HoopsHype All-Star rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates

Damian Lillard’s sixth All-Star Weekend competition was not like the five that have had him in the headlines. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard has attracted attention all over the NBA for being the first player ever to attempt all five major events (the Rising Stars Challenge, skills competition, three-point shootout, dunk contest and the All-Star Game itself), but the #4BarFriday party he hosted at the Maison club in downtown New Orleans on Friday was a contest of his own creation. All season, Lillard has been posting raps on his Instagram account with the #4BarFriday hashtag, and it’s taken on a life of its own. For The Win

Continuing its crackdown on counterfeit merchandise during NBA All-Star 2014 weekend in New Orleans, investigators and law enforcement officers collected more than 500 suspected knockoffs Friday (Feb. 14). Forty items infringed on the NBA's trademark, officials said. Homeland Security Investigations, New Orleans Police, State Police and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will aggressively enforce ordinances banning the sale of counterfeit goods, the NBA said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Unlike most of his teammates, he doesn’t get to kick back on a beach or at the house to chill out for a few days. But he still doesn’t plan on putting in much of a workload in New Orleans. With his sprained left ankle still healing, plus a playoff race ahead of him, he values all the rest he can get. “A couple minutes,” was all Nowitzki said when asked what he expects to do in Sunday’s All-Star Game. “I got a couple days now, and I probably won’t do much, including the game.” Dallas Morning News

Even though he hasn’t played in this year’s All-Star Game yet, LeBron James is already looking forward to being in the Big Apple for next year’s contest. “The city of New York, it will be my first time being there All-Star weekend,” he said. “The only problem is, what if New York City next year is like New York City today? I don’t know what the NBA would do with that. Would they cancel it? “But having the All-Star Game Sunday, if I’m fortunate enough to make it, being in the Garden for the All-Star Game? Wow. That’s going to be big time. That might be my favorite. That might be my favorite. If I’m fortunate enough to play good enough basketball and I’m injury free, that would probably be my favorite.” New York Post

February 14, 2014 Updates

Today, Under Armour unveiled what Stephen Curry will be wearing during his first NBA All-Star Game this weekend: a “Purple Voodoo” edition of the Anatomix Spawn. Taking inspiration from New Orleans’ connection to the spiritual world, the upper’s smoky graphic symbolizes the mystery surrounding Voodoo. Also, the colors indigo (sacred color, removing evil) and purple (physical strength, wisdom) both have significant meaning. These are available at UA’s online store now so head on over to scoop up your pair. Dime

Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star starter by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, a source told Yahoo Sports. Bryant (988,884) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281) earned the right to start in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday after securing the top two vote totals for West guards in the fan balloting. Bryant, however, will miss the game due to a knee injury and has not played since Dec. 17. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who is coaching the West All-Stars, chose Harden as a starter. Yahoo! Sports

John Wall talked with NBA TV Thursday afternoon about his pending debut in the league’s dunk contest. And while he refused to give much of anything away, he did say this: “There will be extra bodies involved.” Washington Post

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