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Rising Stars Gamethread starring Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller is representing the Charlotte Hornets in tonight's Rising Stars Challenge.

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Happy All Star Weekend everybody! This part of the NBA season is always fun, and something the fans should have fun with as well. Forget about the snubs, or how the games don't really matter, because that's not the point of this weekend. What's most important is that everybody goes out and has a good time.

Tonight, we kick (tip?) things off with the Rising Stars Challenge! Changing things up this year is the NBA has done away with rookies vs sophomores, east vs west, or fantasy team vs fantasy team. The event is now USA vs the World. Personally I think this is the best change to the game yet and we have a real chance for some competitive basketball tonight. This isn't just an exhibition, national pride is on the line for both sides, and nobody wants to be embarrassed.

But that's not why you're here. Everybody in this Gamethread is here to watch Cody Zeller dunk on fools, grab rebounds, and fire up mid range jumpshots! Okay maybe not that last part but roll with me here.

So relax, have a drink, watch Zeller, and lets all have fun tonight.