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NBA All-Star voting open — you can do it on twitter, Facebook

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We’re still a long way from voting for president on twitter — but do you really want all your friends to see you tried to write in Donald Trump?

However, now you can now vote for NBA All-Stars on twitter — so your friends can all see you chose Kirk Hinrich to start at guard for the East. Then they will deny they know you.

NBA All-Star voting is now open. As in years past that can be done at NBA games on the old-school paper ballots, and online at

But voting via social media such as Facebook and twitter is new and starts this year, the league announced.

On twitter fans can vote for one player each day (voting is open for a couple months). All you have to do is tweet the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT.

The NBA has put together a customized Facebook application that allows you to vote for a full roster — three frontcourt and two backcourt players. Then if you want you can share your ballot with the people you couldn’t care less if you ever saw again from high school but you’re friends with on the site.

Voting runs through Jan 14. The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Orlando. There are 60 players from each conference on the ballot (on twitter you can vote easily for people not on the ballot). The fans will choose the five starters for each conference, the coaches choose the reserves.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.


Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.