NBA All-Star Eye Candy 2009

NBA All Star 2009
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 12, 2009

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Age: 26
Team: San Antonio Spurs
Position: Guard
Sign: Taurus
Rap Attack: In 2007, pretty boy Parker released a French rap album, titled “Top of the Game.”.

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Age: 28
Team: New Orleans Hornets
Position: Forward
Sign: Virgo
West Knows Best: Fellow Hornets guard Chris Paul cites West as the smartest player on the entire Hornets team.

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Age: 31
Team: Boston Celtics
Position: Forward
Sign: Libra
The Truth Hurts: This resilient forward was given the nickname “The Truth” by fellow NBA baller Shaquille O’Neal.

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Age: 33
Team: Boston Celtics
Position: Guard
Sign: Cancer
Reel Appeal: A baller turned actor, Ray Allen, who starred in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” with Denzel Washington in 1998, says his favorite movie is “Schindler’s List”.

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Age: 32
Team: San Antonio Spurs
Position: Forward
Sign: Taurus
Late Bloomer: The St. Croix native admits he didn’t pick up a basketball until he was 14 years old.

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Age: 30
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Position: Guard
Sign: Virgo
Ciao Bella: Bryant, who speaks fluent Italian, took singer Brandy to his high school’s senior prom.

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Age: 27
Team: Orlando Magic
Position: Guard
Sign: Aquarius
Brave Heart: The St. Joseph’s University alum has several tattoos, including one on his arm that reads, “Accomplish Everything Without Fear.”

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Age: 27
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Position: Guard
Sign: Cancer
Big Shoes To Fill: The 6’7" b-ball star wears a size 16 shoe!

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Age: 25
Team: Indiana Pacers
Position: Guard-Forward
Sign: Taurus
All in the Family: Granger is the great-nephew of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson.

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Age: 24
Team: Toronto Raptors
Position: Forward
Sign: Aries
Teacher’s Pet: In high school, this Dallas, Texas, native was a member of National Society of Black Engineers and studied graphic design and computer imaging at Georgia Tech.

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Age: 25
Team: NJ Nets
Position: Guard
Sign: Pisces
Sneaker Freak: When he’s not playing ball, Harris is building his sneaker collection in which he has over 400 pairs.

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Age: 29
Team: Orlando Magic
Position: Forward
Sign: Leo
The Namesake: Lewis’s mother named him after former NFL great and sports commentator Ahmad Rashad.

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Age: 24
Team: Portland Trail Blazer
Position: Guard
Sign: Leo
B Roy Stance: This speedy baller is known simply as “B Roy” to many of his basketball compadres.

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Age: 24
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Position: Forward
Sign: Capricorn
Any Given Sunday: A true sports fiend, James confesses to being a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Age: 26
Team: Phoenix Suns
Sign: Scorpio
Position: Power Forward

International Difference:
In 2008, the strong power forward traveled to Sierra Leone to build water wells, along with the Zee Community Development Foundation.

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Age: 32
Team: Boston Celtics
Sign: Taurus
Position: Power Forward
Fast Start: Garnett jumped directly from high school to play with the big shots. The huge transition obviously paid off for K.G., who won his first NBA championship last season.

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Age: 23
Team: Orlando Magic
Sign: Sagittarius
Position: Center
A Man of Faith: The talented center wants to spread the message of the Gospel to the world and isn’t afraid to say that his skills are a blessing from the Almighty.

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Th Hall of Famer and two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP celebrates his birthday June 7.

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Age:23
Team: New Orleans Hornets
Sign: Taurus
Position: Point Guard
The Trendsetter: Let Chris Paul tell it, a down vest is one piece of winter wear no man should ever be without.

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Age: 27
Team: Miami Heat
Sign: Capricorn
Position: Guard
Big Giver: Wade presented a South Florida family a new home, after hearing about a fire destroying all their belongings a few days before Christmas. The player also furnished the house and bought gifts for everyone.

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