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February 15, 2015 Updates

Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.” Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday. And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest. Contra Costa Times

“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.” Thompson struggled in the championship-round, managing only 14 points for the low score out of any competitor in any round. Curry scored 27. “I think I could have beat him,” Thompson said. “I could have gotten 28, but that’s alright. That’s the way the ball bounces, and I’m proud of him. I’m sure we’ll go against each other another time in our career.” Contra Costa Times

The Bulls center and the Memphis Grizzlies’ center will open the game with the most famous center jump in All-Star history, the first time brothers will start against one another for on opposing sides in the NBA All-Star game. “It’s hard to put in words, honestly,” said Marc. “It’s a pretty indescribable feeling. It means so much. Pau’s career has gone one way and my career has gone a completely different way. But we’ll both meet at the jump ball. I don’t think it matters who wins (the tip). But I think we’re both going to go for it no matter what we say now.” NBA.com

“To be here in an All-Star setting with everything that’s going on and my brother and I being in the All-Star game as starters, everything is just incredible,” said Pau. “This (Sheraton) was the hotel where I stayed when I was drafted first in the NBA in 2001. To be here now as an All-Star 14 years later with my brother and everyone here covering this moment is quite incredible. He had a different path (from me) for sure. He had to work really hard and make sacrifices to overcome certain things over the course of his career. He’s done incredible. His path has been remarkable, worth talking about it. I give him a lot of credit for it because he’s a one-of-a-kind player. His story should be very inspiring to a lot of people. I’m just very proud of Marc. He has become not just a great basketball player, but a great man as well. I love who he is and what he does on and off the court.” NBA.com

Kobe Bryant: I want MVP. There’s no shame in feeling that way. Why should there be? I want the world to see me dominate the players that are debated by millions of fans as being on my level. Competing with this spirit is fun to me and it kills me that I’m not able to participate this year. I am a spectator from home. As a fan, I can only hope one player decides to take the game on the same way I do and raise its level from the opening tip. Being passive aggressive in this competition means you’re fine with simply going with the flow and unwilling to disturb the calm waters of the game to accomplish your goals. I see that as a weakness. It’s our nature to compete. Throw the ball up and let’s see who the alpha is. The Players' Tribune

Orlando’s Victor Oladipo’s first dunk at the NBA Dunk Contest was incredible, but he virtually ensured himself a 50 with the style points he earned after coming to the court wearing a fake tux and singing “New York, New York.” Oladipo then threw down a 540 dunk that no one has ever seen before. For The Win

The Golden State Warriors All-Star point guard put on an amazing display with 27 out of a possible 34 points in the final round of the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Saturday in Barclays Center. He beat teammate Klay Thompson (14 points) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (17 points) in the final round. "I've been in it four times, so I wanted to win it and get it done," Curry said. "And thankfully, tonight I got it, was able to accomplish that." USA Today Sports

Warriors coach Steve Kerr heard boos when introduced during the Western Conference All-Star team’s practice at the Garden. Kerr backed out of a verbal agreement with the Knicks last May to join the Warriors, who have the NBA’s best record at 42-9, while Derek Fisher’s club has the worst mark in the league. Kerr, a former TNT broadcaster, claimed not to hear his greeting. “Was it good or bad?’’ Kerr asked. “Not so good? That’s too bad. I’m devastated.’’ New York Post

Not because LeBron James has stayed out of it or because every dunk has seemingly been done, but because of furry creatures. "The mascots messed it up," Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. "It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can't live up to that." ESPN.com

February 14, 2015 Updates

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