HoopsHype All-Star rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates

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

February 13, 2014 Updates

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

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