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All-Stars share busy weekend with their kids
Saturday - 2/16/2013, 10:20pm EST
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) -- Many of the fathers in this year's crop of All-Stars brought their children along as they moved through Saturday's jam-packed schedule.
Several members of both teams had their sons and daughters with them as they met with the media before practice for Sunday night's game.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, with his young son Kiyan on his lap, lit up when asked what it meant for him to share this weekend with his boy.
"This is for him," he said. "We do this for our kids and our family. Of course we enjoy it, but we want them to enjoy it. That's why we bring them up here and try to do as much as possible with them. This is something that they'll never forget."
Kiyan, who wore a Knicks shirt and oversized baseball cap with the word "EAST" on it, was quiet the entire time Anthony spoke.
"He's going to talk about it later on," Anthony said, nudging the boy. "He's shy right now. He loves basketball. He can name all these players and their stats, what they do."
Kiyan finally broke his silence when asked to reveal his favorite player besides his father.
He paused for a couple of seconds before quietly saying "LeBron," and smiling to reveal a grin that was missing its two front teeth.
Some of the kids at the event weren't as patient as Kiyan. The son of Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul let his father know when he was ready to go.
"Daddy, we're done," the boy exclaimed near the end of the interview.
Paul talked for another minute or so while the boy went back behind the curtain, then returned and threw his credential down.
Even if he wasn't on his best behavior, Paul couldn't imagine not bringing him to All-Star weekend.
"I try to take my son everywhere," Paul said. "We just got off a 15-day road trip and I ain't seen my son for two weeks. I wasn't going anywhere without him."
Tyson Chandler, who also plays for the Knicks, had his young son sitting on his lap during interviews. He knows this is a great opportunity to build lasting memories.
"They'll be able to see pictures of this as they get older and really look back and see a lot of the stars of our generation," Chandler said. "They'll be in a picture with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Carmelo and it's just fun."
In his 12th NBA season, Chandler is thrilled to be an All-Star for the first time, but participating in the game takes away from time he normally spends with his family. So he knew his son had to be here this weekend.
"Being a father to me is the most important job in the world," he said, beaming at his son. "It's way more important than anything we can do on the basketball court. This is going to shape someone that's going to eventually get out into society. So I take that to heart. That's the ultimate thing in life."
Most of the players who brought children on Saturday were joined by their sons, but Kobe Bryant brought his daughters.
One of them had a great view of a half-court shooting contest at the end of Saturday's practice as she sat on Bryant's shoulders to check things out.
YOUNG STAR: At just 22, Jrue Holiday is the youngest player in 76ers history to make it to the All-Star game. Fellow All-Star Tim Duncan was 14 years old when Holiday was born in 1990.
On Saturday, Holiday was still getting used to the fact that he'll be playing with so many guys that he watched in his childhood.
"Growing up trying to be like a player and then next thing you know you're in one of the biggest games of the year playing with them or against them," he said. "It's cool. It's exciting, but at the same time it is a little weird."
Holiday has fond memories of watching the All-Star game and dunk competitions as a child and going out to the court to try and replicate the plays those stars made.
He's hoping he can create similar memories for kids watching this year's game.
"Hopefully tomorrow I'll try to make a memorable play and they'll try to mimic me," he said. "That would be awesome. Hopefully I can make a permanent All-Star highlight that will stand for the rest of my life."