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viernes, 6 de febrero de 2015

Listos los participantes para las competencias del NBA All-Star Weekend en New York


















2015 ALL-STARS BOSH, CURRY, DAVIS AND WESTBROOK HEADLINE DEGREE® SHOOTING STARS

Hall of Famers Pippen, Wilkins Among Legends Participating

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 – NBA All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the list of participants for the 2015 Degree® Shooting Stars, taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 14.

TNT will exclusively televise the Degree® Shooting Stars, which features four teams composed of one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend competing in a two-round, timed shooting competition.

Bosh, an All-Star for the 10th consecutive season, is joined on one team by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, who ranks 12th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, and four-time WNBA All-Star Swin Cash of the New York Liberty. Bosh, Wilkins and Cash are seeking their third consecutive Shooting Stars title.

Curry, who is making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, will compete for the second year in a row with his father, Dell Curry, who played 16 seasons in the NBA and won the league’s Sixth Man Award in 1994. Eight-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm joins the father/son tandem. Stephen Curry, the top vote-getter in NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint, will also participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.

Davis, a two-time All-Star who leads the NBA in blocks  and ranks among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, teams with six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and two-time WNBA All-Star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.

Westbrook, a four-time NBA All-Star, will be on a team with two-time All-NBA First Team selection Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, as well as Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, a nine-time WNBA All-Star and five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.

The Degree® Shooting Stars includes four numbered shooting locations of increasing distance, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. All four teams will compete in the first round, and the two teams with the fastest times advance to the championship round. The team that finishes all four shots in the least amount of time in the championship round will be declared the winner. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.


2015 Degree® Shooting Stars

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th straight year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, both airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

2015 DEGREE® SHOOTING STARS PARTICIPANTS
Team Bosh: Chris Bosh (Mia); Dominique Wilkins (Legend); Swin Cash (New York Liberty)
Team Curry: Stephen Curry (GS); Dell Curry (Legend); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Team Davis: Anthony Davis (NO); Scottie Pippen (Legend); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook (OKC); Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (Legend); Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)


WARRIORS’ CURRY AND THOMPSON AMONG FOUR ALL-STARS TO COMPETE IN 2015 FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST

 All-Stars Harden and Irving, Percentage-Leader Korver, ‘14 Winner Belinelli Add to Prolific Field

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, the record-setting duo known as the “Splash Brothers” for their long-distance prowess, fellow All-Stars James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the player on pace for a historic shooting season, Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks, will showcase their range in the 2015 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The eight-player field also features defending champion Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Wesley Matthews and the Los Angeles Clippers’ J.J. Redick.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which will be exclusively televised by TNT. This marks Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.

Curry, the top vote-getter in NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint, became the fastest player to hit 1,000 three-point field goals in NBA history when, on Jan. 8, he accomplished the feat in his 369th game. He drilled 10 three-pointers in a season-high 51-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 4, becoming the second player in league history (along with J.R. Smith) to have multiple games of at least 10 threes. The sixth-year guard will be competing in his fourth Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and he’ll also participate in the Degree Shooting Stars during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.

Thompson, a first-time All-Star, set an NBA record for most points in a quarter on Jan. 23 against the Sacramento Kings, piling up 37 in the third period of a career-high 52-point barrage that included 11 three-pointers and a league-record nine in one quarter. Curry and Thompson are the only teammates ever to combine for 400 three-pointers in back-to-back seasons.    

Harden, the league’s leading scorer (27 points per game) and the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for both December and January, ranks fifth in both three-pointers made (130) and attempted (336). The All-Star quartet is rounded out by Irving, the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest winner. Irving sank a Cavs-record 11 three-pointers during a career-high 55-point outburst against Portland on Jan. 28, a performance that helped him earn NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

Korver leads the NBA in three-point accuracy at 53.2 percent, and his 53.6 percent shooting through 41 games was the highest mark in league history at the halfway point of the season. Set to make his third appearance in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and first since 2005, Korver is on track to become the first player among qualifiers ever to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Belinelli will defend the crown he won by defeating Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in New Orleans in 2014. Matthews leads the NBA in three-pointers made (151) and attempted (376). The Clippers’ Redick is enjoying a career year from deep, connecting on 43.2 percent and threatening to shatter his previous high of 165 triples in a season (he is currently at 114).

2015 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

In the two-round competition, five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four of the racks contain four orange balls (each worth one point) and one multi-colored “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth rack will be a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five shooting locations. Every ball on this rack will be worth two points. The players have one minute to shoot as many as the 25 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game, set for Sunday, Feb. 15, will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, both airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Below is the lineup for the 2015 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and a list of previous winners:


2015 FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

                                                                                                      *2014-15 season*
Player                                             Pos.     Ht.       Wt.               Made   Att.      %
Marco Belinelli, San Antonio            G          6-5       210               39        102      38.2
Stephen Curry, Golden State              G          6-3       190               147      364      40.4
James Harden, Houston                     G          6-5       220               130      336      38.7
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland                     G          6-3       193               100      245      40.8
Kyle Korver, Atlanta                        G          6-7       212               149      280      53.2
Wesley Matthews, Portland              G          6-5       220               151      376      40.2
J.J. Redick, L.A. Clippers                  G          6-4       190               114      264      43.2
Klay Thompson, Golden State          G          6-7       215               145      325      44.6
                                                        
 (Statistics through games played on Wednesday, Feb. 4)

FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS


1986 - Larry Bird, Boston        1995 - Glen Rice, Miami                       2005 - Quentin Richardson
1987 - Larry Bird, Boston        1996 - Tim Legler, Washington                         2006 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
1988 - Larry Bird, Boston            1997 - Steve Kerr, Chicago                2007 - Jason Kapono, Miami
1989 - Dale Ellis, Seattle              1998 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah               2008 - Jason Kapono, Toronto
1990 - Craig Hodges, Chicago     2000 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah                 2009 - Daequan Cook, Miami
1991 - Craig Hodges, Chicago     2001 - Ray Allen, Milwaukee                  2010 - Paul Pierce, Boston
1992 - Craig Hodges, Chicago     2002 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento         2011 - James Jones, Miami
1993 - Mark Price, Cleveland       2003 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento        2012 - James Jones, Miami
1994 - Mark Price, Cleveland       2004 - Voshon Leonard, Denver             2013 - Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
                                                                                                              2014 - Marco Belinelli, San Antonio

NBA ALL-STARS WALL, LOWRY, BUTLER AND TEAGUE
HIGHLIGHT 2015 TACO BELL
® SKILLS CHALLENGE

Eight-Player Field to Compete in Event’s First Bracket-Style Tournament –

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 – Four guards from the Eastern Conference All-Star team – starters John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, as well as reserves Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks – and defending champion Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz will headline the 2015 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 14.

TNT will exclusively televise the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, which features a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format for the first time. The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Knight and the Phoenix Suns’ Isaiah Thomas complete an eight-player field for the three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.

Wall, who leads the NBA in assists (10.2 apg), will be appearing in the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge for the third time. His first-round opponent will be Thomas, who ranks second in scoring among NBA reserves (15.4 ppg). Wall will also play in his second All-Star Game, on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden, where he will be joined by first-time All-Stars Lowry, Butler and Teague.

Lowry, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December, is matched up in the first round of the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge against Butler, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November. Teague, one of three All-Stars for the East-leading Hawks, faces Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Carter-Williams will also compete in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center, as will Burke, who was part of last year’s winning team in the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge. Burke’s first-round opponent will be Knight, who leads the Bucks in scoring (17.9 ppg) and assists (5.3 apg).
 
The Taco Bell® Skills Challenge format calls for two players to compete simultaneously on an identical course with the fastest finisher reaching the next round. In the first round, the eight players have been paired to participate in four head-to-head competitions. The four winners advance to the second round, where two more head-to-head showdowns will determine the two finalists. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.

As part of this year’s Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, four lucky teens will be paired with the NBA participants. Through the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, $120,000 will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in support of educational scholarships and teen empowerment. Each teen participating in the Challenge will receive educational scholarships between $10,000 and $30,000.

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2015 TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Below is the roster for the 2015 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, the bracket and a list of previous winners:

2015 TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

        Participant, Team                                                       Pos.      Ht. Wt.
                   Trey Burke, Utah Jazz                                                            G          6-1       185
                   Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls                                                   G/F      6-7        220
                   Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers                           G         6-6        190
                   Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks                                         G         6-3        189
                   Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors                                                  G         6-0        205
                   Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks                                                     G         6-2        181   
                   Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix Suns                                                  G         5-9        185
                   John Wall, Washington Wizards                                             G         6-4        195      



2015 TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE

TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE WINNERS
2003 – Jason Kidd, New Jersey
2004 – Baron Davis, New Orleans
2005 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2006 – Dwyane Wade, Miami
2007 – Dwyane Wade, Miami
2008 – Deron Williams, Utah
2009 – Derrick Rose, Chicago
2010 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2011 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
2012 – Tony Parker, San Antonio
2013 – Damian Lillard, Portland
2014 – Trey Burke, Utah and Damian Lillard, Portland











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