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2007 All-Star Weekend

Commissioner David Stern presents Kobe Bryant with the 2007 NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Kobe Bryant has an audience as he flies in for two points. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper during the NBA All-Star game. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Kobe Bryant slithers past Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons en route to the basket. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes in for a backward slam. (Paul Buck / EPA)
Eastern Conference all-star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic slams the ball down. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Eastern Conference all-star and Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James goes up for a slam dunk as the West’s Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz looks on. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Kobe Bryant dunks as Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards watches. (Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images)
The West’s Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets shoots around the defense of Jermaine O’Neal of the Indiana Pacers. (Kevork Djansezian AP)
Christina Aguilera performs at halftime during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Las Vegas. (Jae C. Hong / AP)
Kobe Bryant goes in for a reverse layup while being guarded Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. (Kevork Djansezian AP)
The East’s Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets throws down a one-handed dunk. (Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press)
Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal throws one down with authority. (Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press)
The East’s Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat goes in for two. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James dance together during NBA All-Star basketball practice in 2007. O’Neal retired from basketball in 2011. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal demonstrates his break-dance skills during the NBA All-Star East Team practice. (John G. Mabanglo / EPA)
Once feuding rivals, Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen playfully embrace during NBA All-Star game practice. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Recent multiple Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige performs for NBA Cares. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
“The Flying Elvises” perform for the crowd before the start of the Haier Shooting Stars Competition during NBA All-Star Weekend. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
California’s First Lady Maria Shriver and her son, Patrick Schwarzenegger, share a laugh during the Haier Shooting Stars Competition. (Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images)
Comeback contender Scottie Pippen of the Chicago team celebrates after sinking a half-court shot in the Haier Shooting Stars Competition. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Chauncey Billups, Swin Cash and Bill Laimbeer hold up the trophy after winning the Haier Shooting Stars Competition for Detroit. (Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images)
NBA legend Charles Barkley races against referee Dick Bavetta in the Bavetta/Barkley Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Hall of Famer and all-star share a laugh as Bill Russell, left, and Kobe Bryant enjoy All-Star Saturday night. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets participates in the PlayStation Skills Challenge. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade holds up the Playstation Skills Challenge Trophy. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat weaves through obstacles while participating in the PlayStation Skills Challenge. (Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images)
“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker look on during the NBA All-Star Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki shoots during the NBA All-Star Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat poses with the trophy after winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Former UCLA Bruin Jason Kapono, now of the Miami Heat, watches as the ball drops in the basket and he wins the three-point competition. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Former Philadelphia 76ers player Julius (Dr. J) Erving waves to the crowd as former Atlanta Hawks foreward Dominique Wilkins and former Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan look on before the NBA All-Star slam-dunk competition. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)
Defending champion Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks participates in the Sprite Slam Dunk Competition. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Boston Celtics Gerald Green jumps over competitor Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks during the the slam dunk contest. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Boston Celtics’ Gerald Green, left, and his teammate Paul Pierce celebrate after Green won the slam dunk contest. (Jae C. Hong / AP)