Ah, it's that time of year again. The smell of flowers is in the air as thousands of lovestruck couples from around the nation bust open their bank accounts, put on pants for the first time in three weeks and eat an unsavory amount of chocolate.

Years ago, the ancient, all-powerful holiday committee -- which totally exists -- cut a deal between St. Valentine and the basketball gods. Essentially, if this whole cupid nonsense were to continue, it'd have to be immediately accompanied by a weekend revolving around nothing but basketball, booze, pizza and sofas. And so the NBA's All-Star weekend was born.

Now, if you're a Bobcats fan, the love you are beckoning for has yet to come into complete formation. Kemba Walker is returning to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge this year, accompanying rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist making his first appearance. The Bobcats' brightest young stars may not yield the same attachment as, say, a love at first sight, like this year's headliner Damian Lillard, but they do hold something that dupes admirers of both these holidays: potential.

Let's consider last year's roster. Already sporting the sensational, rim-shattering Blake Griffin, it also gave rise to the addition of the NBA's latest cold-blooded assassin, Kyrie Irving. These two can both be penciled in as returning participants in All-Star weekend for the next ten years.