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Sprite Slam Dunk Contest - Battle of the Conferences

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The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will see some rule changes this year in a way that will see superstars from different conferences face off to decide which is the better dunking Conference, the East or the West.

Star names from around the NBA will compete for their respective Conference and these include All-Star caliber captains Paul George and Stephen Curry.

In a bid to regain the glory days of the Dunk contest, when it was a huge honor to take home the dunking title, the NBA has decided to collide conferences in a dunk-off over two rounds to reignite the competition of old.

Competing for the East will be team captain Paul George, alongside 2013 slam dunk champion Terrence Ross and Wizards point guard John Wall.

Whilst the participants for the West include Harrison Barnes of the Warriors, rookie shooting guard Ben McLemore and All-Star point guard Damian Lillard who will be having a very busy All-Star weekend, as he's confirmed to partake in four events.

For the first time in the competition's history they will be no individual winner, but instead the conference will be crowned the champion. Here is the complete set of rules for the contest - Dunk Contest rules.

Other areas of All-Star weekend will see a makeover too, the three point contest in particular is having one alteration of a complete rack of 'Money-Balls'.

Previously in the competition's history, there would be a singular money ball on the end of each rack which earns two points rather than just the one a normal basketball would.

But in this year's Foot-Locker three point contest the chance offered to score 10 points on the final rack could see some historic numbers this year.

Each conference will be competing for charity, it will see a huge total of $500,000 being donated by the end of competitions.

It is a mouth-watering affair with some of the most gifted athletes in the world showcasing extraordinary human talents and the changes made this year only look to enhance one of the most exciting events of the yearly sporting calendar.

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