The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game

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TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):


11:35 a.m.

The Eastern Conference All-Star practice has started.

Injured All-Stars Chris Bosh and Jimmy Butler are with the East team, and both gave interviews that were shown on video screens during the practice. Bosh says he's excited to see Toronto host the All-Star Game - he spent his first seven NBA seasons in the city - and Butler revealed that he's a big Taylor Swift fan.

Suffice to say, it isn't the most competitive practice.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is watching from a courtside seat, raving about the quality and variety of culinary options in Toronto. And the Raptors' All-Star duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan addressed the crowd before the practice began.

Last-minute All-Star replacement Al Horford also talked to the crowd, saying he's looking forward to having ''fun with the best players in the league.''

Up next: The Western Conference practice.

- Tim Reynolds


11:05 a.m.

Better late than never: Atlanta's Al Horford has arrived at All-Star weekend.

Horford was selected Friday as the replacement for Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, who pulled out with a strained right calf. Horford was vacationing in the Caribbean when the NBA called, packed up quickly and arrived in Toronto late Friday night.

Here's hoping he had sweaters with him: Temperatures in Toronto are likely to stay below zero all day Saturday, though as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, ''I'm told the game will be played indoors.''

Horford will practice with the East squad and take part in team meetings Saturday, then come off the bench in Sunday night's All-Star contest.

- Tim Reynolds


10:30 a.m.

Kobe Bryant has gotten one impressive retirement gift from Michael Jordan.

The Jordan Brand gave Bryant a full set of the sneakers released so far in the Air Jordan line - 30 pairs in all. The gift was presented early Saturday at the Jordan Brand All-Star party, which Bryant attended.

Jordan Brand President Larry Miller says the gift was presented ''to honor one of the game's great players and the legacy that he created.''

Bryant is an 18-time All-Star who is retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers when this season ends. He got the Jordan set in white; the company made an alternate full black set in Bryant's size 14, and they're being auctioned off on eBay for charity. The auction starts Saturday at noon Eastern, ending Sunday at the same time.

- Tim Reynolds


A year after Stephen Curry had a record 27 points in the final round of the 3-point contest to beat Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, the latter is coming in with confidence on All-Star Saturday.

Thompson knows how good Curry is, so he couldn't have been terribly surprised when he was told during NBA All-Star player interviews that ''everyone'' thinks Curry is going to win the 3-point contest Saturday night.

It's not bothering Thompson, though. He says he's happy to ''play the underdog for a night.''

A heavy underdog, at least according to one betting site. Curry was made a 10 to 11 favorite Friday by Bovada, meaning an $11 wager would only pay $10. Kobe Bryant also picked Curry when asked.

The 3-point contest takes place between the Skills Challenge and slam dunk contest, but it may be the main event with the Splash Brothers from the NBA champions leading the field.

- Brian Mahoney