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Shaq, Yao Ming headline list of 2016 HOF finalists

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 14 finalists for the Class of 2016 on Friday, including Allen Iverson and Tom Izzo.

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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
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Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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Kobe Bryant's All-Star accomplishments (2:35)
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SportsNation: Will Kobe be this year's All-Star MVP? (2:30)
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30 for 30 Shorts: Friedman's Shoes (11:56)
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Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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Young: Heavy hearts in OKC

Playing a game offered an emotional escape for the Thunder and Pelicans as both teams were reeling from the death of Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, Royce Young writes.

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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above all

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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Trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in West

Will the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.

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Draymond Green redefines "All-Star" (1:09)

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Flashback Friday: LaVine's 2015 dunk show

Zach LaVine went supernova in last year's dunk contest. Time to do your homework before he defends his crown.

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Kobe Bryant's All-Star mixtape

20 NBA seasons. 18 All-Star appearances. 1 mixtape.

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The Sixers' Nik Stauskas on who has the better nickname, him ("Sauce Castillo") or Kobe: "Oh, Black Mamba, no doubt. That's cold blooded."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant gave LeBron James a signed pair of Bryant's signature sneakers after they played each other earlier this week in Cleveland. "They were dedicated to me," James said Friday, "and they're going to go in my trophy case."

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Who's better, Drake as a player or Kobe as a rapper? Kevin Hart: "You're really scraping the bottom of the basement right there. I guess I gotta go Kobe. But he's pretty bad too."

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Kevin Hart is dwarfed by the Sixers' Nik Stauskas on the red carpet.

Best dunks of the season (so far)

It's All-Star Weekend, the unofficial midpoint to the NBA season. So who broke rims so far and who got broke?

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Who takes the final shot: You or Steph?

Turns out, about half the NBA players questioned would rather have Stephen Curry -- and not themselves -- taking a last-second shot.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Jason Sudeikis, when asked who was better, Drake as a basketball player or Kobe as a rapper: "They all pale in comparison to Shaq, don't they? He's the best rapper/baller."

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

O'Shea Jackson Jr. is rocking some impressive bling on the red carpet.

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Tom Cavanagh ("The Flash") has used the speed force in his role on TV, but says of his real life game: "I like to use the line 'he's small, but he's slow.'"

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Chauncey Billups never played with Michael Jordan in the NBA, but he gets to play with Michael B. Jordan in the celebrity game tonight (7 ET, ESPN): "He'll be my most famous teammate ever."

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

The design of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Uni Watch

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#SquadGoals: Steph, Ayesha and FLOTUS

When Stephen and Ayesha Curry visited the White House, they sang a song about bananas with the First Lady. 'Ba-ba-ba-banana'

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Steph's favorite Kobe moment

Kobe Bryant has had many great moments on the court, but the ultimate -- in Stephen Curry's mind -- is the time he scored 81 points.

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The first time D-Wade faced Kobe

It was his first season in the NBA, and Dwyane Wade doubts he was even on Kobe Bryant's radar, which made the pure joy of scoring on him that much more special.

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Klay Thompson: Warriors aim for 73 wins

While Thompson admitted "73 wins doesn't mean a thing without the ring," he confirmed the team is trying for the record. Chasing the Bulls

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Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself

Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.

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Farewell not sad for Kobe

Kobe Bryant feels honored to have played so long in the NBA: "Guys that I'm playing with that are tearing the league up that were like 4 for my first All-Star Game."

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Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight'

Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.

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