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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

Al Jefferson

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

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On Thursday, LeBron James will be sporting more on his head than his usual headband. Because of the broken nose he suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder, James will wear a protective face mask against the New York Knicks. Of course, this won't be the first time he has played in such a thing. He also donned one in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also is far from the only NBA All-Star to wear a mask. Over the years, numerous big names have put these on their heads in games. We picked out 10 from the 1990s until now. Who wears it best?

Rank' Em: NBA's Masked Men

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Worn: 2012

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Worn: Most of career

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Worn: 2012

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Worn: 2004

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Worn: 2013

LeBron James

LeBron James

Worn: 2005

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

Worn: 2005

Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer

Worn: 1990-92

Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

Worn: 1998

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

Worn: 1994

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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

  • How much of NBA All-Star Weekend did you watch?

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  • Who was your All-Star Game MVP?

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  • Was John Wall the right choice as dunk contest winner?

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  • What is your favorite part of NBA All-Star Weekend?

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  • Should the NBA attach stakes to the All-Star Game a la MLB and World Series home-field advantage?

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  • Which league has the best All-Star Game?

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Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters

It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!

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  • Who should start the All-Star Game in Kobe Bryant's absence?

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  • Which first-time starter will have the best NBA career?

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  • In general, what grade would you give the fans in selecting the 2014 All-Star Game starters?

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