HoopsHype All Star Game rumors

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

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

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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

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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

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