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Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

“I have done the dunk contest before, but I’m just trying to do new stuff [that’s different] from the dunk contest I did in high school,” Plumlee said. “I can’t really tell you [what I’ll do] because I don’t even know all the dunks I’m going to do, but I have about two in my mind already that I’m for sure on.” When asked if he’s feeling any pressure or nerves, Plumlee admits that he’s not sure what to expect since the stage is so much bigger than any other dunk contests he’s competed in. “Man, I don’t know because I’ve never really been there before,” Plumlee said. “The McDonald’s dunk contest arena was about a quarter full, so we will see how the NBA one is.” Basketball Insiders

“Dark horse, I’d probably say, how do you say his name?” said Williams. “Antepoko? Is that how you say it? Greek Freek, that’s what they call him. So he’s a dark horse, but I’ll probably say Zach LaVine will win it. I’ve seen him jump and I think he’s going to bring some excitement." Cowbell Kingdom

Julius Erving doesn't think the slam dunk contest is going away any time soon, but admits the competition has lost a step. 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

The defense-void, dunk-filled exhibition served as a glimpse into the coming years for the T'wolves. Spoiler: It looks exciting, flashy and — just maybe — successful. "The future is bright for us," Wiggins said after his 22-point showing. "I think (four is) the most people (from one team) in a rookie-sophomore game. So it just shows a lot for the team. It shows us rising." USA Today Sports

Marc Stein: Had chance to ask @Rudy Gobert postgame on @espnradio which nickname he prefers. Says he likes 'em both: Stifle Tower AND French Rejection Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Dallas power forward Dirk Nowitzki was the final All-Star selection, getting picked by commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for Anthony Davis late Wednesday night. The Mavs had lobbied for shooting guard Monta Ellis. "Let's be honest: [Ellis] should be at the All-Star Game and Dirk should be home," Carlisle said Friday on ESPN's "The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley" on 103.3 FM. "That's the way this should be going. I'm assuming they go by the vote count. Dirk may have had one more vote than Monta or something like that, but Monta Ellis should be in the All-Star Game." ESPN.com

Though Bieber’s tweet (and the vast majority of the retweets) did not count and though Raptors global ambassador Drake chose not to endorse Lowry via Twitter, some players were a bit miffed by the process, most notably, Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who indicated, again via Twitter, that being powered by celebrity endorsements was not an ideal way for players to be selected. “So I guess next year imma have rappers, actors, & etc say vote for me for all star. I mean that’s all it takes,” Jennings tweeted, before later adding he believed Lowry deserved to make the team. Toronto Sun

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