02/16 11:40 CST The Latest: Irving, Davis say they'll play in All-Star game
The Latest: Irving, Davis say they'll play in All-Star game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Boston's Kyrie Irving and New Orleans' Anthony Davis say they both plan to play
in Sunday's All-Star game.
Both have been dealing with injuries lately. Irving has been dealing with a
strained right knee for about a week, and Davis left New Orleans' last game
before the All-Star break with a bruised muscle in his left shoulder.
Irving is a starter on Team LeBron, and Davis is one of the reserves on that
Irving was definitive, saying he is fine and ready to go. Davis' tempered his
prediction on playing, saying he expects to play but suggesting that it depends
on how he feels Sunday.
LeBron James says he has kept a close eye on what freshman sensation Zion
Williamson is doing at Duke and believes "it's great for the game."
Williamson, a 6-foot-7, 285-pounder, has become a national sensation with his
size and leaping ability.
James said Saturday at practice for the All-Star game that the biggest thing
he's impressed with is Williamson's athleticism, saying "we all see it," adding
that his ability to jump well behind the 10-foot rim is "beyond incredible."
But James, who will play in his 15th All-Star game on Sunday, says he also sees
what some others don't: Williamson's humility and love of the game.
James says Williamson is "humble about the fact that he gets to play the game
he loves every single day. I love everything about him from the outside looking
in." James says Williamson will only get better as the season progresses being
around Mike Krzyzewski, who he considers to be the "greatest coach of all time."
The Curry brothers have levied a wager for their head-to-head competition in
Saturday night's NBA 3-point contest: Whoever loses must buy tickets for the
entire Curry family anytime they play against each other for the remainder of
their NBA careers.
Stephen said Saturday before practice for the All-Star game that "the stakes
are pretty high considering how many people show up for our games."
It's unclear if the group will include a new sister-in-law. There are reports
that Seth has proposed to Callie Rivers, the daughter of NBA coach Doc Rivers.
When asked about it Saturday, Seth declined to talk about their relationship.
Stephen, who won the 3-point competition in 2015, says he is motivated to win
it again because he's "knows for a fact" that everybody else in the Curry
family ---including his parents--- are pulling for Seth.
Stephen says with a laugh, "so I hope to pull the upset."
Both players are hoping to do better than their father Dell Curry, who
participated in the 3-point contest twice but never made it out of the first
round. Seth, making his first appearance, says Dell advised them to "do a whole
lot better than I did."
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.
John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it's his Atlanta teammate
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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