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Shaq, Yao, Iverson headline 2016 HOF finalists

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

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Shaq, Yao, Iverson headline 2016 HOF finalists

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

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Kevin Hart denies Drake the friendly shake (0:18)
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Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

The Atlanta Hawks center would value an NBA title slightly more than an Olympic gold medal

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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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Is the NBA schedule doing harm to players?

Deputy editor Ty Wenger is joined by ESPN NBA writers Tom Haberstroh and Kevin Arnovitz to discuss Haberstroh's latest piece, "THE CRUEL, UNRELENTING, BACK-BREAKING, KNEE-BUSTING ANTI-LOGIC OF THE NBA SCHEDULE." Excerpts are read by deputy editor Otto Strong.

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MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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Draymond Green redefines "All-Star" (1:09)

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No new friend for Drake

Coach Kevin Hart wasn't interested in dapping Drake before the celebrity game.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The NBA announced Drake, fresh off his coaching stint at the Celebrity Game, will introduce the players at Sunday's All-Star Game.

#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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Toronto's Drake tells Philadelphia's Kevin Hart, "If we're talking city vs. city, it's been a rough year for you." A Meek Mill reference perhaps?

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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Commissioner Adam Silver is here for the Celeb Game.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on ESPN

Four-time celebrity game MVP Kevin Hart will be coaching against Drake this year as Jason Sudeikis and other celebrities take the court in Toronto. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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No. 19 Dayton at Rhode Island

Riding their longest winning streak in nine seasons, the 19th-ranked Flyers aim for their first road victory over the Rams in 11 years. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's easy to spot DeMar DeRozan's dad in Toronto.

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The 76ers' mascot is loving the music in Toronto.

Frustrating season for Harden

The Rockets season isn't going the way anyone imagined, but James Harden is optimistic for the season half.

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The Best All-Star sneakers of all time

With NBA All-Star weekend kicking off, Scoop Jackson ranks the best All-Star kicks ever, starting-five style. From Converse to Air Jordans

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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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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Drake gets presented with the key to Toronto.

Kobe's All-Star accomplishments

Kobe Bryant has a storied All-Star legacy. Michelle Beadle takes a look back at All-Star Mamba.

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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 selections. 1 mixtape.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

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."

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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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