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What: Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | #SprintCeleb
When: Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Center Court at Jam Session, Orange County Convention Center

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Participants: Ne-Yo (R&B/pop); Common (Just Wright); JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”); Vinny Guadagnino (“Jersey Shore”); Kevin Hart (Laugh At My Pain); Javier Colon (“The Voice”); Drew and Jonathan Scott (“Property Brothers”); Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”); NBA Legends Mitch Richmond (six-time NBA All-Star), Penny Hardaway (four-time NBA All-Star), and Nick Anderson (NBA legend); 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings(WNBA, Indiana Fever); and Doug Gottlieb (ESPN, “The Doug Gottlieb Show”). Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard and Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Kevin Durant will serve as the East and West team coaches, respectively.


My Predictions: Dwight Howard will begin the weekend in good graces with the city of Orlando and will be entertaining as a coach (probably even giving us an imitation or two of his current coach Stan Van Gundy). But, if the rumor is true that Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway will join Mitch Richmond to recreate Run TMC for Kevin Durant’s West squad, then I’m going to have to pick them as the winner. Sorry Dwight.


What: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge | #BBVARisingStars
When: Feb. 24, 9 p.m. ET
Where: Amway Center

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Blake Griffin
, LA Clippers
Jeremy Lin, NY Knicks
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Landry Fields, NY Knicks
Norris Cole, Miami Heat
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Kyrie Irving
, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
MarShon Brooks, NJ Nets
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (out with injury)
Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz

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Predictions: I love the new format but I believe Shaq had the perfect draft strategy. What I mean is that All-Star/Showcase games are all about guards and while Chuck has a way more complete team, Shaq has put together a line-up that will thrive and I will go out on a limb and say Ricky Rubio takes MVP honors.


What: Haier Shooting Stars
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (1st event)
Where: Amway Center
TV: All-Star Saturday Night coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on TNT


Team Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

Team Atlanta: Jerry Stackhouse, Lindsey Harding, Steve Smith

Team New York: Landry Fields, Cappie Pondexter, Allan Houston

Team Texas: Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

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Predictions: While Team Orlando is the hometown team and stacked with shooters, something is telling me the Team New York will come through in the clutch and win this event.


What: Taco Bell Skills Challenge
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (2nd event)
Where: Amway Center
TV: All-Star Saturday Night coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Participants: Defending champ Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).

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Predictions: While something tells me that Deron Williams really wants to win this challenge I believe that Curry will benefit by going last and join D-Wade and Steve Nash as the only two-time winners in Skill Challenge history.


What: Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (3rd event)
Where: Amway Center
TV: All-Star Saturday Night coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

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Participants: Reigning champion James Jones (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic), Anthony Morrow (New Jersey Nets), and Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat).

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Prediction: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really think that this is Kevin Love’s event to lose. We all know that Durant is the best player in this competition, but he is a great shooter of the bounce (not off the rack). Anderson will have a lot of supporters and Morrow is my sleeper, but I don’t think K.Love would participate if he had no plan on practicing prior and winning. I wouldn’t be surprised if after T-Wolves practice you see Derrick Williams working on Dunk contest dunks, while K.Love works on shooting off the racks.


What: 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk | #SpriteSlam
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (4th event)
Where: Amway Center
TV: All-Star Saturday Night coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on TNT


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Participants: Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz), and Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets)

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Predictions: With all four competitors being first time participants and the new one-round format has fans not as interested in the event as previous years. But, with their only being one round now participants are going to have to bring their best three dunks. Jeremy Evans can fly, but Paul George and Chase Budinger are creative enough to outlast the powerful Derrick Williams. With that being said I will have to go with Paul George as the winner.


What: 2012 NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia Motors
When: Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Amway Center
TV: Coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET on TNT

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Eastern ConferenceF — Carmelo Anthony, New York
F — LeBron James, Miami
C — Dwight Howard, Orlando
G — Derrick Rose, Chicago
G — Dwyane Wade, MiamiRESERVES—F–Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

F–Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

F–Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
F–Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
C–Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
G–Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
G–Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

Western ConferenceF — Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
F — Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
C — Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers
G — Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G — Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers—RESERVES—F–LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers
F–Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
F–Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
C–Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
G–Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
G–Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
G–Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder


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Predictions: Kobe Bryant almost dropped 40 last year in LA, while he will probably start off this years game gunning, I think the stage is set for the East to get their revenge. I see them jumping out to a huge first half lead and unless Durant and Kobe can shoot the West back into it I see the East winning big this year and LeBron James walking away with the games MVP.


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