NBA All-Star notebook: John Wall got dunk contest inspiration from the Internet

John Wall said he liked this year's new format in which the first round was a three-on-three team competition between East and West participants.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 16, 2014
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“I like that,” Durant told the kid. “You came up with that on your own?”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL

Between the first and second quarters, the NBA honored legendary Boston center Bill Russell with a birthday tribute.

Fellow NBA legends Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone and Julius Erving were introduced at center court before Johnson informed the crowd that it was Russell's 80th birthday. As the crowd gave Russell a standing ovation, Johnson led fans in singing “Happy Birthday” to Russell.

Johnson ended the tribute by asked all the All-Stars to walk over and wish Russell happy birthday.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

Six players made their All-Star debuts Sunday night.

They were Wall, DeMar DeRozan and Paul Millsap on the East and Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis on the West.

Anthony, a second-year forward for the host New Orleans Pelicans, received the loudest ovation of all players in pregame introductions.

FACES IN THE CROWD

Celebrities in the crowd included: former NBA players Yao Ming, Dominique Wilkins, Bill Russell, Horace Grant and A.C. Green; musicians Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Snoop, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, comedian Kevin Hart, director Spike Lee and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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