NBA: Participants Announced For Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest & Other All-Star Saturday Events

image via: youtube The field for the All-Star Saturday night competitions were finalized yesterday and it’s shaping up to be a good one. We all know the All-Star game itself gets plenty of attention on Sunday but it’s the events like the dunk contest and three point shootout on Saturday night that set the weekend off right. Check out which players will be participating.

(Photo) NBA: All-Star Reserves Announced. Check Out Who Made It And Who Got Snubbed

image via: youtube The roster for the 2017 NBA All-Star game is now complete, as the reserves for each team were announced last night. As expected, there were some head scratching selections made and there are definitely a few upset players out there this morning.

(Photos) The NBA Created Emojis For Every Single All Star Player Which Will Be Used To Vote For MVP

Fans will be voting for the All-Star game MVP in a brand new way this year. The league created emoji’s for every player who is in Toronto this weekend. Fans can vote for a black snake (Kobe Bryant), a king’s crown (LeBron James), or an eyebrow (Anthony Davis). The NBA announced Thursday that emojis had been created for all 24 players in Sunday’s game by using a hashtag and their full name. Beginning in the fourth quarter, fans can vote by using #KiaAllStarMVP and #firstnamelastname in the same tweet. Retweets will count up to 100 times and the fan vote winner will account for 25 percent of the overall vote. Check the gallery to see all of the emoji’s.

NBA: George Karl Lobbies For DeMarcus Cousins to Make All-Star Team; Says He’s the Best Center in the NBA

There’s been a lot of talking surrounding the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl.  It appeared to have a rocky start but now things are apparently great between the two; so much so that Karl is not only campaigning for Cousins to make the Western Conference All-Star team, he took it a step further by calling his player the best center in basketball.

(Photos) NBA: Justin Bieber Tries to Help Chris Paul Get All-Star Votes

Justin Bieber has an insane amount of fans called “Beliebers” and a whopping 73 million Twitter followers.  He’s basically the jackpot of celebrity endorsers for the NBA All-Star voting and he’s throwing his support behind Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.  Unfortunately it won’t be enough.

(Video) NBA: LOL Andre Drummond’s All Star Campaign Features Barack Obama Rapping to “Jumpman”

The 2016 NBA All Star game is next month and there’s just two weeks left to vote for the player you want to see.  Players and teams often use high profile celebrities and other gimmicks to get votes and this effort from the Detroit Pistons for Andre Drummond is pretty funny.

(Video) NBA: NYC Does It Right! Nas Kicks Off All Star Game With #NYStateOfMind Performance

New York City and MSG are considered the Mecca of basketball, but we all know New York is the Mecca of hip hop as well. With that said, what other better way to set this night off than with a performance from one of the greatest ever, NAS!! Sure Christina Aguilera actually opened up the show, but once she introduced Nas she was pretty much forgotten about. Nothing like hearing “New York State of Mind” at an event that has the focus of the world right now. With the opening performance so dope, hopefully it’s a prelude to the rest of the night being amazing as well.

NBA: Michael Jordan & Hornets to Place Bid to Host 2017 or 2018 All-Star Game

Michael Jordan is working hard to turn around both the franchise and the market in Charlotte.  Getting back the Hornets name was one step, putting a competitive basketball team on the court that made the playoffs last season then went out and got Lance Stephenson this summer was the next.  Now he’s going after the All-Star Game.

NBA: Pay Attention! Mannie Fresh Has A Message For NBA Players In New Orleans For All-Star Weekend

I am sure we are all thinking this, but Mannie Fresh speaks from experience in his city. NBA All-Star weekend has become quite an event in the past 15 years from a party standpoint and with the parties and wealthy athletes come the women. And we aren’t talking about the type of women you bring home to mom. We are talking about the chicks looking for a come up. The chicks looking to catch a rich baller out there slipping to have a chance to get some of that NBA money by maybe getting pregnant or finding a way to bring a lawsuit. Now this can technically happen any day of the year, but it seems to be heightened during All-Star weekend. Checkout the advice Mannie has for the players.

NBA: John Wall Says The Wizards Have to Win In Order For Him to Be an All-Star

You have to be an exceptional player to be an All-Star coming from a losing team.  John Wall recognizes that and admits the Wizards need to do better in order for him to make it to the big game.  The young guard was given a 5-year, $80 million contract with Washington and is going to have to prove his worth.  Read more after the jump.

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