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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

Derrick Rose isn't an NBA All-Star in 2015. Hasn't been one for the past three years now, in fact. Doesn't seem to miss it, which might be true or might just be the easiest way of coping -- you be the judge. "To tell you the truth, I don't let that define the type of player I am," Rose said late Thursday. "When I'm on the floor, do they have to game-plan for me? That's the only thing I care about. "Missing All-Star? No, I will not miss it," Rose added emphatically. "I will be somewhere with my feet up, enjoying it." NBA.com

"I've said this before, it is very difficult to come back after one year -- and you're looking at 2½ years for Derrick," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That really is a long time. I think his confidence is coming and the timing is coming back. He is getting back to where his strengths are. That is really big for us." NBA.com

With Marc a stalwart of the Memphis Grizzlies, it will be an occasion to remember for their extended family, both claim, but the latter claims facing off against one another remains a unique experience. “I think our relationship off the court has always been strong,” he told MVP. “First, it was more of a big brother/little brother kind of relationship, of course, and once the age …not that it didn’t but once I got more mature and become older, our relationship got really closer and closer, and on the court we both understand how much each other cares for the game, we both understand how much the game means to the other, because we see how much each other works. “So, when we play each other, we barely acknowledge each other; we don’t make eye contact. We know each other’s moves pretty much, and tendencies, so it’s hard to come out with something new to surprise the other guy in front of you. We know after the game we’re not going to talk very much about what happened, because we know that one of us is not going to be too happy, he’s not going to be happy about losing, and so we respect that, too. That’s how we are.” MVP 24/7

Some doubted the elder Gasol would be back on this kind of stage, joining the A-List (fit or not) at Madison Square Garden. Instead he has reminded us what we may have forgotten during his last two years with the Lakers – that he is among the greatest players Europe has ever produced. “I’m definitely rejuvenated, I’m definitely re-energised,” Pau said. “I don’t think I’m reborn. I think at the high level, I just had a couple of rough years in L.A., with a lot to deal with and a lot going on, so a lot of factors play in the way that I’m playing now and the way I’m contributing, and performing, but it (fit) well – and we have a good system, it’s a system that allows me and puts me in positions where I can be more effective and I can play more comfortably, and so I’m happy with the way things are here. MVP 24/7

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is in the midst of a historic shooting season. He has made 51.2 of his field goal attempts, 52.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, and 91.1 percent of his free throws. It was little surprise, then, to hear that former Celtics star Larry Bird was one of Korver’s idols as a child. But Korver said he admired Bird for much more than his shooting stroke. “Everyone talks about his shooting, but I just loved how he played,” Korver said. “Like, his IQ was so high. No one thinks of him as this big athlete, but he was getting steals and he made plays at the right time. And he’d get rebounds. “I loved how he played, not just how he shot. He’s just one of the best, like a savvy, get-it-done kind of player.” Boston Globe

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