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February 13, 2014 Updates

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

February 8, 2014 Updates

Don't expect to see Blake Griffin in any future dunk contests. The Los Angeles Clippers' star forward said Saturday he understood why Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard wanted to become the first player in history to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and the All-Star Game, but said he'll just stick to the All-Star Game moving forward. "I wouldn't say it was a mistake [in 2011] because it was a great experience, but it's something I would never do again," Griffin said. "For me, All-Star Weekend is about getting a chance to rest as much as anything. With the All-Star Game alone you still have obligations almost all day Friday and you have some kind of an event Friday night and Saturday's practice and appearances. Saturday night for me now has become the time where I hang out with my family and hang out with my friends and take it easy." ESPN.com

He is known for his absurd vertical leap and ability to finish in traffic, but when asked if his style is more aerodynamic or high-flying, McLemore told CLNS Radio, "A little bit of both." "I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there." Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration. "I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up," McLemore told CLNS Radio. "But we’ll see." Celtics Blog

February 7, 2014 Updates

“I just thought it was a move that should’ve been done. Get some superstar power back into the dunk contest,” George said. “I think I owed it to my fans. Give them another run, another show and another opportunity to have fun at All-Star weekend.” Indianapolis Star

As far as ideas for this year, George teased that he may be into recycling. “Yeah, I think I’m going to pull out the lost files of 2012,” George said. Indianapolis Star

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