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On Saturday night, George said that he declined an invitation by the league to compete in this year's Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans. Although George —who made his first All-Star appearance as a player last year — has not completely closed the door on the possibility, he confirmed that he likely will not participate in other All-Star weekend events such as the Skills Contest and will not make a return appearance to the 3-point Shootout. Indianapolis Star

Now certified as an in-demand NBA celebrity, George ranks second in the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes and will undoubtedly start in the game held on Feb. 17. George explained that he would rather take a respite and try to limit his schedule as much as possible. "Exactly, I don't want to add to it by doing extra stuff," George said, responding to a comment that rest rarely happens during hectic All-Star weekends. Indianapolis Star

January 16, 2014 Updates

Dwight Howard never did hit the Pelicans with the sort of dunk that would require his New Orleans cap, but he had happy memories of the time he win the dunk contest with his superman slam at New Orleans Arena. He will not, however, reprise that performance in the dunk contest next month either. Howard, who won the 2008 dunk contest at New Orleans Arena, said the NBA invited him to dunk again this season in New Orleans, but he declined. “Couldn’t do it,” Howard said. Howard, 28, said he would participate again, “If I wasn’t so old. I’m getting up there in age, man, I tell you. I got a lot of years.” Houston Chronicle

Howard, however, said he had thought about that night just because with the return to New Orleans. “It was a night to remember,” Howard said. “It was probably one of the best memories of me being in the NBA being in the dunk contest here in New Orleans. The fans were amazing here. Every time I come in this building, I get chills thinking about it.” “I remember that whole experience,” Howard said. “Being here, the fans were amazing. I saw in past years, nobody tried to really engage the crowd. I like to entertain. I tried to really engage the fans, give them something they’ll remember.” Houston Chronicle

January 15, 2014 Updates

Right around the time the Indiana Pacers' locker room was clearing out, after the team's 116-92 win over the Sacramento Kings, rookie Solomon Hill, C.J. Watson and Paul George huddled around a smartphone. Laughter and looks of utter confusion filled their circle. There's only one in that room who could incite such a reaction. Lance Stephenson. On Tuesday, Stephenson released an All-Star campaign video that is sure to go viral. In it, Stephenson wears thick-brimmed glasses and a shaggy blond wig. He is "Sir Lancealot" and he wants you to vote Lance Stephenson as a first-time All-Star. "Actually, shot that yesterday," said Stephenson, who held the production as his home. " Me and my cousin and Rasual (Butler) came up with the idea." Indianapolis Star

January 9, 2014 Updates

Still, Bryant’s popularity is such a force among NBA fans that his requests didn’t matter much. On Thursday, the league released the third round of All-Star balloting returns, and once again, Bryant is second among overall vote-getters in the Western Conference, trailing only Kevin Durant. He has 844,538 votes. Lillard, meanwhile, is eighth among West guards with 182,363 votes. Even when he’s injured and likely won’t be healthy by the All-Star break anyway, Kobe still dominates the vote. Even when he explicitly asks people not to vote for him. For The Win

January 6, 2014 Updates

Bryant singled out Portland's Damian Lillard as a player deserving of votes. "I probably won't be able to come back (to the Lakers) soon enough to be able to make my stamp or be able to make my mark on a game," Bryant said. "So my advice would be to focus on younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend." USA Today Sports

January 5, 2014 Updates

You think there’s no gay visibility in sports? Well, the out, proud Zeke Thomas—son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas—happens to be the official DJ for the annual NBA All-Star game, which will be held in New Orleans in February. That’s music to a lot of sports fans’ ears—and it’s hardly Zeke’s only high profile credit either. He also DJs club bashes in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and his hometown of Detroit, plus he’s a recording artist/producer who’s coming out with a song called “Regret,” about the horror of waking up after a not really necessary night of too much partying. Our recent chat was intoxicating—a real slam dunk, if you will (with no dribbling). Out Magazine

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Miami's Dwyane Wade would be happy to have Kyrie Irving as his running mate in the All-Star backcourt if it comes to that. The two were the top backcourt vote-getters in the Eastern Conference in the first returns of All-Star voting that came out last week. "Him and [Washington's] John Wall in the East as point guards are having great years,'' Wade said of Irving before last night's game against the Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I know he made his first All-Star appearance last year and we know he's going to be an All-Star for many years to come after seeing what he did the last couple years. "So, it would be an honor.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The NBA has interest in keeping Orlando on a "short rotation" of cities who will host the league's annual All-Star Game, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins. Martins also said the Magic and the city of Orlando will apply to host the 2017 game. Orlando applied to host the 2016 Game, but it was awarded to the city of Toronto. Orlando played host to the 2012 All-Star Game at Amway Center. Dwight Howard represented the Magic as the game's leading vote-getter with about 1.6 million votes. Orlando Sentinel

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