Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas on Thursday (June 9, 2011). Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pau Gasol, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers, and LeBron James, of the Miami Heat, fight for a rebound during the NBA All-Star Game Sunday. TV ratings for the game were the highest since 2003. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Former NBA star Manute Bol, shown speaking at a March 2006 Sudan Freedom Walk rally in Philadelphia, played 10 seasons in the NBA and later founded a humanitarian group that promotes reconciliation in Sudan. He died Saturday at a Virginia hospital at age 47. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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