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DeMarcus Cousins Named To West All-Star Team As Injury Replacement For Kobe

Jan 30, 2015 1:17 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has been named on the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team, the league announced Friday.

Cousins will replace Kobe Bryant.

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Giannis, Wiggins Headline Rising Stars Challenge Rosters

Jan 28, 2015 3:05 PM

The NBA has announced the rosters for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge.

USA Team
Trey Burke (Utah)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia)
Zach LaVine (Minnesota)
Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota)
Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)
Victor Oladipo (Orlando)
Elfrid Payton (Orlando)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn)
Cody Zeller (Charlotte)

World Team
Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn)
Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
Dante Exum (Utah)
Rudy Gobert (Utah)
Nikola Mirotic (Chicago)
Kelly Olynyk (Boston)
Dennis Schröder (Atlanta)
Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota)

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Splash Brothers To Headline Three-Point Contest

Jan 27, 2015 11:21 AM

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will headline the participants of the Three-Point Shooting Contest during All-Star Weekend.

Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Redick will also participate.

Korver leads the NBA in three-point percentage at 53 percent.

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, J.J. Redick, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Mark Cuban Believes NBA All-Star Game Voting System 'Broken'

Jan 23, 2015 9:45 PM

Mark Cuban believes the apathetic response from NBA fans for All-Star Game voting proves the system is "absolutely, positively broken."

Stephen Curry received just 1,513,324 votes despite leading the NBA.

"In context of everything, that's no votes," Cuban said. "That's such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it's almost embarrassing. It's just no one's really looked at it that way. ... I mean, think about it. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system's broken. Absolutely, positively broken."


His concern is the relative lack of interest in the balloting.

"They go hand in hand," Cuban said. "We have that few votes, you're going to get one team or one player or one part of the world that skews everything. Again, if we were getting 20, 30, 50 million votes, which shows that fans just love it and wanted to participate, that'd be one thing. Then the fans have spoken.

"But when the number of voters isn't enough to even get anybody to notice ... That means basically .01 percent of NBA fans cared enough to vote, and that's saying every fan voted just once. Probably, if you include global, that means .00001 percent of fans thought enough to vote. That just shows nobody cares."

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kyrie Irving Misses Out On Derrick Rose Rule With No ASG Starting Spot

Jan 23, 2015 11:26 AM

Kyrie Irving stood to earn an extra $7 million to $10 million had he been voted into the NBA All-Star Game as a starter due to the "Derrick Rose" provision.

The five-year, $90 million extension Irving signed last offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers would have made him eligible for a higher earning rate if he met certain criteria.

Irving would have had to earn fan votes into the All-Star Game or win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

Irving finished fourth in fan voting behind John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Dwyane Wade.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 22, 2015 7:05 PM

Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Blake Griffin, Clippers

Eastern Conference Starters
John Wall, Wizards
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Pau Gasol, Bulls

Voting Results

Western Conference Frontcourt

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, 1,369,911
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, 795,121
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 700,615
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 546,817
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 545,226
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, 498,131
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 465,334
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, 348,275
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 292,557
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, 144,702
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 132,150
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, 117,816
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, 107,223
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, 99,039
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, 98,654

Western Conference Backcourt

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 1,513,324
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 1,152,402
James Harden, Houston Rockets, 1,069,368
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 551,167
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, 365,417
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 314,254
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, 248,758
Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, 219,506
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, 216,246
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, 103,015

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1,470,483
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, 974,177
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 647,005
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, 570,005
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, 542,006
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, 386,208
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, 231,741
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, 203,718
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, 129,293
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, 121,938
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, 114,955
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, 110,980
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, 106,820
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, 103,645
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, 86,717

Eastern Conference Backcourt

John Wall, Washington Wizards, 886,368
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, 805,290
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 789,839
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, 535,873
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, 455,756
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 379,994
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, 159,123
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, 83,900
Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors, 82,135
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 55,014

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Budenholzer, Kerr To Coach All-Star Game

Jan 22, 2015 12:10 PM

Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr will be the head coaches for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors have each clinched the best record in their respective conferences for games played through Feb. 1.

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Rising Stars Challenge To Be USA Vs. International Players

Jan 21, 2015 5:34 PM

The Rising Stars Challenge featuring NBA rookies and second-year players will have a change in format this year.

Players from the United States will play against players that were born Internationally.

Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steven Adams, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Mirotic and Jusuf Nurkic figure to be a few of the players on the International team.

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Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest

Jan 21, 2015 4:02 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee are three of the participants in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest.

Another strong possibility is Zach LaVine, who has a 44-inch vertical.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee, Victor Oladipo, Zach Lavine, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Davis, Griffin, Marc Gasol Lead West Frontcourt ASG Voting

Jan 1, 2015 1:00 PM

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors remain atop the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, after the second returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. James continues to own the top overall spot with 775,810 votes, while Curry’s 755,486 votes are good for second in the league.

James, the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (372,109) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (365,449) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players.  Washington Wizards guard John Wall (439,395) remains the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (396,757) is second.

Curry is followed in the West backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (694,665). The Western Conference frontcourt is led, in order, by the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (732,154), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (403,415) and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (343,587).

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