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January 6, 2014 Updates

Bryant singled out Portland's Damian Lillard as a player deserving of votes. "I probably won't be able to come back (to the Lakers) soon enough to be able to make my stamp or be able to make my mark on a game," Bryant said. "So my advice would be to focus on younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend." USA Today Sports

January 5, 2014 Updates

You think there’s no gay visibility in sports? Well, the out, proud Zeke Thomas—son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas—happens to be the official DJ for the annual NBA All-Star game, which will be held in New Orleans in February. That’s music to a lot of sports fans’ ears—and it’s hardly Zeke’s only high profile credit either. He also DJs club bashes in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and his hometown of Detroit, plus he’s a recording artist/producer who’s coming out with a song called “Regret,” about the horror of waking up after a not really necessary night of too much partying. Our recent chat was intoxicating—a real slam dunk, if you will (with no dribbling). Out Magazine

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Miami's Dwyane Wade would be happy to have Kyrie Irving as his running mate in the All-Star backcourt if it comes to that. The two were the top backcourt vote-getters in the Eastern Conference in the first returns of All-Star voting that came out last week. "Him and [Washington's] John Wall in the East as point guards are having great years,'' Wade said of Irving before last night's game against the Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I know he made his first All-Star appearance last year and we know he's going to be an All-Star for many years to come after seeing what he did the last couple years. "So, it would be an honor.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The NBA has interest in keeping Orlando on a "short rotation" of cities who will host the league's annual All-Star Game, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins. Martins also said the Magic and the city of Orlando will apply to host the 2017 game. Orlando applied to host the 2016 Game, but it was awarded to the city of Toronto. Orlando played host to the 2012 All-Star Game at Amway Center. Dwight Howard represented the Magic as the game's leading vote-getter with about 1.6 million votes. Orlando Sentinel

September 26, 2013 Updates

Having the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in Toronto in February 2016 should be an economic bonanza for Toronto. As first revealed in the Toronto Sun, the NBA is poised to award its 2016 all-star festivities to Toronto. Recent NBA all-star weekends in Phoenix, Orlando and Houston pumped up to $100 million into local economies and attracted as many as 50,000 visitors, with the NBA reserving more than 5,000 hotel rooms. The need for a U.S. citizens to produce a passport at border crossings may decrease the number of fans who come to Toronto. Toronto Sun

Here was the official announcement that the Knicks and Nets will co-host the NBA’s All-Star weekend in a mere 17 months, and Mikhail Prokhorov was not to be found in the second-floor TV studio on Washington St., where the two warring factions announced a truce to their hostilities. Where was Big Mike, Jim Dolan’s chief tormenter, anyway? Nobody was saying, but the absence of the Nets’ free-spending billionaire kind of made the entire program a little wanting. As much as everyone involved made it a point to say that the two rivals are putting their differences aside to make the 2015 All-Star weekend a smashing success, and we’ll take them at their word on that, it still would have been a little more believable had Prokhorov been present to have his picture taken with Dolan, “that little man.” New York Daily News

Knicks owner James Dolan finally took a question about his Knicks, but wouldn’t say if they are better than the Nets, instead lauding the budding rivalry. Dolan said it should push the teams to “greater heights.’’ Dolan, sporting a beard, appeared on the dais Wednesday at the NBA’s announcement All-Star Weekend will be shared in 2015 by the Knicks and Nets, with the Garden getting the main event. New York Post

September 25, 2013 Updates

New York City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2015, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company; Hank J. Ratner, President and CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company; Irina Pavlova, President, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc.; and Bruce C. Ratner, majority owner and developer of Barclays Center and Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, joined Commissioner Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the announcement at the NBA Partner Forum held at Industria Superstudio in New York City. NBA.com

As part of NBA All-Star 2015, the NBA and its partners will host a variety of community, grassroots and fan events throughout the city’s five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island). This will mark the fifth time that NBA All-Star will take place in New York, having been held previously at Madison Square Garden in 1954, 1955, 1968 and 1998. “New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues,” said Stern. “We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs.” NBA.com

September 12, 2013 Updates

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