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* The Basketball Jones are filming in Phoenix this weekend and you need to follow their adventures over at Ball Don’t Lie. Make sure you check out their interview with Tony Parker, their own version of the dunk contest and a highly entertaining look at the sights and sounds of All-Star weekend.

*A big thanks goes out to Brandan for giving me the scoop on the Nike Pro Combat gear that Amar’e Stoudemire will be wearing Sunday during the All-Star game. According to the press release from Nike, “LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire, among others, will wear elements of the Nike Pro Combat collection when they take the court this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. James and several of his USA Basketball teammates, including Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, began testing Nike Pro Combat last summer in Beijing as they battled for the gold medal. Nike Pro Combat is ergonomically designed to provide basketball-specific protection to athletes without restricting mobility on the court for maximum performance.” You can check out what this looks like on Amar’e by clicking on this link.

* Check out this video clip of high school player Teddy Guzek hitting an 80-foot heave.

* The New York Knicks put Harlem Globetrotters teammates Wildcat and Buckets to work at the MSG offices. Is a career change in the cards? Check it out to see for yourself.

* The Sporting News has an epic interview with Shaquille O’Neal where they talk with him about his relationship with Kobe Bryant, free throws, Hack-a-Shaq, Dwight Howard taking on the Superman persona and a ton of other interesting topics.

* Dino Nation Blog scored a great interview with Darren Rovell from CNBC.

* Sports Radion Interviews has an intersting interview with Elgin Baylor’s lawyer.

* All the stats junkies out there need to check out Jon’s new measurement called Position-Adjusted Classification (PAC) System.

* You can listen to Coach Godwin’s interview on Lake Lewis’ show by clicking here.

* Here’s a sweet deal: Hershey’s has a new promotion with the NCAA called Unwrap March Madness. Check it out for your chance to win a trip to the 2010 Men’s or Women’s Final Four.

* Another interesting aspect to watch for during All-Star weekend are the new Hyperdunks. Personally, I think the Eastern Conference ones looks great but the Western Conference versions are ugly.

* Waiting For Next Year has the scoop on the LeBron Zoom IV All-Stars.

* Daily Thunder has a great look at Kevin Durant’s 46-point explosion in the rookie-sophomore game last night.

* A big thanks goes out to Pounding The Rock and 48 Minutes of Hell for helping to spread the word about my interviews with Roger Mason Jr. and George Hill.

* The Hoop Doctors provide their predictions for All-Star weekend.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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