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(Free-Press-Release.com) December 20, 2010 --

2011 NBA ALL-STAR Balloting Presented by T-MOBILE First Returns Announced

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2010 – Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder top the Western Conference,
while Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami
Heat lead the Eastern Conference after the first returns of 2011 NBA
All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Bryant, The Finals MVP last
season, is the overall leader with 722,682 votes.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in
more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will
be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

In the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who
garnered the honor in 2002, 2007 and 2009, is followed at guard by the
New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul (386,649). Kevin Durant, a member of
last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (470,881),
with the Lakers’ Pau Gasol (390,808) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao
Ming (430,984) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference
centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (198,044) following.

Howard, the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference with 611,561 votes paces centers in the East, followed by
the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (241,782). James, a two-time
All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern Conference forwards with
607,994 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (456,111), MVP of
the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade, last year’s All-Star
Game MVP, paces guards in the East with 570,489 votes; the Celtics’
Rajon Rondo is second (497,141).

2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world
to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 NBA
All-Star Game. Paper balloting will continue through Jan. 17, while
wireless balloting and voting on NBA.com will conclude Jan. 23. There
are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA
arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.nba.com on any wireless carrier.

For SMS voting, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a
player’s last name from their mobile phones on any wireless carrier.
Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number. Message and data
rates may apply. T-Mobile customers will receive an exclusive 15 percent
discount code to NBAStore.com for voting via SMS voting. Upon voting,
T-Mobile customers will get a bounceback message with a discount code
for them to use on NBAStore.com.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account,
which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star
selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends
on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast
their ballots.

Updated results for the Eastern and Western Conferences will be issued regularly leading up to the announcement of
the All-Star starters. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan.
27, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 P.M. ET featuring Ernie
Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, prior to TNT’s exclusive
doubleheader Following the completion of fan voting and the starting
line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to
determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which
will be announced Thursday, Feb 3, prior to a TNT doubleheader.

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and
Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from
each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two
forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the
ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA:
J.A. Adande (ESPN.com), Marv Albert (TNT), Art Garcia (NBA.com) Marc
Spears (Yahoo! Sports), Doug Smith (The Toronto Star) and Ian Thomsen
(Sports Illustrated).

NBA All-Star 2011 in Los Angeles will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the
league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The week leading
up to the 60th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of
community-enhancing activities, fan festivals and events, including the
NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge &
Youth Jam, and NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. NBA
All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the hugely successful
interactive basketball celebration, will return to the Los Angeles
Convention Center. Los Angeles and the STAPLES Center will host NBA
All-Star 2011, marking the fifth time The City of Angels and the second
time STAPLES Center will be the site of the annual celebration. STAPLES
Center last played host to NBA All-Star in 2004, and L.A. also hosted
the All-Star Game... .


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