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Live From The 63rd NBA All-Star Game




VIDEO: LeBron thanks the fans before the East and West All-Stars get going

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — No one, and I mean no one puts on a party like New Orleans and the NBA for ALl-Star Weekend.

And it all culminates with tonight’s 63rd All-Star Game here at the Smoothie King Center. From the kicking player intro concert from Pharrell Williams, Nelly, Diddy and Busta Rhymes to all the action that will follow from LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the fellas from the Eastern and Western Conference squads, we should be in store for a relentless night of action.

Dig in with us all night here for the best tweets, notes and observations from the festivities right here.

– And no, that wasn’t me on stage with Pharrell. But that is Snoop joining the party now. Keep coming back because you never know when your Tweet will show up here …

Kobe Bryant showing up for the intros in a clean suit was a nice touch for the West. Player/coach?

– My main man and Hang Time Podcast partner Rick Fox of NBA TV is all over the style scene down here in New Orleans. Check him out while wait for this game to start … (Pharrell is almost as tall as Rick with that hat on)


VIDEO: Pharrell and Rick Fox talk fashion at All-Star Weekend

— Get your MVP predictions in now. I’m going with KD. It’s his year. He might not be on your Mount Rushmore … yet, but he’s trying to get there.

Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin handling the opening tip is a nod to the small ball that has become the rage around the league.

– Generation Next wants a seat at the All-Star table and it’s showing on the rosters …

– You wonder why the stars from nearly every walk of life turn out and turn up for NBA All-Star Weekend … you’ve been watching it since the opening tip. These guys are the best and most jaw-dropping athletes on the planet, IMO. Nothing like seeing these guys work like this.

– East up 30-27, btw, with Blake on course for a wicked night along with LeBron, Durant and Melo!

– 44-42 West lead at the end of the first quarter of the 63rd NBA Dunk Fest

– Classy tribute to Bill Russell from Magic Johnson and the other Hall of Famers … Happy Birthday Sir! Magic leading the Happy Birthday serenade from the entire arena, All-Stars included. So classy!


VIDEO: Happy Birthday Bill Russell

Dwight Howard scores a bucket and there is absolutely no reaction from the crowd. A couple of years ago his every move drew oohs and aahs from the crowd. Now he gets nothing. It’s just weird.

– The NBA making sure Bill Russell has the best seat in the house every year is pure class. No one treats their former greats better. No one!

– West 89, East 76 at halftime and now we get a sick halftime show led by Trombone Shorty that also includes a little Earth, Wind and Fire!

– Lil’ Chris giving the West a halftime pep talk?

– https://twitter.com/HPbasketball/status/435253824794546176

– MVP Watch … Blake, Durant, LeBron, Kyrie, Melo? They are all having monster nights.

– You know why I love Joakim Noah? Because any other guy would concede a that layup to Durant. But not Noah.

– Sitting here having a wild chat with NBA.com’s John Schuhmann and Leigh Ellis of The Starters and we’re trying to figure out if the U.S. sent two teams to international competition could they win gold and silver? I say yes. Think of the preposterous depth they have on the Men’s Senior National Team. It could happen.



VIDEO: Kyrie Irving steals the show and MVP trophy from LeBron James and Kevin Durant

KD doesn’t regret calling out CB

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant was emotional but didn’t let his emotions get the best of him when he called Chris Bosh a “fake tough guy” last month. The Oklahoma City All-Star knew exactly what he was doing after the 108-103 home loss to Miami.

If presented with the same situation, Durant would say it again.

“I don’t regret it at all,” Durant told NBA.com. “I said it. I knew what I was doing. Nobody influenced me to say it. I knew what I was doing. At the same time, I’m not the type of person that lets emotions get to me. I was so upset about the loss.

“I wanted to win that game so bad. We were up one with a couple seconds to go, we made them miss and we didn’t get the rebound. I was more upset with how we didn’t finish the game. I guess people want to say I was a sore loser, but I’ll take that, too.”

The two All-Star forwards exchanged words and picked up technicals in the first quarter of that nationally-televised game on Jan. 30. There’s a good chance Bosh and Durant run into each other before Sunday’s All-Star Game.

And if not, there is no avoiding the other once Sunday night rolls around at Staples Center. Bosh is a reserve for the Eastern Conference team and Durant is making his first career start for the West.

“If I happen to walk past him,” Durant said, “I’ll give him a head nod or say, ‘What’s up?’ But I’m not going to go out of my way to talk to him about the situation because I’m sure that’s not the first time he’s gotten into it with somebody and it’s not the first time I got into it with somebody. It’s a part of this league and competitive nature comes out of everybody.

“Hopefully, people understand.”

As for Durant’s experience this weekend, he’s enjoying his second All-Star trip with a smile on his face.

“Last year I was kind of like a deer in headlights not knowing what to expect,” he said. “This year I know what to expect. To be an All-Star starter is such a blessing for me. I’m very thankful for the people that voted for me. I’m just trying to go out there and represent as much as I can.”

Got Love? West All-Star team does

So much for letting the debate linger or drama build. Only one day after the reserves were named for the All-Star Game, Minnesota power forward and league rebounding leader Kevin Love claimed the last spot on the Western Conference team.

While many praised the move, considering the season Love is having, one of the candidates for the final roster spot wasn’t too pleased. Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge went into Friday averaging 21.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. The Blazers are 26-24. Minnesota is 11-38.

“Now I know it’s about stats, not wins,” an upset Aldridge told The Oregonian after Portland fell to Indiana.

NBA commissioner David Stern tabbed Love to replace Houston center Yao Ming, voted by fans to the starting lineup but out for the season with an ankle injury. Yao’s absence opened the door for Love, a first-time All-Star in his third season and the first member of the Timberwolves to earn a spot in the showcase since Kevin Garnett four years ago.

“This is an incredible honor for me and I’m so proud to be able to represent the Timberwolves organization at one of the league’s premier events,” Love said. “I’m thankful to commissioner Stern for giving me his support, as well as to all the great fans in Minnesota who have been behind me and my teammates all season long.”

Love beat out a deep and talented field in the West for the last spot. Among those that had to be in the mix besides Aldridge were Memphis forward Zach Randolph, Lakers forward Lamar Odom and Phoenix guard Steve Nash.

Even though the Wolves own the worst record in the conference, Love is in the midst of an historic season. The 6-foot-10 UCLA product is averaging 21.4 points and 15.5 rebounds. No player has averaged 20 and 15 since Moses Malone in 1982-83. He’s also on pace to become the first player in league history to average 12 rebounds while shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.

The league leader in double-doubles (43) has a current streak of 34, the second-longest in the last 25 seasons. Love is also one of just 19 players with a 30-30 game, which he accomplished on Nov. 12 in a win over New York. He’s the franchise’s second All-Star injury replacement, joining Garnett in 1997. That’s the first of K.G.’s record-tying 14 consecutive selections.

“I’m really happy for Kevin,” Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis said. “He worked extremely hard this offseason to elevate his game and learn how to consistently perform at a high level in this league. This recognition is well-deserved, and exciting news both for Kevin personally and our organization as a whole.”

The All-Star Game is Feb. 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast live on TNT and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. ET.

adidas gives All-Stars a choice

We’ve selected the All-Stars, at least the starters. (West, East.) Now they get choose their All-Star uniforms. (The reserves will, too.)

For the first time ever in a town where what you wear is often more important than who you are, adidas is giving the 2011 NBA All-Stars a choice when it comes to which uniform they don for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

All-Stars have the option to wear an adidas TECHFIT PowerWeb compression jersey or the NBA Revolution 30 jerseys they’ve been wearing this season.

“Los Angeles is an exciting convergence of sports, style and entertainment unlike any other place in the world,” adidas vice president Lawrence Norman said. “Our latest on-court uniform design and innovation, as well as our off-court footwear and apparel, celebrate the city and the game of basketball.

“NBA All-Star is the premiere event for adidas to showcase our innovations on basketball’s biggest stage and there is no better time or place to show basketball fans around the world how our products make the best athletes in the world, lighter, faster and stronger.”

According to adidas, the new All-Star TECHFIT jersey features strategically placed thermoplastic polyurethane powerbands that align core muscles and boost power to key muscle groups for more efficient movement that increases acceleration and endurance. The compression fit improves movement by preventing opposing players from grabbing loose jersey fabric and slowing them down.

Sounds pretty scientific and I’m sure getting your muscles aligned or boosted is a good thing. Kinda wish I had muscles.

The All-Star uniform design itself pays homage to the host city with bold, block typeface inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign. The East and West team names feature the Los Angeles skyline and paying tribute to the game’s diamond anniversary (60th), there’s an integrated diamond pattern that stands out under arena lights.

But that’s not all. The All-Stars’ warm-ups have the look of a three-piece suit ready to be worn down the red carpet. All this All-Star apparel and more will be available in Los Angeles at the NBA Store at Jam Session and NBAStore.com.

CP3: Hornets getting national TV shaft

New Orleans point guard Chris Paul had this to say last night after learning he was starting for the Western Conference All-Star team:

“This is an unbelievable feeling for me as a player. What makes it even more special is that it is due to the fans, who I am extremely grateful towards. I am honored to be representing the Hornets and the city of New Orleans.”

Today, he expounded a bit:

“I think it’s big, and I’m unbelievably grateful for the fans for it, because I’ve probably got to be the only All-Star who hadn’t played yet on national TV.”

The lack of exposure didn’t hurt Paul in the fan vote, but he’s obviously not happy with the lack of national coverage given his team. The Hornets have been through some trying times this season already — from being sold to the league to having to make an attendance quota to keep their arena lease — only to emerge as one of the season’s true feel-good stories under Paul and rookie coach Monty Williams.

Paul will get his TV spotlight on the grandest stage in about three weeks, just without his Hornets teammates, when TNT televises the 60th All-Star Game from Los Angeles on Feb. 20.

As for Paul’s television blackout declaration, he’s right that the Hornets have yet to appear on TNT, ESPN or ABC. New Orleans, Minnesota, Detroit, Toronto and New Jersey are the only teams that haven’t been on those national networks. The Hornets have made several appearances on NBA TV.

As for the TNT-ESPN-ABC triumvirate, the Hornets are the only team with a winning record/or currently in playoff contention not to be on their airwaves. New Orleans happens to be 30-16 and riding a league-high nine-game winning streak.

Paul’s surprising squad is does have an ESPN date coming March 6 at Cleveland.