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  • RICK KAMLA: NBA TV's coverage of All Star Weekend continues with the 2014 NBA Development

  • League All Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. We're at NBA All Star Jam Session at the Ernest

  • N. Morial Convention Center. We've got The Futures and The Prospects. They're ready to

  • take the floor here at Jam Session. We're courtside. Rick Kamla, happy to be joined

  • by Dennis Scott and Brent Barry. This is one of our favorite events of the

  • year. Great to be back here with you guys. A lot of talent on display. Probably the best

  • collection of talent outside of the NBA. DENNIS SCOTT: Every year you come here and

  • get excited because you're anxious to see how these guys are going to perform, and more

  • importantly, they're still dreaming. They want to get to Sunday and on the big stage.

  • Right here's a good chance to show the world they have game.

  • BRENT BARRY: I think that's what makes this game interesting. As much as it is still an

  • exhibition, these guys don't have the luxury of taking the night off. They know who is

  • in the stands and watching this game so they take it very seriously. We look forward to

  • watching these guys put their wares on display. RICK KAMLA: This All Star Game is a great

  • merging of hunger and highlight style plays that you'll see. Passes off the backboards

  • for dunks and all that kind of stuff. It's been an interesting year in the NBA Development

  • League before Rajon Rondo made his return from ACL surgery, he practiced with the Maine

  • Red Claws and took the team out to dinner to show his appreciation.

  • Pierre Jackson said the NBA D League record with 58 points in February, and 48 players

  • have been assigned to from NBA teams to D League teams and The Futures and Prospects

  • are on the court. They are ready to go. Fellas, the NBA teams seem to use the D League more

  • and more every year. >> Well, the idea of an NBA team having direct

  • affiliation with their D League team, being able to talk to their players about terminology,

  • sending guys down for conditioning purposes and being able to bring them back out to the

  • big ballclub. So many more teams utilizing this tool throughout the course of the NBA

  • regular season, it's not just a trend, it's the future of what the Development League

  • is supposed to be all about. DENNIS SCOTT: I agree with you a thousand

  • percent. It's all about the system. Talking about teams in the NBA that run a solid system.

  • You have your D League playing on a daily basis. They get called up and not caught behind.

  • They understand where they need to be on the floor.

  • RICK KAMLA: Coming up at halftime, it will be the Dream Factory, presented by Boost Mobile,

  • and the NBA Development League Slam Dunk Contest, and there is Tony Mitchell. He won it last

  • year. Look at that, a pass from the stands into a windmill.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Into a windmill. Between the legs, we were watching this last year, wow,

  • this young man can fly. BRENT BARRY: This contest happens early in

  • the afternoon. These dunks are talked about all the way up to Saturday night. And we're

  • wondering because of Boost Mobile, Tony Mitchell still has that year's worth of service going.

  • Bringing out the banner on display for that dunk, but these guys do put on a show. They

  • have a lot of fun with it. RICK KAMLA: No question about it. He is returning.

  • The other three competitors are first time guys. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is the oldest

  • brother, Ra'Shad James dunked over a seven foot shot blocker during the season. He's

  • a little guy. 6'1", but he can rise. Darren White, 6'4" out of Campbell, he's got hops

  • as well. The Dunk Contest here is fantastic. There

  • is a lot of creativity. Again, it's the hunger. It's not just show boating and that kind of

  • thing and I've already made it. It's fantastic. There is hunger involved, Dennis.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: All these guys understand this is another platform where I can let the whole

  • world see what I can do. That is why the creativity is at a maximum high. I like to see the little

  • fella because he gets so high off the ground that it looks better. But some of those long

  • athletic guys like Mitchell are exciting as well.

  • BRENT BARRY: You'll be able to tell who the best dunker in the field is, 3 D by watching

  • the other players at halftime. As they get geeked up and anxious to watch a guy go fly

  • in the air, we'll know who they think is the favorite.

  • RICK KAMLA: Very interesting rosters here for The Futures and The Prospects. A lot of

  • guys who have a ton of NBA experience, Melvin Ely, Hilton Armstrong just to name a few.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Those guys understand that they know the path how to get back. The guys that

  • have had small takes. Bost is in there, got drafted. Had a little take on the opportunity

  • is here today to work on your game. BRENT BARRY: Other guys like Devin Ebanks

  • who we've seen over the past few summers. In Las Vegas played good, good basketball,

  • waiting for his opportunity. Last summer I was impressed with the Golden State Warriors

  • and Cameron Jones, what he was able to do. Part of the Santa Cruz Warriors showing what

  • he can do at the All Star Game in New Orleans. So familiar faces and familiar names certainly

  • to us because of all the coverage we do over the summer months.

  • Again, another opportunity, as you said, 3 D, to get their names out there, put on a

  • show and enjoy this atmosphere. Q. That was Hilton Armstrong. That is Melvin

  • Ely. He helped the Spurs win the 2007 NBA Championship, and Hilton Armstrong won a title

  • at UCONN. So they'll be out here. You have Stephen Curry's younger brother, Seth. That

  • will be fun to watch. I'm looking and excited to see Pierre Jackson. The fella we talked

  • about had 58 points. He can sizzle, Bones. BRENT BARRY: Well, the two guys that have

  • caused the most stir throughout the first half of the regular season in the developmental

  • league have been Pierre Jackson and Manny Harris. Those guys have put up some monster

  • games. Pierre Jackson certainly the guy drawing the most attention. But to have those two

  • scorers on the floor in this game to see if they go at one another, maybe they'll take

  • a page out of the Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. rookie game, give me a side of the court

  • and let me operate. But they've caused a lot of stir and buzz

  • around the NBA and around the scoring circles with regards to this league.

  • RICK KAMLA: 58 points in a game. We saw Carmelo score 62 for the Knicks a month ago. But 58

  • in a Development League game, that's saying something.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Coming out of college, we knew he could shoot the basketball. You wondered

  • at his smaller size, would he get the shot off. And I'm very shocked someone hasn't picked

  • him up yet. But off the dribble, the pick and roll, you're watching the highlights.

  • He's showing you he can score the basketball at so many different ways.

  • RICK KAMLA: At that size, we know guards in the NBA have to have a specialty. What is

  • his specialty? DENNIS SCOTT: Shoot the basketball with range.

  • RICK KAMLA: Absolutely, get buckets, get points. He's a tremendous athlete at that size. But

  • he can score the basketball in bunches. We'll see if he takes that opportunity here this

  • afternoon. Time for a break, but we are coming back with

  • the 8th annual Development League All Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. We are in New

  • Orleans for All Star Weekend, having a blast, and we're just getting started.

  • [National Anthem]. We welcome you back to the Ernest N. Morial

  • Convention Center here at NBA All Star Jam Session. Getting prepared for the NBA Development

  • League All Star Game. We send it over now to the PA announcer, Barry Tom.

  • >> Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to welcome you to Sprint Arena

  • for the 2014 NBA All Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. Now it's time to introduce our

  • 2014 NBA D League All Stars. Up first, Team Futures: Coaching staff for Team Futures,

  • from the Canton Charge are athletic trainer, Mike Gittinger, assistant coaches, Jordi Fernandez,

  • James Posey, and Nate Reinking, and head coach for the Team Futures, Steve Hetzel.

  • Now let's name the Future reserves. A 6'1" center from the Santa Cruz Warriors, No. 34,

  • Hilton Armstrong. 6'4" from the Reno Big Horns, No. 22, Mo Charlo. A 6'1" guard from the Santa

  • Cruz Warriors, No. 13, Seth Curry. A 7'4" from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, No. 33, Justin

  • Hamilton. A 6'8" forward from the Maine Red Claws, No. 33 Chris Wright.

  • Your starting lineup for the Team Futures. 6'5" guard from the Los Angeles Defenders,

  • No. 22, Manny Harris. A 5'10" guard from the Idaho Stampede, No. 11, Pierre Jackson. A

  • 6'8" forward from the Canton Charge, No. 21, Kevin Jones. A 6'6" guard from the Sioux Falls

  • Skyforce, No. 14, DeAndre Liggins. And a 6'9" center from the Canton Charge, No. 50, Arinze

  • Onuaku. Now let's meet your 2014, team Prospects.

  • Coaching staff for team Prospects from The Rio Grand Valley Vipers, athletic trainer

  • Long Lam, assistant coaches, Paul Mikeski, and Jason Young, and head coach for Team Futures,

  • Nevada Smith. Your team Prospects reserves are 6'2" guard from Idaho Stampede, No. 4,

  • Dee Bost. A 6'4" forward from The Rio Grande Vipers, Robert Covington. A 6'forward from

  • the Texas Legends, No. 33, Melvin Ely. A 6'4" guard from the Santa Cruz Warriors, No. 9,

  • Cameron Jones. And a 6'7" guard from the Bakersfield Jam, No. 21, James Nunnally.

  • Now the starting lineups for team Prospects. A 6'4" guard from The Rio Grande Valley Vipers,

  • No. 7, Troy Daniels. A 6'8" forward from the Bakersfield Jam, No. 33, Ike Diogu. A 6'9"

  • forward from the Texas Legends, No. 24, Devin Ebanks. A 6'5" guard from the Ft. Wayne Mad

  • Ants, No. 19, Ron Howard, and a 6'5" forward from the Iowa Energy, No. 12, Othyus Jeffers.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for your 2014 NBA D League All Stars. Let's take you

  • to NBA TV's sideline reporter, Jared Greenberg. RICK KAMLA: All right, well, joined by Ron

  • Howard and Pierre Jackson. We begin with the veteran, the guy who knows all about this

  • experience. You have three of them now. What have you learned from your first two D League

  • All Star appearances? PLAYER: To definitely have fun, play the right

  • way, and take in this great atmosphere that they have here.

  • >> I know you're going to put on a slow for the fans. We've seen that in the past. And

  • so is this fella. If you haven't seen Pierre Jackson play, you're in for a treat today.

  • You're Mr. Do It All, and you love to play under the big spotlight. What are you going

  • to give the fans today in New Orleans? PLAYER: I'm going to try to show them a little

  • something they've never seen if they've never seen me play before. So I'm just trying to

  • have fun and enjoy the experience. >> You're going to go for 58 again, right.

  • PLAYER: If it happens, it happens. >> Pierre Jackson and Ron Howard, as we get

  • set. Just moments away from the 2014 NBA Development League All Star Game. We're coming right back

  • live on NBA TV. >> NBA D League All Star Game is about to

  • begin. There are interesting lineups here for The Futures. Coach head sell, they've

  • got a three guard look with Manny Harris, Pierre Jackson, and DeAndre Liggins, and now

  • a couple of bigs. For The Prospects, they don't even have a true center on their entire

  • roster. They're going with three forwards Diogu, Ebanks and Jeffers, so an odd pairing

  • here to start the game. DENNIS SCOTT: Right, so if The Prospects can

  • get rebounds, maybe they can use those athletic legs to get out and run and go against the

  • Future with their size. BRENT BARRY: See if they can spread them out

  • and take a page out of the Rio Grande Vipers playbook and shoot just a bunch of threes

  • today in this game. RICK KAMLA: Speaking of threes, No. 7 in red,

  • Troy Daniels just lost the three point contest presented by Boost Mobile, to EJ Singler,

  • and we start with a flush by Pierre Jackson. DENNIS SCOTT: Nice little back pick there

  • for Jackson to go up on the screen and excellent pass.

  • BRENT BARRY: Tough psychologically, too, because Manny Harris likes to score, and he had to

  • give it to Pierre Dexter. DENNIS SCOTT: Score is a score.

  • RICK KAMLA: There is Daniels. Probably the most warmed up player out here. EJ Singler,

  • brother of Kyle. He won the three point contest on a buzzer beater and there is a dunk. We'll

  • show you highlights of the three point contest at halftime.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Nice looking shot by Ebanks. Drafted by the Lakers. Got a taste of some

  • action there, and continuing to work on his outside shot so he can get called back up.

  • RICK KAMLA: Prospects up 4 2, and the rebound to Ike Diogu, former first round pick. And

  • Jeffers spent some time with the San Antonio Spurs this year. The Futures on the attack.

  • Nice feed in the bucket. DENNIS SCOTT: Nice pass by Liggins. Big fella

  • can catch him and lay it on hand. RICK KAMLA: Onuaku dropped that one in. Here's

  • Daniels and an air ball three. Rebounds put in by Jeffers. He plays bigger than his size.

  • BRENT BARRY: You look at his build, and that's, I think, where a lot of NBA coaches think

  • at the two guard position with that build and broad shoulders, he can defend and be

  • one of those lock down Defenders in the mold of Thabo Sefolosha. But he's not as long as

  • you'd like at that position. Ike Diogu with the slam.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Nice bounce pass by Jeffers there.

  • RICK KAMLA: Got a couple of ten day contracts with the Lakers earlier this year. Oh! And

  • Jeffers, little errant with that pass, and gives it back to the futures.

  • BRENT BARRY: Interesting to look at Pierre Jackson. He's going to handle the ball here

  • with point guard responsibilities. Ron Howard at 6'5". You get an idea of the size of Pierre

  • Jackson. A good match up up there to see if that length bothers him, 3 D.

  • RICK KAMLA: Harris scoops it up with the left hand.

  • >> To your point, Brent, Jackson being that size, you have to be on the defensive end

  • cause havoc or use your quickness to get to the sweet spot and get shots. When you have

  • small guards in the NBA, they'll attack the defense.

  • RICK KAMLA: Ron Howard off to Diogu, that one Pops out on Ike. Harris back for The Futures

  • and they lead 8 6. DeAndre Liggins backing his man down. Couple of fakes and then the

  • strip. DENNIS SCOTT: Good patience by Howard there.

  • Didn't go for the pump fake. Used his hands nicely to get a piece of that ball.

  • RICK KAMLA: Here's at look of Manny Harris to Pierre Jackson.

  • BRENT BARRY: Great opening set. Just a back screen there. Ron Howard gets the hit by Harris,

  • puts the pass on target for the little man to get up and get two.

  • RICK KAMLA: Kevin Jones with that rebound. Manny hands off to Jackson. Prospects are

  • running, Jeffers lost the handle. Oh, and Onuaku throws it down.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Every now and then he gets a nice little cherry pick.

  • RICK KAMLA: Second Development League All Star Game appearance before the product out

  • of Syracuse, Onuaku. Devin Ebanks! Usually there is more defense played in the Development

  • League All Star Game. BRENT BARRY: I think he and Onuaku made eye

  • contact in the opposite way Many Harris made it with Pierre Jackson, which is you, you

  • go ahead and get one. I'll get out of the way, hey, they're all trying to get to the

  • NBA. RICK KAMLA: Underneath, Kevin Jones put that's

  • big body on him. DENNIS SCOTT: You called it. No way Daniels

  • could get around to help on that one. RICK KAMLA: Daniels with an interesting pass.

  • Gets it back to the futures. He's got a smile on his face.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: This is one of these games where sometimes you get stuck. You want to play

  • hard. You want to show what you want to do. You don't want to show too much. But you've

  • got to show, Brent, that your game has improved so you can get called back up.

  • BRENT BARRY: I talked to Ron Howard about that before the game. I said, Ron, how are

  • things going for you? Are you hanging in there? He said, oh, yeah, I want to go out and play

  • the game the right way. You heard Jarrett talking to him before the game. This is a

  • little different in terms of the exhibition. These guys don't want to come out here and

  • play embarrassing basketball. RICK KAMLA: Oh, Jackson! Pierre Jackson launched

  • it to himself and had room to spare on the Jam. Oh, Howard might have gotten away with

  • a violation but found Ebanks for the Jam. I want to see Pierre Jackson do that again.

  • DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, indeedy, the turnover. Next thing you know, his head's by the rim.

  • RICK KAMLA: Harris to Kevin Jones, the long two. Yes.

  • BRENT BARRY: Fella showing some range. RICK KAMLA: Futures up 16 10. Harris tried

  • to split the defense and he is fouled. So it's The Futures 16, Prospects 10. How about

  • Pierre Jackson? BRENT BARRY: Get that man some beats.

  • RICK KAMLA: 5'10", he can still get up. >> Back with you here on NBA TV live from

  • New Orleans. The biggest thing this weekend throughout all of the events is that it's

  • a family affair. Today we're making NBA history as Steph Curry and Seth Curry become the first

  • ever brothers to play in a D League All Star Game, and then later in the weekend, in the

  • NBA All Star Game. But it doesn't end there. We'll also see tonight, Seth, with his father,

  • Dell, who is in attendance in the Shooting Stars competition. We'll also see the Hardaways.

  • Tim and Tim Jr. And yesterday in the Rising Stars Challenge,

  • Miles Plumlee played against his brother, Mason. And fellas, looking forward to next

  • year? It may continue as Giannis Antetokounmpo who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucs

  • may be joined in the NBA by his brother, Thanasis, who will be draft eligible this spring.

  • RICK KAMLA: Yes, a family reunion here in New Orleans. And Dell Curry, get to this in

  • a second. Pierre Jackson, once again! What is the vertical bounce? 40 inches plus?

  • DENNIS SCOTT: His vertical is boing oing oing. RICK KAMLA: What an athlete. Awesome. Dell

  • Curry will be one of the judges at halftime in the Boost Mobile NBA Development League

  • Slam Dunk Contest. That is Daniels for three. DENNIS SCOTT: I was talking to Dell before

  • the game. BRENT BARRY: I'm sorry, I was going to say,

  • I wonder what it's like to grow up in a basketball family.