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  • The 2020 dunk contest may sadly become known for the absolute travesty that was the judging. Derrick Jones, Jr. technically won the event, even though Aaron Gordon produced five straight perfect scores and then somehow got a 47 despite dunking over a 7’5 guy on the first try. Gordon should have two titles by now. Instead, he was beat unfairly by Zach LaVine in 2016 and defeated even more unfairly by Jones this time.
  • The 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest is already being hailed as one of the greatest ever, and it might be the most controversial. Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat took the crown, but not after Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon put on a spectacle that included five straight 50s — a streak that ended after he jumped over a 7-foot-5 guy, earning a shocking 47 (investigations are underway).
  • The NBA All-Star Game features the league's best players on one stage. Twenty of the 25 players on Team Lebron or Team Giannis in this year's game are former NCAA student-athletes. In total, 17 different Division I institutions will be represented in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Kentucky boasts the most former players with three, while Duke has two. The ACC and SEC lead all conferences with four representatives, followed by the Big 12 and Big East with three. The tally includes Kemba Walker's tenure at UConn while in the Big East, Russell Westbrook at UCLA while in the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) and Khris Middleton at Texas A&M while in the Big 12.
  • The NBA has been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant throughout the league's All-Star weekend in Chicago. On Sunday, the league will dedicate the All-Star Game to Bryant and even change some of the game's rules to honor the NBA legend who, along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others, died in a helicopter crash last month near Los Angeles.
  • The NBA has named the All-Star Game MVP award for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday.
  • The NBA announced major changes to the All-Star Game format, turning every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins.
  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum made sure All-Star Saturday Night got off to a dramatic start. Tatum fell behind in each of his three rounds of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge -- first to Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, then to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and finally to Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young -- before coming from behind to win each of them and start the night off with a victory. "No, that was not the plan," Tatum said with a smile.
  • As the finals of the 2019 NBA Skills Challenge reached its last stage, it was Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young who was first to the 3-point line. And yet, it was the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum who got the first shot off. With an incredible half-court shot to close out the finals and cap off his third comeback in the event, Tatum won the Skills Challenge after topping Young, Nikola Jokic and Mike Conley in Charlotte. Tatum didn’t even break stride as he released the winning shot.
  • Joe Harris might have been the least known participant in Saturday's All-Star 3-Point Contest, but now his name will be etched in All-Star Weekend history. Harris beat out Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry and Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield in the championship round to take home the 2019 title.
  • There's a lot going on during All-Star Weekend, so here's where you should direct your focus
  • Instead of gaudy parties and exclusive special releases, Under Armour poured its All-Star Weekend budget into renovating Curry's childhood rec center.
  • Recruiting in the NBA, however, is a 24/7 operation, and the majority of the legwork is done by players at events such as this week's All-Star Game in Charlotte.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers might not have traded for Anthony Davis before Thursday's deadline, but Lakers star LeBron James made sure Davis will be playing on his team next week in the NBA All-Star Game. James selected Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans star, in the All-Star draft on Thursday night. He took Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant with his first selection. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the captain of the team opposing James' side -- selected Golden State guard Stephen Curry with his first pick.
  • Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns and Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis have been named to their first All-Star teams as reserves, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Porzingis and Towns were among the 14 reserves named to the game. Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green also earned spots on Tuesday.
  • The 2018 NBA All-Star Game starters were revealed on Thursday, and while staples like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were easily voted in, the new voting system yielded some interesting results. In addition to the fan vote, the media and players also cast ballots for All-Stars, which led to starting lineups of James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan in the East and Curry, Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins from the West.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month. Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, Boston's Kyrie Irving and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference.
  • Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills competition, Eric Gordon was a flamethrower, the Big Easy was jumping, and the dunk contest ... well, let’s never talk about that again after this.
  • The NBA made the first All-Star weekend since Craig Sager’s passing a memorable affair, expertly helmed as always by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter from Turner Sports who succumbed to cancer late in 2016, was the inspiration behind a slightly impromptu 3-point, half-court and eventual layup-shooting benefit at Saturday night’s All-Star festivities in New Orleans. A layup hit by Sager’s son Ryan marked a $500,000 donation made from the league and its sponsorship partners to the Sager Strong charity.
  • Glenn Robinson III is the NBA’s new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers’ mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score — and the title — on his final dunk.
  • This year's Slam Dunk contest (Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on TNT) will feature last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns. In terms of star power, it is an understated field, although as we've learned from past contests, it is not the name of the player that dictates how a dunk contest will go, but the creativity and execution of their jams.