Some locals are calling Sunday’s All-Star game the biggest event ever to hit Las Vegas, and the players realize they are only a small part of that. “I think this weekend is bringing the excitement back, and Las Vegas is the reason,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. The casinos were packed, traffic on the Strip slowed and brokers were asking thousands of dollars in anticipation of the first All-Star game held outside an NBA city. “I think it’s a good match,” Bryant said. “Basketball is the greatest show in the world. Everybody loves watching, and what better place to have a great show than Las Vegas?” Pippen to return? There was all the usual Las Vegas talk Friday about gambling and sex. As far as the basketball, the best of that came from Scottie Pippen, who let it be known he’s looking for a job in the NBA – as a player. Pippen is tired of retirement. He wants to return to the NBA for a chance to win his seventh championship ring. With most of the league’s stars and decision-makers gathering at the All-Star weekend festivities in Las Vegas, the 41-year-old Pippen announced he’s hoping for a late-season return to a contending team – preferably in a warm-weather city – nearly 2 years after he left the league. Kidd allegations Jason Kidd’s estranged wife has charged that the New Jersey Nets’ star physically abused her and cheated on her throughout their 10-year marriage. In responding to divorce papers Jason Kidd filed last month, Joumana Kidd asserted that her husband’s “numerous liaisons and perpetual physical and emotional abuse” led to the breakdown of their marriage. Jason Kidd’s lawyer, though, said Friday that the “bizarre allegations will be proven false.” Jackson on list Phil Jackson, Chris Mullin and Dick Vitale led the list of 15 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday. They were joined by former players Adrian Dantley and Richie Guerin; coaches Roy Williams, Eddie Sutton and Bob Hurley, Sr.; owner Bill Davidson; and the 1966 Texas Western NCAA championship team. Referee Mendy Rudolph, Yugoslavian coach Mirko Novosel, Spanish coach Pedro Ferrandiz and former U.S. women’s basketball coaches Van Chancellor and Harley Redin also were selected by the four screening committees that nominate finalists. Sophomores on top The NBA’s leading shooter had a field day in a game with no defense. New York forward David Lee was 14-for-14 from the field and scored 30 points, leading the sophomores to a 155-114 victory over the rookies in the rookie challenge. Monta Ellis of Golden State added 28 points on a number of dunks as the sophomores set a game scoring record, surpassing the 142 points they scored in 2004. They shot 74.7 percent (68-of-91) and have won the last five games. Lee, who leads the NBA in field-goal percentage at 61.2 percent, was voted the game’s MVP. Chris Paul, the reigning Rookie of the Year, added 16 points, 17 assists and nine steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was a strange start to the most unusual All-Star weekend in NBA history, where the best kind of veteran knowledge was how to handle one of the many temptations this gambling mecca has to offer. “I just know don’t hit on 17,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said.