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Each participant on the World Team’s 10-player roster hails from a different country, with four continents represented (North America, Africa, Europe and Australia). The World Team also includes three players who participated as campers in Basketball Without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program: Ayton (BWB Global 2016), Gilgeous-Alexander (BWB Global 2016) and Markkanen (BWB Europe 2014; BWB Global 2015).
Boston’s Kyrie Irving (U.S. Team) and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki (World Team) will serve as honorary coaches in MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars. The official Rising Stars head coaches will be an assistant coach from each 2019 NBA All-Star Game coaching staff. The All-Star Game coaching staffs are determined by the best record in each conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 3.
RJ Marquez: #Spurs news: Confirmed Davis Bertans wants to compete in #NBAAllStar 3-point contest and feels he's earned it. Nothing official has been announced by league on his participation, but expect something soon. Bertans leads league in 3-point FG percentage (.492%) #NBA #GoSpursGo
Jabari Young: So I’m told Davis Bertans wanted to participate in the #NBAAllStarGame2019 3-Pt contest, but got stiffed... apparently told he didn’t shoot enough of them... weird because I swear there are at least 2 guys in the contest who doesn’t either 🤷🏿‍♂️ #Spurs @TheAthleticNBA
Jabari Young: So I’m told Davis Bertans wanted to participate in the #NBAAllStarGame2019 3-Pt contest, but got stiffed... apparently told he didn’t shoot enough of them... weird because I swear there are at least 2 guys in the contest who doesn’t either 🤷🏿‍♂️ #Spurs @TheAthleticNBA
Mark Berman: Eric Gordon (@Eric Gordon) would like to get invited to compete in the three-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend: "I would love to be in it again since I won it just two years ago..I'd definitely like to get that chance and represent Houston." #Rockets
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Mavericks future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki has committed to the NBA 3-point shootout at All-Star weekend. So Dallas will have Nowitzki in 3-point shootout, Dennis Smith Jr. in Dunk Contest and Luka Doncic in Skills Competition.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry plans to join his brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point contest in Charlotte, North Carolina, Stephen told ESPN on Friday night. The competition will take place Feb. 16. The Currys grew up in Charlotte, and Stephen was an All-American at nearby Davidson College.
It will be a full weekend for Celtics forward Jayson Tatum at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, as he was invited to and will participate in the Skills Challenge during the Saturday session, according to an NBA source. Tatum, 20, is also expected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The invitation for Tatum to the Skills Challenge is a sign of respect for his ascension in the league.
Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the site of this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in February, but Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles doesn’t plan on being anywhere near the area. Despite a Yahoo Sports petition being started last week to get him in the Skills Challenge, Ingles would rather spend the time with his wife, Renae, and twin children far, far away from the festivities. “You know exactly what my thoughts are on that. You know what my answer’s going to be. I’m going on vacation,” Ingles said. “I’m going to spend time with my kids and my wife. That’s it.”
As of Wednesday morning, ahead of Utah’s game versus Denver, more than 2,400 people had signed the petition with a 2,500 goal in mind. Ingles’ teammate Donovan Mitchell even shared it via social media with the Twitter hashtag #Joe2Skills, while the Yahoo Sports staff has continued to promote it across the web. While most would be flattered, Ingles is different. “I don’t know who started it,” Ingles said. “I don’t know why they started it, they should’ve known the answer. I’m having some time off.”
Marco Belinelli wants to see Davis Bertans stay busy over the All-Star break. The winner of the 3-point contest at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans is endorsing Bertans for this year's long-ball showcase. "One-hundred percent, no question about it, he should be invited," said Belinelli, the only Spur to ever win the 3-point contest.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell broke into the national spotlight during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles last year after winning the Slam Dunk contest. However, the second-year guard won’t be defending his crown at NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte this February at the Spectrum Center. Although he isn’t competing in the dunk contest, Deseret News sources say he hasn’t ruled out the Rising Stars Game on Friday, Feb. 15.
Carmichael Dave: I’m told the Sacramento Kings will have 4 representatives invited to all star weekend in Charlotte. Buddy Hield in the 3 point contest, and De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Marvin Bagley in the Rising Stars Challenge. No word if Fox will be in the Skills Competition.
A campaign definitely isn't coming from Lopez. He made that clear in the visiting locker room at the Pepsi Center in Denver after connecting on a career-high 8 three-pointers Nov. 11 – the night he began to be called by the nickname "Splash Mountain." The last time he campaigned for something was for a student government position in high school and he finished last. That was enough for him to decide he isn't a very good politician or campaigner. “That would be pretty wild, it would be fun," Lopez said of potentially being included in the contest. “I’m just going to go out and do what I do on the court and if it happens that would be great.”
Comparing Lopez's numbers to those of shooters who participated in last year's three-point contest, Lopez has more three-pointers than Bradley Beal, Tobias Harris and winner Devin Booker had at this point last season. His percentage (37.4) is also higher than what Beal and Eric Gordon had through 40 games. “Of course, I’d put my money on it, yeah," said Tony Snell, who is Lopez's shooting partner in post-practice three-point shooting games, when asked if Lopez deserved a spot in the competition. “That would put the icing on the cake, man.”
Participants in the 2019 NBA Three-Point Contest will be announced in the coming weeks, and the Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of an all-out campaign for sharpshooter Joe Harris.
Ira Winderman: Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. celebrates his leap year.… And, yes, he would welcome an invitation to return to the dunk contest, "If they call me when I'm 32, trust me, I'm in that dunk contest. I'm not going to turn that down. That's a whole lot of fun."
With Vince Carter in the midst of his 21st NBA season, there's been a movement among some to recruit him to compete in February's dunk contest at All-Star weekend. But Carter says it's not going to happen, and that's because he knows he can't come close to replicating his legendary performance in 2000. "I don't think about doing it," the Atlanta Hawks veteran told teammate Kent Bazemore and Annie Finberg on The Ringer's "Winging It" podcast. "We all ... go back and talk about the dunk contest from 2000 and what it did for people and where you were and all of that, and I know what it did for me. So I feel like to taint it, 18-19 years later, why?"
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon electrified the NBA world in the Slam Dunk Contest in 2016 and ’17, and he was expected to return to do the same this season in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, he’s taking a step back. “No, I’m not doing it [this year],” Gordon told Yahoo Sports. “It’s more focusing on winning and becoming a complete player and getting to the playoffs.”
But the 7-foot “Cajun Kid’’ has another dream — being in Charlotte during All-Star Weekend in February. The 20-year-old’s pie-in-the-sky hope is hitting the daily double — being selected to the Rookie-Sophomore All-Star Game then competing in the slam-dunk contest. “It’s crossed my mind,’’ Robinson told The Post after setting the Knicks’ rookie record for blocks with nine Sunday against the Magic. “I always wanted to be in one — a dunk contest. If I have a chance, why not go for it. And if I get selected for that [the rookie-sophomore game], it would be great, too. It’s a big dream of mine. Maybe I can do both.’’
Omari Sanfoka II: Jaren Jackson Jr. says he hopes his former teammate at Michigan State, Miles Bridges, makes the dunk contest. "If he's there, then I gotta go. I just want to go so I can put on a fit and be there on the sideline. I gotta have an excuse to wear something."
Tim MacMahon: Dennis Smith Jr. “I’m not doing the dunk contest this year.” He adds that “the gimmicks and everything that go with it, I’m not with it.”
GRIII was rooting on his teammate, Victor Oladipo, in the dunk contest. Oladipo had approached Robinson III about doing the dunk contest and handling his unfinished business. A thoughtful, nice gesture. And now Glenn wants his own shot. Upon returning to Indianapolis for the final two months of the season, Robinson III told that he wants in another Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. He won in 2017 and would like the chance to defend his crown.
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James on never participating in the Dunk Contest - "There were multiple years when I seriously considered entering the Dunk Contest. One year, I don’t remember what year, it was maybe ’05 or ’06, I injured my ankle two games before the Dunk Contest. And then I had one time ... I think I got injured before the All-Star break once again and I didn’t want to test jumping on my leg and jumping on my ankle and then have to play in the game the following day. I think about it all the time actually. I know, at this point I’m probably never going to do it, but I’ve thought about it year after year after year. You see the guys that we have in our Dunk Contest this year and the age, no. I’m gonna stay away from it now."
As Donovan Mitchell left the press room of the Staples Center, trophy in hand, his heels dragged against the carpet. He hadn’t eaten all day. How could he? As he faced the realization of a childhood ambition for hours leading up to Saturday night, all other thoughts fell by the wayside. “Believe it or not,” he said, “I’ve been preparing for this since I was a kid.”
Jovan Buha: Donovan Mitchell says he's been practicing for the dunk contest since he was a kid. Mitchell on the difference between now and then: "I didn't know I'd be able to jump this high, so I kind of added a few more tricks."…
Derek Bodner: Devin Booker: "My preparation was none. My rookie year I stayed at the gym extra, shot off the rack a lot more. This time I just got here, practiced right before I went out there and ended up coming out with the win."
Chris Dempsey: Jamal Murray wants to participate in it again. "I want to do the skills again. It’s a fun event. A lot of people want to pass over the skills and just go to the dunk contest or the 3-point contest. But to watch it and be in it are two different things. It was a lot of fun."
Brian Lewis: Spencer Dinwiddie became only the 2nd #Nets player to win the #NBA All-Star Skills Challenge. He joined Hall of Fame finalist Jason Kidd, who won the inaugural event in 2003.
With 19,067 people mostly on their feet in Staples Center, Baron Davis stuck his head out of the sunroof while wearing Los Angeles Clippers warm-up gear and a red headband. His Clippers teammate Blake Griffin needed a memorable dunk as JaVale McGee was eying the trophy in 2011. While the Kia Ultima wasn’t Griffin’s car of choice, he made it work. And in one of the most memorable and debated NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Championships, Griffin sealed the victory by jumping over the silver sedan, somehow having the timing to catch a misplaced one-handed lob pass by Davis and dunking the basketball hard with two hands. “I was worried that I wasn’t going to get the dunk down,” Griffin said. “The idea was to windmill it. It was a little high. So, then I was just like, ‘Dunk it.’ So right after I dunked it, I came down and I was pissed because I didn’t think it was going to be good enough. But it worked out. But like everything, there was controversy.”
DeRozan offered a strong remake of former slam dunk champion J.R. Rider’s “East Bay funk dunk” by taking the ball through his legs in the air before jamming it. Somehow, he only received a score of 44. The Compton, California, kid was perfect on his second dunk, receiving a 50 after he threw the ball in the air, scooped it with his right hand, turned his back to the basket and finished with an acrobatic dunk. “I put a lot of thoughts into my dunks and executed them as planned,” DeRozan said. “Most definitely, I thought I did everything in my power to be in a position to win the event.”
McGee’s final dunk was a fierce slam off the backboard in which he came from the left side, was well above the rim, caught the ball up high with his right hand and dunked it in. Despite the creativity, McGee said he didn’t spend a lot of time preparing for the contest. “I didn’t put a lot of time or effort in, to tell the truth,” McGee said. “I [created] all my dunks at the practice. The two-rim dunk I didn’t create until the practice day.” While McGee’s final dunk was acrobatic, it didn’t have the flair that Griffin saved for last.
Larry Nance Jr. has envisioned what would happen if he follows up his father’s victory in the NBA’s inaugural Slam Dunk Contest in 1984 with a triumph of his own during All-Star Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “It’s fun to talk about, sit around the house with my fiancee,” Nance said. “Like, ‘How cool would it be, at home we have mine next to his, we’d be able to hold them up and take a picture?’ I’m just excited to get the opportunity to try.”
As for tips from Dad, who played for the Cavs from 1987-94, Nance said: “Make the first one. I don’t want to be that guy that’s out there missing.” The contest requires a prop or a partner, frequently a teammate or old teammate. If his is Larry Sr., he wouldn’t let on.
“Every now and again we’d get to talking trash and he’d pull out the VHS tapes of him winning the dunk contest set to the corny background music,” Larry Jr. said after the Cavs’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “It was almost like a family tradition every year.”
CJ McCollum will not be playing in the All-Star game on Sunday, which is understandable, because of the logjam of great players in the West. He was a near-miss on that front. But less understandable is the snubbing he got from the NBA in the 3-Point Contest. He has been in it the past two years, and he is shooting 42.1 percent from the arc this year — better than six of the eight players who will be shooting on Saturday night. So I asked McCollum why he was not part of the Saturday night contest. "That’s a great question," he said. "I think there are a lot of people who shoot the ball extremely well. Can’t be in it every year, right? Unless you win it every year."
CJ McCollum is expecting to get such an All-Star experience of his own, eventually. "As a competitor, you always want to receive the best rewards," he said. "But you understand that it is a team sport, and you understand the better your team plays, the more you are rewarded. There are a lot of players who could have been voted into the All-Star game, a lot of players in the East and Western Conference, moreso the West. "But it’s the NBA, it’s tough and I feel like at some point, I will make the All-Star team."
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The only guys who don't seem impressed are the players themselves. Not Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft from LSU who had to sit out a year with a foot injury but expected to hit the ground running once he could play. "I mean I'm here for a reason and obviously Philly chose me for a reason, and I've spoken to Brett (Brown) a lot when I was hurt and he wanted me to run the team and be the point guard," the Australian said. "So I know he trusts me and has faith in me, and for myself I know I definitely trust and believe in myself."
Same with Kyle Kuzma, even though he came into the league from Utah with far less fanfare after being taken with the No. 27 pick, which belonged to Brooklyn and was traded to the Lakers. He's gone on to average nearly 16 points and join Hall of Famers Jerry West and Elgin Baylor as the only Lakers rookies with three straight games of 25 or more. "It's pretty cool any time you're mentioned with guys that are Hall of Famers or very important to this game's history," Kuzma said. "I kind of knew I was going to play well," he added. "If you don't have that confidence then you shouldn't be playing really."
Oladipo dealt with trade rumors in his first three seasons in Orlando, had a unique learning experience alongside Russell Westbrook last season with the Thunder, and now has his mind on All-Star Weekend with the Pacers. He’s also starring in his return to Indiana, where he played collegiately for the Hoosiers. “Being able to play in the game, it’s going to be surreal,” Oladipo said. “Having my family and friends there for the entire weekend, it’s going to be a good time for me. I’ve watched it twice as a Rising Star, not going at all and viewing the whole weekend — it’s important to be there. It’s a weekend NBA players all look forward to, and to be part of it is an honor. Representing this team as an All-Star is important to me, and it will be a special weekend doing the dunk contest and my first All-Star Game.”
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Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”