Andrew Wiggins has become one of the most electrifying dunkers in the NBA, but don't look for him to challenge Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Zach LaVine, the reigning Verizon Slam Dunk champion, any time soon. "My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald's [All-]American Game, so I really don't do ... dunks anymore," Wiggins said during an interview with ESPN.com. "I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don't really do it anymore. "Right now, you can give it to him [LaVine]. I won't be doing all the surprise dunks. I just keep it simple -- one hand, two hands."
Chris Vivlamore: Kyle Korver will not compete in 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend. Looks like only Hawks player therre will be Paul Millsap.
Chris Vivlamore: Jeff Teague said he will not take part in Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend (as he did last year).
Chris Vivlamore: Dennis Schroder said he won't take part in Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend (as he did last year). Will be in Germany.
We’ve got All-Star weekend coming up, are you planning on defending your three-point shootout title? Stephen Curry: Most likely. I’ve done it three straight years and finally won one. Knowing I’ll be there already, I’ll probably suit up Saturday night and see if I can defend it. It’s a gym I’ve gotten a lot of shots up in growing up, with my dad playing up there for three years. So, it’ll be a pretty special spot to lace ‘em up and shoot some threes.
The question took Will Barton by surprise mostly because it was nowhere near his radar. Would be want to be in the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest? The short answer is yes. “I mean, if they asked me, I would do it,” Barton said. “It’s just how I feel about it. But I don’t have too many feelings about it.”
In the bleakest of Suns seasons, rookie guard Devin Booker offered another ray of light by being chosen to compete in the NBA All-Star weekend's 3-point contest. Booker, the NBA's youngest player at 19, is leading the rookie class with 41.7 percent 3-point shooting this season. He will be only the fourth rookie to compete in the 30-year-old contest, joining Stephen Curry (2010), Kyle Korver (2004) and Dennis Scott (1991).
Kelly Olynyk is hoping to be selected for the 3-point shootout during All-Star weekend in Toronto, but has yet to receive an invite from the NBA. Olynyk, a native of Toronto, entered Sunday shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc, fifth best in the league. “[Olynyk] hasn’t said anything to me about it, but I think it would be great,” Stevens said. “As long as he continues to shoot it near the top of the league, it makes sense to be invited.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors forward Draymond Green will be in the Skills Competition during NBA All-Star Saturday, a source said. Green & Cousins, interesting.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Riley calls Bosh the "best big in the Eastern Conference." Reveals that Bosh will participate in 3-pt contest
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been named to the Western Conference reserves for next month’s NBA All-Star Game, a team source said Thursday afternoon. The source, who did not wish to be identified because he has no authority to speak on behalf of the team or league, also said the sixth-year player will participate in the annual Skills Challenge the day before the All-Star Game.
Sean Cunningham: Source confirms DeMarcus Cousins named as All-Star reserve on the West squad, his second All-Star birth. And also confirm @Jason Jones report - DeMarcus Cousins is 100% participating in the Skills challenge.
Marc J. Spears: Kudos to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for getting in NBA All-Star Skills Competition. No big man has ever entered it since it began in 2003
While McCollum knows he’s got no chance of making the Western Conference All-Star roster this season, he’s still hoping to be invited to participate in any of the other events associated with All-Star Weekend, specifically the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. “I’m still waiting on the call,” said McCollum. “I haven’t got any calls for three-point shooting, skills (contest) or anything. If they’re looking for somebody I’d be a willing participant. Haven’t heard anything.”
Jorge Castillo: Dudley said he'd definitely return to TOR to do the 3-pt contest if he's invited. Never done it before and he's 3rd in the league in 3-pt %.
The league recently reached out to Larry Nance Jr. about the possibility of his being a participant in this year's contest, which will be held Feb. 13 during the NBA All-Star Weekend at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Although the league didn't extend an official invite -- it was more of a "feeling out" call to gauge interest, Nance told ESPN.com after practice Monday -- the Lakers' training staff ultimately advised Nance against taking part in this year's contest because of the continuous soreness in his right knee that has sidelined him for the past four games.
"That's something that I've always said I've wanted to do at some point," Nance said of the dunk contest. "With the recent [injury] in my knee and everything, I don't want to go against the training staff's advice. This year might not be in the cards, per [the training staff's] request, but it's still something I personally would love to do in the near future. Next year, if [the NBA] wanted me, I would love to."
Tyler Johnson would also be all right with an invitation to the dunk contest, though he's not sure if it would be "responsible" with his chronically sore shoulder, "doing herky-jerks and all that." But he said if "it came down to it," he'd probably rationalize participating.
Speaking with Tas Melas of NBA TV's The Starters on Tuesday, Wiggins, with an emphatic head shake, said he won't compete in the dunk contest. Even though All-Star weekend is happening in his hometown of Toronto, Wiggins just simply doesn't want to be in the contest.
The NBA will announce its slam-dunk participants later this month. “I’ll do it again,’’ Williams told The Post. “It was fun. Thing is, I didn’t get to finish my last dunk. I didn’t get a chance to make it. If I get an opportunity to do it again. I’d definitely do it. I’m not pushing to go but if they ask, I’m all for it.’’
You are 20th in the NBA history in three-pointers made, but you have never been in the three-point shooting contest. Would you like to be? JR Smith: Yes, of course. When I was younger my goal was to win a dunk contest, win a three-point contest. The dunk contest is out for me, so the three point contest is hopefully next.
However, James stumped for another member of the Cavs to join them in Toronto: J.R. Smith. Specifically, he wants Smith -- who went 5-for-6 from deep in Cleveland's 125-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday -- to be a part of the 3-point shootout for the first time in his 12-year career. "He's never been invited," James said of the All-Star Saturday night event. "I think I might need to start making that petition. Us being the No. 1 team in the East, him shooting the ball the way he's been shooting it, we need to try to get as many guys to All-Star as possible. Guys know in the league he's an unbelievable 3-point shooter and he deserves an invite."
"Absolutely," Smith said when asked if he'd like to be a part of the festivities. "In my younger days, I wanted to be one of the first people to win the dunk contest and the 3-point contest, but the dunk contest ain't looking too good for me no more."
As he was leaving the locker room, I asked Smith if he’d ever participated in a 3-point contest during All-Star weekend because I couldn’t recall ever seeing him there. “You know they don’t want me there,” Smith said. “You know they don’t want me part of All-Star festivities.”
September 25, 2021 | 11:28 am EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Sachin Gupta wants Ben Simmons. The same hurdles remain, but can he now be more creative on three-team scenarios? That still seems to be the key. But make not mistake: Gupta is all in on acquiring Ben Simmons.
Darren Wolfson: (Gupta) is going to work his ass off to try to acquire Ben Simmons and he has full authority to do so. Glen Taylor, Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez… Trust me, they’ve given him the green light
The Heat are among the least flexible teams in the league in terms of being able to make in-season moves. After rehauling their roster to sign Lowry and Tucker, extending Butler and signing many players to minimum contracts, they only have three players on the roster that can currently be traded. Theirtrade flexibility will open up in December and January once free agents that were signed become eligible to be traded, but they severely lack tradeable salaries. After their starters, most of whom seem very likely not to be moved, their next highest salary is Tyler Herro at $4.0 million. His salary combined with several of their minimum players will heavily limit the type of return they can get in a trade. They are also just $6.6 million below the hard cap, which is another factor that could hold them back from adding significant money to the payroll.
Darren Wolfson: As for the relationship Gupta with head coach Chris Finch. They were together in Houston. I’m told they have a rock solid relationship. Gupta thinks the world of Finch, Finch thinks the world of Gupta
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert says the NBA can come knocking on his door any time it wants … telling TMZ Sports he ain’t scared of the league’s “random” drug tests!! Of course, it’s become quite the trend in the Association — you post a jacked pic on Instagram, you get “randomly” hit up for a test.
September 25, 2021 | 3:23 am EDT Update
Sources maintain the Cavs don’t have any “untouchables.” However, prized rookie Evan Mobley and rising point guard Darius Garland are closest to that designation. The likelihood of either player being moved is incredibly low. That leaves Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro and future first-rounders to help cajole a Simmons deal.