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All-Star Media Session No. 1

Shannon BrownBetween 12-12:30 p.m. at the player’s hotel in Dallas, Shannon Brown will get his first taste of Slam Dunk mass attention during the All-Star Saturday Night participant media availability.

While Brown has previously pledged not to reveal any of his ideas (meaning he’ll be covering much of the same questions he’s gotten in L.A. for the past few weeks), we’ll be on hand to see what he has to offer (“I can fly” would be a good generic quote, right?).

Also going through the All-Star Saturday media tour will be Pau Gasol, who’s scheduled to participate in the “Shooting Stars” competition, so we’ll check in with the Spaniard as well.

Then between 12:30-1:15 p.m., the Western Conference All-Stars will address collected press members, meaning more Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant’s first session.

Stay tuned.

Kidd to Replace Kobe in All-Star Game

DALLAS, Feb. 11, 2010 – Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd and New York Knicks forward David Lee have been named by NBA commissioner David Stern to Kobe Bryantreplace injured West All-Star guard Kobe Bryant (ankle) of the Los Angeles Lakers and East All-Star guard Allen Iverson (personal reasons) of the Philadelphia 76ers, respectively, in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas.

Kidd, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time All-NBA First Team selection, will be making his 10th NBA All-Star Game appearance. Lee, in his fifth NBA season, has recorded 30 double-doubles on the season for the Knicks and will be making his first NBA All-Star appearance.

West All-Star head coach George Karl and East All-Star head coach Stan Van Gundy will determine which players will replace Bryant and Iverson in the starting lineup.

The NBA All-Star Game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages worldwide at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14.

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Gasol Named Western Conference All-Star

blog_0910allstar_gasolJust like last year, Lakers forward Pau Gasol will be joining teammate Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team.

The Spaniard was among seven players voted in by coaches around the league out West, alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Brandon Roy and Deron Williams.

When Gasol missed a combined 17 games due to respective right and left hamstring strains this season, the Lakers won 11 times (nine of those games were at home) and lost six (64.7 percent), but with him on the floor, they’ve won 24 and lost just five (82.8 percent).

To reiterate, the Lakers have won 82.8 percent of games in which Gasol has played, and the team has not once lost three straight games since acquiring Gasol in February of 2008. His crucial role in the 2009 NBA playoffs and Finals didn’t hurt either.

Bryant, who led all Western Conference players in votes and will make his 12th All-Star appearance, has been constantly effusive about Gasol’s play, even saying in December that Pau was to him “absolutely” the best all-around post player in the league.

While sacrificing some of his scoring (17.6 this season compared to 18.9 last season on one fewer field goal attempt) to account for Andrew Bynum’s presence, Gasol has picked up his glass work (9.6 in 2008-09 to 11.0 this season), to rank seventh in the NBA. He’s also leading the Lakers with 1.7 blocks per game (12th in the league) and handing out 3.3 assists per night for good measure.

But what makes Gasol even more valuable is that he rarely, if ever, takes away from the team’s effort thanks to his elite efficiency on offense (54 percent field goals, 83 percent free throws), limited turnovers (1.9 per game) and ability to guard both forwards and centers without fouling (2.1 personal fouls per game).

Kobe Bryant Leads West in Voting

blog_100121kobeallstaruniKobe Bryant, a three time All-Star MVP, will make his 12th All-Star game appearance alongside Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan and Amare Stoudemire for the Western Conference at the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas.

The reserves for each conference will be announced next Thursday on TNT. Here’s how the selection process for the reserves works:

In selecting the reserves, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement. Reserves will be announced Jan. 28, on TNT.

The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Jan. 31. Last year’s East and West coaches – Cleveland’s Mike Brown and the L.A. Lakers’ Phil Jackson — are not eligible to coach this year’s All-Star Game.

The final voting tallies are listed below the jump.

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Shannon Brown Selected to Participate in 2010 Slam Dunk Contest

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As any Lakers fan, or regular reader of this blog, knows, Shannon Brown can rise. The NBA has taken notice of his dunks this season, as well as the groundswell of support the fans have shown through LetShannonDunk.com, and put the Lakers guard into the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest along with Nate Robinson, Gerald Wallace and the winner of the new “dunk-in” comepetition between DeMar DeRozen and Eric Gordon.

Here’s the official release for the Lakers PR staff:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown was selected to compete in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest which will take place on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in Dallas, it was announced today.

Brown, who will be the first Lakers player to compete in the contest since teammate Kobe Bryant won the title as a rookie in 1997, will go against the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks as well as the Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace. The final competitor in the contest will be decided at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition that will feature Eric Gordon of the Los Angeles Clippers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and will be held at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 12.

The website www.letshannondunk.com was created to help bring attention to Brown’s wide array of dunks so far this season, while also giving NBA fans across the world the opportunity to get to know the 6-4 guard from Michigan State.

Brown, who has played in all 40 games this season, is currently averaging 7.3 points and 1.1 assists in 18.4 minutes.

Bryant Leads All-Star Vote-Getters in 4th Returns

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Kobe Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, kept his place as the league’s overall leader in votes for the 2010 All-Star game with 1,793,782.

Not bad.

An All-Star along with Bryant in 2009, Pau Gasol ranks fourth among forwards wih 754,070 votes and still has a shot at catching Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki and his 826,130 votes for a starting spot. Meanwhile, Ron Artest (266,554) and Lamar Odom (194,567) came in ninth and tenth out West, respectively.

At the center spot, Andrew Bynum (743,182) is currently second behind Suns center Amar’e Stoudemire (1,304,470).

More info from the NBA:
This marks the final balloting update leading up to the announcement of the All-Star starters on Thursday Jan. 21, prior to a TNT doubleheader. Following the completion of fan voting and the starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday, Jan. 28 prior to a TNT doubleheader.

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before an expected crowd of more than 80,000 – the largest group ever to witness a live basketball game – on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.

In the Western Conference, Bryant, who shared the MVP award with Shaquille O’Neal in last year’s All-Star Game and who also garnered the honor in 2002 and 2007, is followed at guard by the Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady (746,625). Anthony paces forwards in the West (1,568,259) with the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (826,130) second. The Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire (1,304,470) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (743,182) following.

2010 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans worldwide to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a player’s last name from their mobile phones. Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number.

There are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; and through mobile phones by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”), via Web2Go® on T-Mobile phones or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. A T-Mobile-branded All-Star Balloting widget is also available on NBA.com so that fans can “grab” the widget and place it on their blogs, social network pages, or personal Web sites allowing others to vote directly from the widget. Paper balloting will continue through Jan. 10, while wireless balloting and voting on NBA.com will conclude Jan. 18.

The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the fourth returns of the 2010 NBA All-Star voting program are attached:

2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 1,568,259; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 826,130; Tim Duncan (SA) 776,225; Pau Gasol (LAL) 754,070; Kevin Durant (OKC) 556,847; Trevor Ariza (Hou) 504,725; Luis Scola (Hou) 437,944; Shawn Marion (Dal) 295,310; Ron Artest (LAL) 266,554; Lamar Odom (LAL) 194,567; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 177,663.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,793,782; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 746,625; Steve Nash (Pho) 744,250; Chris Paul (NO) 701,417; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 443,369; Jason Kidd (Dal) 429,720; Chauncey Billups (Den) 310,281; Deron Williams (Utah) 285,185; Manu Ginobili (SA) 261,107; Brandon Roy (Por) 257,231; Tony Parker (SA) 248,951.

Centers: Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 1,304,470; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 743,182; Nene (Den) 261,295; Marc Gasol (Mem) 217,675; Antonio McDyess (SA) 157,346; Al Jefferson (Min) 146,773; Greg Oden (Por) 136,388; Marcus Camby (LAC) 121,981; Andris Biedrins (GS) 102,095; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 96,897; Emeka Okafor (NO) 94,685; Spencer Hawes (Sac) 31,767.

2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 1,769,287; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,467,365; Chris Bosh (Tor) 724,317; Paul Pierce (Bos) 366,234; Josh Smith (Atl) 334,338; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 228,343; Danny Granger (Ind) 213,371; Michael Beasley (Mia) 188,552; Rashard Lewis (Orl) 151,717; Hedo Turkoglu (Tor) 133,445; Caron Butler (Was) 110,003.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,719,359; Allen Iverson (Phi) 930,713; Vince Carter (Orl) 745,581; Ray Allen (Bos) 510,885; Gilbert Arenas (Was) 445,473; Derrick Rose (Chi) 385,829; Joe Johnson (Atl) 329,100; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 269,566; Jose Calderon (Tor) 157,354; Mike Bibby (Atl) 155,078.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,681,897; Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 609,486; Al Horford (Atl) 178,360; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 168,684; Brook Lopez (NJ) 154,362; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 143,545; Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 111,065; Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 87,590; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 56,598; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 53,880; Tyson Chandler (Cha) 44,279; Brad Miller (Chi) 40,182.

3rd Returns: Bryant Leads, Gasol In The Hunt

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To no one’s surprise, Finals MVP Kobe Bryant’s bid to go wire-to-wire as the leading All-Star vote getter is still going strong. Bryant’s more than 1.6 million votes put him ahead of Cleveland’s LeBron James and Miami’s Dwyane Wade as voting nears it’s conclusion on January 18th.

In the Western Forwards category the bad news was that Pau Gasol’s slim 700 vote lead on San Antonio’s Tim Duncan evaporated as he now trails Duncan. But there is good news, both closed the gap on second place Dirk Nowitzki, who’s Dallas Mavericks are hosting All-Star Weekend this year. Being that only the top two make it automatically, that’s all that really matters. Don’t forget to VOTE FOR PAU, VOTE FOR PAU, VOTE FOR PAU

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Bryant Still Leading on 2nd Returns

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant still leads all vote getters as the NBA released the All-Star ballot second returns on Thursday.

Teammate Pau Gasol is currently third for Western Conference forwards, trailing Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, and center Andrew Bynum is second at his position.

The 2010 All-Star Game will air live from Cowboys Stadium on Sunday February, 14th. Voting closes on January 18th. Just 24 days to vote.

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Bryant Leads All Vote Getters At 1st All-Star Ballot

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From the NBA:

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets top the Western Conference, while Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference after the first returns of 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Bryant, who shared All-Star MVP honors with Shaquille O’Neal last season, is the overall leader with 692,518 votes.

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before an expected crowd of more than 80,000 – the largest group ever to witness a live basketball game – on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.

In the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who also garnered the honor in 2002 and 2007, is followed at guard by the Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady (281,545). Anthony, the league’s leading scorer, paces forwards in the West (588,958) with the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (366,300) second. The Phoenix Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire (447,776) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (299,484) following.

Pau Gasol (280,758) is third among Western forwards, while Ron Artest (99,209) and Lamar Odom (85,817) are ninth and 10th, respectively.

The guards in the Eastern Conference are paced by Wade, the leading vote-getter in the conference with 672,227 votes, followed by the Orlando Magic’s Vince Carter (292,002). James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern Conference forwards with 649,327 votes, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (533,187), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Magic’s Dwight Howard paces all centers with 625,279 votes; the Cleveland Cavaliers’ O’Neal is second among centers in the East (206,657).

2010 All-Star Balloting, Western Conference:
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 692,518; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 281,545; Steve Nash (Pho) 272,135; Chris Paul (NO) 248,049; Jason Kidd (Dal) 207,247; Jason Terry (Dal) 131,422; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 131,167; Chauncey Billups (Den) 112,509; Brandon Roy (Por) 106,416; Deron Williams (Utah) 94,715; Manu Ginobili (SA) 75,392.

Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 588,958; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 366,300; Pau Gasol (LAL) 280,758; Tim Duncan (SA) 271,321; Kevin Durant (OKC) 177,205; Trevor Ariza (Hou) 168,167; Shawn Marion (Dal) 161,653; Luis Scola (Hou) 134,321; Ron Artest (LAL) 99,209; Lamar Odom (LAL) 85,817; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 70,588.

Centers: Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 447,776; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 299,484; Nene (Den) 90,439; Marc Gasol (Mem) 75,765; Greg Oden (Por) 73,874; Al Jefferson (Min) 48,676; Antonio McDyess (SA) 46,323; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 35,606; Marcus Camby (LAC) 35,471; Andris Biedrins (GS) 28,287; Emeka Okafor (NO) 19,827; Spencer Hawes (Sac) 10,733.

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Just for fun, here are the Eastern returns:

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 649,327; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 533,187; Chris Bosh (Tor) 303,550; Paul Pierce (Bos) 131,379; Josh Smith (Atl) 109,404; Danny Granger (Ind) 100,122; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 75,146; Michael Beasley (Mia) 58,461; Hedo Turkoglu (Tor) 55,416); Rashard Lewis (Orl) 46,073; Luol Deng (Chi) 37,428.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 672,227; Vince Carter (Orl) 292,002; Gilbert Arenas (Was) 212,526; Ray Allen (Bos) 208,276 Derrick Rose (Chi) 196,059; Allen Iverson (Phi) 136,976*; Joe Johnson (Atl) 118,964; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 113,371; Jose Calderon (Tor) 68,084; Mike Bibby (Atl) 48,935.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 625,279; Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 206,657; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 67,310; Al Horford (Atl) 52,747; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 45,920; Brook Lopez (NJ) 39,420; Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 38,956; Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 36,855; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 19,408; Brad Miller (Chi) 17,188; Tyson Chandler (Cha) 14,062; Samuel Dalembert, S. (Phi) 13,969.