February 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Robert Covington To Compete In Skills Challenge

Feb 28, 2021 7:09 PM

Robert Covington is set to compete in the Skills Challenge, sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The NBA will use All-Star Weekend to highlight Historically Black College and Universities. Covington, a graduate of Tennessee State, is the only player from an HBCU in the NBA.

The NBA and NBPA have committed more than $2.5 million in a fund to support HBCUs, as well as raising awareness around issues like equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Tags: Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Cassius Stanley, Anfernee Simons To Join Obi Toppin In Slam Dunk Competition

Feb 28, 2021 6:09 PM

Cassius Stanley and Anfernee Simons will enter the Slam Dunk competition on March 7th, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The two players will join Obi Toppin in the competition.

Derrick Jones Jr., winner of last year's competition, will not enter this season. 

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Tags: Cassius Stanley, Anfernee Simons, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kevin Durant To Serve An All-Star Game Captain Despite Injury

Feb 28, 2021 12:09 AM

Kevin Durant will remain an All-Star Game captain despite having to sit out due to a hamstring injury.

Durant and LeBron James will draft their All-Star Game rosters on March 4th. 

It is unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the All-Star Game on March 7th.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Domantas Sabonis Named All-Star Injury Replacement For Kevin Durant

Feb 26, 2021 4:47 PM

Domantas Sabonis has been named by Adam Silver to replace injured Kevin Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

In his fifth NBA season and fourth with the Pacers, Sabonis was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season. Sabonis previously participated in his first NBA All-Star Game in 2020, and NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017 and 2018 as part of the Rising Stars Challenge. 

Sabonis set a Pacers franchise record by opening the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles. He ranks second in the NBA this season overall with 24 double-doubles. Sabonis has posted three triple-doubles on the year and is now the franchise’s leader in career triple-doubles with seven.

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Tags: Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Obi Toppin To Participate In Dunk Contest

Feb 26, 2021 12:22 PM

Obi Toppin will participate in the Slam Dunk Contest at halftime of the All-Star Game.

Toppin is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game this season with the New York Knicks.

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Tags: Obi Toppin, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA All-Star

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NBA Cancels Risings Stars Game, Will Still Announce Rosters

Feb 25, 2021 3:15 PM

The NBA has announced they will not play a Rising Stars challenge during All-Star weekend next week in Atlanta.

The league, however, will still announce rosters as voted upon by NBA assistant coaches.

The rosters will comprise of 10 first- and second-year players from the United States and 10 players from outside the United States.

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Mike Conley: I Really, Really Thought This Was The All-Star Year

Feb 25, 2021 9:56 AM

Mike Conley spoke to the media for the first time since he was not voted in as an All-Star reserve despite a highly productive season and one of the best careers of any player not to receive a selection.

"Man, it was tough," said Conley. "I really, really thought this was the year. I joked with the guys on the team that I blame them. We should have started the year 31-0. Maybe that would have given me a chance, but I don’t know what else to do."

Conley is averaging 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while the Utah Jazz have a 25-6 record.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Devin Booker Named As Injury Replacement All-Star For Anthony Davis

Feb 24, 2021 9:46 PM

Devin Booker has been named by Adam Silver to replace injured Anthony Davis in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

Booker has earned his second straight NBA All-Star selection.

Booker is averaging a team-high 24.7 points (16th in the NBA), 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds while shooting a career-high 50.1 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three-point range and 84.8 percent from the free throw line in 26 games this season.

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Tags: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Zion Williamson Leaves Door Open To Participate In Dunk Contest

Feb 24, 2021 3:58 PM

Zion Williamson was voted onto the All-Star team as a reserve and was noncommittal either way when asked if he might participate in the Slam Dunk contest.

“You know what, I don’t even know," said Williamson. "Who knows? That’s all I can say. Who knows? I might. You never know. But who knows?”

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Zion Williamson, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine Headline All-Star Reserves

Feb 23, 2021 6:36 PM

Zion Williamson, Jaylen Brown and Zach LaVine headline the list of All-Star reserves as first-time selections.

West Reserves:
Chris Paul
Paul George
Damian Lillard
Donovan Mitchell
Rudy Gobert
Zion Williamson
Anthony Davis

East Reserves:
James Harden
Julius Randle
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Zach LaVine
Ben Simmons
Nikola Vucevic

Among the notable omissions are Trae Young, DeMar DeRozan, Tobias Harris and Mike Conley.

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Doc Rivers To Coach Team Durant In All-Star Game

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Adam Silver: All-Star Game During Pandemic 'Right Thing To Do'

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant Headline 2021 NBA All-Star Game Starters

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NBA Announces March 7th All-Star Game With Elam Ending, Captains Choosing Teams

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Damian Lillard To Participate In Three-Point Contest

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Quin Snyder To Coach Western Conference All-Stars

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Three-Point Contest, Skill Competition To Be Held Pre-Game, Dunk Contest At Halftime Of All-Star Game

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League 'Would Really Like' LaMelo Ball To Be In Skills Challenge

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant Lead In 2nd All-Star Game Voting Returns

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NBA Plans On Staging Slam Dunk Contest During Halftime Of All-Star Game

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TNT Earns Approximately $30M In Ad Revenue Annually From All-Star Weekend

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He Doesn't Care About Upcoming All-Star Game

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Durant, LeBron, Curry Lead First 2021 NBA All-Star Game Returns

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NBA, NBPA Agree To Host All-Star Game In Atlanta On March 7th

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NBA, NBPA Progressing Toward Agreement To Hold All-Star Game On March 7th

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NBA, NBPA Continue To Discuss Atlanta All-Star Weekend

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