HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

February 17, 2013 Updates

The NBA's next commissioner, Adam Silver, told CSNNW.com that there is mutual interest from the league and the Portland Trail Blazers to see about bringing All-Star Weekend to the city of Portland. “They (Trail Blazers) have shown interest and we have interest,” Silver said. “It's an ongoing process. Portland is a great city. We like the idea, but it's something we have to investigate further.” CSNNW.com reached out to Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan and he acknowledged that there is a desire to bring the showcase to Portland and he added, “It would be great for the city to host the event.” CSNNW.com

When Silver was asked if one of those two boroughs is likely to hold the festivities in two years, he said, "Yes." But he said there's no time frame when it will be decided or announced. Silver will be the NBA's commissioner by that time. This was outgoing commissioner David Stern's last All-Star Game; he has announced he will retire Feb. 1, 2014. "This is terrific," Stern said. "There are two applications, one from Brooklyn and one from the Garden, and I really think that commissioner Silver is going to have a great time with those applications. I've asked him to send me a postcard to tell me how it goes." Newsday

February 16, 2013 Updates

After the Super Bowl was delayed by a 34-minute power outage earlier this month at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NBA took extra steps to make sure nothing like it occurs during its All-Star Saturday events or Sunday night’s All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. But in case something unforeseen occurs, the NBA and the Toyota Center have put in a number of contingency plans, NBA officials confirmed earlier this week. ``We are prepared with contingency plans for a myriad of potential scenarios,’’ NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. ``In the very unlikely event there is a power outage at the Toyota Center, there is a back-up system that restores power immediately.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jay Cicero, the CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the executive director of the Super Bowl XLVII host committee, said they met with NBA officials and they didn’t express a high degree of concern about the possibility of another power outage occurring. But it’s likely the NBA will have contingency plans similar to what they put forth at the Toyota Center this weekend. ``They’ve done enough events and understand that sometimes stuff happens,’’ Cicero said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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

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