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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Western Conference All-Star team halted practice to watch a highlight reel air on the JumboTron of Kobe Bryant's past All-Star games. Tons of applause and cheers when t ended.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Yao Ming when asked who would be tougher to face 1-on-1, Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving tells ESPN's Cary Chow: "Shaquille O'Neal. Fortunately I don't have to face Steph."

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Al Horford was vacationing in the Cancun area when he was notified Friday morning that he was replacing Chris Bosh in the All-Star game. "I was out," Horford said. "I was gone with my family. We were relaxing, I had my phones off and I got a call to the hotel. I was shocked. My agent and then coach called me. I had to turn my phone on. They said, 'You need to get over.' "I looked at my wife. She was like, 'Let's do it.'"

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

2016 Hall of Fame finalist Yao Ming tells ESPN's Cary Chow of being selected as a finalist: "It's unbelievable. So very, very surprised. There's a long list of people who could be nominated, so it's a huge honor for me."

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Bosh explains his decision to pull out of All-Star Weekend events because a strained calf: "it just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off. I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional."

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?

About half the players questioned would rather have Steph Curry -- and not themselves -- taking a last-second shot. And then there's Westbrook.

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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

During All-Star practice, when asked if he's been mistaken for another celebrity, Andre Drummond admitted he had. Who? "Greg Monroe."

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Red Panda! Glad she's back.

Clarkson hits LaVine downfield for slam

It's the Rising Stars Challenge, but Jordan Clarkson showed off some Pro Bowl skills with this full-court alley-oop.

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Big trade rumors as deadline approaches

Sage Steele and Stephen A. Smith talk potential NBA trades, and they share their thoughts on Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.

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Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Plenty of cheers here at Ricoh Coliseum during All-Star practice for Chris Bosh.

Rob Peterson ESPN.com 

Jimmy Butler is being quizzed on his love for Taylor Swift and the country music that "gets him hyped" before games.

Drummond prefers dance interviews

Kevin Hart tried to give his coach's interview. Andre Drummond prefers a dance interview.

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Jordan Brand gives Kobe full sneaker set

The Jordan Brand gave the 18-time All-Star its full line of sneakers -- 30 pairs in all -- as a retirement gift today at the Jordan Brand All-Star party. Included in the set were the purple-and-gold versions of the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII -- the two shoes Kobe wore in the 2002-03 season. Story

Karl-Anthony's town: Population 2-on-0

If there's no one to stop the break, KAT will break the rim.

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Kobe Bryant's All-Star mixtape

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

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Jabari Parker bags himself a unicorn

The Buck tracked down Kristaps Porzingis, much to the Latvian's chagrin.

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Watch out, Jabari Parker's healthy

And rims are scared of a healthy Jabari Parker.

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Kevin Hart comes out of retirement

Celebrity basketball retirement, that is. He tried to get out, but the game pulled him back in.

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Defense isn't the main priority

All-Star Weekend is for entertainment. Andrew Wiggins is for dunking. This is Wiggins dunking.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Most Times Leading All-Star Voting Since Fan Voting Began in 1975 Michael Jordan 9 Kobe Bryant 4 Vince Carter 4 Julius Erving 4

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Best known for his defensive tenacity, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart didn't get much of a chance to showcase his strengths during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge. Defense took a back seat as Smart and the U.S. posted a 157-154 triumph over the World at All-Star weekend in Toronto. Smart hit his first shot  a 3-pointer  just 30 seconds into the game, but went scoreless the rest of the way. Smart started for US and added four rebounds and five assists over 21:40.

Jordan's Jordans Through The Years

From the inaugural pair through his last stand with the Wizards, Michael Jordan wore some great-looking shoes. Best of Air Jordans

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