Magic Wands: NBA All-Star Game 2/20

Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
(36-23) vs. (23-36)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNT
Line: East by 2.5
Season Series (Last 4 Years): East Won 141-139 in Arlington, Texas (2010); West Won 146-119 in Phoenix, Ariz. (2009); East Won 134-128 in New Orleans, La. (2008); West Won 153-132 in Las Vegas, Nev. (2007)
Tickets: $604-$7449 on TiqIQ
Video Vault:


Dwight Howard says if he could play with any player in the league, his pick would be Kobe Bryant. Read into that what you will.

–The All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles a scant seven years ago. As Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times writes Los Angeles is the center of the NBA universe.

Celebrity requests for tickets to tonight’s All-Star Game is at an all-time high, David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times writes.

–Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk takes stock of the title contenders at the All-Star Break. 

LeBron James had to learn how to assimilate to his new surroundings in Miami. Now that he has, he might be better than ever.

–Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury-News is adding to the growing discontent with the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s voting process.

–The uncertainty around Carmelo Anthony’s future has been the talk of All Star Weekend, Bill Reiter of writes. The Knicks may have crossed a line they don’t want to.

–Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel speculates about the impact of a Dwight Howard vs. Blake Griffin slam dunk contest. After last night’s dunk contest, the legend of Blake Griffin is growing ever larger.

Derrick Rose revealed the type of competitor he is in an article by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, making his girlfriend even quit Monopoly. Rose has the East’s elite taking notice.

–Chris O’Leary of SLAM looks at the various shoes you will see at tonight’s game. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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