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Follow live: NBA All-Stars take the court

The biggest names in the NBA are facing off in New Orleans, with LeBron James and other superstars ready to put on a show in the All-Star Game.

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Sources: Pelicans inquire about Boogie, George

The Pelicans hope to add another All-Star to pair with Anthony Davis and have made virtually all their players -- including 2016 top pick Buddy Hield -- available in talks, sources say.

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Live All-Star coverage from New Orleans

As NBA-All Star Weekend continues, ESPN reporters are all over New Orleans taking in the scene and providing dispatches from around the city.

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What to expect at the All-Star Game (1:19)
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The wildest three-quarter-court heave ... that didn't count (1:00)
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LeBron James' plan to become King of Hollywood

LeBron James' first act, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, is all but settled as a success. His second act -- to become a global entertainment icon -- is just beginning.

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An all-access pass to the dunk contest (3:23)
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Jarrius to DeAndre: 'I shoot better than you' (0:23)
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Bryant's offseason was one for the books (1:59)
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5dMark Fainaru-Wada

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is back -- and outspoken as ever

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who protested the national anthem in 1996, is back and is outspoken as ever -- about America, oppression and even whether the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an "inside job."

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Announcer introduces Durant from OKC. It's awkward (0:20)
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Zuccarello nets the winner for Rangers (0:19)
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Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

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The 16-year-old hero the Slam Dunk Contest deserved (0:50)

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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is indisputably the best basketball musical I have ever seen.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

It's official: With his victory at the Genesis Open, Dustin Johnson becomes the world's No. 1-ranked golfer for the first time, supplanting Jason Day. His win gives him titles in 10 consecutive PGA Tour seasons -- the longest current active streak.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

After 47 consecutive weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day is going to lose his No. 1 spot once Dustin Johnson finished off his victory at the Genesis Open. As to whether he'd offer any advice to Johnson in dealing with the pressures of that position, Day simply said, "Whatever he's doing, he just need to keep doing it."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and James Harden are warming up for the West All-Stars.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, teammates in New Orleans today. A sign of things to come?

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Jesse Jackson talked to Russell Westbrook before he ran into the locker room.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Russell Westbrook shooting on his own basket during warmups.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Russell Westbrook was practicing away from Kevin Durant and the other West All-Stars so James Harden joined him.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Anthony Davis is the host this week in NOLA. Will his West teammates try to position him for an All Star MVP?

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook was shooting by himself on one end of the floor before James Harden eventually joined him.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Russell Westbrook does have one Ex-OKC teammate he seems to enjoy. Westbrook and Harden have spent lots of time shooting and cutting up together this weekend in New Orleans. #AllStar2017

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

West team down one end shooting before game. This guy all alone down the other end.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Russell Westbrook is literally warming up on the opposite end of the court from the rest of his team.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

During All-Star Saturday Night, Warriors forward Kevin Durant was accidentally introduced as "OKC's own." Today this fan is throwing it back to KD's lone season in Seattle.

Leo Howell ESPN Fantasy 

After falling in Game 1 against Phoenix1, Cloud9 will turn to sub top laner Jeon "Ray" Ji-won to attempt to come back in the series. Staring top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong has definitely struggled so far in Week 5 at the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Yankees signed Jonathon Niese to a minor-league contract. Niese won 61 games in his time with the Mets. Three pitchers have won at least 50 games with the Mets AND won a game with the Yankees - Dwight Gooden, Al Leiter and David Cone. Bob Ojeda is the other Mets 50-game winner to pitch for the Yankees, but he didn't win a game for them.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

One hour until the start of the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Washington's Kelsey Plum has passed Brittney Griner for the 2nd-most career points in Division I women's basketball history.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have a minor league deal with Jon Niese, pending his physical, a source confirms. Niese was 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA last year. He will be an extra arm in camp with an outside chance to make the rotation. The New York Post first mentioned the signing.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans have made trade inquiries on DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George, per league sources. Talks have progressed further on Cousins, per sources.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Superdome and the Smoothie King Center are thisclose to each other.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The program for this year's NBA All-Star Game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

This year's NBA All-Star uniforms may be the worst ever. Just putting that out there.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

All signs point to the Smoothie King Center, site of tonight's NBA All Star Game.#NOLA

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tony Clark of the Players Association is holding a news conference today in Arizona. When asked if MLB players would ever consider a proposal to start an inning with a runner in second base when a game goes to extra innings, he responded with a flat "no."