Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/15/13
One of the sports calendar’s great weekends is upon us. NBA All-Star Weekend tips off Friday night with the Celebrity Game, followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. Saturday’s festivities include the Shooting Stars Competition, Skill Challenge, and Three-Point Contest. But the highlight of All-Star Saturday Night—and, for some people, of the entire weekend—is the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. The American Basketball Association introduced the Slam Dunk Contest in 1976, just months before the ABA-NBA merger. The NBA added the event to its All-Star festivities in 1984. This year’s event, the 28th of its kind, features defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz, Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Kenneth Faried—the Manimal—of the Denver Nuggets representing the Western Conference. 2007 champ Gerald Green of the Indiana Pacers, Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors, and James “Flight” White of the New York Knicks will represent the East. (Participants this year for the first time
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