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The dunk contest is set as the final event of All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in New York. Another strong possibility to join the field is Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, league sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

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Fifteen years older, Crawford says LaVine is “like a little brother” and has forged a relationship with a rookie these past five years because both come from the Seattle area and because years ago Crawford saw something in a skinny, bouncy high school sophomore that led him to believe one day LaVine would be a peer. “He had that ‘It’ factor,” Crawford said. Crawford is still not sure how to quantify it, but he said he knew that kid from the northern suburb of Bothell — the other end of the Seattle area from Crawford’s Rainier Beach area — had whatever It is. “Guys at that age, you can see they can make it to the NBA,” Crawford said. “You could see it in his shooting, his ballhandling, his lift, his athleticism. He has that quick twitch. He’s very, very quick and he can shoot it. That’s trouble because that’s when you have to get up on him and when you do that, he uses his athleticism to get by you. He’s a player for sure.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, however, had a different thought. Told Bob Beamon set the long jump record in Mexico City, with many saying he was aided by altitude, LaVine wondered if he might benefit. “If that’s the case, we might be able to jump higher,” LaVine said. “I might have to do some dunks in warmups, see how I feel.” Houston Chronicle

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