Robinson, Nowitzki, Wade to defend crowns in Vegas

Babe_Ruth

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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.

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bargnani7

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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.
 

andrew_bishop

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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:)
 
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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.
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: