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NBA All-Star Saturday 2010 Thread: It's Toros Time

After DeJuan Blair predictably dominated the Rookie Challenge last night, it's time to switch gears.

A quick glance at the schedule for today:

NBA D-League All-Star Game - 2PM Spurs time (NBA TV)
H-O-R-S-E - 6PM Spurs time (TNT)
Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest - 7PM Spurs time (TNT)

The D-League All-Star Game

We're going to put the emphasis today on the D-League's showcase. Why? Check out the rosters:

EAST CONFERENCE
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
Alexis Ajinca*# (Maine/Charlotte) C 7-0 220 5/6/88 France
Morris Almond (Springfield) F 6-5 210 2/2/85 Rice
Alade Aminu (Erie) F 6-10 235 9/14/87 Georgia Tech
Earl Barron (Iowa) C 6-11 230 8/14/81 Memphis
Romel Beck (replacement) (Dakota) F 6-8 195 5/29/82 UNLV
Trey Gilder (Maine) F 6-9 185 1/24/85 Northwestern State
Ron Howard (Fort Wayne) F 6-7 212 11/6/81 Valparaiso
Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne) F 6-9 230 3/5/85 Notre Dame
Cartier Martin (Iowa) G/F 6-7 220 11/20/84 Kansas State
Curtis Stinson (Iowa) G 6-3 215 2/15/83 Iowa State
Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls) F 6-6 210 10/21/83 Virginia Military
Head Coach: Nick Nurse (Iowa), Assistant: Nate Bjorkgren (Iowa)
Athletic Trainer: Tim Moran (Iowa)

WEST CONFERENCE
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
Antonio Anderson* (Rio Grande Valley) G 6-6 215 6/5/85 Memphis
Brian Butch (replacement) (Bakersfield) C 6-11 240 12/22/84 Wisconsin
Joe Crawford (replacement) (Los Angeles) G 6-5 210 6/17/86 Kentucky
Joey Dorsey# (RGV/Houston) C 6-9 265 12/16/83 Memphis
Desmon Farmer (replacement) (Reno) G 6-5 210 10/7/81 USC
Sundiata Gaines# (Idaho/Utah) G 6-1 195 4/18/86 Georgia
Alonzo Gee (Austin) G 6-6 220 5/29/87 Alabama
Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley) F 6-6 235 6/15/83 Rice
Dontell Jefferson* (Utah) G 6-5 190 12/15/83 Arkansas
Curtis Jerrells (replacement) (Austin) G 6-1 195 2/5/87 Baylor
Dwayne Jones (Austin) F 6-11 250 6/9/83 St. Joseph's
Carlos Powell (Albuquerque) F 6-7 225 8/29/83 South Carolina
Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa) G 6-3 190 8/18/84 Arizona
Diamon Simpson (replacement) (Los Angeles) F 6-17 230 9/8/87 St. Mary's (Ca.)
Anthony Tolliver# (Idaho/GSW) F 6-9 240 6/1/85 Creighton
Head Coach: Chris Finch (Rio Grande Valley), Assistant: Paul Mokeski (Rio Grande Valley)
Athletic Trainer:Joe Resendez

The Austin Toros have 3 - count 'em, three - players in the All-Star game. Alonzo Gee(who also took part in the slam dunk contest last night), Dwayne Jones, and Curtis Jerrells are all deserving of their spots on the West team, especially with all the other players who were called up. Not only that, but Spurs fans who were around for summer league last year will notice one of the names on the East roster as well: Romel Beck. Yep, it seems like our favorite organization still has that famed eye for talent. Anthony Tolliver's name is a mystery to me - he's been with three NBA teams already this year, so I doubt he spent much time in the D-League.

Remaining events

The Shooting Stars competition will include former Spurs Brent Barry and Michael Finley Steve Smith, so that should hold some sentimental interest.

No Spurs or Spurs-related players are participating in any of the other events, but they should be fun to watch anyway.

Blowing in the Trade Winds

Just to give you guys some other stuff to talk about:

It seems that Dallas is going to trade Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and Quinton Ross for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson. In fact, that trade could be finished by the time the festivities start today.

ESPN is also reporting that Cleveland is trying to get Amare Stoudemire via trade.

No new rumors involving the Spurs, but we all know that our FO doesn't let information get out unless they want it to.