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NBA stars look forward to great time in New Orleans

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Miami Heat's LeBron James speaks to local and international media at Hyatt Hotel. Miami Heat's LeBron James speaks to local and international media at Hyatt Hotel.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - If you brave the traffic downtown and around the French Quarter,  you're likely to get a glimpse of some NBA stars in town this weekend for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, dozens of standout players took questions from journalists, both local and international, as part of All-Star Media Day.

"It's great being here, man, and you know to see all your fellow guys around the league, both east and west," said Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

L.A. Clippers point guard Chris Paul had his young son on his lap as he answered questions. When asked how he felt experiencing the festivities with his son, Paul replied,"Nothing like it, nothing like it. It's one of those things where hopefully, God willing, if I continue to be an All Star it will be something that me and him can share every year."

When Paul was playing in New Orleans, the city's NBA team was still known as the New Orleans Hornets. The team has since been renamed the Pelicans.

Paul said he is looking forward to revisiting some familiar places while in town.

"One of the biggest things that I want to make sure I get to do is go to church, my church home is here, Pastor Sam Blakes - and Port of Call," said Paul.

His teammate, Blake Griffin, is looking forward to a great time in the city.

"For fun, there's a lot of events, I gotta go to some events tonight. On Saturday night I normally take my family out - I'm not sure of what restaurant yet," said Griffin.

The local food is always a hit, they said.

"I had a gumbo actually last night at room service. It was actually pretty decent, I mean I had to try it, no, but we're obviously in the west, so we come to New Orleans all the time," said Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki.

Across town in the French Quarter Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed autographs at the Addidas store.

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