Hubbard: NBA All-Star Week — Just Go With It

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If you’re looking for a way to capture the quality of NBA All-Star Week, think Adam Sandler movies. They are meant to be entertaining. They are hectic, foolish and sometimes embarrassing. The critics hate them.

And the fans love them.

Take a look at the web site Rottentomatoes.com and find Adam Sandler movies, whether it’s as a writer, producer or star. By my count, 39 of them have been rated by critics. Of those 39, 34 of the reviews have been negative.

Safe to say Adam will not be polishing that speech for the Oscars.

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NBA announces every All-Star Weekend participant

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All the All-Star stuff came down Thursday night. 

This year’s All-Star Saturday Night has a new theme of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference. Like that’s going to turn a weekend where everyone wants to (a) party and (b) not get hurt into serious competition.

TNT personalities Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal made their picks as GMs for the Rising Stars Challenge. O’Neal had the first pick and chose Portland guard Damian Lillard. Barkley then chose New Orleans big man Anthony Davis.

Yeah, you read that right. Both guys passed on Cleveland point man Kyrie Irving, who’s in the real All-Star Game.

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Rondo replaces Curry in Skills Challenge

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Two days ago, Rajon Rondo had nearly a week off for the All-Star break. Now he’s an extremely busy man.

The star point guard of the Boston Celtics, added Wednesday to the Eastern Conference All-Stars as an injury replacement for Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, will also fill in for injured Stephen Curry of Golden State in the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday.

The NBA announced the move Friday, hours before media availability begins in Orlando, Fla. Sheridan Hoops is on site and will have news and features throughout All-Star Weekend.

The is the first time Rondo has participated in the Skills Challenge, an obstacle course of dribbling, passing and shooting.  Curry is the defending champion but strained a tendon in his right foot Wednesday night and is unavailable.

The rest of the field includes point guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, Deron Williams of New Jersey, Tony Parker of San Antonio, John Wall of Washington and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland. Williams won in 2008.

Also, Johnson was scheduled to participate in the Shooting Stars but will be replaced by Hawks teammate Jerry Stackhouse.