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NBA All-Star 2017: Western Conference Roster Round-up First 20 games
Most teams in the entire NBA have played 20 or so games. That’s almost one fourth of the season. We’ve seen teams win games, and other teams start slow. We’ve also seen a lot of injuries. But more than any of that, we’ve seen some star players shine early on.
http://www.slcdunk.com/nba-all-star-2017

Pistons' move 'greatly enhances' bid for All-Star game
Apparently the prospect of Detroit hosting another NBA All-Star Game is within reach. With the Pistons planning to move downtown and play in the new Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18, those involved have already gotten in the ear of NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
http://www.mlive.com/pistons/nbas_adam_silver_pistons_move.html

The Top 10 potential first-time NBA All-Star this season
It is expected that several first-time All-Star selections will play during the Sunday showcase. Here is SportsRageous’ list of top ten potential first-time NBA All-Stars this season.
http://www.sportsrageous.com/nba/top-10-potential-first-time-nba-star

Could cruise ships help bring NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento?
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was one of the people most impressed with Golden 1 Center. After touring the facility and greeting the first wave of fans who entered the arena, he told The Sacramento Bee that the league is determined to bring the lucrative NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento.
http://www.sacbee.com/city-arena/article110978382.html

Top 10 Candidates To Be First-Time All-Stars In 2017
Nothing brings out the optimism in fans quite like the start of a new season. With all teams at 0-0, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild with what’s ahead. For teams looking to make a leap in the upcoming season, the focus turns to the internal growth of their players.
https://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/15/nba-all-star-game-top-10-candidates/

Bradley Beal and five more players poised to become first-time NBA All-Stars
The 23-year-old could be poised for a big leap if he can stay healthy. But what about first-time All-Stars around the rest of the NBA? Here are a few other names that could crack the roster this year.
http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/bradley-beal-and-five-more-players-poised-become-first-time-nba-all-stars

With new building set to open, Sacramento pushes to host 2020 All-Star Game
It’s not uncommon for a team with a new building to get to host the All-Star Game. The 2017 game is in New Orleans, 2018 is in Los Angeles, 2019 will go to Charlotte if the “bathroom bill” is repealed (or strongly modified). That makes 2020 the next one up.
http://nba.nbcsports.com/sacramento-pushes-to-host-2020-all-star-game/

NBA unveils New Orleans-inspired NBA All-Star 2017 logo
The Crescent City-inspired design features an iconic ironwork border with the classic fleur-de-lis symbol strewn across the background. The New Orleans Pelicans’ team colors – gold, navy and red – are also incorporated into the logo scheme.
http://www.nba.com/pelicans/nba-unveils-new-orleans-inspired-nba-all-star-2017-logo/

NBA players who may make their All-Star debut next year
http://hoopshype.com/2016/09/04/nba-players-who-may-make-their-all-star-debut-next-year/

Aaron Gordon is not sure if he'll participate in the NBA dunk contest again
Gordon: "I'm not 100 percent sure. I kind of gave a lot in this last one and to be more creative would be difficult. I think I could do it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to."
http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-aaron-gordon-on-orlandos-moves-playoff-goal-and-more/

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 bill
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the league's objection to the state's House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state. In a statement, the league said it hopes to reschedule the game for Charlotte in 2019.
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill

Pacers eager to submit bid to host future All-Star Game
Since December, the Pacers have been aggressive in their pursuit of one of the NBA’s biggest events. The earliest the Pacers could make a bid to host would be for 2019.
http://www.indystar.com/story/pacers-eager-submit-bid-host-future-all-star-game

NBA open to Heat hosting All-Star Game, possibly as soon as 2019
"The NBA has made it clear to us that they would like to try figure out how to come to Miami," Eric Woolworth said. "And so, we have put some feelers out to the people around town, to see what can be done. And so I would say we're at the very preliminary stages of trying to figure something out."
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-nba-all-star-game-s061516-story.html

Magic plan to submit bids to host NBA All-Star Game in 2019 or 2020
The Orlando Magic intend to submit bids to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2019 or in 2020 when the league sends out requests for proposals within the next several months, Magic CEO Alex Martins said.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0221-20160220-story.html

Los Angeles to host NBA All-Star 2018
The NBA announced today that Los Angeles has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2018. The 67th annual game will take place at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Staples Center.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2018.htm
http://www.nba.com/2016/news/03/22/nba-all-star-2018-los-angeles/

ESPN NBA All-Star Game Grades
http://espn.go.com/grading-all-star-game-rosters

NBA All-Star Game scoring madness: West 196 - 173. MVP Russell Westbrook.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2016.htm

Who Had the Best All-Star Game Ever?
The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming up, but this post is about the stars of All-Star Games past. In the last forty or so years of the All-Star Game, here are the five best performances.
http://www.sports-reference.com/who-had-the-best-all-star-game-ever/


ESPN All-Star Grades:
Slam Dunk Contest
3-Point Contest
Skills Challenge Contest
Rising Stars
Celebrity Game

Zach Lavine & Aaron Gordon put on a huge show in the Slam Dunk Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2016.htm

Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2016.htm

Wolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is the new Skills Challenge winner
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

The 8 worst NBA All-Star selections ever include Kobe
By definition, NBA All-Stars are the best of the best. In theory. But sometimes they aren’t all that amazing — relative to their competition. Some were voted in by fans or by coaches who could not care less about who makes it and who doesn’t. Some were happy to accept lifetime achievement awards.
http://www.foxsports.com/worst-nba-all-star-players-selections-ever

Zach LaVine (30 points) and Team USA won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2016.htm

Celebrity Game: Win Butler MVP and Team Canada won 74-64.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/celebrity

Al Horford replaces Chris Bosh in the All-Star Game
Atlanta Hawks forward/center Al Horford has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Chris Bosh (strained calf).
http://www.nba.com/hawks-al-horford-replaces-heats-chris-bosh-in-all-star-game

The 2016 Advanced-Stats NBA All-Star Team
This is the advanced-stats all-star team, where only the guys who perform best in a number of more telling metrics will hear their names called out. Many of these players already appear on the actual All-Star squad and are recognized as some of the league's best, but we're not shooting for novelty here.
http://bleacherreport.com/the-2016-advanced-stats-nba-all-star-team

Every 2016 NBA All-Star's Most Mind-Numbing Stat
If you're an NBA All-Star, you're probably putting up some big numbers. Such is the case for each of the 24 players who will be representing their teams and conferences in Toronto this coming weekend.
http://bleacherreport.com/nba-all-stars-most-mind-numbing-stat

Pau Gasol replaces Jimmy Butler in All-Star Game
The NBA didn't have to go far to find an injury replacement for Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler in Sunday's All-Star Game, adding his teammate, Pau Gasol, to the Eastern Conference roster.
http://bleacherreport.com/pau-gasol-to-replace-jimmy-butler

NBA: 25 Least-Deserving NBA All-Stars
Virtually every year, there are players elected or selected who don't appear to deserve the bid, while others are excluded even though their performance indicates they should have been picked.
https://hoopshabit.com/25-least-deserving-nba-stars

Ranking the Top 35 NBA All-Star Game MVPs
The NBA All-Star Game typically functions as a high-scoring, sloppy affair. Still, the games often snap back to an ultra-competitive mentality late if the score is close — and big-time performances matter.
http://tucson.com/ranking-the-top-nba-all-star-game-mvps

NBA All-Star Game 2016: Top MVP Candidates for Annual Exhibition
As the 2015-16 NBA season zooms past the midway point, this is typically the time when everyone bites into a juicy MVP debate. Because of Stephen Curry, hoops fiends instead must settle for discussing All-Star Game MVP candidates.
http://bleacherreport.com/nba-all-star-game-2016-top-mvp-candidates

Was Clippers' Blake Griffin snubbed from NBA All-Star game?
Before his torn quadricep injury, Griffin was easily one of the top 10-15 players in the NBA and one of the top 12 in the Western Conference. He was leading the Clippers’ offense with 23.2 points and five assists per game.
http://clipperholics.com/was-clippers-blake-griffin-snubbed-from-nba-all-star-game

Curry, Thompson, Harden, Redick and Lowry headline Three-Point Contest Field
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2016.htm

NBA Slam Dunk Contestants: Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond & Will Barton
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2016.htm

Adam Silver: NBA will reevaluate All-Star fan voting process
On fan balloting, it’s something we’ll continue to look at. We love the fact that fans have input into who the All-Stars are. As social media changes the world and is disruptive, it’s been mildly disruptive to our balloting systems as well. I know that’s something we’ll take a fresh look at.
http://www.si.com/all-star-fan-voting-process-adam-silver

Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki lead list of All-Star snubs
Selecting the members of an NBA All-Star team is an inherently flawed process that leaves out plenty of worthy candidates.
http://sports.yahoo.com/list-of-all-star-snubs
http://www.si.com/all-star-game-snubs

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench
: Wall - Thomas - Butler - DeRozan - Millsap - Bosh - Drummond
West Bench: Paul - Harden - Thompson - Green - Davis - Aldridge - Cousins
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2016.htm

Sting & Cirque du Soleil to perform at the NBA All-Star Game
Before the introduction, Cirque du Soleil will start the evening with a captivating performance. Sting with a compilation of his biggest hit will be the main attraction at halftime.
http://www.nba.com/sting-to-perform-at-halftime

Spurs and Cavaliers coaches clinch NBA All-Star spots
Gregg Popovich and Tyronn Lue, the coaches from the teams with the best W/L record two weeks before the All-Star Game, have been chosen as All-Star coaches. Steve Kerr (Golden State) can't be the coach two consecutive seasons.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/coaches/

Wolves Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Second game for the new Rising Stars format: Team USA - Team World.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2016.htm

Larry Nance Jr., son of 1st dunk champion, rules out '16 contest
The league recently reached out to Larry Nance Jr. about the possibility of his being a participant in this year's contest, but the Lakers' training staff ultimately advised him against taking part in this year's contest because of the continuous soreness in his right knee that has sidelined him for the past four games.
http://sports.espn.go.com/larry-nance-jr-rules-dunk-contest-due-knee

ESPN Stein: Who deserves to be an All-Star reserve?
NBA coaches must make their All-Star reserve selections for the 65th All-Star Game in Toronto by Tuesday afternoon. In keeping with tradition here at Stein Line HQ, we're going to fill out our own ballot using the exact same guidelines from the league office that the coaches themselves must adhere to.
http://espn.go.com/stein-ballot-for-all-star-reserve-selections

NBA reviewing who can coach West All-Stars
With Steve Kerr back on the Golden State bench, the NBA is trying to determine who will coach the Western Conference All-Stars. In Kerr's absence, Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record and a two-game lead over Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs in the West.
http://sports.espn.go.com/steve-kerr-ineligible-nba-deciding-coach-west

Zaza Pachulia feels 'loved' after falling just short of starting ASG
"What I'm thankful is that fans, without me asking anybody, they took it to this level. I was so close. It's just an amazing feeling. I feel loved. That's more important to me than being an All-Star, honestly."
http://sports.espn.go.com/zaza-pachulia-nearly-voted-all-star-game

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 21
These are the starting fives for the 2016 Toronto NBA All-Star Game:
East. Kyle Lowry, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.
West. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Every NBA Team's Ideal 2016 All-Star Weekend Competitor
What if the All-Star festivities were different? What if each team was allowed to choose one player as its representative in every major All-Star Weekend event? Who would end up in Toronto?
http://bleacherreport.com/every-nba-teams-ideal-all-star-weekend-competitor

Who deserves to represent their conference at the NBA All-Star Game?
Nobody tries in the All-Star Game, but as long as Hall of Fame gatekeepers use All-Star appearances as part of their criteria, we should put some care into our picks. Zach Lowe - ESPN.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/who-deserves-represent-their-conference-nba-all-star-game

10 potential first-time NBA All-Stars
Every year the fans select five starters for both All-Star teams. Typically, they do a good job, but let’s just say it’s a good thing the fans don’t vote for the bench players as well. NBA coaches have that responsibility, and what matters in a player to a coach can be far different than that of what matters to a casual fan.
http://www.yardbarker.com/10_potential_first_time_nba_all_stars/

3rd Round of voting results for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game released on Jan. 14
The third round of results for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game are available. Kobe Bryant (West) and Lebron James (East) are still leading the way.
www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Drake & Kevin Hart to coach Celebrity Game: Canada vs. USA
Drake will be joined on the sidelines by Steve Nash and Toronto Blue Jays All-Star right fielder José Bautista. Full rosters announced too.
www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2016/

Clippers' J.J. Redick open to NBA All-Star three-point contest
J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers seems like an easy choice for the NBA All-Star three-point contest. Not only has he been regarded as one of the league’s best marksman for years, but he’s shooting better than ever this season.
http://clipperholics.com/2016/01/06/clippers-j-j-redick-open-to-nba-all-star-three-point-contest/

The NBA All-Star voting is broken. Here are 4 ways to fix it

NBA Shooting Stars discontinued
Team Bosh lives no more. While discussing his recent binge of 3-point shots, Bosh said that he will not be able to defend his Shooting Stars title. "They scrapped it," he said.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/chris-bosh-story.html

Vucevic Deserves All-Star Recognition
Asked if he would be willing to campaign for Nikola Vucevic, Scott Skiles said he shouldn’t have to make a case for the standout center.
After all, the statistics speak for themselves. Another factor, his Magic are one of the most improved teams in the NBA this season, and the 7-footer is a big reason why.
http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-deserves-all-star-recognition

Least-Deserving All-Stars of All Time
The Kobe Bryant thing is understandable considering everybody knows this is his swan song. Magic Johnson was written in as an All-Star in 1992. What is surprising is some of these other All-Star selections from over the years.
http://www.basketballinsiders.com/least-deserving-all-stars-of-all-time/

Should Isaiah Thomas make the NBA All-Star Game?
The Boston Celtics have not had a single All-Star during the Brad Stevens era, but Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner are leading a movement to get one of their teammates voted into this season's game.
http://www.masslive.com/isiah_thomas

A closer look at Reggie Jackson's all-star chances
Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons are off to a great start this season, but has he done enough to earn all-star honors? Reggie Jackson’s chances of making the Eastern Conference all-star team are worse than fellow Piston Andre Drummond, but I still like his chances.
http://pistonpowered.com/2015/12/13/a-closer-look-at-reggie-jacksons-all-star-chances/

Hassan Whiteside And 5 Other Players Who Should Be Voted As All-Star Starters But Likely Won't Be
The NBA season is about a quarter of the way gone already, so we now have a somewhat clear perspective of what's going on in the league this season. We know Kobe Bryant will most likely be a starter, but he doesn't exactly deserve it, so here is a list of six players who should be voted in as starters but likely won't be.
http://www.hngn.com/hassan-whiteside-and-5-other-players

5 Players That Deserve First All-Star Appearance
It's probably too early to talk about NBA All-Star weekend. I mean, we haven't even hit Christmas yet. But that's not going to stop the conversation and it's hard to ignore all of the awesome things we've seen through the first quarter of the season that make us want to say, he should be an All-Star!
http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/11/nba-5-players-deserve-first-star-appearance/

A Fan's Guide To Voting For The 2016 NBA All-Star Game
Here is the ultimate fan guide to voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Each conference is allowed five starters voted in by the fans and seven reserves. Here's a look at which 12 players are either the most deserving, or could be the most deserving of your votes as we inch closer to February.
http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/11/fans-guide-voting-2016-nba-star-game/

Ballot for 2016 NBA All-Star Game unveiled
The 2016 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled on December 10. You can vote through January 18.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Adidas and NBA Unveil NBA All-Star 2016 Uniforms
The red-and-white Western Conference and white-and-blue Eastern Conference uniforms feature a maple leaf overlay on the front of the jerseys as a tribute to the national symbol of Canada, while Toronto's cityscape is featured across the back to represent the host city
http://www.nba.com/2016-all-star-uniforms-official-release/

Sporting News: Predicting who will make the NBA All-Star teams
Sporting News attempts to project both fan and coaches voting patterns for this season. Past voting patterns for starters and reserves were considered, as well as some of the narrative shifts we have seen this season. Keep in mind that frontcourt positions are lumped together now, so there are four backcourt spots, six frontcourt spots and two reserve spots.
http://www.sportingnews.com/list/nba-eastern-conference-all-star-team-predictions
http://www.sportingnews.com/list/nba-western-conference-all-star-team-predictions

Kristaps Porzingis really probably will be voted an All-Star starter
It suddenly seems likely that Porzingis could find him starting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto — as a rookie. He would be the first rookie to start in the game since Yao Ming in 2003, and they share three characteristics: international backing, strong play and massive size.
http://www.sportingnews.com/kristaps-porzingis-all-star-starter

Potential First-Time All-Stars
Whatever happens with the returning All-Stars, here are the five players from each conference with the credentials necessary to get serious consideration for their first All-Star team this season.
http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-potential-first-time-all-stars/

The case for Draymond Green as an 2016 NBA All-Star
Not only is Green the best defender in the league, but he's now toting a 3 to 1 AST/TO ratio and leading the team with an average of 7 assists per game. His True Shooting percentage stands at a career high (57%) and his threat from deep has gone from hopeful, to legitimate, to deadly (44% 3-point, 36 FGA's). He also leads the NBA in +/- at 16.0.
http://www.cbssports.com/reasons-draymond-green-must-be-an-all-star

NBA to Put Kia Logo on Front of All-Star Jerseys
Advertisements are coming to ​jerseys ​in a major U.S. professional team sport, a marketing trial that could open a new revenue opportunity for leagues.​The National Basketball Association is planning to put a​ sponsored​ 3.25-inch-by-1.6-inch​ patch​with a Kia Motors Corp. logo​on the upper left chest of player jerseys for both the 2016 and 2017 All-Star games.
http://www.wsj.com/nba-to-put-kia-logo-on-front-of-all-star-jerseys

Predicting the 1st-Time NBA All-Stars of the 2015-16 Season
First-timers always have a part to play in the NBA All-Star Game. They're the league's lifeblood, the cream of the crop making its way steadily toward the top. In the 16 years since the All-Star Game was last cancelled in 1999, an average of 6.25 newbies per year have broken into the league's midseason festivities.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2580653-predicting-the-first-time-nba-all-stars-of-the-2015-16-season
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/10/21/blogtable-first-time-all-stars-in-2015-16/

Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets to host All-Star Game in 2017
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at the team's downtown arena that the Hornets will host the league's annual showcase event in 2017. The city agreed to pay about $30 million in renovations to the arena when the Hornets submitted their All-Star bid. Silver said he's pleased with the plans that have been made for renovations, which include upgrading the infrastructure, suites and scoreboard.
http://www.nba.com/2015/news/06/23/hornets-to-host-nba-all-star-2017.ap/

Summer Dreaming: Who will earn first All-Star berth?
Let's turn our attention to our list of top 10 candidates to make their first All-Star appearances at the Air Canada Centre, some long overdue.
http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/09/01/summer-dreaming-first-time-all-star/

2016 NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity Program
The NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program has been providing for more than 15 years opportunities to qualified minority-owned, woman-owned and other diverse supplies (M/WBEs) to participate in the NBA All-Star procurement process. Interested vendors who are in Toronto area need to:

  1. Complete and submit the on-line application.
  2. Attach in the application or submit proof of certification as an M/WBE by one of the certified agencies approved by the NBA.

Minimum requirements:
- Minority and/or women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE)
- Able to legally provide goods and services in Toronto
- Regularly provide goods and services that match our targeted list of commodities
- Maintain our minimum level of required liability insurance based on the commodity area

Summary list of goods and services ==> http://allstarsupplierdiversity.nba.com/supplier-faq/

Application period: September - November 2015. For more information ==> http://allstarsupplierdiversity.nba.com/

ESPN Summer Forecast: First-time All-Stars?
When DeAndre Jordan was not named to the All-Star team last season, Clippers coach Doc Rivers called it "a travesty." Will this be the year the big man breaks through and earns his first All-Star appearance?
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/2015-summer-forecast-most-likely-first-all-stars

Toronto 2016 NBA All-Star logo revealed
Thanks to a little help from 2014-15 NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto 2016 NBA All-Star logo has been revealed.
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/toronto-2016-nba-all-star-logo-leaked-early/

Adam Silver says Cleveland needs upgrades to land All-Star Weekend
NBA Commissioner said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena. The Q -- which opened in 1994 -- is the ninth oldest arena in the league.
http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/nba_commisioner_adam_silver_sa

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: 2017 NBA All Star Game in Orlando ‘Unlikely’
The Orlando Magic and their state of the art Amway Center played host to the 2012 NBA All Star Game and many enjoyed the experience.  Although the Orlando Magic would like to have hosted the NBA All Star Game in 2017, Commissioner Silver indicated that the team would be considered as soon as host as early as 2018.
http://thesource.com/nba-commissioner-adam-silver-2017-nba-all-star-game-in-orlando-unlikely/

The 5 Worst All-Star Game Uniforms Ever
The NBA isn't known for great style, which extends to the All-Star Game jerseys. Check out these uniforms.
http://www.enstarz.com/ugliest-nba-jerseys-2015-the-5-worst-all-star-game-uniforms-ever

NBA All-Star Game: West 163 - East 158. MVP Russell Westbrook
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2015.htm

Zach Lavine put on a show in the Slam Dunk Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2015.htm

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2015.htm

Houston Rockets Patrick Beverley is the Skills Challenge winner
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

Team Bosh win the Shooting Stars Contest for the third consecutive year
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/shooting-stars/

Andrew Wiggins (22 points) and Team World won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2015.htm

Celebrity Game: Kevin Hart MVP again but his team lost 59-51.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/celebrity

5 maps and charts that explain NBA All-Star Weekend
Insomuch as an inexplicable phenomenon can be explained.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/2/12/8025285/nba-all-star-2015-map-chart

Where Does 2015's NBA All-Star Class Rank in Last 15 Years?
The 2014-15 season has seen plenty of big-name players receiving a resume boost in the form of inclusion in the midseason festivities. But how do they stack up against the other All-Star classes of the past 15 years? After all, not every NBA season is equal, with some campaigns boasting more impressive performances from the MVP candidates and others featuring a greater depth of talent.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/where-does-2015s-nba-all-star-class-rank-in-last-15-years

Bucks' Brandon Knight passed over again for NBA All-Star Game
Dwyane Wade lobbied for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight to replace him in the NBA All-Star Game, but the Miami Heat veteran's powers of persuasion did not convince NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "If I had a say, Brandon Knight."
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-brandon-knight-passed-over-again-for-nba-all-star-game

Dirk Nowitzki Will Replace Injured Anthony Davis in NBA All-Star Game
Davis suffered a shoulder sprain finishing an alley-oop against the Chicago Bulls. He sat out the Pelicans' final two games before the All-Star break. Dirk Nowitzki is headed to his 13th NBA All-Star game.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/dirk-nowitzki-reportedly-will-replace-injured-anthony-davis-in-nba-all-star-game

John Wall wants to break Magic Johnson’s record for assists in an All-Star Game
More than halfway through the season, Wall leads the league with 10.2 assists per game. Wall had 22 assists in 29 minutes to win MVP honors in the 2011 Rising Stars Challenge. Magic Johnson set the record of 22 assists in the 1984 All-Star Game.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/john-wall-wants-to-break-magic-johnsons-record

Dwyane Wade out, Kyle Korver in
Wade has been sidelined for two weeks to recover from a right hamstring injury. Atlanta's Kyle Korver was selected to replace him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
http://espn.go.com/nba/allstar2015/dwyane-wade-korver

Nurkic to replace Adams in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Nurkic, who was acquired by the Nuggets in a draft-day trade with Chicago, has appeared in 39 games this season, averaging 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds (second among rookies).  Adams underwent successful surgery on Monday to address a fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his right hand.
http://www.nba.com/2015/news/02/09/nurkic-replaces-adams-rising-stars/

Is 2015 3-Point Contest Field Best in All-Star Weekend History?
In that field of eight, you have each of the five players with the most three-point makes this season—Matthews, Thompson, Curry, Korver, Harden—and three others who have made a lucrative living from beyond the arc. Looking at the upcoming three-point slate, one cannot help but wonder: Is this the best field in All-Star weekend history?
http://bleacherreport.com/is-2015-three-point-contest-field-best-in-all-star-weekend-history
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2015.htm

Lillard replaces Griffin as All-Star
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will replace injured Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday, Feb. 8.
http://espn.go.com/nba/allstar2015/damian-lillard-replaces-blake-griffin-all-star

Number of Hotel Rooms Stand between Sacramento and NBA All-Star Weekend
Sacramento is roughly 2,000 hotel rooms shy in the downtown area, according to NBA preference. But Commissioner Adam Silver hinted Tuesday during his visit to Sacramento that there may be ways to satisfy the league.
http://fox40.com/2015/02/04/number-of-hotel-rooms-stand-between-sacramento-and-nba-all-star-weekend/

Irving, Curry, Thompson and Korver headline Three-Point Contest Field
3-Point contest winners Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) and Marco Belinelli (San Antonio) headline the field for the 2015 Three-Point Contest. Rounding out the field are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, JJ Redick, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2015.htm

Kevin Hart, Ansel Elgort, Common, Mo'ne Davis, Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon and Chadwick Boseman to compete in Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
www.nba.com/2015/news/as.celebrity.game/celebrity-game-participants-official-release/index.html

Adam Silver favor expanding All-Star rosters
Asked specifically about expanding the rosters in the respective conferences to 13 or even 15 players, Silver said: ‎"I think that's something that will get very strong consideration. I think that's an issue that we'll end up discussing with the Players Association. It has a direct impact on many of the player's bonuses. There's preset bonuses in their contracts for making the All-Star team. I think counter-balancing that is the issue of playing time.
http://espn.go.com/nba/allstar2015/adam-silver-nba-favors-expanding-all-star-rosters

DeMarcus Cousins off to first ASG
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday, Jan. 30.
http://espn.go.com/nba/allstar2015/demarcus-cousins

CBS experts pick their All-Star reserves
Here are the selections by the CBSSports.com writers who cover the NBA for who should be selected for each conference. The format is the same used by the NBA: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two wild card selections.
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/nba-all-star-game-our-experts-pick-their-all-star-reserves

Andrew Wiggins and Michael Carter-Williams lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
NBA debuts new Rising Stars format: Team USA - Team World.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2015.htm

Antetokounmpo, LaVine, Oladipo and Mason Plumlee headline Slam Dunk Contest field
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2015.htm

Cavs PG Kyrie Irving lost $7-10 million by missing cut in All-Star voting
By missing the cut for an All-Star starting spot in fan voting, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed out on a contractual clause that could have brought him $7 to $10 million in extra pay.
http://www.si.com/nba/2015/01/23/cleveland-cavaliers-kyrie-irving-all-star-voting-lost-money

Pau Gasol's Renaissance Yields Long-Overdue NBA All-Star Game Start
Pau Gasol had accomplished plenty over the course of his NBA career before joining forces with the Chicago Bulls over the offseason. Still, the four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection and two-time champion managed to find one box that wasn't checked on his Hall of Fame-caliber resume. And hoop fans around the globe helped him fill it in.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2341497-pau-gasols-renaissance-yields-long-overdue-nba-all-star-game-start

Let the debates begin: Selecting the 2015 NBA All-Star Game reserves
The fan voting process always stirs up a lot of controversy, but it’s only truly problematic when a player who is totally unworthy of All-Star status gets chosen to be a starter. When that happens, there’s one fewer spot for a legit All-Star and a greater cramp when it comes to the reserves. Good news: the fans went five-for-five in picking East players worthy of All-Star status this year, thereby avoiding any unnecessary logjams in the reserve corps.
http://www.si.com/nba/2015/01/22/nba-all-star-picks-reserves-james-harden-kevin-durant

Making the Case for Tim Duncan on the 2015 NBA All-Star Team
At 38 years young, Tim Duncan deserves a chance to represent the San Antonio Spurs and Western Conference for the 15th time at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. However, sending him to the 2015 edition is much more than some lifetime achievement award.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2337092-making-the-case-for-tim-duncan-on-the-2015-nba-all-star-team

Mark Cuban: NBA needs better way
"In context of everything, that's no votes. That's such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it's almost embarrassing. It's just no one's really looked at it that way. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system's broken. Absolutely, positively broken."
http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/mark-cuban-suggest-ending-fan-all-star-fan-vote

Despite Sacramento’s Struggles, DeMarcus Cousins Deserves an All-Star Bid
If Cousins keeps up his per-game averages — 23.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 blocks — he’d become just the sixth player in NBA history to post such totals over the course of an entire season. When you see a player’s name alongside luminaries such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett, you know you’ve entered rarefied air. And yet he might not even be an All-Star. Can that be so?
http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/01/22/despite-sacramentos-struggles-demarcus-cousins-deserves-an-all-star-bid/

Kyle Lowry Voted As Starter To 2015 All-Star Team
The NBA announced Thursday that guard Kyle Lowry has been voted by the fans as a starter to the Eastern Conference team for the 2015 All-Star Game. Lowry is the third Raptor to be elected a starter, joining Vince Carter (2000-04) and Chris Bosh (2007).
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-releases/lowryallstar_012215

The All-Ignored Team: Most slighted players in 2015 NBA All-Star voting
Overlooked players bear none of the blame here. All sorts of factors – age, role, style of play, commercial visibility, market size, playoff experience, team performance --contribute to a player being undervalued in the voting process.
http://www.si.com/nba/2015/01/21/nba-all-star-ignored-jeff-teague-draymond-green-kyle-korver
http://www.nba-allstar.com/players/snubs/

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee and Zach Lavine will be part of the Slam Dunk Contest
The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo have committed to participating in the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest. Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee also will be a part of the competition. Another strong possibility for the competition is Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--antetokounmpo--oladipo--plumlee-in-dunk-contest-205223454.html

Ariana Grande to Headline NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show
Ariana Grande will perform at halftime of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, set for Sunday, February 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Grande is the first artist confirmed for All-Star Weekend, which features events at both at the Garden and Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ariana-grande-to-perform-at-the-2015-nba-all-star-game-20150122

NBA Rising Stars Challenge launch new format: USA vs World.
The league's assistant coaches will select 10 U.S. players and 10 international players for the game, with one ballot for each NBA team. Both 10-man rosters will include 4 guards, 4 frontcourt players and 2 more players regardless of their position. Each team will feature a minimum of 3 first-year players and 3 second-year players among its 10 spots.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2015.htm

Monta Ellis Deserves to Be an NBA All-Star but Probably Won't Be
Monta Ellis has hardly ever had a stronger All-Star case than the one he is putting forward this season. Even as he has been the best player on the Dallas Mavericks, his chances to represent the Western Conference are looking slim.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2336349-monta-ellis-deserves-to-be-an-nba-all-star-but-probably-wont-be

What to Expect from Rookie Andrew Wiggins in the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
If there's one thing about Andrew Wiggins that the analytics crowd can't hate on, it's his insane athleticism. So what exactly can we expect from Wiggins in his first appearance in the dunk contest? Well, he's given us plenty of clues already.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2332897-what-to-expect-from-rookie-andrew-wiggins-in-the-2015-nba-dunk-contest

Too bad for Klay Thompson: All-Stars not always best players
In a victory for truth and justice, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be the Western Conference’s backcourt starters. Curry’s spot is secure, but there’s no guarantee Thompson will even make the team. That would be a terrible shame, because he’s flat-out the best shooting guard in the league.
http://www.sfgate.com/sports/jenkins/article/Too-bad-for-Klay-Thompson-All-Stars-not-always-6022954.php

Blogtable: Atlanta’s All-Star is …?
Assuming the Hawks don’t have a player voted into the starting lineup (and that’s a pretty safe assumption), who on the Atlanta roster should make the All-Star team as a reserve? And why?
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/01/14/blogtable-atlantas-all-star-is/

Rumor: Andrew Wiggins’ father says son will compete in All-Star Dunk Contest
According to father Mitchell, Andrew Wiggins will participate in 2015 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Competition held 2/14 @ Madison Square Garden!
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/14/rumor-andrew-wiggins-father-says-son-will-compete-in-all-star-dunk-contest/

Who Should Be First-Time All-Stars in 2015?
The voting for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game concludes on Monday, January 19 at 11:59:59. With a closing window to get deserving players into the annual showcase, many legacies are on the line.
http://hoopshabit.com/2015/01/13/nba-first-time-stars-2015/

Does Dirk Nowitzki Still Deserve a Spot on the 2015 NBA All-Star Team?
Dirk Nowitzki has been a regular attraction at the NBA All-Star Game for over a decade. The competition to represent the Western Conference in the exhibition is excruciating this year, but the German is still in the running.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/the-case-for-dirk-nowitzki-returning-to-the-nba-all-star-game

Four suggestions on how WNBA players can be better showcased at NBA All-Star Weekend
To this point, WNBA players have been incorporated into NBA All-Star Weekend by taking part in events like community service, playing in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and taking part in the Shooting Stars contest on All-Star Saturday Night which happens to be the first part of that event.
http://www.swishappeal.com/2015/1/11/7528325/

Top-5 Players Who Deserve Their First All-Star Appearance
Each February, the NBA gathers together to celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president George Washington with a highlight reel of dunks, trick shots, three-pointers and ankle-breaking handles better known as the All-Star Game. Fans and coaches alike vote for the players they believe best represent their team, conference and league, putting together rosters that seem only imaginable in 2K.
http://www.balloverall.com/content/top-5-players-who-deserve-their-first-all-star-appearance

No good reason these players should not be All-Stars
Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley and others look like locks to be picked for 2015 All-Star Game.
http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/

NBPA Logo Challenge
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has launches the NBPA's Logo Challenge. The winning logo will be announced during the 2015 All-Star Weekend. There is an exclusive NBPA prize package (valued at approximately $2,500) and recognition in NBPA press materials and social media announcing the new logo and winner. Or, just take $2,500 cash!
http://www.sportsblog.com/nbpalogochallenge

The All-Star case for … Jeff Teague
The Hawks boast the best record in the Eastern Conference and Teague directs the well-balanced offensive attack. Teague is the Hawks’ leading scorer through 33 games with an average of 17.3 points. Teague has scored in double figures 22 times this season, including 16 20-point games. He is on pace to increase his scoring average in each of his six seasons.
http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/the-all-star-case-for-jeff-teague/

3rd Round of voting released for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on January 15th.
The latest round of results for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game are available. Lebron James Stephen Curry still leading the way.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Klay Thompson: Is He An All-Star This Year?
Averaging 21.0 points per game on a career-high 43.1 percent shooting from downtown, Thompson is the NBA’s 13th highest scorer. He’s shooting a 45.8 percent from the field and has increased his rebounds and assists to 3.5 and 3.2 per game, respectively. All of those represent career highs. But in the loaded Western Conference, has Klay Thompson’s 2014-15 campaign been good enough for an All-Star spot?
http://hoopshabit.com/2015/01/04/klay-thompson-star-year/

Who actually deserves an All-Star spot?
As much as people dismiss the All-Star Game as meaningless spectacle, we still — for some reason — attribute All-Star appearances to players’ careers as a measuring stick before bringing up All-NBA selections. So assuming we as NBA fans actually want the All-Star Game to mean something, this is an attempt to break down who actually deserves the designation of “All-Star” so far this season.
http://fansided.com/2015/01/04/nba-actually-deserves-star-spot/

Don’t Forget Mike Conley in All-Star Game Voting
In all likelihood, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not earn his first-ever All-Star Game berth in 2015. With Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard also playing in the Western Conference, the odds are simply not in Conley’s favor. That does not change the fact that he’s playing at what could be an All-Star-caliber level.
http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/01/02/dont-forget-mike-conley-star-game-voting/

Will revamped voting process improve the 2015 NBA All-Star Game?
The NBA has undertaken a massive overhaul of its All-Star voting procedure in recent years. A paper ballot with a limited number of players and traditional positional headings has gradually given way to an all-digital, all-inclusive ballot that features a broader positional approach.
http://www.si.com/nba/2014/12/30/nba-all-star-voting

Best and Worst Fan-Voting Choices from First NBA All-Star Ballot Returns
The NBA's All-Star fan vote is an inexact science. With the first returns released Christmas morning, let's determine which of the top-25 vote-getters in each conference were fairly evaluated and which received unjust recognition from the fans.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2310858-best-and-worst-fan-voting-choices-from-first-nba-all-star-ballot-returns

Is DeAndre Jordan Deserving of an All-Star Selection This Season?
His deservedness is not just that the 2013-14 rebounding champion is producing at or above the levels he did a season ago. Due to several factors that go beyond the stat sheet, he's a better candidate this time around. Besides being the cornerstone of the defense, he's managed to do all the little things well.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2308315-is-deandre-jordan-deserving-of-an-all-star-selection-this-season

3 Chicago Bulls Players Headed To 2015 All-Star Game?
The Bulls are off to a decent start with a 18-9 record, sitting at the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference, and it should be credited mostly to the supreme play of this trio: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol.
http://www.ballerstatus.com/2014/12/23/3-chicago-bulls-players-headed-2015-star-game/

Charlotte will get NBA All-Star game after arena upgrades
The first available All-Star Game up for bid is in 2017. In all likelihood the 2017 and 2018 events will be awarded simultaneously. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said there’s no set date for when those games will be awarded, but he’d like it to be as soon as possible.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/17/5391441/charlotte-will-get-nba-all-star.html

Can Jimmy Butler Be An All Star?
Jimmy Butler is coming off a relatively unsuccessful season last year where he shot 39.7% from the field and averaged  just over 13 ppg. However, this season he has seen a tremendous amount of success so far increasing his fg % by nearly 10% and his points per game by about 8.
http://bobbybourhis.sportsblog.com/posts/1372792/can_jimmy_butler_be_an_all_star_.html

Cleveland Cavaliers have placed a bid for 2018 NBA All-Star Game
Cleveland has gone through a transformation in recent years and is already primed to host some big-time events, the return of LeBron James certainly helps. The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets have placed bids for 2018 as well. The Cavaliers anticipate an official ruling within the first quarter of 2015.
http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2014/12/cleveland_cavaliers_have_place.html

24 most deserving All-Stars by Sam Smith
http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/24-most-deserving-all-stars

NBA All-Star ballot expands to include all players
The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can better consider their choices.
http://www.nba.com/2014/news/11/13/players-all-star-vote.ap/
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Kyrie Irving All-Star starter? $9.000.000 difference.
Irving signed a contract extension with the “Derrick Rose rule” trigger. The Rose rule allows players with four or five years of experience to earn more money if they achieve one of the following within their first four seasons: Named to the All-NBA first, second or third team twice; Voted an All-Star starter twice or Won MVP.
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/17/67riefns-no-21-kyrie-irvings-bonkers-all-star-voting/

Win a trip to the NBA All-Star 2015 at Starhub
https://www.starhub.com/personal/promotions/contests/1046.html

Summer Dreaming: First-time All-Stars
The regular season will only be a few weeks old when the ballots will go out for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Most of the voters won’t even have to think about the first handful of names they’ll fill in. Everybody wants to see the marquee stars. Nothing at all wrong with that. But with only 24 roster spots in a league with 450 players, a few deserving players get overlooked.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/09/11/summer-dreaming-first-time-all-stars/

Hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018 is on Cleveland Cavaliers' radar
After an exciting few months, Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring another event to the city in the coming years: the NBA All-Star Game. After an exciting few months, Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring another event to the city in the coming years: the NBA All-Star Game.
http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2014/08/hosting_the_nba_all-star_game.html

Trail Blazers make bid for NBA All-Star Game
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three NBA teams that have never been given the opportunity to host the league's All-Star Game. The franchise took a major step toward changing that, submitting a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 game at the Moda Center.
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2014/08/trail_blazers_make_bid_for_nba_all-star_game_which.html

NBA extends All-Star break
The NBA will experiment with an extended break around All-Star Weekend, and the new minimum amount of days teams will have between games is eight. All-Star weekend coincides with the middle of the NBA season, allowing players and teams a chance to recover and prepare to close out the year.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/8/13/5999857/nba-schedule-all-star-break-extension

NBA Goes Public (Transportation) with NBA All-Star 2015 Logo
The NBA introduced the logo for NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City. Inspired by the design of the iconic public transportation signs that adorn many corners of America’s largest city, the logo includes colors reminiscent of the subway and bus lines that connect each of the five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
http://www.nba.com/knicks/news/nba-goes-public-transportation-nba-all-star-2015-logo

Charlotte bids for ASG in '17 or '18
Hornets owner Michael Jordan, a 14-time NBA All-Star, is pushing to bring the big game back to Charlotte. The Hornets, in conjunction with the Charlotte Sports Foundation, announced plans to submit a bid to host the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017 or 2018.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11342108/charlotte-hornets-bid-host-all-star-game-2017-2018

Brooklyn Nets Launch Ticket Pack Featuring Regular Season Games and NBA All-Star 2015 Event
The Rising Stars 6 Pack includes games against the Cleveland Cavaliers featuring 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee Bucks and No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, Orlando Magic and No. 4 pick Aaron Gordon, Boston Celtics and No. 6 pick Marcus Smart, and Philadelphia 76ers and 2013 No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel.
http://www.nba.com/nets/brooklyn-nets-launch-ticket-pack-featuring-regular-season-games-and-nba-all-star-2015-event

Predicting the 1st-Time NBA All-Stars of the 2014-15 Season
Nothing beats the first time players earn a selection, whether it's as starters or reserves. That's a special occurrence, undoubtedly one the recipients remember. Inaugural appearances happen mostly every year, too. Youngsters develop, free agents find impeccable situations that play to their strengths and certain veterans finally eclipse that All-Star plateau.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2155793-predicting-the-first-time-nba-all-stars-of-the-2014-15-season

2017 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte? NBA commissioner says it's possible, but only after "upgrades"
Silver referred to the Bobcats’ statement in his comments: “We’ve had our events department down here to survey the building and there are some upgrades to the building that are needed,” he said. “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. Part of the understanding is to assure the building remains state-of-the-art.”
http://www.gastongazette.com/sports/nba/2017-nba-all-star-game-in-charlotte

Predicting the 2015 NBA All-Star Teams
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is already old news, which means it is now officially time to look ahead at which superstars are most likely to visit Madison Square Garden for the 2015 exhibition. Don't worry; most of the old favorites will be there. But who will join them?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1962557-predicting-the-2015-nba-all-star-teams

NBA All-Star Game: West 163 - East 155. MVP Kyrie Irving
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2014.htm

John Wall and East Team Slam Dunk Champions
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2014.htm

San Antonio Spurs Marco Belinelli wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2014.htm

Damian Lillard repeat as Skills-Challenge winner with Trey Burke
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

Team Bosh wins again the Shooting Stars Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/shooting-stars/

Andre Drummond (30 points, 25 rebounds) and Team HILL won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2014.htm

Chris Paul confirms he will play in the All-Star Game
After returning to the court from a separated right shoulder in a 123-78 victory over the76ers Sunday, Chris Paul announced Monday that he will play in this weekend’s All-Star Game at New Orleans Arena.
http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/paul-confirms-he-will-play-all-star-game

Ben McLemore May Attempt 720 In Dunk Contest
There are still dunks that have been performed in venues other than All-Star Weekend that have yet to be even attempted in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore is on the West squad for this weekend’s upcoming Sprite Slam Dunk Dunk Contest. We know he’s incredibly athletic, and from what we’ve seen in games, we understand he’s a high flyer. He also appears to have an understanding of what works and doesn’t work in dunk contests.
http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2014/02/10/ben-mclemore-may-attempt-720-in-dunk-contest/

Time To Expand All-Star Rosters to 15
When Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks made each of his four All-Star teams from 1983 to 1988, the NBA had 23 teams. Twelve players from each conference, one made up of 12 teams and the other 11, made the All-Star team. Today the league boasts 30 teams, 15 in each conference. That’s seven more teams and approximately 105 more players than in Cheeks’ day.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/29/time-to-expand-all-star-rosters-to-15/

All-Star Davis Gives New Orleans Added Flavor
Not that the NBA All-Star Game is ever lacking in fireworks or flash or big names, yet it’s always a bit more fun when there is a hometown connection. The 2014 All-Star Game got the spice and flavor of a hot bowl of gumbo when Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis was named as a replacement for the injured Bryant on the Western Conference roster by new commissioner Adam Silver.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/02/07/all-star-davis-gives-n-o-added-flavor/

Terrence Ross, Paul George and John Wall headline Slam Dunk Contest field
The Eastern Conference will be represented by the 2013 Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors along with the Indiana Pacers Paul George and Washington Wizards John Wall. The Western Conference lineup will include Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore, Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard and golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2014.htm

Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love and Damian Lillard headline Three-Point Contest Field
3-Point contest winners Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) and Kevin Love (Minnesota) headline the field for the 2014 Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the New Orleans Arena. Rounding out the field are Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Marco Belinelli, Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal and Joe Johnson.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2014.htm

Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Team HILL put together Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond among others. Team WEBBER got most of the Rookies plus 2012 #1 pick Anthony Davis.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2014.htm

Pharrell Williams to headline NBA All-Star Entertainment Series
New Orleans-Inspired Halftime Performance Led by Grammy® -Nominated Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, with Guest Performances by Grammy and Award-Winning Artists Janelle Monáe, Dr. John, Gary Clark, Jr., and Earth, Wind & Fire.
http://www.nba.com/2014/news/02/06/2014-all-star-entertainment-series-official-release/index.html

Comedian Kevin Hart Headlines Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Participants
The National Basketball Association announced today stars from film and TV will take the court for the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2014 on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET
http://www.nba.com/2014/news/as.celebrity.game/01/29/2014-celebrity-game-participants-official-release

All-Star Game Could Become Rehab Assignment For Chris Paul
Doc Rivers was asked how he would feel about CP3 participating in the All-Star Game. “I don’t know. I haven’t even thought about it, honestly. If he’s cleared to play, I actually wouldn’t mind him playing. I don’t think he wants to do that, but I don’t think it’ll be a bad thing,” Rivers said. “It’s not going to be the most physical of games, I’m pretty sure of that. But at least he gets to go up and down the floor. If the schedule stays where it’s at, he’ll be cleared to play after the All-Star Game, or before even. And if he is, I don’t see anything wrong with playing.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/31/all-star-game-could-become-rehab-assignment-for-chris-paul/

Raptors' Ross ready to defend slam-dunk title
Winning the dunk contest was one thing. Defending it is another. Terrence Ross is leaving nothing to chance. The sophomore swing man began working up some dunk options a couple of days ago.
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/01/22/raptors-ross-ready-to-defend-slam-dunk-title

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Wall - DeRozan - Johnson - Bosh - Hibbert - Millsap - Noah
West Bench: Paul - Parker - Harden - Aldridge - Howard - Lillard - Nowitzki 
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2014.htm

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis having All-Star season, but coaches will have to vote him on team
Those of us who have watched Davis this season take the next step for the New Orleans Pelicans into the league's upper echelon don't have to be convinced of his All-Star worthiness.
Davis will be battling for a spot against equally deserving players such as Minnesota's Kevin Love, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Sacramento's Cousins, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, and Golden State's Andre Iguodala and David Lee, not to mention old-timers Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas and Pau Gasol of the Lakers.
http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2014/01/new_orleans_pelicans_anthony_d_11.html

Thunder coach Scott Brooks clinches All-Star coach spot
With the Portland Trail Blazers loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 28, Brooks' Oklahoma City Thunder have locked up the best record in the Western Conference through the All-Star break, meaning he'll be manning the bench once again for the West.
http://www.nba.com/2014/news/01/29/brooks-coach-west-all-stars/index.html

West Reserves: Injuries Make It Tricky
Start with injuries to Paul and Lakers star Kobe Bryant. That makes things a bit complicated for the Western Conference coaches. If healthy, Paul, , is an automatic selection. Unsure if Paul, will be back in time, coaches might go ahead and select him, then allow for a commissioner’s replacement if he can’t play. If Bryant can’t play,  an additional spot for a deserving backcourt player will open among a very crowded field of candidates,
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/23/west-reserves-injuries-make-it-tricky/

East Reserves: Hard To Spread Around
Over the next few days, East coaches will vote for the reserves, which will be announced next Thursday on TNT. Given the relative futility of most teams outside of Indiana and Miami, it’s difficult to name anybody that’s obviously an All-Star.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/23/east-reserves-hard-to-spread-around/

Why Pacers' Lance Stephenson should be an NBA All-Star
The fourth-year guard is second on the Pacers in scoring (13.7 points a game), first in assists (5.1), third in rebounding (6.6) and third in field goal percentage (50.2%). He leads the league with three triple-doubles and also is a quality defender. Is that enough to get Stephenson an All-Star nod? Coaches, who can't vote for their own players, will decide the reserves.
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2014/01/18/why-pacers-lance-stephenson-should-be-an-nba-all-star/

All-Star Voting Reveals How Howard’s Popularity Has Plunged
In 2009, Dwight Howard — not Kobe Bryant, not LeBron James, not Dwyane Wade — became the first player in All-Star fan balloting history to crack 3 million votes. Six years, multiple changes of mind and two teams later, an image-tattered Howard received 653,318 votes.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/24/all-star-voting-reveals-how-howards-popularity-has-plunged/

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 23
These are the starting fives for the 2014 New Orleans NBA All-Star Game:
East. Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.
West. Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

NBA unveils sleeved 2014 All-Star jerseys by Adidas
For whatever reason, the NBA continues to push sleeve jerseys on its players and the public. After all 10 competing teams wore the unpopular get-ups on Christmas Day, the NBA will reportedly have its All-Stars wear them in the showcase game next month
http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/16/adidas-debuts-2014-all-star-uniforms/

Six Worthy Below-The-Radar All-Stars
With less than a week left in the voting for the starting lineups, it will be up to the coaches — they name the reserves — to fill in the blanks and rectify some of the slights. But there’s still more than handful of deserving players who could be left out. We’ll call them the All-Fars, as in too far under the radar.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/14/six-worthy-below-the-radar-all-stars/

Pacers coach Frank Vogel clinches All-Star coach spot
The victory of the Pacers against the Kings on Jan 14. clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for Frank Vogel, since the Pacers are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference through games of Feb. 2 with Miami's Erik Spoelstra ineligible after coaching last year.
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24409454/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-clinches-allstar-coach-spot

Predicting First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2014
When there are more deserving players than roster spots, snubs are bound to arise. Barring injury, Curry's going to get that call this season. But which first-year participants will join him? And which ones will be forced to feel the pain he had to endure last season?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1914470-predicting-first-time-nba-all-stars-in-2014

Hawks’ Teague Ready For (All-)Star Turn?
Teague is the head of the snake of one of just three teams with a winning record (the Pacers and Miami Heat are the others). And with the likes of Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams either injured or suffering through injury-plagued seasons, there is an opening for some fresh blood in the All-Star point-guard mix.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/09/hawks-teague-ready-for-all-star-turn/

Sacramento Kings’ Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an NBA All-Star
We all know his story – Mr. Irrelevant. The last player taken in the 2011 NBA Draft. The small stature. Everything that seemingly could go against Thomas has. Yet, not only has he taken those road blocks in stride, he’s blown right through them. 21.3 points per game, 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 3.2 rebounds – including 47.1% from the field, 44.4% from the arc.
http://aroyalpain.com/2014/01/05/sacramento-kings-isaiah-thomas-deserves-nba-star/

Wizards’ John Wall is on verge of an all-star milestone
Wall has the one necessary ingredient now to be thought of as a bona fide all-star: He makes his teammates better. He’s not just out to get 30 every night; some nights 16 assists and 10 points will do.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-john-wall-is-on-verge-of-an-all-star-milestone/

Is DeMar DeRozan Deserving of All-Star Spot?
DeMar DeRozan is having a career year. Through 24 games this season, DeRozan has been studly. Currently, DeRozan is averaging 21.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.4 apg and shooting 43 percent from the field. DeRozan also, surprisingly, has his squad sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. So it seems like a given all that, he should be headed to New Orleans come Feb. 14, right?
http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/12/21/toronto-raptors-is-demar-derozan-deserving-of-all-star-spot/

Kevin Durant thinks Denver's Ty Lawson should be an All-Star
Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson go way back, to their days at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, when the future NBA cornerstones roomed together in their prep school dorm. "Now he's turned into a star. So, give it a few more games and you'll start hearing Ty Lawson's name all the time because he's having a great season.”
http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-kevin-durant-thinks-denvers-ty-lawson-should-be-an-all-star/

Predicting NBA All-Star Rosters After First Quarter of 2013-14 Season
The initial voting returns on the 2014 NBA All-Star Game are in, and it's starting to look like the annual February exhibition will feature a mixture of familiar faces and first-timers. Oh, and there's going to be a boatload of controversy.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1891529-predicting-nba-all-star-rosters-after-first-quarter-of-2013-14-season

Predicting Snubs and Surprises for First NBA All-Star Ballot Voting Reveal
For the purposes of this article, a snub is exactly what you'd expect: a player who doesn't receive nearly as many votes as he deserves. They're the guys who make you go, "Wait, people know they can vote for him, right?"
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1885574-predicting-snubs-and-surprises-for-first-nba-all-star-ballot-voting-reveal

East team for NBA All-Star Game could be full of unfamiliar names
With all of the talk about how bad the NBA's Eastern Conference is compared to the West, has anybody considered exactly who might be representing the East in February's All-Star Game?
http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/east-team-nba-all-star-game-could-be-full-unfamiliar-names

LeBron James, All-Star...Center? It's Looking Likely for Miami Heat Star
Last season the NBA changed its voting format, eliminating the center category and splitting the options to "frontcourt" and "backcourt." James and Carmelo Anthony dominated the East's frontcourt voting, each nearly tripling the third-place finisher. Emerging superstar (and reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Month) Paul George could take the last spot.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1880282-lebron-james-all-starcenter-its-looking-likely-for-miami-heat-star

Warriors launch 'Kid Campaign' for All-Star voting
The best way to get fans to vote for your players for the NBA All-Star Game? Use kids to get out the vote, obviously. Because everyone loves kids. The Golden State Warriors are clearly a step ahead of some other franchises when it comes to mobilizing their base.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqzUDsdh_FU
http://www.nba.com/warriors/dubthevote

PistonPowered: Andre Drummond is East's best center
With all due respect to Roy Hibbert, Al Horford and Chris Bosh, Drummond is the Eastern Conference's best center right now. Those three could catch Drummond, maybe even before the All-Star break, but Drummond leads right now with his powerful effectiveness that produces 13.5 points on a league-best 64.6% shooting, 12.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
http://www.freep.com/article/20131206/SPORTS03/312060073/detroit-pistons-andre-drummond-nba-all-star-game

Arron Afflalo is producing at an All-Star rate
The Orlando Magic swingman entered Thursday ranked 12th in the NBA in scoring, averaging 22.5 points per game. He was fourth in the league in 3-point percentage, having made just over 54 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-1122-20131121,0,4288398.story

Best NBA Players To Never Make An All-Star Team
Every single year a handful of players will get overlooked by either the fans or the coaches when they're deciding who's going to be on each all star team. Sometimes, if a player is good enough, he'll keep on producing at a high level and eventually find his way onto the team, other times a player is a one year wonder and will never reach that high level of play ever again, and in extremely rare cases a player will be overlooked for his entire career.
http://www.sportingcharts.com/articles/nba/best-nba-players-to-never-make-an-all-star-team.aspx

http://www.nba-allstar.com/players/snubs/

Pick an up-and-comers you’d could see in New Orleans as a first-time All-Stars
NBA.com scribes voice their opinions. 
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/11/20/blogtable-pick-an-up-and-comer/

Toronto to host NBA All-Star 2016
NBA All-Star will be held outside the United States for the first time in the 65-year history of the event when teams representing the Eastern and Western Conferences tip off at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Raptors.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2016.htm

New York & Brooklyn  to co-host NBA All-Star 2015
New York City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2015. NBA All-Star Friday and Saturday Night Events to be held at Barclays Center and the 64th NBA All-Star Game to be played at Madison Square Garden.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2015.htm

Pelicans Stars Named 2014 NBA All-Star Jam Session Ambassadors
Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans and Austin Rivers will be serving as ambassadors for the 2014 NBA All-Star Jam Session, the league’s premier fan event taking place Feb. 13-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Fans can visit NBA All-Star Jam Session on Facebook (facebook.com/jamsession) for more information.
http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-anthony-davis-tyreke-evans-austin-rivers-named-2014-nba-all-star-jam-session-ambassado

Cavaliers to submit proposal to bring All-Star Game to Cleveland in 2016 or 2017
NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver visited Cleveland to explore the feasibility of bringing the All-Star Game back to the city and encouraged the Cavs to bid on a future game. The All-Star Game was last in Cleveland in 1997, when the league assembled the 50 greatest players of all time. “We had a great experience when we were there in ’97,” Silver said. “We would love to return to Cleveland.”
http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/cavaliers-to-submit-proposal-to-bring-all-star-game-to-cleveland-in-2016-or-2017-1.373980

Blazers President McGowan will pursue All-Star Weekend
Portland Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan will make it known at an April 18 NBA Board of Governors meeting in New York, that he has every intention of preparing a bid to bring NBA All-Star Weekend to the city of Portland. The city of New Orleans is hosting the event in 2014 and it is between Brooklyn and New York for 2015. Word is Cleveland and Toronto have the upper hand for 2016, leaving door open for the year 2017.
http://www.csnnw.com/blog/blazers-talk/blazers-president-mcgowan-will-pursue-all-star-weekend

Grading Every Player in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game
There was plenty of gravity defiance, a shocking amount of unselfish play and even some serious effort from a select few players. All of that combined to make this year's star-studded contest more memorable than most.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1533655-grading-every-player-in-the-nba-all-star-game

NBA All-Star Game: West 143 - East 138. MVP Chris Paul
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2013.htm

New York to host 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend...
... in a borough yet to be determined. In a press conference on Saturday David Stern announced that both Madison Square Garden and the new Barclay Center in Brooklyn have applied to host the 2015 event. No other cities are currently under consideration.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2015.htm

Terrence Ross Slam Dunk Champion
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2013.htm

Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2013.htm

Damian Lillard is the new Skills-Challenge winner
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

Team Bosh wins the Shooting Stars Contest
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/shooting-stars/

Kenneth Faried (40 points, 10 rebounds) and Team CHUCK won again the NBA Rising Stars Challenge
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2013.htm

NBA All-Star media day to be live streamed online
NBA stars will face the media Friday, and fans will have a new way to watch. The All-Star player availabilities will be live streamed on the internet for the first time, the league said Wednesday. Starting at 1:30 p.m. EST, the question-and-answer sessions can be seen at www.nba.com/amexallstar

Carmelo may sit out All-Star Game
Carmelo Anthony said a "deep" right arm contusion he suffered on Wednesday night may sideline him for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. "I'm not going to force it, definitely not going to force it," Anthony said. "As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star Game, participate, if I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that."
http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8946447/carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-suffers-arm-contusion-miss-2013-nba-all-star-game

Ranking the West’s preferred All-Star injury replacements
Inevitably, some worthy All-Star will be ruled out due to injury, thereby opening up a spot on either conference’s roster for a substitute. In the case of the West, it’s looking increasingly likely that Tim Duncan might sit out the weekend due to soreness in his knee, while a few others (Dwight Howard, Chris Paul) are conceivable scratches given their nagging injuries.
http://nba.si.com/2013/02/12/2013-nba-all-star-injury-replacements/

Dwight Howard wants to play
Dwight Howard said he intends to play in this weekend's NBA All-Star Game as long as he doesn't aggravate the torn labrum in his right shoulder during the Los Angeles Lakers' final two games before the break. "Hopefully I'll be able to play. If I were to re-aggravate my shoulder in these next two games, I'd probably just play a couple minutes (in the All-Star Game) and sit the rest of it out."
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8938022/dwight-howard-wants-play-2013-nba-all-star-game-shoulder-injury

NBA All-Star Game 2013: Joakim Noah could sit out due to plantar fasciitis
There's a solid possibility that Noah won't even be able to take the court as he tries to get healthy for the remainder of the season. He's already missed games due to the injury, which has been an ongoing issue throughout his career.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/2/11/3978074/2013-nba-all-star-game-joakim-noah-injury-bulls

Nicholson replaces Drummond in Rising Stars Challenge
Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson will replace injured Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (back injury) on TEAM SHAQ in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.
http://www.nba.com/2013/news/02/10/drummond-bbva-challenge/index.html

Jeremy Evans, Gerald Green and James White headline Slam Dunk Contest field
The Western Conference will be represented by the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz along with the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Bledsoe and Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried. The Eastern Conference lineup will include the Indiana Pacers' Gerald Green, Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross and New York Knicks' James White.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2013.htm

Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Bonner and Novak headline Three-Point Contest Field
First-time All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers headline the field for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Toyota Center in Houston as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Rounding out the field are Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Steve Novak of the New York Knicks.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2013.htm

Damian Lillard-Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis-Kenneth Faried lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Team SHAQ put together Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and andre Drummond among others. Team CHUCK got most of the Sophomores plus 2012 #1 pick Anthony Davis. Ricky Rubio and Isaiah Thomas were late additions to the draft pool.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2013.htm

NBA Announces Roster For 2013 Spring NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
The NBA announced the official line-up for the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game set to take place on Friday Feb. 15. This year's rosters include celebrities like 2012 MVP Kevin Hart ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"), Usain Bolt (Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter) or Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education); along NBA/WNBA stars like Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Maya Moore or Tamika Catchings. James Harden and Russell Westbrook will serve as coaches.
http://www.ballerstatus.com/2013/02/07/nba-announces-roster-2013-spring-nba-all-star-celebrity-game/

CALLACHAMP.COM Hosting Special Event During NBA All Star Weekend
CallaChamp’s unique service connects retired sports champions with their fans via phone to allow fans to interact and engage in live conversations. In the NBA, CallaChamp has access to more than 50 legends, including Hall of Famer Rick Barry and Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA. Other participants include AC Green, Tim Hardaway, Michael Cooper, Tree Rollins, Xavier McDaniel, Jeff Malone, Horace Grant, Michael Ray Richardson, Charlie Ward, Michael Cage, Terry Porter and Eddie Johnson.
http://www.prlog.org/12074813-callachampcom-hosting-special-event-during-nba-all-star-weekend.html

Alicia Keys headlines All-Star Game halftime show
Keys will perform a selection of her chart-topping as the sole performer of the halftime show. Nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend will sing the U.S. National Anthem.
http://www.nba.com/2013/news/02/06/all-star-entertainment-series-official-release/index.html

Spoelstra's All-Star starter: Bosh or Irving?
All signs point to Spoelstra selecting his own player, Chris Bosh, to start alongside Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who were voted in as starters. But choosing Bosh, who plays center, over first-time All-Star Kyrie Irving, who is having an impressive season for the Cleveland Cavaliers and plays the same point-guard position as Rondo, is going to cause an interesting debate.
http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/8914288/erik-spoelstra-choose-chris-bosh-kyrie-irving

Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Jrue Holiday get All-Star Adidas sneakers
Adidas will debut special All-Star versions of three shoes on Friday, including models that will be worn by Lakers center Dwight Howard, Spurs big man Tim Duncan and Sixers guard Jrue Holiday during the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 17.
http://nba.si.com/2013/01/31/adidas-all-star-sneakers-dwight-howard-tim-duncan-jrue-holiday/

Paul, Wade Named All-Star Captains
Miami’s Wade will lead the Eastern Conference and L.A.’s Paul the Western Conference in the All-Star Saturday Night that will raise money for charity. The selections were made by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. The captains were chosen, in part, for the leadership they have shown in supporting charitable causes.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/01/31/paul-wade-named-all-star-captains/

How They Got Here: Seven All-Star Newbies
A look at the seven players selected to their first All-Star team this season
http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/54141/how-they-got-here-seven-all-star-newbies

Gregg Popovich to coach West
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the third time in his career. Popovich earned the spot after San Antonio beat Charlotte 102-78, ensuring the Spurs (37-11, .771) will have the best record in the West through games played Sunday. The Oklahoma City Thunder's Scott Brooks was not eligible to coach in this year's midseason classic by virtue of having coached the West team in last year's game.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/coach.htm

Brooklyn's Lopez named to NBA All-Star team
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured East All-Star Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. The coach of the East team will
select which East All-Star will start in Rondo's place.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2013.htm

4 Ways to Increase the Popularity of NBA All-Star Weekend
In an era when television ratings are a premium source of income for sports, all-star games are failing to draw Americans to their living rooms. Eventually, rather than make some minor adjustments to the product, one league needs to make a bold move and make a few major changes to the entire all-star weekend.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1506617-4-ways-to-increase-the-popularity-of-nba-all-star-weekend

Rajon Rondo Injury: 5 Replacements for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game Starter
On Sunday the Boston Celtics learned that point guard Rajon Rondo has torn his ACL and would be lost for the season. Beyond the immediate implications this has on the Celtics, a spot has just opened up on Eastern Conference All-Star team. There has already been speculation as to who will replace Rondo on the All-Star team, but an announcement hasn’t yet officially been made.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1503814-rajon-rondo-injury-5-replacements-for-the-2013-nba-all-star-game-starter

Mark Cuban wants All-Star Game again, but not at Cowboys Stadium
After the 2010 weekend, Cuban had been enthusiastic about bringing the game back to Cowboys Stadium and holding the Saturday showcase events at the AAC again. However, he has reconsidered, wanting to have all events at the AAC the next time the Mavs are the host team for All-Star Weekend.
http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4693929/mark-cuban-wants-all-star-game-again

NBA All-Star Roster 2013: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
As always, some inclusions and some exclusions have created some buzz among NBA fans and experts. It's impossible for the fans and coaches to make everybody happy; otherwise, each All-Star team would have 40 players. All in all, both rosters are pretty solid and without too many issues. Thank goodness the league was spared from having Jeremy Lin earn a starting spot.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1500246-nba-all-star-roster-2013-biggest-snubs-and-surprises

LeBron James' Idea to Expand All-Star Rosters Teams Is Spot-on
"Always believe there should be 15 on both rosters so there's no snubs. #East - B. Jennings, J Smooth, PP #West - S. Curry, J. Crawford, M. Gasol"
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1501425-nba-all-star-roster-2013-lebron-james-idea-to-expand-teams-is-spot-on

Rounding up the 2013 All-Star Game ‘snubs’ talk
Compilation of articles with the reactions about the NBA All-Stars reserves, who deserve it, biggest snubs, etc.
http://nba.si.com/2013/01/25/nba-all-star-game-snubs/

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Irving - Holiday - George - Deng - Bosh - Noah - Chandler.
West Bench: Parker - Westbrook - Harden - Randolph - Aldridge - Lee - Duncan.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstargame/2013.htm

All-Star Game kicks for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant unveiled
Nike has released images of the All-Star colorways for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, which coincide thematically with the Adidas All-Star jerseys that were unveiled last week. Like the uniforms, Nike’s shoes nod toward the city of Houston’s ties to NASA and the space program.
http://nba.si.com/2013/01/22/2013-nba-all-star-sneakers-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-kevin-durant/

The Case for Brook Lopez as an NBA Eastern Conference All-Star
He's no Tim Duncan, but Brook Lopez has become the new "Big Fundamental." As players such as Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin enter fans hearts via their ability to achieve the athletically extraordinary, Lopez has gone under the radar.  Lopez has overcome a lack of quickness by defeating opponent with his polished fundamentals. Lopez is as dominant a low-post scorer as you'll find in the NBA today.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1493399-the-case-for-brook-lopez-as-an-eastern-conference-nba-all-star

The "No Chance" All-Stars
The task was to come up with All-Star reserves based on the same criteria as the league (two guards, three frontcourt players, two wild-cards), but with one huge caveat - they won't seriously be discussed as All-Stars. This isn't to say they deserve spots over the starters or the reserves, but these players have enjoyed good-to-great 2012-13 NBA campaigns.
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/01/21/nothin-but-net-no-chance-all-stars/

Potential NBA All-Star Reserves on the Bubble
In most years, who makes the All-Star Game as a reserve is more or less determined before the voting is even complete. This year there's more uncertainty, particularly in the frontcourts.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1493350-potential-nba-all-star-reserves-on-the-bubble

Do reserves Jamal Crawford and J.R. Smith deserve selection to NBA all-star team?
Kobe Bryant was elected to his first all-star game in 1998, when he didn’t start for the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, no bench player has been elected by the fans or selected by the coaches to participate in the NBA’s annual celebration of the game’s best. But this season, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers and J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks have long-shot chances of ending the streak and becoming all-star reserves while primarily serving as reserves for their respective teams.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2013/01/19/do-reserves-jamal-crawford-and-j-r-smith-deserve-selection-to-nba-all-star-team/

2013 NBA All-Star Game: Picking the reserves
Picking NBA All-Star Game reserves often isn't an easy task -- there are a ridiculous amount of deserving players with seemingly cast-iron cases, and everyone has a different value system in judging those players. Luckily, the fan voters did a solid job in choosing starters in 2013. There are no egregious names among the starters, so there are few reserve slots that need to be dedicated as make-up spaces.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/1/18/3889966/nba-all-star-game-2013-reserves-roster-picks

Who was snubbed from NBA All-Star Game starting lineups?
It's time to take a hard look at our 10 All-Star Game starters. Keep in mind that you don't have to stick to traditional positions; the requirement is for two backcourt players and three frontcourt players. The idea is to get the five best players in each conference into the lineup.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/01/17/all-star-game-starters-snubs/1843951/

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 17
These are the starting fives for the 2013 Houston NBA All-Star Game:
East. Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.
West. Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Adidas unveils 2013 NBA All-Star uniforms
With a nod to Houston's air history, adidas' 2013 All-Star uniforms and warm-ups will take "take inspiration from Houston's rich aeronautical history, speed and jet plane design."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2013/01/16/adidas-unveils-nba-all-star-uniforms/1837983/

Damian Lillard aims to become first rookie guard since Michael Jordan to make NBA All-Star team
Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose didn't make the NBA All-Star Game as rookies. Kyrie Irving made a valiant effort last season, but also didn't get picked. No guard, in fact, has been selected to play in the annual All-Star Game since Michael Jordan 28 years ago. Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers' rookie point guard, would like to end that streak.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--damian-lillard-aims-to-be-first-rookie-guard-since-michael-jordan-to-make-nba-all-star-team-041408832.html

Predicting the 2013 NBA All-Star 3-Point Lineup
The NBA three-point shootout allows the fans to get a glimpse of the top shooters in the game when they don't have a defender contesting their shot. The following assassins deserve to participate in the event based on volume shooting and the rate at which they make threes.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1482160-predicting-the-2013-nba-all-star-3-point-lineup

Perennial NBA All-Stars Likely To Miss the Cut This Year
As we draw nearer to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, it has become clear that a handful of perennial participants aren't going to make the cut. Some aren't even viable candidates. Though certain "snubs" can be attributed to injuries, plenty are the result of diminished performance. Others are likely to fall short in favor of some fresh faces as well.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1464458-perennial-nba-all-stars-likely-to-miss-the-cut-this-year

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