HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

February 14, 2013 Updates

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

Standing in front of his locker, Anthony said if he continued to feel discomfort in the arm in the coming days, he would not risk further injury by playing in the All-Star Game. "I'm not going to force it," Anthony said. "I'm definitely not going to force. As bad as I want to play and participate, if I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that." Newsday

February 13, 2013 Updates
February 11, 2013 Updates

Magic rookie forward Andrew Nicholson has been chosen as a replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge game at the All-Star weekend in Houston. Nicholson replaces Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who can't play because of a back injury. Nicholson has appeared in 48 games this season for Orlando and made his 14th start against Portland on Sunday night. The 19th overall pick in last year's draft entered the game averaging 7.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. ESPN.com

Bonner spoke to RealGM about participating in the Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend. “I am incredibly excited,” Bonner told RealGM. “I don’t know how I’m going to sleep the night before. This is something that, on a personal level, I’ve wanted for a long time. To be finally selected for it, after all these years, seems surreal.” Bonner acknowledged preparing for the event is different than a regular game. “It’s definitely different,” Bonner told RealGM. “It’s much more difficult shooting off a rack than from catching a pass. My strategy is to go as fast as I can so I finish all the shots and try to take a little extra time on the money ball.” RealGM

February 10, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has acknowledged that he is willing to miss next weekend's All-Star Game if his injured right foot doesn't improve. Noah said Sunday that as much as he wants to play in the All-Star Game, he must put his team first. "To me, [the All-Star Game is] pretty important," Noah said after Sunday's practice at the Berto Center. "I mean, it's not that important, but it's something I want to do. I also have to do what's right for the team. There's obviously a bigger picture than the All-Star Game. We'll see." ESPN.com

February 9, 2013 Updates
February 8, 2013 Updates

And while the 30-year-old swingman's far from a household name, he's planning on changing that by bringing a loaded arsenal to Houston, as he told SLAM's Kicks blog: K1X: Did you prepare for it? Or do you know which dunks you’re going to do? James White: To be honest, I never practice dunks. I just do whatever comes to my mind. K1X: But when do you decide what you want to do? Do you decide in mid-air? Granted, you do have a little bit of time up there. JW: [Laughs] I have a general idea of what I want to do when I take the ball and get ready to jump. Everybody knows that I have the dunks from the free throw line and all that stuff in my back pocket. I can always pull those out. I watch what my competition does in the dunk contest and then decide which of my dunks I will do. I have about five dunks where I’m absolutely certain that I will get a 50 on those. So it’s just a matter of when to use which of those dunks. SLAM

While White respects Green, he doesn't believe anyone can bring to the table what he can. "Whatever I do is going to be new. It's not going to be seen in the NBA dunk contest," he said. "You've seen it maybe on YouTube, but you haven't seen it on the NBA stage. You've seen windmills. Everything they do has to be with gimmicks, which is what's making it corny." ESPN.com

February 7, 2013 Updates

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