LeBron James hopes he'll be in All-Star Game in New York
NEW ORLEANS - LeBron James already is looking forward to next year's All-Star Game.
James, showing some rare humility, said he hopes he makes the All-Star team in 2015 because he wants to experience that weekend in New York. The Friday and Saturday events will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the game on Sunday will be at Madison Square Garden.
"I think that is going to be amazing,'' James said. "The city of New York, it will be my first time being there All-Star Weekend. Having the All-Star Game Sunday -- if I'm fortunate enough to make it -- in the Garden, the All-Star Game? Wow. That's going to be big time. That might be my favorite. That might be my favorite.''
A two-time All-Star MVP, James played in his 10th All-Star Game Sunday night.
Kobe's Mt. Rushmore
Kobe Bryant, who was born in Italy, was asked which players would be on his basketball Mount Rushmore. He said, "You got to understand I'm an Italian kid, so I don't even know how many presidents are on Mount Rushmore.''
After being told four, Bryant picked Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell.
This became a topic after James was asked about it by NBA TV and selected Jordan, Johnson, Bird and Oscar Robertson.
Bryant was voted an All-Star starter but couldn't play because of a knee injury. Houston's James Harden replaced him in the starting lineup.
New NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is considering adding a couple of days to the All-Star break to give the players involved in All-Star Weekend some time off.
"That's something I've heard directly from the players on,'' Silver said. "That will require us to push back the season a few days. So we'll continue to look at it.''
Silver said expansion -- international or domestic -- is not high on his list of priorities right now.
"I want to ensure that we have a healthy 30-team league,'' he said. "We still don't have a league that has 30 teams that are financially viable. I think we can do a better job on the competitive front as well. I would like a harder system to distribute players better.''