9:25 PM EST, Fri February 12, 2016
Liberty Ballers 40 mins ago

Rising Stars Challenge Game Thread

Watch Jahlil Okafor take part in tonight's festivie NBA All-Star festivities get underway tonight with the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Formerly known as the Rookie-Sophomore game, the Rising Stars Challenge now pits a team of USA born players against internationally born players. The Philadelphia 76ers sole representative tonight will be rookie big man Jahlil Okafor, who will be suiting up for the U.S. team. Nerlens Noel was also chosen to participate in tonight's game, but right knee tendonitis will keep him from partaking. He was replaced by Phoenix shooting guard Devin Booker. Tip-off...
Canis Hoopus 55 mins ago

NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Three Wolves highlight tonight's dunk fest masquerading as a basketball game. This is shamelessly lifted from Lucas's morning thread, because why re-write when copy and paste works just fine? Rising Stars Challenge: When: Friday, February 19, 8 p.m. TV: TNT United States Roster: Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, Zach LaVine, Devin Booker, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Elfrid Payton, D'Angelo Russell, Marcus Smart, Karl-Anthony Towns World Roster: Bojan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, Mario Hezonja, Nikola Jokic, Trey Lyles, Emmanuel Mudiay, Raul Neto, Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell, Andrew...
NetsDaily 55 mins ago

Game Thread: NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Game, 9:00PM

This is essentially all Brooklyn Nets fans have to look forward to this NBA All-Star Weekend: watching Bojan Bogdanovic play in the Rising Stars Challenge. Hey, at least it's something. Here are the details: Date: Friday, Feb. 12 Time: 9 p.m. ET Place: Air Canada Centre TV: TNT Online: Watch TNT Participants: Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, Zach LaVine, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Elfrid Payton, D'Angelo Russell, Marcus Smart, Karl-Anthony Towns ... International Team: Clint Capela, Mario Hezonja, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Raul Neto, Kristaps...
Silver Screen and Roll 1 hour ago

Karl-Anthony Towns thinks D'Angelo Russell will be an All-Star

The ' rookie has high hopes for his friend. D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in the Rising Stars game featuring the best rookie and sophomore players in the NBA on Friday night, and according to Towns, Lakers fans can expect Russell to be an All-Star Weekend mainstay. "He's growing into a player that I can't wait to see when he's an All-Star," Towns told Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com of Russell. "He's playing at a higher level right now... He's playing so smart. He's hitting a lot of shots. He's doing a great job." Towns, who is averaging 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds...
Indy Cornrows 2 hours ago

NBA All-Star Weekend: Paul George keeps busy in Toronto on NBA All-Star Friday

The Pacers all-star is hoping to minimize the physical demands on Toronto this weekend, but the NBA kept him busy on Friday talking into various microphones. Paul George planned to limit his event schedule during NBA All-Star weekend to keep him fresh for the game on Sunday and allow his body to rest more than usual on the normally hectic weekend. On Friday in Toronto, PG spent a lot of time sitting down and talking into a microphone at various appearances, which Pacers.com recaps nicely. Here is the audio of PG's media session. He also bumped into Danny Granger later on a NBA Sirius/XM...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 2 hours ago

NBA Rising Stars Challenge open thread

NBA Celebrity Game: 7pm NBA Rising Stars Challenge: 9pm
Orlando Pinstriped Post 2 hours ago

NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters, game time, TV schedule and more

The NBA's All-Star weekend kicks off with the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. NBA All-Star weekend officially kicks off from ice cold Toronto on Friday night with the All-Star Celebrity game on ESPN. Following the celebrities, the main event of the evening kicks off at 9:00 PM Eastern with the leagues best first- and second-year players tipping it off in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. For the second year in a row the game will pit the best international players against the best players from the United States. Follow along and share any and all comments about the game in this...

NBA Rising Stars Challenge game thread: Team Kristaps vs. Team Not-Kristaps

Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Porzingis! Now that I've got you attention, let's talk about Friday night's kick-off to All-Star Weekend. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN with the All-Star Celebrity Game. That game has zero Kristapses, so do with that knowledge whatever you will. Then, at 9 p.m., the main event: The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. It is ostensibly a "USA vs. The World" format. Sorry, America, because...
Indy Cornrows 3 hours ago

NBA All-Star Friday: Celebrity and Rising Stars Challenge tips off festivities

NBA All-Star weekend begins on Friday with the Celebrity game and rookie/soph Rising Stars game. There are no Pacers involved which is actually a good thing. NBA All-Star festivities tip off Friday night in Toronto with some familiar names and young NBA talent providing the entertainment with the annual Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge. Celebrity Game The Celebs engage in a North American grudge match with Team Canada, coached by Drake and Steve Nash taking on Team USA guided by comedian Kevin Hart. Fortunately, Chauncey Billups and Mugsy Bouges will be able to help lead Team USA...
Hot Hot Hoops 3 hours ago

Chris Bosh to sit out NBA All-Star Game, Three-Point Contest with strained calf

Bosh will miss out on participating in all events during All-Star Weekend in Toronto. It was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming of sorts for Chris Bosh, a year after battling blood clots on his lungs, to not only return to playing basketball at a high level but to able to play the All-Star game back in Toronto where he played for the Raptors. But instead Bosh will be unable to play because of a strained calf. Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford will instead take his place in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will fill the vacant spot at the 2016 Foot...
Canis Hoopus 3 hours ago

Check out Karl-Anthony Towns' and Andrew Wiggins' jerseys for the Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend

Ooooh, pretty. Look at all the stars, rising! (Sorry). .@22wiggins and @KarlTowns Rising Stars Challenge jerseys. Very nice. #Twolves #RisingWolves pic.twitter.com/oqNlnvXT2G — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) February 12, 2016 (h/t Timberwolves PR)
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago

Toronto and the Raptors, the city and team that could

Over the past five years, the Raptors have climbed up the ladder of the NBA. And now, at All-Star Weekend 2016, it's time for Toronto to shine. At their mutual cores, the city of Toronto and its hometown basketball team, the Raptors, are more than just geographically linked. There's a spiritual connection here, a shared identity taken on by both the franchise's players and the fans who watch them play. As the NBA's All-Star weekend kicks off today, it was impossible to ignore the feeling that this inextricable bond between Toronto and the Raptors is what makes everything happening right now...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 3 hours ago

Paul Millsap discusses All-Star Game experience and dealing with trade rumors

Paul Millsap met with the media today in Toronto as he prepares to make his third straight appearance in the NBA All-Star Game. Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap took part in All-Star game media festivities today and broached a number of topics including the All-Star Game experience and how teams deal with persistent trade rumors. Millsap was asked about San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard who is making his first trip to the NBA All-Star Game. Millsap acknowledged that he is coming into his own as a player on and off the court. "You can kind of see it happening in front of your eyes,...
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago

Would Nets go for Bryan Colangelo AND Arturas Karnisovas, asks Howard Beck

In a series of tweets, Howard Beck updates his coverage of the Nets GM search, suggesting that there's some speculation the Nets might want to hire both Bryan Colangelo and Arturas Karnisovas. He also suggests that Mikhail Prokhorov may have a "quiet A-list" and isn't opposed to trading Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, just "reluctant." In a Colangelo-Karnisovas construct, the former Suns and Raptors GM might be given the title of President (or vice-president) of Basketball Operations and Karnisovas would be "general manager." Here's the tweets... 1. Lots of intrigue/speculation about Nets...
Hot Hot Hoops 4 hours ago

Two major proposed changes to the NBA could potentially affect Heat

Could changes force Pat Riley into major trade to make Miami Heat relevant? With no Miami Heat player's jersey among the top-ten sellers on the NBA store's website, the Heat may need to get a marquee player to stay in the top-ten of team merchandise sales (they are 7th in NBA). Top jersey sales are dominated by guards such as Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, and Kyrie Irving. Centers no longer are favorites among NBA fans judged by fan interest alone. In today's NBA, they don't warrant maximum contracts: fans want to see shooters. Two proposed changes will raise the financial stakes for the...
Liberty Ballers 4 hours ago

Iverson Selected as Finalist for 2016 Hall of Fame Class

In his first year of eligibility, Allen Iverson has been named as a finalist for the Nasmith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016. At a press conference held earlier today during NBA All-Star Weekend, former Philadelphia 76ers' guard Allen Iverson was named as one of the 14 finalists for the 2016 Nasmith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Given his seven All-NBA nods and career totals of 24,368 points (28th all-time), 5,624 assists (43rd) and 1,983 steals (13th), Iverson should be a relative lock for induction into Springfield later this summer. Allen......
The Dream Shake 4 hours ago

NBA Trade Rumors: Potential deals the Rockets could make with Dwight Howard

To everything there is a season, and it's time for another turn, turn, turn for both the Rockets and Dwight Howard. The smell of change is in the air... or it could be the hot stench of the rotting corpse of this Houston Rockets team, but regardless of where the funk is emanating from, one thing is for certain: this version of the Rockets is dead, finished, done-zo. And it leaves behind almost as much disappointment and almost as many what-ifs as the McGrady-Yao version from last decade. How we got here It was announced yesterday that the Rockets will begin pursuing a trade for superstar...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 5 hours ago

2016 NBA All-Star Game: Al Horford to replace Chris Bosh on East roster, per report

Al Horford is heading to the NBA All-Star Game after all. Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford is in route to Toronto and will be an injury replacement for Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh according to a report by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Per the report, Bosh is withdrawing with an undisclosed injury. Horford will join teammate Paul Millsap on the East roster. The move has not been confirmed by the NBA or the Hawks as of yet. More to come....

Kristaps Porzingis dominates NBA Rising Stars practice, as he dominates all things

There is only one TRUE Rising Star. What's the Latvian word for "Tim Hortons"? Kristaps Porzingis is taking over our the sovereign nation of Canada Friday, as the biggest star in the history of basketball descends upon the city of Toronto for the 2016 NBA Rising Stars Game. Naturally, he brought the whole family along for the ride. On our way to Toronto ✈️#AllStarWeekend2016 pic.twitter.com/Y0Us8h4NAd — Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) February 11, 2016 Friday morning was taken up by a brief practice, followed by a cavalcade of media events. Kristaps was everywhere. He's a star, a...
Raptors HQ 6 hours ago

NBA All-Star 2016: Comedian Hannibal Buress to play MJ at TIFF's Space Jam live read

It's a different interpretation. As has just been announced by TIFF, comedian Hannibal Buress will fill the Michael Jordan role in tomorrow's live read of Space Jam. Check it out: In the role of Michael Jordan, @hannibalburess will perform at our #TIFFNextWave Space Jam Live Read pic.twitter.com/msi44PBB04 — TIFF (@TIFF_NET) February 12, 2016 While there was some buzz around Drake possibly filling the role, bringing in Buress will certainly provide a fun and bizarre edge to the proceedings. The only question I have now is whether Buress will play Jordan aggressively like his latest...

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