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All-Star Linsanity Swallows Harden
In his first season as a starter and in the role of lead horse pulling the wagon, James Harden could expect to be chasing the marquee names of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul for a starting berth on the Western Conference team in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. But who thinks the league’s fourth-leading scorer should be trailing his Houston teammate Jeremy Lin by more than 200,000 votes? Those casting ballots, of course.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/12/27/all-star-linsanity-swallows-harden/

Jackson wants Lee, Curry in NBA All-Star Game
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson believes both Stephen Curry and David Lee should be NBA all-stars when teams are named in the New Year. Jackson said both stars should be on the Western Conference roster when coaches vote on the bench players. "This team is not about chasing individual accolades but that being said it's my job as coach to make the case for these two players to be recognised and every time I've got a microphone in front of me that is what I'm going to don".
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/jackson-wants-lee-curry-in-nba-allstar-game-20121222-2bsvz.html

NBA to Introduce All-Star Saturday Night Champion at 2013 All-Star Weekend
The NBA announced a few tweaks to the format of its All-Star Saturday Night Contests, connecting the events by way of a competition between the Eastern and Western Conferences and adding “captains” to oversee the spectacle. In years past, the four events were totally independent. Beginning at this year’s 2013 All-Star Weekend in Houston, the East and West will receive points based on the results of each of the four events, with the overall winning conference earning extra money to donate to charity.
http://www.nba.com/2012/news/12/20/all-star-saturday-moving-to-east-west-format-for-first-time

Major Candidates to Be First-Time NBA All-Stars at the Quarter-Season Mark
Few matters in the NBA generate more debate than All-Star selections. Many fans lament the popularity contest that the game has always represented, while the traditional position criteria has limited the chances for many legitimate All-Star contenders.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1439841-predicting-first-time-nba-all-stars-at-the-quarter-season-mark

1st Round of voting released for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game
The first round of results for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game are available. Lebron James and Kobe Bryant are leading the way.
www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/index.htm

Anderson Varejao Deserves To Make The NBA All-Star Game
In basketball, not everybody can be an elite player garnering accolades, fortune and fan adoration. No, some guys… actually most guys are role players largely going under the radar. Some are even more so cleverly defined as specialists. For the better part of his career, Anderson Varejao has been known as a specialist in the rebounding category, and a pretty good one at that...
http://dimemag.com/2012/12/anderson-varejao-deserves-to-make-the-nba-all-star-game/

Jrue Holiday Wants ‘Serious Consideration’ for the All-Star Team
Jrue Holiday is in the midst of a breakout season (18.6 points and 9.2 assists per game), and is quite understandably hoping for an invite to the midseason showcase. ‘Man, I hope (I deserve serious consideration),’ Holiday said. ‘I don’t really look at the statistics of me and the other guards. I really just try to go out there and play.’”
http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/11/jrue-holiday-wants-serious-consideration-for-the-all-star-team/

Duncan still fits All-Star profile
Still astounded to see Tim Duncan’s run of 13 consecutive All-Star appearances end last February, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich already has begun stumping for his star big man three months ahead of this season’s game in Houston. Step one of the campaign appears to be to remind voters — and fellow coaches who select reserves — of last season’s snub. “I thought he played well enough in the West to be on the All-Star team,” Popovich said. “I thought that was a big mistake, and I thought a lack of respect for how well he played last year. He’s done the same thing this year.”
http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2012/11/22/duncan-still-fits-all-star-profile/

NBA Players Making Strong Bids To Be First-Time All-Stars
What do Jeremy Lin and James Harden have in common? They will both be NBA All-Stars for the first time in 2013.The global sensation and the Sixth Man of the Year are veritable shoo-ins at this point in the season. What’s more, in one of those typical sports coincidences, both will be holding it down on their new home court. They’re not the only ones who will be making their All-Star Game debut. So many more will just miss their first opportunity.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1419270-nba-players-making-strong-bids-to-be-first-time-all-stars

Which NBA Players Deserve to Start the 2013 All-Star Game?
The 2012-13 NBA season is barely underway, yet All-Star voting has already begun. While the season is young, there have already been a number of memorable games, ridiculous stat lines and there are even some records that are being closed in on. While popularity and branding is going to have an impact on who gets the starting nods, there are 10 players that deserve to be starting the 2012-13 edition of the All-Star game.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1413203-nba-which-players-deserve-to-start-the-2013-all-star-game

NBA Breakout Performers: 10 Players Ready to Become All-Stars
For the last few seasons, we've seen young players from Kevin Durant to Derrick Rose break out and create All-Star résumés early in their careers. So after another influx of quality talent over the past few drafts, who will be the next crop of players to take their games to the next level and become All-Stars?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1412268-nba-breakout-performers-10-players-ready-to-become-all-stars

Ten players who should have been on the 2013 NBA All-Star ballot
Everyone agrees that this process is all about hype, not “need,” and there’s something to be said for the “I’m just happy to be nominated” sentiment that comes with inclusion on a ballot. For younger guys, it marks a certain respect level and a first step toward making the All-Star team. For older guys, it can be a tip of the cap for a career well done. With that in mind, here are a few guys who feel they should have been included on this year’s ballot, given their early-season work, with a look at who they might have replaced.
http://nba.si.com/2012/11/15/nba-all-star-ballot-snubs-jason-kidd-jr-smith-jamal-crawford/
http://www.nba-allstar.com/players/snubs/

Ballot for 2013 NBA All-Star Game unveiled
The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled on November 13 during a special event in Houston, the home of the NBA All-Star 2013.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

6 Would-Be NBA All-Stars Being Wasted on Horrible Teams
Some players that are "All-Stars" aren't as good as players that aren't "All-Stars." They earn the moniker for no better reason other than they happen to have better teammates.There is a short list of players in the NBA who, if they were playing for a better team, would be no-brainers. Yet because they are toiling with losing teams, they are overlooked.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1402153-7-would-be-all-stars-being-wasted-on-horrible-teams

NBA Launches Volunteer Program for 2012 Orlando NBA All-Star Jam Session
All the people who want to live the behind-the-scenes All Star experience in the NBA Jam Session can sign-up.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/volunteer.htm

8 NBA Sophomores Who Will Break out in 2013

Looking to make the jump from elite rookies to super sophomores, the 2011 NBA draft class is loaded with skill and talent. The progression between Year 1 and Year 2 could have some bottom feeders in the playoffs come April. From Kyrie Irving to Kenneth Faried, the potential for long-term success is salient in this class.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1389698-8-nba-sophomores-who-will-break-out-in-2013

NBA to change All-Star ballot, eliminating center
61 editions later the NBA has changed how the All-Star lineups are selected. Historically, three positions were clearly defined: Guards (G), Forwards (F) and Center (C). In this years ballot, Center position disappears and fans have to pick 2 guards (backcourt) and 3 forwards (frontcourt) per team.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/editions/2013.htm
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8544934/report-nba-change-all-star-balloting-remove-forward-center-designations
http://www.nba.com/2012/news/10/23/all-star-centers-ballot/

SI preseason 2012 All-Star teams
Rob Mahoney:
East Starters: G Deron Williams, G Dwyane Wade, F Carmelo Anthony, F LeBron James, C Andrew Bynum
East Reserves: G Rajon Rondo, G Kyrie Irving, F Chris Bosh, F Kevin Garnett, C Al Horford, F Paul Pierce, F Josh Smith

West Starters: G Chris Paul, G Kobe Bryant, F Kevin Durant, F Blake Griffin, C Dwight Howard
West Reserves: G Russell Westbrook, G Steve Nash, F LaMarcus Aldridge, F Kevin Love, C Pau Gasol, F Andre Iguodala, G James Harden

Ben Golliver:
East Starters: G Rajon Rondo, G Dwyane Wade, F Carmelo Anthony, F LeBron James, C Andrew Bynum
East Reserves: G Deron Williams, G Kyrie Irving, F Chris Bosh, F Luol Deng, C Al Horford, G Joe Johnson, F Paul Pierce

West Starters: G Chris Paul, G Kobe Bryant, F Kevin Durant, F Blake Griffin, C Dwight Howard
West Reserves: G Russell Westbrook, G Steve Nash, F LaMarcus Aldridge, F Kevin Love, C Marc Gasol, F Andre Iguodala, G Tony Parker

Tackling the early NBA All-Star questions
Every new season brings its own revised hierarchy. Player development, regression, injury and movement scramble what was previously thought to be an established order, and in the process create all kinds of opportunities for players and teams to take on new roles in the altered NBA landscape.
http://nba.si.com/2012/10/23/nba-all-star-questions-preseason-kevin-love-dirk-nowitzki/

The 50 Greatest Players to Never Make an All-Star Team, Part I
I am going to start out with short details on five guards who never made an All-Star team.  One even led the league in assists, while another averaged over 21 points per game as part of a championship squad and was left off the AS team. Work horses, former Rookie of the Year talent, Sixth men awards…these five have accolades.  Just none of them feature an All-Star appearance…
http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2012/09/05/the-50-greatest-players-to-never-make-an-all-star-team-part-i/

Sneak Peek at 2013 NBA All-Star Game Uniforms?
As you can see, the jersey is red and blue with shooting stars going up either side of the shorts into the jersey top.  WEST is spelled out on the front of the jersey with a small gold “2013″ on the jersey collar.  adidas logos and the standard NBA Star logo are all over the place.
http://news.sportslogos.net/2012/08/16/sneak-peek-at-2013-nba-all-star-game-uniforms/

5 NBA Players Who Could Be First-Time All-Stars in 2013
NBA All-Stars come and go each and every season, and these five players are going to be playing in Houston for their first chance at the real All-Star festivities during the 2012-2013 season. All of them are young, and all of them are on the fast track towards the elite tier of NBA players at their respective positions.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1286754-5-nba-players-who-could-be-first-time-all-stars-in-2013

2013 NBA All-Star Logo unveiled
As seen on the Houston Rockets NBA Draft party and also on the 2K13 video games merchandising.
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/88080-2012-13-nba-logo-uniform-changes/

New Orleans to host 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend
The NBA confirmed officially on April 16, 2012 that the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend will be celebrated in New Orleans (14-16 February), the second time in the city and just 6 years after New Orleans 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend. Three days before the announcement, the NBA sold the Hornets franchise to NFL New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/editions/2013.htm

NBA's 10 Surprise Rising Studs Who Could Be First-Time All-Stars in 2013
This year there were some first-time NBA All-Stars, including Luol Deng and Roy Hibbert. There most certainly will be more first-timers next year. Some of these are new to the conversation and some are overdue for a selection.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1121481-10-surprise-rising-studs-who-will-be-first-time-all-stars-in-2013

Orlando Magic are interested in hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game
Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said the franchise will bid to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game at Amway Center if, as expected, city and county government officials support bringing the exhibition back to Central Florida for the second time in four years. The odds would seem to be low for any city to host the game twice in five seasons, but the league does not have a rule that would prohibit a city from doing that.
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-04/sports/os-orlando-2016-nba-all-star-game-0305-20120304_1_hedo-turkoglu-alex-martins-host-next-year

All-Star Sneaker Roundup
Want to see the souped up, spaced out foot rides Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Reebok, AND 1 and PEAK put together for pro basketball’s annual mid-season celebration? Flip through the gallery slideshow above and you might feel a little like you were on the ground in Orlando too.
http://www.slamonline.com/online/kicks/2012/02/photos-all-star-weekend-sneaker-roundup/

2012 NBA All-Star Weekend by the Numbers
"Orange County and the city of Orlando have been great hosts," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “(Orlando) is a perfect city to host an All-Star Game with all things good from the hotels to the golf courses to the spectacular Amway Center, there's no better building in the world." And the numbers don’t lie. Check out the final edition of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend by the numbers:
http://www.nba.com/magic/news/dan_savage_all_star_weekend_by_the_numbers_030112.html

NBA All-Star Viewing Guide: How To Enjoy The Worst Events Of The Weekend
The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us! Despite what you may think, every event can be entertaining. Yes, even the Celebrity Game and Shooting Stars. Tom Ziller presents a viewing guide to the weekend.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2012/2/24/2820104/nba-all-star-weekend-2012-viewing-guide

Stephen Curry out for All-Star Weekend
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry suffered a right foot injury against the Suns during Wednesday game and will not be attending All-Star Weekend festivities, where he was scheduled to defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Rajon Rondo has been named as a substitute for this contest too.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/02/23/agent-curry-out-for-all-star-weekend/?ls=iref:nbahpt2

Rajon Rondo and Kevin Durant to replace Hawks' Joe Johnson in All-Star Weekend

A left knee injury will keep Joe Johnson out of the NBA All-Star festivities, for him the All-Star Game and the 3-Point Contest. Rajon Rondo has been selected as a replacement and will play his third NBA All-Star Game.
Kevin Durant will have a second chance in the 3 Point Contest replacing Joe Johnson after an awful performance (6 points) in 2011 contest.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2012/2/22/2816758/joe-johnson-injury-atlanta-hawks-nba-all-star-game
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/22/all-star-rondo.ap/index.html

Jazz's Evans to replace Knicks' Shumpert in Sprite Slam Dunk
New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert missed Monday game with a left patella tendinitis and will be replaced in the Slam Dunk Contests by Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/slamdunk/2012.htm

Favors replaces injured Splitter in Rising Stars Challenge
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors will join TEAM CHUCK for the Rising Stars Challenge replacing injured Tiago Splitter (right calf strain)
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2012.htm

Anthony Morrow will wear Drazen Petrovic jersey to honor former Net during NBA All-Star break
Petrovic was a Net for two-plus years, from midway through the 1990-91 season until 1993 averaging more than 20 points-per-game in each, and left a large impression on the franchise. He died in a car crash at 28 years old that summer. His No. 3 jersey is one of five retired by the organization. Morrow has had the idea since he saw Petrovic's jersey hanging in the Nets' practice facility. After seeing the documentary, "Once Brothers" -- about the broken friendship between Petrovic and Vlade Divac -- he thought that if he had the chance to participate in All-Star weekend, he would honor the fallen hero.
http://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2012/02/anthony_morrow_will_wear_draze.html

Curry to defend title in Taco Bell Skills Challenge
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will defend his Taco Bell Skills Challenge title against a field consisting of #1 2011 draft pick Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams (2008 contest winner). The 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge will take place on Saturday Feb. 25, at Amway Center in Orlando.
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/20/skills-challenge/index.html
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

Expect NBA to add Jeremy Lin to All-Star roster
NBA commissioner David Stern is not averse to taking advantage of a moment that might never come again. He realizes Lin should be in Orlando. Nobody in the league is hotter. No player in recent years has commanded such intense, unrelenting attention. Stern is bullish on the league he has lorded over for nearly 30 years, so I'd be disappointed if he doesn't find a way to put Lin in uniform. The Stern I've come to expect, who understands the value of a name worthy of a marquee, is working on that task at this very minute.
http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_19997972

John Wall on being 12th pick for Rising Star Challenge: “It’s a joke to me”
John Wall has had to get accustomed to losing in Washington, and this week, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick had to deal with what felt like a rejection. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal chose teams for the Rising Star Challenge from a pool of 20 rookies and second-year players and Wall was selected 12th overall.  “It’s a joke to me,” said Wall, who is averaging 16.9 points and 7.5 assists in his second season. “If they think there are 11 guys better than me, then that’s their decision. But I know what I think in my mind and all I can do is go out there and play basketball the way I know how to play.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/post/john-wall-on-being-12th-pick-for-rising-star-challenge-its-a-joke-to-me

Team Atlanta eyes repeat in Shooting Stars
Team Atlanta is going to attempt to become the first repeat Haier Shooting Stars champion as it competes against a field that includes squads representing New York, Texas and NBA All-Star 2012 host city Orlando. The Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one NBA legend on each team.
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/17/shooting-stars-field-release/index.html

Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Team SHAQ put together Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin and Ricky Rubio among others. Team CHUCK reunite two #1 picks in John Wall and Kyrie Irving. Jeremy Lin and Norris Cole were late additions to the draft pool.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2012.htm

Chase Budinger, Paul George, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Williams headline Slam Dunk Contest field
These are the four NBA Slam Dunk contestants, and Blake Griffin won't return to defend his 2011 championship. It's expected that New York Knikcs point guard Jeremy Lin will assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the contest.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/slamdunk/2012.htm

James Jones, Kevin Love, Joe Johnson headline Three-Point Contest Field
Reigning champion James Jones of the Miami Heat will defend his title in this year's Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Amway Center in Orlando. Rounding out the field are All-Stars Joe Johnson and Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson, Mario Chalmers and Anthony Morrow.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2012.htm

Howard, Durant go head-to-head coaching Celebrity Game
2012 NBA All-Stars, Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard and Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Kevin Durant will serve as the East and West team coaches, respectively. This year's players include celebrities from film, TV, music and NBA Legends.
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/16/celebrity-game-release/index.html

Nicki Minaj to perform at NBA All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star players will be getting quite the introduction this year: Nicki Minaj will sing a medley of her hits as the players are announced to the crowd. Mary J. Blige will sing the U.S. national anthem and the group Neverest will sing the Canadian anthem. Pitbull, along with Ne-Yo and Nayer, will perform during the halftime show.
www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/16/all-star-nicki-minaj.ap/index.html

Bulls' Thibodeau to coach East in All-Star Game
The Bulls (24-7, .774) clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15 with their 121-115 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Thibodeau, the NBA's reigning Coach of the Year, earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors for games played in December/January. He owns a career record of 86-27 (.761).
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/15/east-coach/index.html

NBA All-Star 2012: Ryan Anderson to Compete in Three-Point Shootout, According to Report
Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson will compete in the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend 2012, reports Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. Anderson told reporters before Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks he had accepted an invitation to compete in the annual shooting contest.
http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2012/2/10/2790728/ryan-anderson-three-point-contest-nba-all-star-2012

NBA All-Star Snubs? The Voters Just Might Have Gotten It Right
One look at the Eastern and Western rosters reveals that the voters -- first the fans, who elected starters, then NBA head coaches, who voted on subs -- mostly got things right. There's not one player on either team who objectively does not deserve to be an All-Star. The problem with All-Star balloting every year is that there are more players worthy of All-Star attention than there are slots.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2012/2/10/2789170/nba-all-star-snubs-2012-josh-smith-tyson-chandler-brandon-jennings

Scott Brooks earns spot as West coach for All-Star Game
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. With Oklahoma City's 101-87 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday, the Thunder (21-6, .778) has clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15.
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/11/west-coach/index.html

2012 NBA All-Star Game: Breaking Down Superstars' Custom All-Star Kicks
Nike has given us a star-studded gift in the way of three custom-made sneakers for this year's All-Star game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant will all get their very own Colorways and we have the breakdown. They are the biggest and best stars in the NBA, so it's only fitting that they get the mad love from Nike ahead of the mid-season classic. 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1058622-nba-all-star-game-2012-breaking-down-superstars-custom-all-star-kicks

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Roy Hibbert, Deron Williams, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala and Joe Johnson.
West Bench: Marc Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Steve Nash.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/editions/2012.htm

Blake Griffin not likely to reprise Kia dunk at NBA All-Star Weekend
Griffin wowed the masses during last year's NBA All-Star Weekend festivities with a phenomenal performance in the slam dunk contest, but indicated Thursday night that the likelihood of an encore performance is slim. "As of right now I don't plan on being in it," Griffin said. "Those dunk contests aren't my thing, I said that last year. There's a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff."
http://www.huliq.com/10164/blake-griffin-not-likely-reprise-kia-dunk-nba-all-star-weekend

Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend
The NBA confirmed officially on February 8, 2012 the rumors that had been circulating since the last summer: The 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend will be celebrated in Houston (15-17 February), the third time in the city in the last 25 years.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/editions/2013.htm

NBA All-Star 2012: 10 Potential Slam Dunk Contest Participants
Last year Blake Griffin took the crown, but maybe it's time to introduce some new blood to the contest, as well as possibly bringing back some old favorites.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1041459-nba-all-star-2012-10-potential-slam-dunk-contest-participants

Slam Dunk Contest Fan Poll

Kyrie Irving: NBA All-Star?
Irving has had an incredible year and he’s putting up impressive numbers in limited playing time, at least compared to other All-Star candidates. He’s the only player among the top 35 scorers in the league who’s averaging less than 30 minutes a game, and yet there he is nipping at the heels of Danny Granger and Rudy Gay, but it’s relatively rare to have a rookie named to the All-Star game.
http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2012/02/2012-nba-all-star-game-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-all-stars-kyrie-irving-anderson-varejao/

Shaq and Barkley will draft Rookie Challenge teams
NBA changed again how the teams for this game are arranged. Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley will draft 9 players from a pool of Rookies and Sophomores. For the first time these young players can share team, not a Rookies against Sophomores battle anymore.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/

NBA All-Star Game uniforms unveiled
The visual theme for this year's game is a series of heathered tones in the pattern of a basketball floor. The visual theme for this year's game, which will be played in Orlando on Feb. 26, is a series of heathered tones in the pattern of a basketball floor, as you can see in this logo and close-up:
http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story/_/id/7530477/nba-all-star-game-uniforms-warmups-unveiled-uni-watch

Danilo Gallinari, LaMarcus Aldridge Highlight Top 10 NBA Players With All-Star Bids in Jeopardy
Only 24 fortunate players get to participate in the NBA All-Star Game, and with the 10 starters for this year's game in Orlando likely set, the battle for reserve spots is likely to get testy. More than a few quality players will take the weekend off or watch the events on TV, just like the rest of us. Call them the first 10 out -- the 10 players who probably won't be named All-Stars, but are playing like All-Stars this season.
http://www.nesn.com/2012/01/danilo-gallinari-lamarcus-aldridge-highlight-top-10-nba-players-who-probably-wont-be-named-to-all-st.html

Anderson Varejao: 5 Reasons Cavaliers Center Deserves to Be an NBA All-Star
The 29-year-old, seven-year NBA veteran has never made the All-Star team before.  For the year he doesn't even average double digits in scoring.  Those who haven't watched his game recently would say he's only a flopper, and nothing more. I'm here to say Anderson Varejao deserves to be an NBA All-Star, and here are five reasons why.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1042783-anderson-varejao-5-reasons-cavaliers-center-deserves-to-be-an-nba-all-star

NBA.com anticipating East reserves
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/02/east-reserves/index.html

NBA.com West anticipating reserves
http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/02/west-reserves/index.html

Choose you favorite East reserves
Choose you favorite West reserves

Final voting results announced
These are the starting fives for the NBA All-Star Game:
East. Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard.
West. Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Overlooked All-Stars
The All-Stars are coming. Who’s the most underrated, no chance at going to Orlando but should have a shot, player in the league today?
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/02/01/blogtable-overlooked-all-stars/

Do the Thunder have 3 All-Stars on their Roster this year?
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are Oklahoma City’s two best players. They made All-Star teams and All-NBA teams last year. But the Thunder’s James Harden is emerging this season as a possible third All-Star on the roster. Harden is averaging 16.8 points per game, 3.3 assists per game and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. He’s shooting 48 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 87 percent from the line while getting to it 6.5 times per game.
http://thunderousintentions.com/2012/01/26/do-the-thunder-have-3-all-stars-on-their-roster-this-year/

Nuggets' Gallinari has all-star potential
"I think you could see Gallo playing in an All-Star Game someday," George Karl said. "You know, I coached Detlef Schrempf and I think Gallo has more intrigue in terms of Detlef because he's more of a playmaker than he is a scorer."
http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_19803890

Paul Millsap’s NBA All-Star Conundrum
Millsap has emerged as the team’s best player. His numbers – 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds – aren’t anything special. But he’s playing only 29 minutes a night, mostly because the Jazz have enough big men to outfit every Warrior team since 2005 with a pivot. Al Jefferson has slightly better numbers at first glance (18 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a night), but he’s played more, taken more shots, missed WAY more shots and hasn’t been the one driving Utah in the past few games.
http://dimemag.com/2012/01/paul-millsaps-nba-all-star-conundrum/

All-Star first results in, TD in danger of snapping All-Star appearance streak
The 2012 NBA All-Star first ballot returns are in and not one of the San Antonio Spurs' "Big 3" are no where near the top of the list. One thing to keep an eye on is on Duncan. Should not be named to the West All-Star roster, the 13-time All-Star would snap his All-Star appearance streak. He has made the team since 2000. And seeing how his numbers are down this season, the chances are high TD will miss the annual event.
http://projectspurs.com/2012-articles/january/all-star-first-results-in-td-in-danger-of-snapping-all-star-apperance-streak.html

Eric Gordon and 10 NBA Players Who'll Be Surprise All-Stars
As a compressed NBA schedule takes its toll on veteran players, expect high turnover and new faces on this year’s All-Star rosters. A lockout-shortened season also skews the selection process toward early outcomes, meaning these fast starters will get a chance to run with the NBA’s elite at the main even in Orlando.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1016521-eric-gordon-and-10-nba-players-wholl-be-surprise-all-stars

Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson may finally be in running for All-Star spot
During the first few years of his career, Jazz center Al Jefferson used to dream about it. Then the losses piled up. Losing seasons in Boston, lost years in Minnesota. Now, if the Jazz keep winning during January and Jefferson keeps producing, the eight-year veteran could finally be in the running for an All-Star spot.
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/53273974-87/jazz-jefferson-star-team.html.csp

1st Round of voting released for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game
The first round of results are in for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant are leading the way.
www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/index.htm

10 NBA Players Making a Case for First All-Star Appearance
The 2012 NBA All-Star Ballot has been released, and while there are the usual locks who will earn a selection, numerous candidates are making a case for a first time appearance. While both All-Star teams tend to consist mostly of repeatedly heralded players, a few surprising, yet deserving, first-timers are bound to make the cut. Plenty of athletes have begun to prove themselves this season, as they fight to earn their inclusion in the All-Star conversation.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1016057-10-nba-players-making-a-case-for-first-all-star-appearance

20 Surprise Players on the NBA All-Star Game Ballot
With the short season, All-Star voting has crept up on us faster than ever. As a result, there are some names on the ballots that we would have never predicted to be on there at the beginning of the season. Try not to let your jaw drop as you click through the slideshow and see the name of some players you didn't even know saw the court.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1011247-20-players-you-would-have-never-expected-to-see-on-the-all-star-ballot

Ballot for 2012 NBA All-Star Game unveiled
The 2012 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled on January 4 during a special tip-off event in Orlando, the home of the NBA All-Star 2012. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

NBA Launches Volunteer Program for 2012 Orlando NBA All-Star Jam Session

All the people who want to live the behind-the-scenes All Star experience in the NBA Jam Session already can submit his name.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/volunteer.htm
http://nba.volunteerhub.com/

Lockout's end comes just in time for Orlando NBA All-Star
The plan is for training camps and free agency to both begin on Dec. 9, though details remained sketchy. All-Star Weekend in Orlando, initially set for Feb. 24-26, is expected to be preserved.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/edtions/2012.htm
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/11/26/we-have-makings-of-a-deal/

Orlando Mayor plans to ask the NBA for another All-Star Game in 2014 or 2015
Although city officials look forward to hosting the 2012 NBA All-Star Game if the tentative labor deal is ratified, they plan to ask the league for the city to host the game again in 2014 or 2015 (2013 will be in Houston). “We would certainly appreciate and welcome the opportunity to host the game in either 2014 or 2015 again, and I will certainly, along with the Magic, make that request. But we’re pretty excited about having ’12. Earlier this month, Dyer told Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi that the league would have a “moral obligation” to give the city a second All-Star Game “since we wouldn’t be getting the All-Star Game in the fashion that it was promoted to us.”
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_magic/2011/11/buddy-dyer-plans-to-ask-the-nba-for-another-all-star-game-in-2014-or-2015.html

Players reject deal, seriously jeopardizing 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando
NBA players are shifting their ongoing labor dispute with the league's owners toward the courts — the courts with lawyers and judges, not the ones with coaches and referees. The move seriously threatens the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played in late February at Orlando's Amway Center, and jeopardizes the 2011-12 season.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-lockout-news-1115-20111114,0,4189445.story

NBA Lockout News: Orlando's 2012 NBA All-Star Game would be saved -- if union accepts new offer
League officials met with executives from the National Basketball Players Association for 11 hours Thursday (Nov. 10) in Manhattan, and by the time the meeting had ended, NBA Commissioner David Stern had made a new proposal to the union’s president, Derek Fisher, and the union’s executive director, Billy Hunter. The contingency schedule that’s been drawn up by the NBA still calls for the 2012 All-Star Game to be played in downtown Orlando on Feb. 26.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-nba-lockout-news-1111-20111110,0,4983955.story

Ed Macauley, first NBA All-Star MVP dies on Nov. 8 at 83
Ed Macauley was voted the national college basketball player of the year in 1949 and the most valuable player in the NBA’s first All-Star Game in 1951. The second-highest-paid player in the NBA in the early 1950s, he made the All-Star team in seven of his 10 pro seasons.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/11/09/ed-macauley-obit.ap/index.html

Ranking the 50 Greatest Dunks in NBA Slam Dunk Contest History
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/846770-ranking-the-50-greatest-dunks-in-nba-slam-dunk-contest-history

Orlando loses plenty if 2012 All-Star Game is shelved
Unless the NBA owners and players get real cozy at the negotiating table real soon, there won't be an All-Star Game in Orlando next February. Which means, there goes an estimated $50 million-plus from Central Florida's economy and a decent chunk of change from the league's cash register.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/shaun_powell/08/24/orlando-all-star-game-future/

NBA: 7 Players Due for an All-Star Appearance in 2011-2012
Here's a look at the seven players I think can have a breakout season and land themselves in the All-Star game, as well as some honorable mentions.  
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/771482-7-players-due-for-an-all-star-appearance-in-2011-2012

Preparations Underway For Orlando 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend
City leaders expect 80,000 people in downtown Orlando, which is nearly half the city's population. Orlando police will need help from the FBI, Orange County deputies and surrounding law enforcement.
http://www.wftv.com/news/28312486/detail.html

Former Spurs NBA All-Star Mike Mitchell dies of cancer
Mike Mitchell, a 1980s-era Spurs forward known for his inspired play against the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, died after a two-year battle with cancer. The San Antonio resident was 55. He played in the All-Star Game at home at the Richfield Coliseum in 1981.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Former-Spurs-star-Mitchell-dies-of-cancer-1416879.php
1981 NBA All-Star Game

2012 NBA All-Star Vendor Diversity Program
The NBA's objective for the All-Star Vendor Diversity Program is to bring real business opportunities to local woman and minority-owned businesses that are interested in providing goods and services to the NBA All-Star. Vendors who are in the Orlando need to:

  1. Complete and submit the on-line application.
  2. Submit proof of certification as a woman or minority-owned enterprise to: nbavendordiversity@nba.com or by fax to 201-974-5972.

The deadline is September 1, 2011. For more information ==> http://www.nba.com/allstarvendordiversity/

Rockets Want to Host 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend
“Since last All-Star Game in 2006, we’ve submitted to the league a proposal to host the All-Star Game again,” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said. “We’re under consideration for 2014. We’re hopeful, but the NBA has not made any determinations. There are a number of cities bidding for the same thing. We’re working with the city and the sports authority to try to get the game.”
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bk/bkn/7428472.html

2011 NBA All-Star News

NBA All-Star Game: West 148 - East 143. MVP Kobe Bryant
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstarnba/2011.htm

Blake Griffin Slam Dunk Champion
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2011.htm

Miami Heat James Jones wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest
http://www.nba.com/allstar/2011/3point/index.html

Stephen Curry the new Skills Challenge winner
http://www.nba.com/allstar/2011/skills.challenge/index.html

Team Atlanta wins the Shooting Stars Contest
http://www.nba.com/allstar/2011/shooting.stars/index.html

Rookies defeat Sophomores 148-140
John Wall (22 assists) and DeMarcus Cousins (33 points and 14 rebounds) guided the Rookie Team to the victory.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2011.htm

West coach Gregg Popovich chooses Duncan to start in All-Star Game
"I think it's totally appropriate and obvious that he should be the starter," Popovich said on Thursday night. The San Antonio coach selected Spurs star Tim Duncan to replace Yao Ming in the lineup for Sunday's game at Staples Center.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/02/17/duncan-starter.ap/index.html

Young guards selected to challenge Paul in Skills Challenge
For the first time, the NBA gave fans the opportunity to determine participants in the Skills Challenge. From Jan. 27 through Feb. 15, fans could choose their squad of four players out of eight candidates online. These are the contestants:
Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/02/17/skills-lineup/index.html

Thunder's Harden replaces Kings' Evans in Rookie Challenge
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden will replace injured Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (plantar fasciitis in the left foot) on the Sophomore Team in the 2011 Rookie Challenge.

Team Texas eyes repeat in Haier Shooting Stars
Team Texas is going to attempt to become the first repeat Haier Shooting Stars champion as it competes against a field that includes squads representing Atlanta, Chicago and NBA All-Star 2011 host city Los Angeles at Staples Center on Feb. 19. The Haier Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one TNT on-air talent and legend on each team.
http://www.nba.com/2011/allstar/2011/02/10/shooting-stars-competitors/index.html

Allen, Pierce, Durant headline Three-Point Contest Field
Reigning champion Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics will defend his title in this year's Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rounding out the field are All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Durant , Daniel Gibson, James Jones and Dorell Wright.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/2011.htm

Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz headline All-Star entertainment
Grammy Award-winning international superstars Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz will headline the 2011 NBA All-Star Entertainment Series presented by American Express. Kravitz will tip off the 60th NBA All-Star Game, on Sunday, Feb. 20 with a special performance during the player introductions while Rihanna will perform at halftime.
http://www.nba.com/2011/allstar/2011/02/09/entertainment-release/index.html

Kevin Love selected as final All-Star
The NBA's leading rebounder was added to the Western Conference roster by Commissioner David Stern as the injury replacement for Houston center Yao Ming. Love said he was "shocked" when Rambis delivered the news about his All-Star nod in front of the entire team about 30 minutes before the game.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/allstar2011/news/story?id=6091625

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Chris Bosh, Al Horford and Joe Johnson.
West Bench: Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Russell Westbrook, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Deron Williams and Blake Griffin.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/allstarnba/2011.htm

Celtics' Rivers earns spot as East's coach for All-Star Game
Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will coach for the second time the Eastern Conference All-Stars for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, as the Celtics (37-11, .771) clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 6.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/02/02/east-coach.ap/index.html

Griffin, Evans headline selections for 2011 Rookie Challenge
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin, lead a list of 18 players selected by the NBA's assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot. Last year in Dallas, the Rookies won for the first time since 2002.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/rookies/2011.htm

Final voting results announced
These are the starting fives for the NBA All-Star Game:
East. Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard.
West. Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Yao Ming.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

Fan Voting decides Skills Challenge contestants
Chris Paul is the only player named by the NBA for the Skills Challenge. Another 8 players (Tyreke Evans, Baron Davis, Derek Fisher, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry) could be voted through February 15 at nba.com to take part in the contest.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/skills-challenge/

Spurs' Popovich earns 2nd nod to coach West in All-Star Game
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. With San Antonio's 113-102 win over the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs (38-7, .844) have clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 6.
http://www.nba.com/2011/news/01/25/popovich-all-star-game/index.html

DeMar DeRozan replaces Brandon Jennings in the Slam Dunk Contest
The NBA announced that Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan – the runner-up in last year’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest — will replace Jennings this year in Los Angeles. Jennings hurt his foot against in an awkward spill at San Antonio on Dec. 15 and had surgery on Dec. 20, with an expected layoff of four to six weeks.
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/01/19/jennings-grounded-from-slam-dunk/

All-Star ballots need changes
“We have discussed the possibility of changing the ballot as recently as last summer,” league spokesman Tim Frank said, “but we determined that it still made the most sense to use the traditional position designations as they are still most appropriate for our game. Eventually, the discussions will bring about change, and here is what ought to result: An All-Star ballot that still has three positions, but designated as point, wings and bigs.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/columnists/article/Mike-Monroe-All-Star-ballots-need-changes-937718.php

Clippers forward Blake Griffin highlights slam dunk contest
The NBA has announced that the Slam Dunk Contest participants will be Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), JaVale McGee (Washington Wizards), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks).
http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/slamdunk/2011.htm

NBA All-Star Game reserves history. Any chance for Kevin Love and Blake Griffin?
Every season there are some players making great stats in weak teams (non-playoffs and/or under .500 teams) who have a very small chance to make the All-Star teams, or at least that's the feeling I have. So, I was thinking, which kind of players have been selected in the last 25 years? And the best I could do was to look at the history of the players chosen as a reserves in the last 25 seasons (1985-2010).
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/how-complete-coaches-nba-all-star-reserves.htm

Lebron discusses NBA Slam Dunk Contest
LeBron James wants to be part of the dunk contest at All-Star weekend. He's just not sure it's a smart idea. One of the game's best dunkers, James acknowledged Friday that he often considers committing to be part of the field, then finds himself waffling.
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2010/12/31/1906651/lebron-james-blake-griffin-dunk-contest

2nd Round of voting results released for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game
On December, 30 the NBA published the last voting results. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard keep leading their conferences. Kobe is the first player to surpass the million of votes.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/index.htm

25 First-Time Candidates Who Could Be In The 2011 NBA All-Star Game
Every year when the All-Star Teams are announced, and a select group of players will play in an exhibition game as the greatest players in the world, there are a few new faces, people that have not been in this position before, and players having the best years of their careers.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/540949-25-first-time-candidates-who-could-be-in-the-2011-all-star-game#page/1

Tim Duncan Not an All-Star This Year? Don't Count Him Out
Duncan was told he could be named an All-Star by coaches, who choose reserves by voting for a center, two forwards, two guards and two players at any position. Coaches easily could slide Duncan over for their center vote, although they also could do that with power forwards Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, Kevin Love of Minnesota, Blake Griffin of the Clippers, LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland or Zach Randolph of Memphis.
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/12/17/tim-duncan-not-an-all-star-this-year-dont-count-him-out/

Lakers' Lamar Odom covets a first All-Star game appearance
Odom, 31, is in his 12th season in the NBA and is playing some of the best basketball of his career. He's averaging 16.2 points and 10 rebounds per game and shooting 58.8%. In a Western Conference packed with All-Star-caliber forwards, Odom was seventh at the position in the season's first All-Star balloting released Thursday, with 134,594 votes.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-lakers-fyi-20101218,0,4505975.story

NBA All-Star Ballots Need One Simple Reform: Lose The Positions
This isn't a terribly original idea, and there are other good reform ideas circulating. But looking at the results and options in the center categories make the current system almost too much to bear. Bring the positional revolution to fan voting!
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2010/12/16/1880288/nba-all-star-voting-yao-ming-andrew-bynum

1st Round of voting released for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game
The first round of results are in for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant and Dwigth Howard are leading the way.
www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/index.htm

Bulls' Rose should be a lock for All-Star start
All that MVP chanting is nice, but like with the title, only one player gets that award. It is better to take a shot at what comes next, the biggest midseason honor in the NBA, starting the All-Star game. And I think Derrick Rose is a lock.
http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/smith_101213.html

Raymond Felton Beyond the Numbers: New York Knicks Guard Should Be an All-Star
Part of being a good point guard is maximizing the talents and honing in on the skills of your teammates, and Felton has been doing just that. While one would argue he’s been Nash-esque while guiding Amar’e Stoudemire towards a MVP trophy, Knicks Hall of Fame point guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier claims Felton is playing…well, “Frazier-like.”
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/543229-raymond-felton-beyond-the-numbers-why-the-knicks-guard-should-be-an-all-star

Dwight Howard Says He's 'Retired for Life' From Dunk Contest
"I don't want to do it,'' Howard, 25, said after the Magic practiced at the Pepsi Center on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's game against Denver. "I want to let other people have an opportunity to shine. I (have done) the dunk contest too many times. I'm over with it.''
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/12/13/dwight-howard-says-hes-retired-for-life-from-dunk-contest/

Are Kevin Love numbers enough to land him in All-Star Game?
Love leads the NBA at 15.3 rebounds per game, more than three better than No. 2 Joakim Noah of Chicago. It's rare that a player on a bad team makes the NBA All-Star Game. Coaches, who select the reserves, are stubborn about rewarding team success over individual stats when filling out their ballots.
http://blog.oregonlive.com/nba/2010/12/nba_high-5_100.html

Paul Millsap, probably the best player left out of the ballot
He's averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He's racked up five double-doubles. He pulverized Miami for a career-high 46 points last week. His scoring rate checks in 19th in the league going into today. Twenty-five of the top 26 scorers are on the ballot. Millsap is not. Seventeen of the top 19 rebounders made our list. Millsap did not.
http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/art_garcia/11/18/asg-ballot-millsap/index.html

Andray Blatche omitted from Eastern Conference all-star ballot
Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche was left off the ballot, while leaving on such players as Thaddeus Young, Troy Murphy and Corey Maggette -who don't start for their teams- and Linas Kleiza, who was in Greece last season.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2010/11/andray-blatche-omitted-from-ea.html

Ballot for 2011 NBA All-Star Game unveiled
The 2011 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled on November 18 during a special tip-off event in Los Angeles, the home of the NBA All-Star 2011. The 60th NBA All-Star Game, which will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

NBA Predictions: 11 Players Who Could Be First-Time All-Stars in L.A.
We are about 10 games into the NBA season for most teams. Some players have been consistently standing out as potential first-time NBA All-Stars this season, while other perennial All-Stars aren't having All-Star-caliber seasons.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/517843-11-players-who-could-be-first-time-nba-all-stars-in-2010-2011-in-los-angeles

Jerry West to have statue unveiled
The Los Angeles Lakers will unveil a statue honoring Hall of Fame guard Jerry West during this season's NBA All-Star weekend. The statue will be the fifth to be erected at Staples Center and the third that is Lakers-related, following Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya and broadcaster Chick Hearn.
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5786305

QuintEvents Named an Official Hospitality Provider to NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles
QuintEvents is offering individual fans and groups the opportunity to purchase customized travel and hospitality packages for NBA All-Star events.  QuintEvents has launched a new website, www.NBA-Events.com, which provides information on all official NBA All-Star 2011 packages.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/quintevents-named-an-official-hospitality-provider-to-nba-all-star-2011-in-los-angeles

NBA Jam Session Volunteer Sign-Up has started
All the people who want to live the behind-the-scenes All Star experience in the NBA Jam Session already can submit his name.
http://lasec.net/index.php?&content=nba_jam_session
www.nba-allstar.com/volunteer.htm

9 Potential First Time Eastern Conference All Stars in 2011
We know many fans believe the Heat will dominate and certainly will vote in their big three. But who will take advantage of all the player movement away from the East?
http://thehoopdoctors.com/online2/2010/09/9-potential-first-time-eastern-conference-all-stars-in-2011/

9 Potential First Time Western Conference All Stars in ‘10-’11
With the Summer almost officially over and basketball on all levels in a slow period, as we await the start of training camp, it’s time to start to prognosticate on just how the 2010-2011 NBA Season will play out.
http://thehoopdoctors.com/online2/2010/09/9-potential-first-time-western-conference-all-stars-in-10-11/

2011 All-Star Game: How Does Free Agent Movement Affect Who Goes?
The biggest differences will likely take place out West. With players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer now residing on Eastern Conference teams, a few frontcourt positions have opened up.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/440673-2011-all-star-game-how-does-free-agent-movent-affect-who-goes#page/1

2011 NBA All-Star Game to Bring at Least $85 Million to Los Angeles Economy
Of that, $60 million of the total revenue generated is expected to come from visitors attracted to Los Angeles to attend NBA All-Star Weekend events. The influx of out-of-towners means more money will be spent on area hotels and lodging, transportation, food, beverages, entertainment and shopping. Increased economic activity from local residents and businesses is expected to generate an additional $25 million.
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/newsId=20100811005399

First Look at 2011 NBA All-Star Gear
The 2011 All-Star jerseys will follow the traditional Blue/East and Red/West palette. The jersey's read "The East" or the "The West" with a silhouette of the LA skyline in the lettering. The jersey also features the adidas Three Stripes on the sides of the jersey. Being that we are very far from the 2011 All-Star game, anything can change, but for now, these are the 2011 All-Star jerseys.
http://www.kenlu.net/forum/adidas-2011-ASG-Jersey-amp-adiPure-2010-06_51682.html

2011 NBA All-Star Logo unveiled
Before Game 2 of the Lakers-Celtics Finals, the NBA held a press conference to present the logo for the 2011 NBA All-Star game, which will be played in Los Angeles. Ahmad Rashad hosted the festivities, and former Laker James Worthy, current Clipper Eric Gordon, and L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigoso were all in attendance.
Watch the video

Orlando to Host NBA All-Star 2012
NBA Commissioner David Stern announced at a press conference on May 4,
that the new Stadium of the Orlando Magic will host all the All-Star Weekend games and contests between 24-26 February 2012. This is the second time that the All-Star visits Orlando, 20 years after the emotional 1992 edition.
http://www.nba.com/magic/news/release_allstar_050410.html

NBA All-Star Weekend not going to Europe in the near future
There had been talk of holding the game in Europe, perhaps in London ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Stern said that was “just talk,” and nothing more. “Some of the players come up to me and say, ‘Let’s go to London.’ They don’t know how difficult it is to mount something,” Stern said. “I think this game is staying domestic for quite a few more years.”
http://blog.taragana.com/business/2010/05/04/orlando-magics-new-arena-lands-2012-nba-all-star-game-weeklong-festivities-57251/

 

2010 ALL STAR NEWS

Jason Kidd replaces injured Kobe; David Lee steps in for Iverson
http://www.nba.com/2010/allstar/2010/02/11/kidd.lee.replacements/index.html

Gretchen Wilson to perform National Anthem
http://www.nba.com/2010/allstar/2010/02/10/anthem/index.html

Chris Kaman first All-Star Game appearance substituting injured Brandon Roy
http://dimemag.com/2010/02/chris-kaman-replaces-brandon-roy-on-all-star-roster/

Three-Point Shootout Contestants announced
http://www.nba-allstar.com/3pointcontes/2010.htm

Billups to replace Paul in 2010 NBA All-Star Game
http://www.nba.com/2010/allstar/2010/02/03/billups.replacement/index.html

Alicia Keys, Shakira and Usher to perform at All-Star Game
http://www.nba.com/2010/allstar/2010/02/02/music.performances/index.html

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East reserves - West reserves

NBA All-Star jerseys available at NBA Store
The NBA All-Star Game is a few weeks away, and thanks to the NBA shop's site we now know what the jerseys will look like when the players take the court for the NBA All-Star Game. Interested in buying one? It will set you back $300.
http://store.nba.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3974076&cp=3974075

Brown, Robinson, Wallace to compete in 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk
2009 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks will attempt to become the first three-time winner of the competition when he defends his title on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center Robinson will compete against the Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace and the Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown.
http://www.nba.com/2010/news/01/18/sprite.dunk.pr/index.html

Demar DeRozan and Eric Gordon to compete in the inaugural All-Star Slam Dunk-In
DeRozan and Gordon will compete in the All-Star Slam Dunk-In competition at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12. Each player get two dunks in the two minutes one-round dunk-in, with the player receiving the highest percentage of fan votes advancing to the All-Star Saturday Night Sprite Slam Dunk event.
http://www.nba.com/2010/news/01/12/allstar.dunkin/index.html

Chris Kaman Taking Charge, Making Case for All-Star Selection
It's a long shot, mainly due to the Clippers' less-than-stellar 14-18 record. But if Western Conference coaches seek to name a center for the All-Star team who actually starts at center, Kaman is the likely pick.
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/01/04/chris-kaman-taking-charge-making-case-for-all-star-selection/

An All-Star 3-point possibility for Dallas Mavericks' Kidd?
Kidd says he'd consider it a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to compete in the 3-point shootout during the All-Star Saturday festivities. To take part in the All-Star Weekend in one of his adopted hometowns would be a checkmarks he could put on life's to-do list. The league chooses six players to shoot in the competition, usually the defending champion being among them.
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/mavs/stories/122609dnspomavslede.3163a9c.html

Decade’s Best: All-Star Game
There was a time not too long ago when the gap between the conferences was far greater, where the Western’s dominance wasn’t even questioned due to a lack of elite teams as well as a shortage of great players in the East. The 2001 NBA All-Star Game was clearly evident of this fact, featuring a Western Conference roster that dwarfed its counterparts in skill and size.
http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/12/decade’s-best-all-star-game/

The Potential New All-Stars On The Block
Every now and then, players elevate their game to the all-star level. In the 2009-2010 season, there are several players stepping their game up to all-star level. This article focuses on players who could become all-stars for the first time this season.
http://thehoopdoctors.com/online2/2009/12/the-potential-new-all-stars-on-the-block/

LeBron James May Not Enter Dunk Contest
After saying at last year’s event in Phoenix that he planned to dunk in the 2010 festivities in Dallas, James now says he’s “50-50” about taking part. So why has he changed his mind? “I was excited,” he said. “When I said it I was very excited about doing it. I was there at the event and you get caught up in it a little bit.”
http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/?p=21486

Dwight Howard doesn't sound interested in competing in the All-Star Slam-Dunk contest
When asked whether he would compete in the event, the 23-year-old superstar didn't sound enthused. "I’m getting old, man, they’ve got to stop grabbing me in the games so I can jump. I’ve got to keep my legs. It’s kind of tough. I don’t know. I’ve thought about it. But I think it’s time for us to see more guys get out there and show their stuff. I would love to see a lot of people in it." But, then, he took a look at a nearby video camera and kept his options open. If they want me in it, they ought to vote me in," he said. "Vote me. Vote for me."
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_magic/2009/12/dwight-howard-doesnt-sound-interested-in-competing-in-the-allstar-dunk-contest-but-he-leaves-the-doo.html

Robinson Only Wants to Defend Dunk Title Against LeBron
"If LeBron is in it, I am,'' Robinson, a 5-foot-9 New York guard said in an interview Friday with FanHouse about the Cleveland star who never has been in a dunk contest in his six previous NBA seasons. "If he's in it, I'm in it. But if he's not in it, I might not be in it.''
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/11/28/robinson-only-wants-to-defend-dunk-title-against-lebron/

Behind the scenes: The 2010 NBA All-Star Game ballot
Players like Chris Kaman, Brendan Haywood, Ben Wallace, Eric Gordon, Brandon Jennings, Tireke Evans are out of this year's ballot, while people like Allen Iverson, Ramon Sessions or Samuel Dalembert are between the 120 chosen players. At least this year we have no Yi Jianlian competing for a starting forward spot... Marc Stein explains step by step how it works.
http://espn.go.com/blog/TrueHoop/post/_/id/10528/inside-the-all-star-ballot-selections

2010 NBA All-Star Game ballot unveiled
The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players -- 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences -- with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. Online voting will continue through January 18.
http://www.nba-allstar.com/ballot/

NBA Commissioner David Stern wants New Orleans in their All-Star Game rotation
“I know I am on record as saying that Orlando would be a good entry and New Orleans is another one,’’ Stern said Friday. “I do know that New Orleans’ lease is up in 2014 and so I think we will wait on the lease situation being clarified. But it certainly sounds like a good opportunity with a stable lease and the growth and strength that the franchise has demonstrated.’’
http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2009/10/nba_commissioner_david_stern_w.html

NBA announces inaugural Dribble, Dish & Swish competition for kids
Dribble, Dish & Swish is free for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. The competition gives participants the opportunity to showcase their fundamental basketball skills and physical fitness through a time-based, half-court obstacle course. More than 200 local competitions will take place through late November in locations throughout New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Miami. The top two participants in each age and gender group across all regional competitions -a total of six boys and six girls- will receive an all-expense paid trip to NBA All-Star 2010, where they will compete in the national finals at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas. One lucky finalist will serve as a ball kid at a select NBA All-Star event and will have the opportunity to spend time with players during pregame warm-ups.
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/08/13/dribble.pass.swish.release/

Los Angeles and STAPLES Center to host NBA All-Star 2011
Los Angeles and STAPLES Center have been selected to host NBA All-Star 2011, marking the fifth time The City of Angels and the second time STAPLES Center will be the site of the annual celebration.
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/06/07/2011.allstar/index.html

Stars of the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend
Now that the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend is behind us, and the 2009 NBA Draft is upon us, we can take an early look at the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend, specifically at the rising stars in the NCAA that could be participants in next years festivities.
http://thedrubbing.com/2009/06/25/stars-of-the-2010-nba-all-star-weekend/

Commissioner: All-Star game in Orlando's future
NBA commissioner David Stern says the Orlando Magic will host an All-Star game soon in their new arena. "Without question, there is an All-Star game in Orlando's future." Stern could not give a year but said he hopes it would be announced before the 2010 All-Star game. The Magic's new arena is expected to open for the 2010-11 season. Stern also said he does not see the All-Star game moving out of the country anytime soon because there are too many NBA franchises trying to host the game.
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/04/28/magic.stern.ap/index.html

LeBron James 'Preliminarily' Commits to the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest
"Right now I'm preliminarily putting my name in the 2010 contest Saturday night," he said before continuing in the third-person, "LeBron James is saying in 2010, in Dallas Stadium, [preliminarily] he will compete."
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/02/15/lebron-james-preliminarily-commits-to-the-2010-slam-dunk-conte/

2009

Shaq keeps All-Star Game MVP trophy
Shaquille O'Neal of the Suns and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers shared the award after leading the Western Conference to victory at the All-Star Game at US Airways Center. But there was only one trophy, which O'Neal and Bryant playfully played tug-o-war with after the game.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2009/02/26/20090226spt-sunsnb.html

New Orleans officials express interest in 2014 NBA All-Star Game
Jay Cicero, president/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, is in Phoenix for All-Star weekend to observe and tell NBA officials that New Orleans wants to host the event again in 2014. "The NBA knows and understands we are very interested in having the game back,'' Cicero said. "It looks like the next possible date is 2014 for us and we've had an awful lot of conversations about that.
http://blog.nola.com/hornetsbeat/2009/02/new_orleans_officials_hoping_t.html

Student cashes in at NBA All-Star Weekend
Ryan Dawson, might not ever play for the NBA, but he is $25,000 richer after winning the 2009 EA Sports NBA Live Challenge Championship.
The tournament, featuring 11 of the country's best Xbox 360 gamers, took place during NBA All-Star Weekend, Feb. 13 to 15, in Phoenix.
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=87330

Mayo, Johnson, Durant in All-Star H-O-R-S-E game
The contest will take place outdoors at the NBA's All-Star Block Party on Saturday in Phoenix before TNT televises the All-Star Saturday night festivities. Players will have 24 seconds to execute their shots, and an NBA referee will rule if they're done properly. Dunking won't be allowed.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/10/horse.field.allstar09.20090210.ap/index.html

Cavs' Williams replaces Bosh in All-Star Game
Twice snubbed, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard was added to the roster Tuesday by NBA commissioner David Stern as a replacement for injured Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh. Williams wasn't voted in by the fans, nor was he chosen by Eastern Conference head coaches as a reserve. Then he was passed over by Stern in favor of Boston's Ray Allen, who is replacing injured Orlando guard Jameer Nelson on the roster.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/10/allstar.williams.ap/index.html

Jason Kapono leads Three-Point Shootout participants
The Toronto Raptors' Jason Kapono will seek to become the third player to capture three consecutive titles in this year's Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at US Airways Center, as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/04/shootout_release.allstar09.20090204/index.html

Celtics' Allen replaces injured Nelson on East team
Allen was added to the Eastern Conference team Thursday by commissioner David Stern after Nelson was forced to pull out because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Allen joins teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the roster for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/05/allen.allstar.20090205.ap/index.html

Jordin Sparks to sing national anthem at All-Star Game
Pop sensation and 2009 Grammy nominee Jordin Sparks will return to her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center on Sunday, Feb. 15. The performance will air live on TNT, Score Canada, ESPN Radio, and in more than 215 countries and territories beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/06/sparks_anthem.allstar09.20090206/index.html

TNT to air H-O-R-S-E game featuring NBA players
TNT announced the addition of the popular basketball shot-making game H-O-R-S-E to its NBA All-Star 2009 coverage. The H-O-R-S-E game will air live during TNT's two-hour Inside the NBA (5 - 7 p.m. ET) on Saturday, February 14. Participants for the event will be announced at a later date.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/02/03/tnt.HORSE/index.html

NBA D-League All-Stars Announced
Fifteen players with NBA experience highlight the rosters for the third annual NBA D-League All-Star Game which will be played on Feb. 14 at the NBA's All-Star Jam Session. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. MT on Jam Session's Center Court and will be shown live on NBA TV.
http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/2009_allstar_rosters.html

Johnny Legend and Juanes to perform at halftime of All-Star Game
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend and 17-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes will perform during the 2009 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show on Sunday, Feb. 15, at US Airways Center in Phoenix. Prior to the start of the game, Pop superstar Chris Brown along with Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal will introduce the All-Star players.
http://www.nba.com/2009/allstar2009/01/27/legend.shaq.allstar09.pregame/index.html

Should Yi Jianlian Play in the NBA All-Star Game?
The rosters for this year's NBA All-Star game are beginning to take shape following the third round of votes. Chinese player Yi Jianlian of the New Jersey Nets, buoyed by a strong Chinese voting contingent, is third among the forwards in the Eastern Conference balloting. But an article in the Beijing Youth Daily notes that controversy has arisen in China over whether Yi Jianlian is qualified to play in the All-Star game at all.
http://english.cri.cn/2886/2009/01/04/1461s439306.htm

NBA All-Star uniforms released
Take a look what NBA.com slipped into their online store this fine New Year's Eve: the jerseys for the 2009 NBA All-Star game, which will be played February 15th in Phoenix.
http://store.nba.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2977723

Adidas TS Creator All-Star Team East Edition
The Adidas TS Creator model has been very popular as of late. Here we feature a special pair created for the Eastern Conference All Stars. They sport a silver / obsidian / university blue color combination along with the all star logoman appearing on the midsole with EAST written over it.
http://www.kicksonfire.com/2008/12/28/adidas-ts-creator-all-star-team-east-edition/

Nike Zoom Kobe 4 “2009 NBA All-Star Game”
Coinciding with this year’s West colorway, the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 “2009 NBA All-Star Game” features a Red/White upper. It contains gold accents in the form of Kobe’s signature in cursive on the heel and Bryant’s logo on the tongue.
http://www.nicekicks.com/nike-zoom-kobe-4-2009-nba-all-star-game/

How to improve the All-Star Weekend
In recent years, the NBA All-Star weekend has just not been fun to watch. That is why I have three additions which will spice things up for this year: H-O-R-S-E, Knockout and 1-on-1. Take it or leave it David Stern, but these three will definitely attract viewers and boost ratings.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/87947-ladies-and-gentlemen-the-new-and-improved-nba-all-star-weekend

NBA All-Star Wallpapers
http://www.basketwallpapers.com/USA/NBA-All-Star/

NBA All-Star Balloting has started
Vote daily until Jan. 19 and win great prizes
http://www.nba.com/allstar2009/asb/eng/ballot.html

NBA All-Star 2009 FAQ
http://www.nba.com/suns/news/as09_faq_080228.html

Do you think the NBA All-Star ballot needs to be changed?
With the way the game is going, as the concept of the true center continues to dwindle and with more power forward/center hybrid players than ever, the ballot should be divided as follows: Point Guards (one starter), Wings (two starters), Big Men (two starters).
http://dimemag.com/2008/11/change-the-nba-all-star-ballot/

Volunteers can get in on All-Star action
When the NBA All-Star Game comes to town, you could be a part of it. The NBA is looking for 2,000 energetic volunteers to help out with the All-Star Jam Session, the basketball extravaganza geared toward fans that includes the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and All-Star Practice.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2008/11/04/20081104jamvolunteer1104.html

Madison Square Garden seeks 2012 NBA All-Star
With a $500 million renovation planned for Madison Square Garden, the Knicks are preparing an application to host the All-Star Game at the earliest possible date. The renovated Garden is scheduled to be ready for basketball by the 2011-12 season. The league has a history of awarding the All-Star Game to new arenas, as it did in 2002 (Staples Center in Los Angeles), 2005 (Pepsi Center in Denver) and 2006 (Toyota Center in Houston).
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/sports/basketball/24stern.html?_r=1&ref=basketball&oref=slogin

Celtics consider applying to host an NBA All-Star Game
The Celtics have the paperwork in hand to apply to host an NBA All-Star Game as early as 2010. They will make a decision on whether to apply after the championship series ends. The paperwork must be filed by the end of the summer. The NBA is currently considering sites for 2010-12.
http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/06/11/a_star_turn_looming_for_boston/

NBA should bring All-Star Weekend back to New Orleans in 2010
Orlando also has been penciled in for a game in the near future after its new arena is completed in 2010. As long as we're considering future sites, here's a thought: Bring the game back here in 2010. Why? Because New Orleans needs it more than any other NBA city.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2008/02/17/2008-02-17_nba_should_bring_allstar_weekend_back_to.html

Shaq's streak of 14 NBA All-Star selections ends
The Miami Heat center was not on the list of Eastern Conference reserves released Thursday for the Feb. 17 game in New Orleans. O'Neal will still be going to the all-star festivities, but only to host a couple of parties and appear at other events that weekend. O'Neal, Jerry West and Karl Malone are the only players selected to 14 straight NBA All-Star Games.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/heat/2008-01-31-shaq-all-star-streak_N.htm

All-Star 2008: 10 Who Could Be First Timers
But just as the All-Star game is about collecting the players in the prime of their careers for a mutual celebration, it's also about recognizing the players who will have the proverbial torch passed down to them and sometimes it's just a chance to give props to a guy who is putting it all together and having a career year. Al Harrington, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson, Al Jefferson, Chris Kaman, Corey Magette, Kevin Martin, Chris Paul, Zack Randolph and Deron Williams.
http://www.nba.com/allstar2008/firsttimers_071115.html

NBA Allows Their Stars to Shine
The NBA All-Star Game showcases the most supremely talented players in the sport in a format that more closely resembles a "real" game than the All-Star Games in other sports do. All-Star statistics do not have the same cachet as regular season and playoff numbers but it is interesting to look at which players have excelled in the midseason classic. Each era of NBA history has a few players who have performed particularly well in All-Star competition.
http://20secondtimeout.blogspot.com/2007/09/nba-allows-their-stars-to-shine.html

NBA Reveals 2008 All-Star New Orleans Logo
The logo features the Hornets' Mardi Gras colors of teal, purple and gold. It also includes several distinct New Orleans touches, including brass instruments that acknowledge the city's rich musical history, as well as a depiction of the wrought iron material commonly used in Big Easy balconies.
http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/allstar_logo_070717.html

Stern says NBA wants to do more than just All-Star game for New Orleans
"Although we're happy to participate with the tourism industry to make it better and to demonstrate the vibrancy of it, we'd also like to find a way to cross over and make more of a contribution to what seems to be picking up steam of developments in New Orleans." - Stern said -
http://blog.nola.com/tpsports/2007/06/stern_says_nba_wants_to_do_mor.html

Tax deal for NBA All-Star Game?
State may waive $400K in sales taxes to help Phoenix land 2009 contest. NBA commissioner David Stern selects the host for the game and is expected to announce his 2009 choice this summer.
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/53324.php

David Stern: NBA to Look Into Adding H-O-R-S-E to All-Star Weekend
We're open to it. I think we are continually looking for different ways to showcase our players skills. One issue there is competitiveness! We might get somebody so hot they will embarrass everybody else. But we will look into it -said David Stern during a chat n ESPN-
http://www.aolsportsblog.com/2007/04/17/david-stern-nba-to-look-into-adding-h-o-r-s-e-to-all-star-weeke/

Progress made in All-Star talks. New Orleans finalizing details for game with NBA
The NBA and New Orleans have made significant progress in preparation for the league's 2008 All-Star Game, and sources familiar with the situation said contractual agreements have been wrapped up. "We're now planning to put the finishing touches on all the details and looking forward to making an announcement in the near future," a source said.
http://www.nola.com/sports/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-23/1146551630249870.xml

Raptors still high in NBA All-Star bid
The Raptors vow to consult with their season-ticket holders once more before applying for the 2011 NBA all-star game. The reason a consultation is needed is that sometimes season subscribers have unrealistic notions about how many, if any, all-star-related events they'll get to attend.
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Harris/2005/08/06/1162038.html

2007

NBA All-Star Fever Hits Las Vegas
“The NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas is going to be one of those events that will have fans talking about it for decades to come. There aren’t many times in life when fans can create a lasting memory by partying with a superstar, but this is definitely one of those times!”
http://www.expertclick.com/NewsReleaseWire/default.cfm?Action=ReleaseDetail&ID=15176

Yao to miss NBA All-Star game
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, recovering from a broken leg, said he will "definitely not" play in the All-Star Game but hopes to start on-court workouts during the Feb. 16-18 All-Star break, the Houston Chronicle reported.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2739963

Fans to Cast Their Votes on NBA.com for First-Ever NBA All-Star Dance Team in Las Vegas
Fans worldwide will have the opportunity to vote for the members of the first-ever NBA All-Star Dance Team on NBA.com. Dancers from all 30 NBA teams will compete for a coveted spot on the 2007 Las Vegas NBA All-Star Dance Team. Balloting will continue on NBA.com through Friday, Jan. 19.

http://www.nba.com/news/dance_070103.html

Iverson may be in way of Davis' All-Star hopes
When it comes to Warriors guard Baron Davis' chances of making the 2007 Western Conference All-Star team, Allen Iverson is part of the problem, not the answer. Averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 assists per game, with a higher field-goal percentage and more free-throw attempts than ever before, Davis is crafting what may be the greatest of his eight NBA seasons.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/16317438.htm

Is Zach Randolph All-Star Material?
Statistically, most definitely. He's got the best double-double average in the NBA - 25.1 points, 10.1 rebounds. Hitting 84 percent of his free throws. By scoring in double figures in every game this season, Zach's helped the Blazers to a surprisingly-respectable 12-15 record - despite the fact super-rookie Brandon Roy has missed significant time with injuries.
http://www.orm.es/servlet/rtrm.servlets.ServletLink?METHOD=FRMPORTAL&sit=c|5

First NBA D-League All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas.
This All-Star game will be played immediately following practices for the East and West NBA All-Star Teams, as part of Jam Session at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas and will be televised by NBA TV. Teams representing the Eastern and Western Divisions of the D-League will be selected by a vote that includes fans, as well as D-League players and coaches.
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3346965

All-Star sales hype begins. NBA unveils Las Vegas logo.
The NBA knows it won't have any trouble filling the Thomas & Mack Center for its 2007 All-Star Game on Feb. 18. Merchandising? That's another matter. Thursday at the Fashion Show mall, it kicked off its marketing campaign for next year's All-Star Weekend by unveiling the logo along with Las Vegas All-Star hats and shirts modeled by Las Vegas showgirls.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Apr-21-Fri-2006/news/6968451.html

2006

NBA All-Star Game Photo Gallery

NBA.com's Favorite All-Star Moments

NBA All-Star Shoe Gallery

NBA All-Star reserves announced
Four Pistons named as reserves for 2006 NBA All-Star Game. Joining the Pistons foursome as reserves will be first-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh. Two Western Conference players are also making their initial All-Star appearance as center Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies and guard Tony Parker of the 2005 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs have each been invited to Houston.
http://www.nba.com/allstar2006/allstar_game/reserves_060209.html

Bocelli To Highlight All-Star Saturday Night
Worldwide superstar singer Andrea Bocelli will highlight NBA Cares, the league's global community outreach initiative, before a worldwide audience with his special performance of “Because We Believe”.

NBA TV Airs 18-Greatest All-Star Games in History
NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will begin its countdown to NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston by airing 18 of the greatest All-Star Games starting Monday, Feb. 6. The 10-day marathon also will include the 1976 ABA All-Star Game in Denver when Julius Erving of the New York Nets mesmerized the nation with his performance in the Slam Dunk Contest.
http://www.nba.com/news/nbatv_airs_allstar_060202.html

All-Star Game would be a huge assist
Reports that the 2008 NBA All-Star Game likely will be played at New Orleans Arena comes at a critical time in the city's recovery effort, tourism and sports business leaders said Thursday. NBA commissioner David Stern said the league has agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with state and local officials to bring the league's signature event to town in February 2008. A deal could be reached by mid-March or sooner.
http://www.nola.com/sports/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-22/1138868738217340.xml

2006 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants
The 2005 Slam Dunk champion, Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, will return to defend his crown in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk competition to be held on NBA All-Star Saturday Night. In addition to the reigning champion, the 21st Slam Dunk competition will feature Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, and rookies Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks and Hakim Warrick of the Memphis Grizzlies.
http://www.insidehoops.com/slam-dunk-2006-013106.shtml

NBA Unveils 2006 NBA All-Star Basketball
The NBA has teamed up with Spalding to design a new limited edition basketball that will commemorate NBA All-Star 2006 taking place in Houston Feb.17-19. The All-Star ball will feature alternating panels of red, white and silver along with the 2006 NBA All-Star logo.
http://www.nba.com/nba_news/allstar_spalding_060201.html

2005 NBA All-Star Saturday Night Champions To Defend Their Crowns
This year’s NBA All-Star Saturday will feature all of last year’s champions defending their crowns. Steve Nash (Skills Challenge), Josh Smith (Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk), Quentin Richardson (Three-Point Shootout) and Team Phoenix (RadioShack Shooting Stars) will each look to repeat. This is only the fifth time in NBA All-Star history that all of the prior year’s winners are defending their titles.
http://www.nba.com/news/defending_champions_060130.html

Dunking Dancers, Jamskaters to Perform at All-Star Weekend
Two of the Orlando Magic's popular entertainment teams have been invited to participate in All-Star Weekend in Houston on Feb. 17-19.
The Dunking Magic Dancers and Jamskaters will appear on all three days of All-Star Weekend. They join Stuff, the Magic Mascot and emcee Scotty B., who have previously represented Orlando as Magic game entertainers at All-Star festivities.

http://www.nba.com/magic/dance/Dunking_Dancers_Jamskaters_to-166124-800.html

Dallas’ Johnson Earns All-Star Head Coach Spot
Johnson and the Mavericks (32-10, .762) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the Western Conference All-Stars as a result of their 102-93 win over the Golden State Warriors last night at The Arena in Oakland, clinching the best possible winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 5.
http://www.nba.com/news/johnson_060126.html

Flip Saunders will coach 2006 East All-Star team
Saunders and the Pistons’ (31-5, .861) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars as a result of Detroit’s 117-89 defeat this evening of the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland’s 90-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets, clinching the best possible winning percentage in the Eastern Conference through games of Feb. 5, 2006.
http://www.insidehoops.com/saunders-all-star-011906.shtml

Jazz: Turks get All-Star memo
Okur would like to be a Western Conference All-Star, and he has called upon a unique electoral base, his native country of Turkey, to try to get there. "They care about me," Okur said of his fellow Turks. "I tell them every day to vote for me."
http://www.sltrib.com/sports/ci_3384511

Camby having All-Star-like season
Camby started to break through last season with the Nuggets but now he's going over the top. A trip with the NBA to South Africa during the off-season has inspired Camby.
http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1134898568152831.xml&coll=2

An All-Star pitch for Richardson
There's little question that Warriors guard Jason Richardson is playing at an All-Star level. He has been the best player on one of the Western Conference's most-surprising teams.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/13394630.htm

Ballot Breakdown: Centers
http://www.nba.com/features/asballot06_centers.html

Ballot Breakdown: East Forwards
http://www.nba.com/features/asballot06_east_forwards.html

Ballot Breakdown: West Forwards
http://www.nba.com/features/asballot06_west_forwards.html

2006 All-Star Balloting Begins
Fans worldwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the 55th NBA All-Star Game. The 2006 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 19. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.
http://www.nba.com/news/allstarballoting_051117.html

Ballot Breakdown: East Guards
http://www.nba.com/features/asballot06_east_guards.html

Ballot Breakdown: West Guards
http://www.nba.com/features/asballot06_west_guards.html

2005

New Spalding basketball to be used during NBA All-Star weekend
The NBA has teamed up with Spalding to design a new basketball that will commemorate NBA All-Star 2005 and be used in events during NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
http://www.nba.com/allstar2005/ball_050210.html

All-Star Voting: 2 Foul Shots
The fans have spoken and, as usual, they got most of it right.
Most of it. There are two glaring problems with the results of the 2005 NBA All-Star balloting.
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050130/COLUMNISTS0604/501300394/1042/COLUMNISTS

Security Costs Expected To Near $1 Million For NBA All-Star
The effort by Denver police to protect the city during the NBA All-Star Game next month is expected to cost almost $1 million.Of the $983,000 cost, the basketball league will reimburse at least $143,000 to the city.
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/4140073/detail.html

Lewis says Webber deserves All-Star, won't give up spot
He never imagined that his first invitation to the prestigious game would come at the expense of the Kings' standout, who is averaging more points (21.6 to 20.3), more rebounds (9.6 to 5.4) and more assists (5.3 to 1.1) than Lewis.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002175975_soninotes10.html

Big Three ready for All-Star snub
Arenas (23.1 points a game), Hughes (21.0) and Jamison (20.7) constitute the highest scoring trio in the league, the nucleus of a team off to its best start since the 1984-85 Bullets began the season with an identical record.
http://washingtontimes.com/sports/20050112-120252-6528r.htm

Early All-Star voting yields few surprises, but raises questions
Balloting continues through Jan. 23, but it appears as if the starting spots are all but locked up in both conferences. And the seven reserve spots on each team mostly involve predictable choices as well
http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1103374657206520.xml

Tickets on Sale for 2005 All-Star Jam Session
For the second straight year, NBA All-Star Jam Session will be open on Monday, February 21, allowing fans to experience an extra day of All-Star fun and excitement on Presidents’ Day. Jam Session has become one of the league’s premiere events at All-Star, with tickets selling out the past three years in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
http://www.nba.com/news/jamtickets_041202.html

NBA All-Star 2005 Balloting Begins
Fans around the globe will have their first opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the 54th NBA All-Star Game when the 2005 NBA All-Star Balloting program begins today.
http://www.nba.com/news/ballot_041118.html

Nuggets Land 2005 NBA All-Star Game
"Denver is an outstanding host city for NBA All-Star 2005 and we appreciate the leadership of Stan Kroenke and the Nuggets organization for inviting us to make their home, our home for our annual celebration of NBA basketball," said Stern.
http://www.showtimetickets.com/content/pages.do?eventUID=4754

'Basketball New Year' Begins Nov. 2
TNT will also carry NBA All-Star 2005 festivities in Denver from Feb. 18-20 culminating with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 20.
http://www.nba.com/schedules/schedule_040802.html