The First 24 Hours: NBA All-Star Weekend Photos

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Hitting up the All-Star Weekend is a double-edged sword. You constantly work, spend late nights in media rooms and feel like a single wildebeest in a stampede of thousands at the media-infested player availabilities. But in the end, you’re hanging around the 24 or so best basketball players in the world. It’s one thing to hit up a credentialed Knicks game or Celtics game. It’s another level to see the game’s biggest stars together. For one, it gives you perspective.

An example: my eyes received confirmation today that Kevin Durant is taller than both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, but Marc Gasol towers over all of them. And I saw Carmelo Anthony make five of six from half-court during practice today in one of those “This isn’t fair that it’s so easy for him” moments. It’s been one long party (and I’m not even talking about the actual parties). Everyone is in a festive mood. Even when LeBron refused to do shout-outs to his overseas fans, everyone quickly forgot about it 15 seconds later.

One-on-one time with the stars is out of the question with literally hundreds of media folks. But pictures aren’t.

Here are photos from the first 24 hours or so of the 2012 All-Star Weekend in Orlando.

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LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons (photo. Sean Sweeney)

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Steve Nash

Steve Nash (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Craig Sager

Craig Sager (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Tony Parker

Tony Parker (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Sean Sweeney)

West All-Star Practice

West All-Star Practice (photo. Sean Sweeney)

West All-Star Practice

West All-Star Practice (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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West All-Star Practice

West All-Star Practice (photo. Sean Sweeney)

West All-Star Practice

West All-Star Practice (photo. Sean Sweeney)

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Sean Sweeney)

West All-Stars

West All-Stars (photo. Sean Sweeney)

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