NBA All-Star parties hit by economy

The Boston Globe (Marc Spears) reports: Because of the trying economy, All-Star weekend isn’t expected to include as many lavish parties as in the past. Among those canceled is ESPN’s bowling party, Zo & Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge, and the Nike party. TNT analyst Kenny Smith’s annual charity party Feb. 13 will still take place, but on a smaller scale. The NBA Players Association Gala, considered the weekend’s top party since all the players stop by, will rely more on DJ music than live acts, end an hour earlier than normal, and have fewer invitees. At the event, the Players Association will present Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, and Adonal Foyle with community contribution awards.

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