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KD, Russ put on their own dunk contest

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got the All-Star festivities started early.


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J.J. Redick, surrounded by media, praised his opponents, specifically Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, in the 3-point contest.

Adam Reisinger 

J.J. Redick says that he had issues with rhythm and timing during last year's 3-point contest, in part because he wasn't positioned right in relation to the rack. "Not that shooting 3-pointers off a rack is an exact science," he added.

Bucks owner playing celebrity game

Marc Lasry, 55, played a season of Div. III basketball and told NBA commissioner Adam Silver he wanted to play in the game. Silver: "But you're not a celebrity." Lasry: "OK, but I still want to do it." Spoken like a man worth $1.9 billion. The old college try

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Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself

Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.


Adam Reisinger 

In about 45 minutes, this will be Kobe Bryant's view as he meets the media for his final All-Star Game.

Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event

Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.


Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight'

Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.


Adam Reisinger 

There's no question who the biggest stars are at All-Star Weekend. Just check the merchandise booths.

T-Mac puts Kobe above MJ

Tracy McGrady never faced Michael Jordan in his prime but squared off many times with Kobe Bryant, who he says was easily the best player he ever faced.


Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

The design of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Uni Watch

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Henry Abbott @TrueHoop

Adam Silver just had a conversation, on stage at the Tech Summit, with a convincing, talking, full-sized hologram of James Naismith.

Westbrook makes this dunk look easy

Russell Westbrook blew by Pelicans defenders for a thunderous slam.


Emotional night for Thunder

Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan and Kevin Durant comment after their game against the Pelicans, which came in the wake of the passing of assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid.


Billups on jersey retirement: 'Unbelievable'

Former NBA player Chauncey Billups had his number retired by the Pistons, calling it a "humbling" and "phenomenal" experience.


Adam Reisinger 

The Air Canada Centre is ready for All-Star Weekend, which starts tonight with the Celebrity Game at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Best fantasy hoops seasons of all time

Not surprisingly, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James rank among the top single-season fantasy performances of all time. But some of the other names on the list might surprise you. Shawn Marion at 2? (Insider)

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SVP Vault: Vince takes over dunk contest

SVP looks back at the 2000 slam dunk contest when Vince Carter stole the show with three perfect 50-point dunks.


Pacers hold players-only meeting

Monta Ellis led the closed-door meeting, according to the Indianapolis Star. "It falls on us," a team source said about Ellis' message. "We're not doing what we're supposed to do." The Pacers sit sixth in the East with a 28-25 record.

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Kidd: Bucks not planning to make a move

Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd allayed any rumors of a Bucks trade at the deadline, saying no major changes are planned: "As a professional athlete, the small print says there could be a trade at some point in your career. Sometimes expected, sometimes not. You have to be able to handle that. But right now, this is our team. There's no one coming in and there's no one leaving."

Wall's All-Star appearance in jeopardy

John Wall suffered a knee injury early in the Wizards' loss to the Bucks. "If I can't move and I need more time then I won't [play Sunday]," Wall said after the game.


Globetrotters dunk on everyone at ESPN

Bob Ley has the nickname of "The General" and the Harlem Globetrotters treated him like a Washington General.


Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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Pelton: Rockets should trade Harden

Houston is reportedly shopping Dwight Howard. But Kevin Pelton writes that the Rockets should focus on the real problem -- James Harden. Four trades that work (Insider)

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