Robinson, Nowitzki, Wade to defend crowns in Vegas

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  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Nate Robinson, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane
    Wade will defend their NBA crowns in Las Vegas.

    The three will highlight the All-Star Saturday card at the
    Thomas & Mack Center on February 17.

    The NBA All-Star game will be played in Las Vegas for the first
    time on February 18.

    Robinson, the 5-9 guard of the New York Knicks, won the Slam
    Dunk Contest as a rookie last season.

    Nowitzki, the 7-foot All-Star forward of the Dallas Mavericks,
    became the tallest winner of the Shootout and Dwyane Wade, the
    All-Star guard of the Miami Heat, won the Skills Challenge last
    year in Houston.

    Robinson got some help from 5-7 Spud Webb, who 26 years ago
    stunned the basketball world by winning the Slam Dunk Contest.
    Standing in the lane, Webb bounced a pass to a charging
    Robinson, who soared over Webb and put down a one-handed hammer
    for a perfect score of 50.

    Robinson and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala totaled 94 points in
    the final round and went to a one-dunk tiebreaker. Robinson
    required a dozen tosses that included three missed dunks before
    finally putting home a dunk that began at halfcourt with an
    underhand toss off the backboard and ended with him putting the
    ball through his legs before the slam.

    Needing a 47 to tie, Iguodala tried a between-the-legs reverse
    along the baseline, missing one before converting. He came up
    one point short.

    Participants in the 2007 Slam Dunk competition will be announced
    on February 5.

    The last player to win back-to-back Slam Dunk titles was guard
    Jason Richardson of the Golden State Warriors in 2002 and 2003.

    Last year, Nowitzki joined Larry Bird, Glen Rice and Peja
    Stojakovic as the only forwards to win in the 21-year history of
    the Shootout. Nowitzki finished with 18 points in the final
    round, two points better than Gilbert Arenas of Washington and
    three better than Ray Allen of Seattle.

    Wade unseated two-time MVP Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and
    defeated LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in last
    year's Skills Challenge.

    Wade completed the obstacle course in 26.1 seconds, besting
    James' 33.7-second time. Nash and guard Chris Paul of New
    Orleans were eliminated in the first round.

    The 2007 participants will be announced on Monday.

  2. bargnani7

    bargnani7 Guest

    it would be nice to see if igoudala came back and if barnani tried out for the 3 point contest.
    also nowitzki shouldnt have won last years 3 point contest. he released after the buzzer but o well..its allstar weekend and its for fun.
  3. andrew_bishop

    andrew_bishop #1 Spammer of FC

    Yeah its going to be a good game this year. Im really looking forward to the skills competiton especially. I love watching the 3 point comp and of course the dunk comp which every year surprises me. Can't wait this year:)
  4. patkick

    patkick #21

    Bargnani is a great threepoint shooter if he shoots from the top of the key. He sucks when shooting the trey from the corners. I'd like to see how he does in the 3 point contest. Should be fun, two 7footers in a 3pt contest. :w00t:

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