January 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Nick Nurse To Coach Team Giannis In All-Star Game

Jan 31, 2020 9:37 PM

Nick Nurse will coach the Team Giannis All-Stars in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game as the Toronto Raptors have clinched the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

Nurse is in his second season as the Raptors’ head coach after spending five seasons as an assistant coach with Toronto. 

Mike Budenholzer is ineligible because he served as a head coach in last year’s NBA All-Star Game.  

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Team LeBron To Wear No. 2, Team Giannis To Wear No. 24 To Honor Kobe, Gianna

Jan 31, 2020 4:04 PM

The NBA, NBPA and Nike announced that the 2020 NBA All-Star uniforms will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and their seven friends and teammates who tragically passed away in last Sunday’s helicopter accident. 

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will feature Team LeBron (James) wearing the No. 2 and Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo) wearing the No. 24  Gianna and Kobe’s basketball jersey numbers, respectively. 

In addition, both teams will wear jersey patches displaying nine stars, representing those who lost their lives in the crash, including John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan. The players will wear the jerseys during the NBA All-Star Game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Zion Williamson Headline 2020 NBA Rising Stars

Jan 31, 2020 12:28 PM

Luka Dončić (Slovenia) is joined on the World Team by New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Canada); Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (Bahamas); New York Knicks guard/forward RJ Barrett (Canada); Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (Canada); Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada); Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (Japan) and center Moritz Wagner (Germany); Detroit Pistons guard/forward Svi Mykhailiuk (Ukraine); and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (Nigeria).

Young is joined on the U.S. Team by Charlotte Hornets forwards Miles Bridges and PJ Washington and guard Devonte’ Graham; Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr.; Miami Heat guards Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and guard Ja Morant; and Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall.

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James Jones: Devin Booker Is Undoubtedly An NBA All-Star

Jan 30, 2020 9:22 PM

Devin Booker was not named as an All-Star reserve as voted on by the coaches.

Booker is averaging 27.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists this season.

“I’ve played with and against multiple All-Stars in this league and Devin Booker is undoubtedly an NBA All Star,” wrote James Jones in a statement released by the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns are current seven games under .500.

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NBA Announces 2020 All-Star Game Reserves Headlined By Six First-Time Selections

Jan 30, 2020 8:32 PM

The NBA has announced the 2020 All-Star Game reserves, headlined by six first-time selections.

Domantas Sabonis, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Brandon Ingram are each first-time selections.

East All-Star Reserves
Jimmy Butler
Ben Simmons
Kyle Lowry
Khris Middleton
Domantas Sabonis
Jayson Tatum
Bam Adebayo

West All-Star Reserves
Nikola Jokic
Damian Lillard
Donovan Mitchell
Rudy Gobert
Chris Paul
Brandon Ingram
Russell Westbrook

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will select their teams on Feb. 6.

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All-Star Game To Have New Format With Kobe Tribute Target Score To End Game

Jan 30, 2020 2:07 PM

The NBA has announced major changes to the format for the 2020 All-Star Game.

They will turn every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide the winning team.

Scores will be reset back to 0-0 at the start of the second and third quarters before being restored to begin the fourth quarter.

The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach the target score first, which will be determined by the total points the team in the lead scored in the first three quarters plus 24 in tribute to Kobe Bryant.

“We spent a lot of time considering the right target number to use for the fourth quarter,” said Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president for league operations. “Through the events of this week it became clear to us that the only appropriate number for this season’s All-Star game is 24.”

The target score concept is something that the NBA has been considering since last summer.

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Aaron Gordon Commits To 2020 Slam Dunk Contest

Jan 30, 2020 12:34 PM

Aaron Gordon has committed to participating in the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago.

Gordon joins Dwight Howard and Derrick Jones Jr. as confirmed commits.

Gordon narrowly lost the 2016 Dunk Contest to Zach LaVine.

In 2017, Gordon was eliminated from the contest in the first round.

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Jimmy Butler Says Bam Adebayo Is 'No Doubt' An All-Star

Jan 28, 2020 1:48 AM

Jimmy Butler was confident that Bam Adebayo would be named to his first All-Star Game.

"He will be. No doubt," said Butler following the Heat's 113-92 win over the Magic.

Reserves for the All-Star Game will be announced on Thursday.

Adebayo finished the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. He dedicated his performance to Kobe Bryant.

"I felt like I had that 'Mamba Mentality' tonight ... "The game wasn't about the All-Star Game. It was about honoring Kobe. I feel like every player wanted to do that their next game after his death. He's been my idol since I was younger. I looked up to him, and I never got to meet him, but he was here by spirit," said Adebayo.

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Frank Vogel Will Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2020 4:02 PM

Frank Vogel and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.

With Thursday's 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers (36-9, .800) clinched at least a tie for the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Utah Jazz is the only team with the potential to tie the Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Feb. 2.

According to NBA rules, the first tiebreaker to determine an All-Star Game head coach is better head-to-head record. The Lakers have won both games against the Jazz this season and the teams do not meet again until March, giving Vogel the tiebreaker over Utah head coach Quin Snyder.

As a result, Vogel has earned the spot to coach Team LeBron over the 13 other eligible Western Conference head coaches. The Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone was ineligible because he served as a head coach in last year’s NBA All-Star Game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James Headline 2020 NBA All-Star Game Starters

Jan 23, 2020 7:32 PM

The NBA has announced the starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Eastern Conference
• Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain)
• Joel Embiid
• Pascal Siakam
• Kemba Walker
• Trae Young

Western Conference
• Anthony Davis
• Luka Dončić
• James Harden
• LeBron James (Captain)
• Kawhi Leonard

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Ja Morant Decides Not To Participate In Dunk Contest

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LeBron James Leads Luka Doncic For Top Spot In West ASG Voting

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LeBron James Passes Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo To Lead All-Star Voting

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Derrick Rose To Participate In Skills Competition During All-Star Weekend

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Dwight Howard To Participate In 2020 Slam Dunk Contest

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Ja Morant Considering Invite To Slam Dunk Contest

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Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead NBA In First All-Star Voting Returns

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