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  1. All-Star Weekend draws great ratings

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The NBA has sent out a series of press releases on the overnight ratings for its All-Star Weekend events, which were very strong across the board. The format change to the “Rising Stars Game” — which went to a “Team Shaq vs. Team Chuck” format this year, as opposed to the traditional rookies vs. sophomores…

  2. Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, concussion, will see specialist

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    (Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports also reported Bryant suffered a mild concussion as well as the broken nose. Two-for-one. Ouch.)   The Lakers announced Sunday night that Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade. Bryant held his nose…

  3. Should NBA All-Star game have home court in balance like MLB? No.

    Feb 10, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Kevin Love is flat out wrong. Let me be clear, I like the guy. I like his game, I like him (in our limited interactions), but this is like suggesting the second season of Friday Night Lights was the best one. It is objectively wrong. Here is what Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press tweeted.…

  4. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  5. Boston Mayor wants the All-Star Game back in Beantown

    Sep 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    TD Boston Garden

    Count this among the things I didn’t know, but should have. The Celtics haven’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1964. That’s pretty crazy considering it’s been NBA Town since the inception of the league. Apparently there’s been a longstanding dispute with the co-tenant Bruins that have prevented the game from coming to town. Teams have…

  6. Report: Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The 2012 All-Star Game will be at the brand new Amway Center in Orlando. Well, if there is a 2012 All-Star Game (remember last lockout the All-Star Game was a casualty to the owners and players greed). There will be one by 2013, and it looks like we may be going back deep into the…

  7. Ibaka says he will be an All-Star soon

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ibaka_block

    Hoopshype’s Jorge Sierra recently sat down with the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka for an interview, and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there. Here’s a quick excerpt: Do you think you have the potential to be an All-Star? SI: Yes, I see it happening in one or two years. Playing for a team like Oklahoma City,…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Biggest winners and losers at the All-Star game

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

    Musician Lenny Kravitz (R) returns a loo

    The All-Star game is an exhibition first and foremost, and when players are trying harder to entertain the crowd than they are to play good basketball, it’s hard to put too much stock into the results. Still, this year’s All-Star game was one of the most entertaining and competitive games in years, and a few…

  16. 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…

  17. It has come to this: LeBron feels bad for Carmelo Anthony

    Feb 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After the All-Star Game practice (where we swear we saw Gregg Popovich almost try to do some real coaching at one point) came the usual round of media interviews. East and West mingled together, with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony sitting right next to each other. This may be the first time ever there was…

  18. Nuggets and Nets reportedly agree on deal, leaving Anthony to determine his own fate

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Anthony_dunk

    At long last, a deal is reportedly in place which would make Carmelo Anthony a Net…if he so chooses. According to Fred Kerber of the New York Post, New Jersey and Denver have agreed to terms on a deal that would bring the Anthony trade saga to its overdue conclusion. However, as has been the…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Video: All time All-Star Game hightlights

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Sure, technically there are two games left on the schedule tonight, but it is time to start getting pumped about All-Star weekend. We will grant you, some events will be a dud. The game itself may be a dud. But there will be some moments and memories as well. Always is. As a reminder of…

  22. 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…

  23. Some All-Star Game odds

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    This is America, you can bet on anything. Well, not legally (unless you are in Vegas) but there are ways. And when you do remember that The King’s Speech is going to win the best picture Oscar. But this is a basketball blog, so we’ll talk about the All-Star Game Sunday in Los Angeles. You…

  24. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Robert Horry

    Be prepared to spend the rest of your day wasting time on this — Hoopism put together a shot location graphic showing you the greatest shots in NBA history. Just click on one and watch the video of it. This is one of the best things ever. Participants reminisce about the first All-Star game 60…

  25. Paul Pierce’s MRI negative, he will play Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The MRI on Paul Pierce’s left foot and ankle has come back negative, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (on twitter).  Pierce did have a big bag of ice on his sprained wrist Monday. Blakely adds that Pierce is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets despite the injuries. Before you ask…

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