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NBA's biggest stars set for All-Star Saturday competitions

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, shoots over Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA's best players have arrived in Hollywood for a star-studded All-Star weekend.

None of those stars currently play for the hometown Lakers or Clippers, and that dearth will be discussed when basketball's best get together Saturday for practice.

LeBron James is likely to be asked plenty of media questions about his interest in joining the Lakers, who have cleared salary cap space for two superstars this summer.

Paul George, the Oklahoma City All-Star, is from nearby Palmdale, California. He has a well-known love for the Lakers.

The All-Star game also has a big new wrinkle this season: Captains Stephen Curry and James picked their own teams. That draft wasn't televised, and some stars could have a few good-natured questions about the process. A few hours later Klay Thompson gets warmed up for the three-point competition and Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell sets his sights on the dunk contest.

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