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February 15, 2019

To help you with planning for the NBA All Star weekend, here are some of our plans. This advisory will be updated until Sunday’s game. Please contact Oscar Dixon (odixon@ap.org) with any questions. All times ET.


BKN--All-Star-Curry Family Weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Stephen and Seth Curry are returning to their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina for the NBA All-Star weekend. Stephen, a two-time league MVP, will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game on Sunday. Their father Dell Curry is a former NBA star and color commentator for the Hornets. He says it’s going to be “be like a mini family reunion.” By Steve Reed. Sent: 850 words, photos


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis doesn’t bet. He does, however, want Wizards fans to know what they’re doing if they bet on games. The Wizards and the Sacramento Kings are among the NBA clubs being proactive when it comes to sports wagering, and if it goes live in the District of Columbia or California anytime soon, they’ll be ready. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 650 words, photos

BKN--All-Star Game-Things to Know

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ LeBron James’ 15th All-Star appearance puts him in a rare club, and Kemba Walker has a real MVP shot because he’s at home. The AP breaks down those and more things to watch on All-Star weekend. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BKN--All-Star Game-Rising Stars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Leading rookie of the year candidate Luka Doncic along with Australian-born Ben Simmons lead Team World against Team US, which will be led by Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell as the teams of first- and second-year players square off. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKN--Hall of Fame Finalists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Chris Webber, Becky Hammon and Chauncey Billups are among the names that may be called when the finalists for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame are announced Friday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.


_ BKN--All-Star-The Latest. Updates throughout Friday from All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

_ BKN--All-Star-Celebrity Game. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.

_ Sidebars on merit.


BKN--All-Star Game-Preview

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Team LeBron and Team Giannis prepare to square off in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, the one where captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked teams for the league’s midseason pick-up contest. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivers his annual state of the NBA address. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--All-Star Saturday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Players test their skills in various competitions Saturday night, including the 3-point and dunk contest. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from events beginning at 8 p.m.


_ BKN--All-Star-The Latest. Updates throughout Friday from All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

_ Sidebars on merit


BKN--All-Star Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Stephen Curry returns home to Charlotte, Kemba Walker is playing on his homecourt with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and others tip it up in the All-Star game. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


_ BKN--All-Star Game-The Latest

_ Sidebars on merit

Previously Sent

BKN--All-Star Game-Dwyane and Dirk

DALLAS _ Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki accepted honorary All-Star roles to help the NBA celebrate two long and decorated careers. It should also be a chance for the two-time Finals foes to go out on amicable terms after a shared history that Nowitzki acknowledged was “frosty” at times. Wade has already said this is his final season, and all signs point to Nowitzki hanging up his sneakers after setting a league record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the same franchise. By Schuyler Dixon. Sent: 800 words, photos on Thursday

BKN--All-Star Game-Stepback 3-Pointer

James Harden has relied on it to become the NBA’s most unstoppable scorer. Luka Doncic has ridden it to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic. So how come more players aren’t using the step-back 3-pointer? Well, it’s fundamentally flawed, sometimes doesn’t even look legal, and even Stephen Curry says it’s tough to make. So it’s unclear whether the shot is a luxury for some, or will become a necessity for all in today’s 3-point happy game. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Sent: 850 words, photos on Wednesday.

BKN—All-Star Game-Jordan’s Journey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ As college roommates Michael Jordan and Buzz Peterson would spend their nights shooting pool, tossing cards and playing arcade games at the University of North Carolina. Looking back, Peterson said he never could have imagined Jordan would become so successful and wealthy that he would go on to buy an NBA franchise and have the honor of hosting an All-Star game in his home state. By Steve Reed. Sent: 900 words, file photos on Tuesday

BKN--All-Star-Shoe Fashion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star game is coming up this weekend which means players will be unveiling some new shoes for the big game. It seems each pair has its own meaning, whether it’s a tribute to cancer survivors, a tip of the hat to Charlotte’s auto racing history or a story of how they got in trouble at a local college. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos on Monday

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BKN--All-Star-Hi-Tech Shoe

Nike’s latest performance basketball shoe, from concept to reality, took about three years to put together. Or 30 years, depending on how you count. The Nike Adapt BB _ a self-lacing smart shoe that can be controlled by a smartphone _ gets released to the public on Sunday, a date that just happens to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 700 words, photos on Monday

BKN--All-Star Game-LGBT Rights

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte’s turn for two years because of the state’s “bathroom bill.” It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law also known as House Bill 2 to persuade the league to restore the award for 2019. But the replacement law still leaves questions about who makes rules on bathroom access and whether state legislators or cities like Charlotte can force antidiscrimination regulations upon private businesses. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 700 words, photos on Monday

BKN--Around The NBA

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is preparing for his first All-Start game as a starter this weekend on his home court in Charlotte. The big question upcoming is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets. The eight-year NBA veteran will be one of several All-Star free agents this summer and he’ll surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos on Monday

BKN--All-Star Coaches

Milwaukee didn’t get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs last year. Denver didn’t even get into the playoffs, its postseason hopes thwarted by a loss in the last game of the regular season. So few may have seen this coming. The perk of getting to coach the All-Star Game goes to the staffs of the teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference by Feb. 3 _ which this year meant the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer and the Nuggets’ Michael Malone got the jobs. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. Sent: 875 words, photos on Friday, Feb. 8.