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James White Approached About Dunk Contest

James White is being nominated for entry by the NBPA for the Slam Dunk contest.

White was approached by union officials last week.

The union has more influence in the Saturday night skill competitions in the new format in which the conferences compete against each other.

A team captain will be chosen for the East and West and make the final call on participants

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

LeBron Will Never Enter Dunk Contest

LeBron James has finally put to rest the possibility of participating in the Slam Dunk Contest.

"It's over with," said James. "I'm getting too old for that. ... There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn't want to risk further injury."

James won the 2003 McDonald's All-American Game dunk contest.

Via Chris Tomasson/Fox Sports

Westbrook Expresses Interest In Dunk Contest

Russell Westbrook has interest in participating in the NBA dunk contest at some point in his career, but whether that will come this season is "up in the air."

"I would (like to) before it's too late," Westbrook said on Thursday. "But I don't know whether I'm going to feel like doing it or not."

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman (Twitter)

NBA Releases First All-Star Ballot Returns

The NBA released the first voting returns for the 2013 All-Star Game.

The current starters for the Eastern Conference would be LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. In the Western Conference, the current projected starters are Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 641,348; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 573,112; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 218,246; Chris Bosh (Mia) 210,724; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 151,744; Paul Pierce (Bos) 114,735; Joakim Noah (Chi) 73,366; Josh Smith (Atl) 69,344; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 68,596; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 64,266; Shane Battier (Mia) 59,419; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 57,336; Luol Deng (Chi) 48,450; Brook Lopez (BKN) 47,940; Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 430,925; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 382,613; Deron Williams (BKN) 211,426; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 155,989; Ray Allen (Mia) 130,016; Monta Ellis (Mil) 47,650; Raymond Felton (NYK) 37,974; Jason Terry (Bos) 36,147; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 35,610; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 35,193.

Western Conference

Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 605,965; Dwight Howard (LAL) 434,168; Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,855; Tim Duncan (SA) 189,577; Pau Gasol (LAL) 139,868; Kevin Love (Min) 112,922; Omer Asik (Hou) 88,178; Rudy Gay (Mem) 85,279; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 68,285; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 66,290; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 63,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 61,716; Zach Randolph (Mem) 59,916; Metta World Peace (LAL) 59,167; Anthony Davis (NO) 53,779.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 639,419; Chris Paul (LAC) 353,603; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 298,319; James Harden (Hou) 196,108; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 143,437; Steve Nash (LAL) 118,073; Tony Parker (SA) 69,983; Ricky Rubio (Min) 54,744; Manu Ginobili (SA) 47,800; O.J. Mayo (Dal) 36,495.

Via RealGM Staff Report
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