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Thursday / January 17.
  • The NBA announced today that the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.  The team rosters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed during a special NBA All-Star Draft Show, which will be followed by an extended version of the TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pregame show.

    The two NBA All-Star Game team captains will draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.  More details about the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.

    The NBA also announced today the third fan returns of NBA All-StarVoting 2019 presented byGoogle.  TheLos AngelesLakers’ LeBron James continues to lead the Western Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remains on top in the Eastern Conference.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    In an appearance Wednesday on ESPN’s “Get Up,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes was “mocking” his coaching staff after their recent game, and that other coaches are “threatened” by him because he became the Memphis head coach without any prior college coaching experience.

    “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Coach Rick Barnes,” Hardaway told Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg. “We had a situation here in Memphis with a rivalry game. You know it’s going to be heated…You know that what you get into that game it’s going to be hot tempers and a lot of competitiveness.

    “And after the game I didn’t feel like he gave my team a clear understanding of what we were trying to do. He was kind of mocking the NBA and our coaching staff and I really didn’t like that. I have the utmost respect for him but I couldn’t let him do by team like that.”