the weather in Chicago you have at least one idea why he…

  9. Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin headline rookie/sophomore game

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    John Wall vs. Brandon Jennings. Serge Ibaka matched up on Blake Griffin. DeJuan Blair against DeMarcus Cousins. Those would be facinating matchups if any of those players really cared about the NBA All-Star Rookie/Sophomore game (formally called the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge). But alas, they don’t, still we should get a few highlights. Wall lobbing ally-oops…

  10. 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…

  11. Yao Ming again voted an All-Star starter, cue outrage

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In Yao Ming’s election as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, there’s no heart-warming consolation to be had; Yao Ming’s season is gone, and his inclusion in this event — which will give him the eighth All-Star berth of his career — is really just a reminder of why using a popular vote as…

  12. Ron Artest to drop new mix tape on All Star Weekend

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    So many things to look forward to on All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Feb. 17-20. What team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for? Will Kobe be the guy who goes all out to win MVP in front of the home fans? How long will the lines be at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles? Which will be…

  13. JaVale McGee starts practicing for Dunk Contest

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    At last summer’s USA Basketball tryout and camp, some of the best players walking the planet were in awe of JaVale McGee’s pure athleticism. In a league filled with freak athletes, McGee stands out. Unfortunately, his mind and his game are a long ways from catching up with his body can do. But that athleticism…

  14. It’s official: Blake Griffin to beat JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Word leaked out about this Tuesday night so the NBA decided to just make it official on Wednesday: Your 2011 All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest participants are Blake Griffin (Clippers), JaVale McGee (Wizards), Serge Ibaka (Thunder) and Brandon Jennings (Bucks). Let’s be honest, this is essentially Blake Griffin — on his home court at Staples Center…

  15. Report: Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    We thought it looked like Blake Griffin was going to be in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest, and now that appears all but official. This 2011 dunk contest will feature the Clippers Blake Griffin, the Wizards’ JaVale McGee, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings, according to the Los Angeles Times. The official…

  16. Leaked video hints Blake Griffin to be in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Honestly, if Blake Griffin is not in the dunk contest the whole thing will fail before it even begins. Just like TRON. So good news in the form of a leaked then quickly pulled video found on NBA.com — Griffin may well be in. The link was found by the blog Get Banged On (a…

  17. LeBron on dunk contest: “Blake Griffin has home court advantage”

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James admitted to the Associated Press that he thinks about entering the dunk contest All-Star weekend, but he hesitates. One of the game’s best dunkers, James acknowledged Friday that he often considers committing to be part of the field, then finds himself waffling. James said at some points he tells himself, “Yeah, I’m going…

  18. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  19. Dwight Howard says he has “retired for life” from dunk contest

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

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    In 2008 we were all buzzing about how Dwight Howard brought the dunk contest All-Star weekend back from the dead. The sticker dunk, the Superman dunk — he was flying high and he was creative. The next season he had a fun battle with Nate Robinson. Last season… not so much. No Dwight Howard, no…

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