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February 16, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he’ll play in the FIBA world championships this summer.

Greece has already qualified for the 32-team tournament, which starts in China on Aug. 31.

Antetokounmpo said Saturday before practice for the All-Star game that the only way he wouldn’t play is if he had any injury concerns.

Many NBA stars are expected to participate, even though the finals in mid-September will be held a week or so before the start of training camps for the 2019-20 season.

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10:10 a.m.

John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it’s his Atlanta teammate Vince Carter.

Collins will represent the Hawks in the dunk contest, one of the events during All-Star Saturday Night. The 3-point contest and skills competition are also on the evening docket.

Collins had perhaps the best dunk of the Rising Stars game Friday night, going with a pass off the backboard to himself for a slam over Dallas’ Luka Doncic. He says he’s got three or four dunks ready to go for Saturday night.

He won’t reveal what to expect: “No hints,” he said Saturday morning.

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