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Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo wins Slam Dunk Contest
Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Hamidou Diallo won the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night.
Diallo defeated Dennis Smith Jr. in the final round by leaping over rap artist Quavo and then cramming down a two-handed windmill. In the first round, Diallo tore apart some of his jersey to reveal a Superman shirt before proceeding to fly over Shaquille O'Neal and hang with his arm through the basket, recreating Vince Carter's "honey dip" dunk from 2000. Miles Bridges finished in third place and John Collins placed fourth.
Diallo is averaging just 11.4 minutes through 45 games (three starts) for the Thunder this season.
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki unsure about retirement after this season
Dallas Mavericks forward / center Dirk Nowitzki is currently undecided about retiring after the 2018-2019 season.
While many believed this was likely Dirk's last season, the future Hall-of-Famer would not commit to retiring while talking to the media on Saturday. "I’m going to wait and see the last couple of weeks, how my body feels," said Nowitzki. "And if I continue to see improvement and I’m still having fun, we’ll see.”
At the midpoint of the 2018-2019 season, Dirk is averaging 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.
Pelicans' Anthony Davis says Celtics are on his list of his preferred destinations
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said that the Boston Celtics are on his list of preferred trade destinations.
He also said that the Lakers, Knicks and Bucks are other teams he'd want to be traded to while speaking with reporters during All-Star media availability.
Davis is averaging 59.1 FanDuel points per game this season.
Celtics' Kyrie Irving (knee) says he will play in the All-Star Game
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said he's healthy and will play in the All-Star Game on Sunday night.
Irving has missed three of the Celtics' last five games with a right knee strain, but looks like he will be a go on Sunday and when Boston returns from the All-Star break.
He is averaging 43.4 FanDuel points per game this season.
Pelicans reportedly name Danny Ferry as interim general manager on Friday
The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly labeled Danny Ferry as interim general manager on Friday.
After parting ways with Dell Demps on Friday, the Pelicans have named Danny Ferry as their interim general manager according to ESPN. Ferry was originally brought in as a special adviser in 2016 after being let go by Atlanta for reportedly making inappropriate comments about other players.
According to owner Gayle Benson, Ferry will be tasked with "immediately beginning the process of restructuring our basketball operations department". The Pelicans currently rank fourth in the Southwest Division with a 26-33 record.
Boston's Kyrie Irving (knee) 'very, very close' to returning
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is 'very, very close' to returning according to general manager Danny Ainge.
Irving is currently in Charlotte for All-Star weekend and will work out with Celtics physical therapist Brian Dolan and his personal trainer Robin Pound before determining if he will play in the All-Star game on Sunday. Expect Irving to return after the break if he is cleared to play on Sunday.
In 47 games this season, Irving is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 assists.
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