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John Dickinson

Field reporter and Bay Area Radio veteran John Dickinson joined 95.7 The Game from the beginning. You can hear John's reports weekdays on 95.7 The GAME and hosting select shows on the weekend including "NBA This Week" with Matt Steinmetz. Catch John throughout the day on 95.7 The Game as he takes you inside the lockeroom and behind the scenes with his detailed, knowledgable and passionate approach to covering the teams you love.

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FIVE THINGS I'D LIKE TO SEE IN TONIGHT'S ALL-STAR GAME

1) More energy and a higher quality product than we saw on Saturday night. The skills challenge, three-point and dunk contests were a dud. The crowd was late arriving, they were lifeless and the actual events left little reason for anyone to cheer. Some semblance of competitive spirit along with the show that is the All-Star Game would be welcome. Nobody is expecting anything more than the usual glorified pickup game but a modicum of execution and passion while casting off 27 foot threes and throwing lobs to each other would be appreciated.

2) KD and Russ hug it out. There's nothing more I'd like to see than Russell Westbrook have a 2-on-1 fast break with Kevin Durant and for Russ to throw a perfect lob to KD for a dunk and then have the two smile and high-five as they run back up the floor. Now we all know this isn't going to happen and it's probably more likely Westbrook would put his head down in that situation and drive to the cup for a layup and then scowl heading back up the floor but a guy can dream right? And I also know I'm in the minority on this one and most Warriors fans would love to see Westbrook tormented and forced to play with the other four Warriors in the game. Regardless every move of KD and Russ will be monitored more closely than the game itself.

3) The four Warriors play with DeMarcus Cousins. So much has been made of who will be the fifth player Steve Kerr rolls out with the four Warriors All-Stars. Most want it to be Russell Westbrook. Others seemingly want hometown favorite Anthony Davis to get the nod. My vote goes to DeMarcus Cousins. The brut force in the post and exceptional skill Cousins plays with is the perfect offensive compliment to the other four. And this game is about offense. Plus, I always feel bad for Boogie in these situations where he's surrounded by the games other greats. He gets a taste of what it could be like to play with players on his level and then has to head back to the 37 win ceiling they call Sacramento. Let Boogie be the fifth star in Northern California's Top 5.

4) Anthony Davis play well. This is an easy one. The Pelicans are going nowhere. They have Anthony Davis and a lot to figure out around him. Him having a big game and potentially being in the MVP conversation would add to the vibe in the arena for the win starved Pelicans fans who lacked any semblance of energy on Saturday night. Keep them engaged and I think the game will feel bigger.

5) A Curry flurry. This is probably the next best way to bring the crowd to life tonight. Have Stephen Curry go off from deep. I'm thinking 3-4-5 straight from 25 feet or more, maybe with one close to half court to close a quarter or half. Nothing gets fans going in any arena in the country like Curry putting on a shooting exhibition like no one else can.

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JD'S ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT PICKS

All-Star Saturday Night is moments from tipping off in New Orleans. Here are my picks for tonight's events.

SKILLS CHALLENGE
Isaiah Thomas - Boston Celtics
This event was built for him although I think it would be fun if one of the big men (DeMarcus Cousins or Nikola Jokic) took home the crown.

THREE POINT CONTEST
Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors
We're looking at a repeat win for Klay Thompson who I think will be challenged by Kyrie Irving and belive it or not, Nick Young.

SLAM DUNK
Derrick Jones Jr. - Phoenix Suns
I'm buying into the hype for the young fella who is splitting time between the Phoenix Suns and the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA D-League.
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NBA THIS WEEK RUNDOWN FROM NEW ORLEANS

Ever wonder what a radio show rundown looks like? Here's the guideline used by me and Matt Steinmetz for "NBA This Week" this morning as I broadcast live from All-Star Weekend in New Orleans with Matt back in our San Francisco studios.

You can see we like to keep it simple. You can also follow along at home and find out how much of it gets thrown out the window or rearranged as the show finds it's natural flow.

(09:00) OPEN & INTRO

— JD in New Orleans — Matt in San Francisco

— Warriors w/a massive presence at All-Star Weekend and deservedly so

— Biggest topic from "Media Day" still Durant and Westbrook

— Russ invokes fashion… KD didn't want to talk about it… Curry thinks it's overblown…

— Thoughts on KD's return to OKC (First time we've been on together since that game)

— Klay Thompson in 3-point contest

— Kerr will play the 4 Warriors together… Who will be the 5th? Won't be Westbrook…

— Audio Cuts From "Media Day" on Friday

— Warriors at the All-Star Break vs. the rest of the league

(09:30) ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

— Skills Challenge: Cousins, Brow, Thomas, Porzingis, Hayward, Booker, Wall, Jokic (for Embiid)

— 3-Point: Klay, Kyrie, Kemba, CJ, Eric Gordon, Lowry, Nick Young, Wes Matthews

— Dunk Contest: Gordon, Jordan, Jones, Robinson

(09:45) UP & DOWN

WSH: W4 & 11/12, also 18-3 in last 21

— SAC: 5/7 into break, just 1.5 back of DEN

— POR: L3 & 5/6 into break

— LAC: W4 back in 4th in West at 35-21

— Cleveland, Boston, Memphis, Spurs

(10:00) TIM BONTEMPS - WASHINGTON POST

— Thoughts on KD/Russ — Trade Deadline Thursday

— Biggest name that gets moved?

— Pistons talking Reggie Jackson trade

— Portland flops Plumlee for Nurkic

(10:30) HALL OF FAME FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

— Candidates include Tracy McGrady & Chris Webber among others

(10:45) SEAN KELLEY - PELICANS RADIO BROADCASTER

— New Orleans hosting All-Star Game for 3rd time in 10 years

— 2008, 2014, 2017

— Pelicans still have Anthony Davis and not much else

(11:00) LANG WHITAKER (NBA TV | NBA.COM)

— Wrote a tremendous piece about the history and data of 3-point contest

(11:30) SEAN DEVENEY - SPORTING NEWS

— Worked out w/Joel Embiid in New Orleans

— NBA Headlines — Thoughts on All-Star Weekend

(11:45) FAST BREAK & WRAP-UP

— Picks for Saturday night's Festivities

— Warriors back at practice Wednesday

— Clippers at Oracle on Thursday Night

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JD'S FIVE THINGS FROM FRIDAY: NBA ALL-STAR EDITION

NBA: All Star Press Conference

With the festivities tipping off in New Orleans for NBA-All Star Weekend, players and coaches from each side met with the media Friday.

Here are my 5 takeaways from today's session:


1) The Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant perceived feud questions will not go away which led to Westbrook flipping the script on reporters who asked about him sharing a locker room with the four Warriors All-Stars or seeing playing time with his former teammate in Sunday's game. In response, Westbrook began asking reporters if they'd been watching "Fashion Week" or what their favorite clothing brand happens to be.

2) Stephen Curry thinks some of the Durant/Westbrook hype is "overblown" with Curry adding every All-Star is celebrating being in the game and that in the locker room it will be business as usual and all the players will have fun playing together on the same team.

3) Steve Kerr is the perfect coach to help Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook mend their relationship if it needs mending. Kerr always seems to say the right thing in the right moment and did so again Friday when asked about KD/Russ. Kerr said he's, "just going to try and create a comfortable environment for the players." If anyone could, Kerr could get the two together to hug it out privately to help move their relationship forward.

4) Klay Thompson is ready to defend his 3-point shootout title. Whether it's Draymond Green joking that Klay takes the contest "very seriously" or Thompson saying he feels little pressure participating in the event, he appears to be ready to roll in stating with his usual deadpan delivery, "It's just you, 20,000 people and five racks of balls."

5) DeMarcus Cousins needs another All-Star. Yes, Sacramento is fighting for a playoff spot which may only require them to win 36 games or so to accomplish but seeing Cousins surrounded by other players of his caliber goes to show just how far the Kings still have to go to be real contenders and just how much he is the difference between the Kings being a mid 30's win team vs. being a low 20's win team.
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OFF TO NEW ORLEANS FOR ALL-STAR WEEKEND

It's an absolute pleasure to be heading to New Orleans to cover All-Star Weekend for the station. With the Warriors having four All-Stars and their entire coaching staff representing the Western Conference, it will be a weekend Dubs fans will remember for quite awhile.

I will be at the media interview sessions, the Rising Stars Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night and the All-Star Game itself on Sunday night and broadcasting "NBA This Week" from "The Big Easy" Saturday morning with Matt Steinmetz from 9am-Noon.

I will be sending back the best audio & video from all the events as well as blogging here. Looking forward to an incredible weekend of hoops only All-Star Weekend can provide combined with the culture only New Orleans can provide.

Here's a list of times my live reports with shows will air on 95.7 The Game from the All-Star festivities on Friday:


JOE, LO & DIBS
6:30am

JT THE BRICK
11:10am

THE AFTERNOON DELIGHT w/GREG PAPA
2:00pm

THE DAMON BRUCE SHOW
5:00pm
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