9:09 PM EST, Sun February 19, 2017
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Ric Flair called John Wall ‘one of the best’ during NBA All-Star weekend

Ric Flair called John Wall ‘one of the best’ during NBA All-Star weekend

WOOOOOO! John Wall didn’t win the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, but his interaction with Ric Flair was cooler anyway.According to the Washington Post, Ric Flair seemed pretty ecstatic to see the Wizards’ All-Star point guard.Over this weekend in New Orleans, the old narrative of being overlooked and underappreciated should have been put to rest. It’s hard to feel ignored when wrestling great Ric Flair strolls through the upscale hotel lobby, stops in his tracks and exclaims, “John Wall!”“That’s one of the best right here!” Flair said, introducing his fiancee to the beaming...
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James Harden won't leave Russell Westbrook's side before All-Star Game

James Harden won't leave Russell Westbrook's side before All-Star Game

Westbrook’s got at least one person in his corner. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn’t sit with each other during the Western Conference All-Star photoshoot before the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Instead, Westbrook sat with James Harden, who maintains good standing with Thunder guard despite playing on separate teams.The 2017 Western Conference #NBAAllStar Team! pic.twitter.com/f27m7Gr71d— NBA (@NBA) February 20, 2017In a video posted by RealGM, you can see Westbrook chatting with Harden while Durant stands in the far corner, toying with a basketball. ...
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NBA All-Star Game 2017 live updates: Scores, highlights, and news from Sunday

NBA All-Star Game 2017 live updates: Scores, highlights, and news from Sunday

Peter Casey-USA TODAY SportsBelow are highlights and updates throughout the game, in reverse chronological order. PregameLeBron James will make his 13th straight start in Sunday night’s game in New Orleans which ties Bob Cousy for the longest streak in NBA history. While James is making history for his longevity in the game, there are several new faces this year. Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeAndre Jordan, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker will be playing for the first time in the showcase. ...
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DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans is the new big NBA trade rumor

DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans is the new big NBA trade rumor

The deal would send Boogie to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield and a bunch of first-round picks. The Sacramento Kings have discussed trading center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, in a deal that would pair one All-Star big man with another. In exchange, the Kings would receive rookie shooter Buddy Hield and multiple first-round draft picks, according to Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto.
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NBA All-Star Game 2017 live stream: How to watch online

NBA All-Star Game 2017 live stream: How to watch online

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NBA All-Star Game 2017 jerseys: Uniforms are more plain this time around

NBA All-Star Game 2017 jerseys: Uniforms are more plain this time around

The short notice based on the game’s relocation may have to do with a rather plain design. The NBA All-Star jerseys always vary from city to city and year to year. Sometimes the uniforms are more designed toward the culture of the host city, but this year isn’t necessarily one of those cases.
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LeBron James not ready to give up Eastern Conference throne

LeBron James not ready to give up Eastern Conference throne

LeBron James has been to six straight NBA Finals. NEW ORLEANS – LeBron James owes NBA commissioner Adam Silver a debt of gratitude. If Silver hadn’t decided to replace James’ injured teammate, Kevin Love, with his vacation-deprived buddy, Carmelo Anthony, the game’s best player would’ve entered Sunday’s All-Star Game as the oldest player on the floor at 32.
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4 things we appreciate about Dikembe Mutombo's disappointed NBA Dunk Contest reaction

4 things we appreciate about Dikembe Mutombo's disappointed NBA Dunk Contest reaction

Eventually, I had to catch up with what happened via my Twitter feed, but there was one highlight that told me everything I needed to know about the dunk contest: Dikembe Mutombo recording a failed dunk, and shaking his head in disgust while deleting the recording. This is the same man who had this memorable reaction to an Aaron Gordon dunk last year. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.
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You have to get past King Cake Baby's terrifying exterior to realize he's really lovable

You have to get past King Cake Baby's terrifying exterior to realize he's really lovable

Actually, I think King Cake Baby is a really nice dude and I’d invite him to my wedding. If you don’t know who King Cake Baby is, you will meet him during the NBA All-Star game. This week, Cake Baby went on ESPN’s The Jump, and Zach Lowe and Tracy McGrady gave the reaction everyone does: head down, hands protecting the face.
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The NBA's special tribute to Craig Sager showcased the league's best values

The NBA's special tribute to Craig Sager showcased the league's best values

The league always celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of its personalities, whether it’s current players, retired legends, or broadcasters. After the 3-Point Contest, NBA All-Star Saturday night took an unexpected turn. Reggie Miller stepped into the middle of the court after Eric Gordon’s victory and began inviting players and celebrities alike to shoot three-pointers to support the Sager Strong Foundation.
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NBA All-Star Game 2017 Western Conference roster preview: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant headline power-packed starting 5

NBA All-Star Game 2017 Western Conference roster preview: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant headline power-packed starting 5

There are eight frontcourt players to only four guards on the West’s sizable All-Star roster. As the 66th annual NBA All-Star Game draws near, we take a look at the Western Conference All-Star team littered with talented frontcourt players to run with dynamic, MVP-caliber guards. Headlining the starting lineup, Warriors All-Stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant represent Golden State as the lone team standing with single-digit losses.
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2017 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference roster preview: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads a litany of fresh faces

2017 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference roster preview: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads a litany of fresh faces

The usual suspects are on the East roster, but so are a number of newcomers. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is just a few hours away, and the Eastern Conference has a few new faces to pair with the usual suspects. As expected, LeBron James’ sustained dominance has been rewarded with his 13th consecutive All-Star appearance, the longest-standing streak of its kind.
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The NBA Slam Dunk Contest can be fun again with these 3 changes

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest can be fun again with these 3 changes

The reason the NBA Slam Dunk Contest so often fails to meet expectations is because expectations for it are so high. It also fueled us into expecting more, especially since Gordon participated again this year. The dunks we saw from champ Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Jones, Jr. were good — GR3’s clincher in the final round was really impressive — but there is little new in dunking.
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Will Steve Kerr play Russell Westbrook with the Warriors’ 4 All-Stars? Probably.

Will Steve Kerr play Russell Westbrook with the Warriors’ 4 All-Stars? Probably.

When Stephen Curry was named a 2017 NBA All-Star starter along with James Harden in the Western Conference backcourt, it became clear Russell Westbrook — who is averaging a triple-double this season — would come off the bench behind one of the league’s most heralded shooters. There’s a distinct possibility that Westbrook will share the court with four Warriors players, including his old teammate Kevin Durant. Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors during free agency after Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.