NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Open Thread

OK, sideshow fun for the thread: Caption Contest for this. Winner gets 745 BaB points. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Just a Saturday night, hangin' at BlogABull. I feel conflicted: the open thread (and twitter, likely) discussions all night should be fun, but this is really one of the most DVR-friendly television productions of the year.

The Bulls are completely absent from tonight's proceedings. Maybe Rose and Deng will be courtside with some over-the-top reactions to dunks. Doubtful.

After the jump, I'm gonna straight-up steal the details for tonight from Orlando Pinstriped Post. Evan's our SBN host all weekend, so go check out his blog (and tweets) for additional coverage. Try not to argue about Rose-for-MVP.

TV coverage starts at 7.

Haier Shooting Stars

Team Atlanta (defending champion): Jerry Stackhouse (Atlanta Hawks), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Steve Smith (former Hawk); Stackhouse replaces Joe Johnson, who is out with an injury.
Team New York: Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Allan Houston (former Knick)
Team Orlando: Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic), Marie Ferdinand-Harris (Phoenix Mercury), Dennis Scott (former Magic player)
Team Texas: Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars), Kenny Smith (former Rocket)

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Rondo replaces Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), the defending champion, who is out with an injury.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

James Jones (Miami Heat) defends his title against Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic), Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Anthony Morrow (New Jersey Nets). Durant replaces Joe Johnson, who is out with an injury.

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves). Evans replaces Iman Shumpert (New York Knicks), who is out with an injury. Defending champion Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) elected not to compete this season.

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