HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

February 16, 2013 Updates

When the NBA released its rosters for All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game, one name stood out above all others: Usain Bolt, legendary Jamaican sprinter and six-time Olympic gold medalist. As Kelly Dwyer noted last Friday, Bolt loves to play basketball, even if he's pretty bad at it. In the Celeb Game, we could see one of the world's best athletes in an unfamiliar setting. Bolt was not particularly impressive in his East squad's 58-38 loss, but he did contribute the highlight of the night. In the final minute of the first quarter, the 6-5 Bolt streaked down the court and took a long-range pass. After collecting himself (read: committing and uncalled traveling violation), Bolt rose up and finished a two-handed slam. Check it out in the video above. Yahoo! Sports

February 15, 2013 Updates

His favorite All-Star moments? "Meeting Wilt Chamberlain in Cleveland [1997], Kobe's first All-Star Game in New York ['98], '03 in Atlanta because it was close to home and I had a bunch of friends and family that I hadn't seen, Jordan's last All-Star Game -- those are some of the ones that stand out," Garnett said. CBSSports.com

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks will be in the starting lineup for this Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Houston, a league source confirmed. The forward suffered a deep right arm contusion on Wednesday night in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, and after the game he said his availability for Sunday was in question. ESPN.com

You have to stand by your guys, and Erik Spoelstra apparently knows it. With Rajon Rondo out of Sunday's All-Star Game with an ACL injury, Spoelstra had to choose a replacement. For a traditional lineup, and honeslty, in terms of deserving to start, Kyrie Irving was the choice. But with Chris Bosh on his bench, Spoelstra would have to snub his own F/C. So Spoelstra did the smart thing and kept his third star, the George Harrison of the Heat, Bosh happy. Bosh will start the All-Star game, Spoelstra told ESPN. CBSSports.com

Garnett did say that this weekend "is definitely my last All-Star game," even though he has two years remaining on his contract. Garnett would not elaborate, and general manager Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald on Thursday that Garnett had not discussed retirement. "Y'all don't know what I know," said Garnett, who is averaging 15 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. "Let's just put it like this: I'm more than grateful for going. I'm not going to act like I've got more All-Star games in me. So I'm just going to actually enjoy this one with friends and family. That's what I meant." NBA.com

Carmelo Anthony is expected to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game despite suffering a bruised right arm in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto that had him hinting that the injury could keep him out of the NBA’s winter classic. The league, according to a source, was notified on Thursday that Anthony intended to play on Sunday. The Knick forward was elected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team in fan voting and Anthony could conceivably play just a few minutes and take the rest of the night off. That conversation between Anthony, the Knicks’ medical staff and Eastern Conference coach, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, will take place on Friday in Houston. New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony smiled as children raced past him to show off their shooting and passing skills Thursday as the N.B.A. began its annual All-Star weekend festivities. Anthony talked with fans, signed autographs and answered a few questions from youngsters during an N.B.A. jam session with his teammate Steve Novak. Anthony did shoot the ball a few times, too. At no point during his hourlong appearance did he appear to be in pain. The Knicks said they expected Anthony to play in the All- Star Game on Sunday despite the bruised right biceps he sustained in Wednesday’s 92-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The N.B.A. has also been given no indication that Anthony would not be in uniform for the game. New York Times

February 14, 2013 Updates

Asked how he'll approach this weekend's NBA All-Star Game, especially after playing an exhausting 102 minutes in his last four games, Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett took everybody by surprise when he mentioned mid-sentence that his 15th appearance would be his last. "For it being my last," said Garnett, "I got my family coming down." Wait, what? "This is definitely my last All-Star game," he repeated. WEEI.com

Garnett has two years and $23.5 million remaining on his contract after this season, and considering he was voted a starter at age 36, what's to stop him from making the roster in either of his next two seasons? "Y'all don't know what I know," he said. "So, let's put it like this: I'm more than grateful for going, but I'm not going to act like I've got more All-Star Games in me, so I'm actually going to enjoy this one with some friends and family." Despite signing a three-year extension with the Celtics this past offseason, Garnett has repeatedly dropped hints that any season could be his last, but this is the first time this year he's alluded to it so clearly. WEEI.com

Kobe Bryant's been playing in the All-Star game so long that he's making up who some of his old teammates were ... "I think the first one, the first All-Star game to me has been the most memorable one," Bryant said Wednesday, thinking back to the 1998 All-Star game at Madison Square Garden, the first of 15 appearances in his 17-year career so far. Bryant had 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting to lead the West, but Michael Jordan (23 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals) was MVP as the East won 135-114. "Me and KG (Kevin Garnett) being the young kids on the block," Bryant remembered. "Playing with Jordan, (Clyde) Drexler, (Charles) Barkley, (John) Stockton and all those guys." Sulia

Dwight Howard: "I think this is going to be the best dunk contests in awhile ..." Howard won the dunk contest in 2008 and the former champ can't wait to see the slams and jams that happen in Houston during All-Star weekend Saturday. "I'm just excited to see the dunk contest," Howard said after practice Wednesday. "I think this is going to be the best dunk contests in awhile. James White, who the world hasn't really seen dunk yet, this guy, I've seen him jump from the free throw line off one foot and do a windmill. There's not a lot of people who can do that. So, him and then you got the other guy (rookie Terrence Ross) from Toronto who can jump. So, it's going to be a great dunk contest. That's what I'm looking forward to seeing." Sulia

But Redick happily would've sacrificed part of his break to participate in the 3-Point Contest in Houston. Redick entered Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks ninth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (115) and 30th in accuracy (40.1 percent). Redick has been vocal in his desire to compete in the event. But he doesn't understand the criteria the NBA uses to select participants. "I guess it's just completely random," Redick said. "I know they want to have a mix of All-Stars and non-All-Stars. That's what I've heard. Maybe one day I'll be in it." Orlando Sentinel

Redick is good friends with the Hawks' Kyle Korver, who began Wednesday fourth in makes (126) and first in accuracy (46.5 percent), and Redick's confusion about the selection criteria was heightened when Korver wasn't asked to participate this season. "I have no idea [what the criteria are]," Korver said. "I'm not sure if there is any." Orlando Sentinel

How are you getting ready for the dunk contest? Terrence Ross: I'm just practicing hard, just working the dunks I think I should be able to do at the contest. DeMar [DeRozan] is helping me, Rudy [Gay] is helping me a lot. DeMar is giving me some good advice on how to do some dunks and improve on my score while getting the crowd on my side. Who is the best dunker at the All Stars? Terrence Ross: I would say [Michael] Jordan and [Dominique] Wilkins, those two were the best. HoopsHype

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