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NBA All-Star notebook: Reggie Jackson thinking dunk contest in future

Thunder guard Reggie Jackson didn't win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge while partnered with Phoenix guard Goran Dragic. But maybe Jackson will be back next year for a different competition. He expressed interest this week in participating in the dunk contest.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 15, 2014
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TEAM DURANT TAKES SECOND IN SHOOTING STARS

Kevin Durant's “Team Durant” finished second in the Sears Shooting Stars Challenge in the first event of All-Star Saturday Night.

Durant was joined by Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins.

“Team Bosh,” with Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash won for the second straight year.

Throughout the night, Durant and Malone got a chance to chat and get to know each other. Durant loved it.

“Surreal,” Durant described it. “I remember when I was a kid, my aunt, that was her favorite player. She had Karl Malone pictures all over the house. Every time I walked in, that's who I seen. To be able to talk to him and ask him about some of his experiences, it was cool. We said we were going to exchange numbers before we leave, so I'm looking forward to that.”

Malone was just as impressed with Durant.

“I love him,” Malone said. “That's all I'm going to tell you. I love him. I love how he just plays the game. He's a young guy, but he got an old soul that I love … I've had great conversations with him since I've been here. It's been pretty neat to be around him.”

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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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