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A reporter asked Dwyane Wade how LeBron would do if ever he deigned to actually enter the all-star dunk contest. James, nearby, overheard and answered for him. “I’d win,” said LeBron, as a matter of fact. Miami Herald

Blake on his future in the dunk contest "I haven't retired officially. It isn't something I’ll never, ever do again. But for right now, I try to take my rest when I can. And this year I really wanted that Saturday night rest. So not this year." ESPN.com

NBA All-Star Weekend is traditionally the league's biggest marketing event. Heading into this weekend's 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA is poised to announced its first-ever official tire sponsor: Kumho Tire. The NBA plans to announce a multi-year marketing partnership with the South Korean tire maker today across both the NBA and NBA Development League, according to league marketing executives. The partnership tips off at NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 14-16, where Kumho Tire will get to slap its logo courtside and on signage. A Korean tire company might seem like an odd fit at first glance, but the NBA's now one of the most global of the Big 5 U.S. pro leagues. Fully 25% of its players come from outside the U.S. Its games are now telecast in 212 countries. Advertising Age

Spurs point guard Tony Parker was sent home from the final stop on the rodeo road trip to get some needed rest for his bruised and battered body but he remains committed to playing in his sixth All-Star Game on Sunday. Parker confirmed Thursday that he will depart for New Orleans, site of this weekend’s All-Star festivities, on Friday morning. San Antonio Express-News

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is uncertain whether he will play in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday due to a "bizarre" foot injury. Wade was a late scratch from the Heat's 111-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of a sore left foot. The 10-time All-Star said he had numbness in his left leg in warm-ups before the game after "the nerve kind of shut down" and kept him from having feeling in his left foot. Wade said his injury was "drop foot," also known as foot drop, which causes an inability to lift the front part of the foot. "It's one of the most bizarre things…," Wade said. "Hopefully, the numbness wears off more and more as it started to do throughout the game and throughout the rest of the night. By [Thursday] hopefully it subsides and we will go from there." Yahoo! Sports

February 12, 2014 Updates

On the evening after, James didn't seem particularly troubled by the somewhat comical controversy he recreated. Calling himself "not easy to persuade these days," James laughed when asked why he was against it. "I'm not against it," he said. "I just don't want to do it. Do I have to be against something because I don't want to do it." So why not? "I don't know," James said. "I don't know." Chris Andersen chimed in: "'Cause he don't want to, man." "Tell 'em again, Bird," James said. Bleacher Report

When asked if he realized that dunking in front of the cameras would reignite this issue, James replied, "Yeah, I was doing it before the cameras got there, and they just, so...It doesn't matter to me, though." Why does he think it's so important to some people? "Because it's me and I haven't done it, and I dunk in the game," James said. "So there's a lot of factors." Bleacher Report

Does he have some philosophical reason for avoiding it? "If there was, I wouldn't tell you," James said. "Because then it would be another story." Sponsorship-related? "If it was a sponsor thing, I would have been did it," James said, again through a smile. "Because Sprite is all Saturday night. So I would have been did it, if it was sponsorship. So obviously, it's not that." Bleacher Report

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There’s really no other way to put it. Calderon is clearly one of the top five 3-point flingers in the league and when eight shooters were selected for the 3-point contest and he wasn’t one of them, it makes you wonder what he has to do to qualify. Not that Calderon wants to raise a stink about it. “I’d love to be there,” he said. “It would be a great opportunity. But it’s OK. I think the rest will be good as well. Maybe next year I’ll get the opportunity. They make the decisions. And the players who are there are great shooters. It will be a great 3-point shootout.” Dallas Morning News

Asked if the league talked to him about it, Calderon said his agent made a phone call, but the league never reached out to him. The point guard’s teammates and coaches were more irked by the snub than Calderon was. “It’s a travesty,” Devin Harris said. “But these things are mostly a popularity contest. And I’m pretty sure he’ll enjoy the rest more.” Dallas Morning News

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