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January 27, 2015 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers’ K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to garner serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend, despite the event’s new format causing his status to be put into question around the NBA, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

Joe Freeman: Wesley Matthews said neither he nor the #Blazers have been told by the NBA he has been invited to compete in All-Star Three-Point Contest. Wesley Matthews: "But obviously I would love to represent Portland in the Three-Point Contest when it is an official thing." Twitter @BlazerFreeman

Steve Kyler: NBA Coaches votes for All-star reserves due at 12pm EST today - announced Thursday - here is how I see the field -- http://t.co/ONabjLC2rN Twitter @stevekylerNBA

Ariana Grande isn't the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a "New York-themed medley" during player introductions and be joined by dance troupe The Rockettes. ESPN.com

The Golden State Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson plan to participate in the NBA's three-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Portland's Wesley Matthews, and the Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick are among the six players set for the contest on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

He missed the Wizards’ first nine games due to a fractured left wrist and came off the bench for four games upon his return. Beal is in his third season, but is still the youngest player on the Wizards at 21 years old. For what it’s worth, analyst Shaquille O’Neal thinks both Gortat and Beal should join Wall. “Right now it’s up to the coaches, but if I end up losing it then I think it’s going to be more about politics,” Gortat said with a smile. Washington Post

“I think someone else from my team should be in there with me,” Wall said. “And it’s crazy that if [Anthony] had surgery, if his knee didn’t get better, then [Gortat] would’ve been a starter. That would’ve been the funny part about it. But yeah, I think someone from my team, whether it’s him or Brad [Beal], is well-deserving of another spot from my team.” Washington Post

One of the NBA leaders in assists all season, Wall led the balloting wire-to-wire, starting with the first announcement on Christmas Day. Three days prior, Minaj did what many NBA fans did: She tweeted out a vote. Because of her celebrity, that vote for Wall amounted to far more than just one thanks to retweets and who knows how many others simply who followed her lead. "It's pretty exciting to see her, at that level, to show some support and vote," Wall told me following a recent practice. CSNWashington.com

In response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying the NBA should no longer allow fans to vote for who starts in the All-Star game, the league has revealed information that indicates the voting system is blossoming. "The NBA confirmed All-Star balloting saw a 28% increase in fan voting this year with more than 25 million votes cast,’’ a league source said. "The NBA, unlike MLB, is a digital-only program with no paper ballot in arenas. "This year, for the first time, the NBA made every player eligible to be voted for, so that obviously spread the votes out more than ever before amongst many more players. Also, the NBA started balloting later this year, so the voting window was 27 days shorter this year (67 to 40 days) and the numbers were still up by 28%.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 26, 2015 Updates

The NBA All-Star starters were announced last week and only one Clippers player was voted in by the fans -- Blake Griffin. That means Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan were both passed over for that honor. Not to worry, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he's been making some phone calls to try to get the coaches to vote those guys in as reserves. When asked how those conversations go, Rivers smiled. "Well, there's some begging," he said. "I offer them food, drinks and all of that kind of stuff." Los Angeles Times

In response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying the NBA should no longer allow fans to vote for who starts in the All-Star game, the league has revealed information that indicates the voting system is blossoming. "The NBA confirmed All-Star balloting saw a 28% increase in fan voting this year with more than 25 million votes cast,’’ a league source said. "The NBA, unlike MLB, is a digital-only program with no paper ballot in arenas. "This year, for the first time, the NBA made every player eligible to be voted for, so that obviously spread the votes out more than ever before amongst many more players. Also, the NBA started balloting later this year, so the voting window was 27 days shorter this year (67 to 40 days) and the numbers were still up by 28%.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 24, 2015 Updates

Pau Gasol: THANKS!!! Thanks to all of you this is an unforgettable day. You have voted us, my brother Marc and myself, and chosen us to start at the AllStar game that will be celebrated in New York on February 15th… I still can’t believe it! It’s a huge honor that we’ve just received as basketball players. Our family is full of pride and happiness on this moment that we will keep with us forever and that we want to share with all of you. I want to specially thank my teammates, our coaching staff and everyone that helps and/or has helped me be the player that I am. I will be very proud to represent the Chicago Bulls organization and the city of Chicago on such a special event. paugasol.com

The Philadelphia 76ers may be represented in some capacity during All-Star Weekend in New York City, but it will not be in the dunk contest. According to a source, Sixers rookie shooting guard K.J. McDaniels has chosen not to participate in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest. McDaniels had been preparing possible dunks for the contest in lieu of receiving an invitation, but in the end decided against competing. LibertyBallers.com

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