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  1. All-Star Saturday/Dunk Contest live blog

    Feb 19, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Saturday night’s alright for… dunk contests. And if you throw in a Skills Contest we’ll take it. No, we don’t really want the Shooting Stars, it’s okay. We’re going to be chatting live through all of it, feel free to jump in and have some fun.

  2. Dunk Contest preview: What’s with all the big guys?

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    You know why Nate Robinson and Spud Webb won the dunk contest? Because we love to see the little guys who can get up. We mere mortals identify with guys who are not quite six foot jumping over Dwight Howard and throwing it down. This year’s Saturday night Dunk Contest? Battle of the big guys.…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    This is amazing — a chart and video of every dunk and its score in every NBA dunk contest. Click that link and you will waste a lot of your day checking out old dunk contests. You know what, waste is not the right word… spend. Spend your day. Marcus Camby will not be playing…

  10. At some point the Bucks are going to get healthy… right?

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The Milwaukee Bucks — who played the toughest schedule in the league for the first couple months of the season — are finally in a place to reap the rewards of that with some softies…. If they could just get healthy. Maybe they are starting to get there. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jennings…

  11. Nate Robinson thinks the dunk contest is rigged

    Jan 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nate Robinson is as much an authority on the dunk contest as anyone. He’s the only three-time winner of the thing, even if, well, he’s not really mentioned among the great dunk legends of our time. Part of that is he always seems to win when the competition is weak or someone better slips up.…

  12. Brandon Jennings gives everyone courtside pair of signature shoes

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Because the people who can afford courtside seats are the ones who need more free stuff…. Brandon Jennings wanted celebrate being invited into the Dunk Contest and to say thank you to Bucks fans who have stuck with this team through a rough first part of the season — the Buck’s offense is the worst…

  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. Blake Griffin has some “things up my sleeve” for dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t just basketball fans thinking about Blake Griffin in the All-Star Dunk Contest, apparently he’s been thinking about it, too. In a video interview on NBA.com (via The Rookie Wall), Griffin says in his kind of understated way that he has been thinking about this and may have a few ideas. “I think I’m…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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…

  19. Josh McRoberts’ dunk-contest campaign has begun

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

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    After last year’s disaster of a dunk contest, everybody is hoping that this year’s dunk contest competitors will do something special. Most people are hoping that Clippers rookie Blake Griffin and his CGI hops will be the one to save the dunk contest in his home arena, but Pacers forward Josh McRoberts wants to have…

  20. Blake Griffin says he’ll do dunk contest if asked — and he’s never lost one

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Blake Griffin is a pretty humble, mild-mannered guy. Until you get between him and the rim. Just ask Timofey Mozgov. End up in the wrong spot and you end up on one of Blake’s fast-growing collection of poster shots. Griffin’s dunks are almost as big on YouTube as videos of kittens, so the next logical…

  21. Count J.R. Smith out of the dunk contest

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    I’m just saying… we could go ahead and give it to him anyway. J.R. Smith spoke to FanHouse after that absolute demolition of Gary Neal last week. You know, that dunk that was so bad Neal’s cousin’s realtor felt like he got yammed on? Turns out you shouldn’t expect to see J.R. lacing them up…

  22. 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…

  23. One ridiculous dunk contest

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    The Midnight Madness dunk contest in England — yes, Great Britian, across the pond — has a reputation as the best around. A well deserved reputation. Check this out, with legendary street ballers Easy J and Jus Fly. (via SLAM) And why not invite these guys to the All-Star Weekend dunk contest again?

  24. Kevin Durant says he's kidding, he's not doing dunk contest

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:00 pm: In the immortal words of Emily Litella, “never mind.” Durant tweeted this afternoon that he was just joking, he has no intention of doing the dunk contest. His choice, he can do what he wants, but don’t tease us like that man. We need people like you to be in, to liven…

  25. Is Terrence Williams a late dunk contest participant?

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Finding out tomorrow if I’m in the dunking contest From Looking at the currently scheduled participants, only Gerald Wallace is currently facing an injury, with a tweaked hamstring he played through against the Hornets on Saturday. If Wallace can’t or won’t go, it removes the lone “star” of the dunk contest. It also brings into…

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