2011 NBA All-Star Saturday Schedule: Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout Headline Events In Los Angeles

NBA All-Star Weekend from Los Angeles rolls on in what many feel is the most entertaining day of the weekend. On Saturday, everything kicks into high gear, as many of the specialty competitions that make the weekend so fun take place. Everything culminates at night with the two biggest events of the weekend outside of the actual game: the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk competition.

Here is a complete schedule of all the events to take place on Saturday:

All-Star Practice And Player Interviews: Don't laugh: this sometimes produces some very hilarious moments. Like four years ago, when Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal engaged in a post-practice dance-off.  What will happen this year? Will there be actual animosity because half of the East team is either from Miami or Boston? (1:30 p.m., NBATV)

D-League All-Star Game: This may be the one event where the players are actually playing their hardest. Everyone is playing for an NBA job, and you can be sure that there will be NBA executives watching. Here's a full list of participants and late replacements. (5 p.m., NBATV)

Commissioner David Stern's press conference: Stern will talk about the state of the league, including, most likely, last night's meeting between the owners and the players' union. It promises to be one of the most revealing Stern press conferences yet. (7 p.m, NBATV)

All-Star Saturday Night Begins With Haier Shooting Stars: Last year, Team Texas, made up of members of organizations relating to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, won the competition. Seems kind of unfair that Texas can engulf so many teams, but it is what it is. This year, they'll defend their title against three other cities, including host Los Angeles. (8:30 p.m., TNT)

Taco Bell Skills Challenge: Chris Paul will go up against a group of young speed demons in John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry. The competition tends to be a dud, so we're watching to see which player colossally screws up. (After the Shooting Stars, TNT)

Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout: Paul Pierce was really excited to win this thing last year, but this year will be a big challenge for him to repeat. He's going up against Dorrel Wright, James Jones, Daniel Gibson, Kevin Durant and ... oh yeah, the GREATEST THREE-POINT SHOOTER OF ALL TIME in Ray Allen. (Sorry, got a little carried away there). (After the Skills Challenge, TNT)

Sprite Slam Dunk competition: Will Blake Griffin take his place alongside Dr. J, Jordan, Dominique and Vinsanity in the pantheon of great Slam Dunk Contest dunkers? Will JaVale McGee pull off the upset or do his best Chris Andersen impersonation? Will DeMar DeRozan atone for for a dreadful performance in 2010? Will Serge Ibaka do anything creative? (After the Three-Point Shootout, TNT)

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