NEW ORLEANS Feb. 15 (AP) – In September 2005, Hurricane Katrina drove the NBA in New Orleans. Almost two years sought refuge by local Hornets in Oklahoma City this season but “hornets” finally returned to their nest and a sign of victory over the devastating effects of natural disasters from Friday 15th to Sunday, February 17 will host the elite of competition during All- star weekend. After last year’s “carefree” stop the gambling mecca of Las Vegas gala parade of the best that the NBA offers, moves to the southeast coast of the US and also from a number of accompanying charity event enters again a little deeper dimension.After 14 years without Shaq
The biggest buzz before 57. Star Game took care charismatic pivot Shaquille O’Neal. Owner of four rings for victories in the NBA initially escaped the attention of voters due to injuries fans and coaches and after 14 years, ie since joining the NBA decking, received the invitation and the opportunity to extend a record number of nominations among active players. So far, it is always prepared to participate only injuries (1997, 2001, 2002). Public disinterest But Shaq made up for at least a shocking low cost flights from Miami to Phoenix.The injured Garnett and Butler, questionable Bryant
While last year the Commissioner David Stern apologized to base nominees (Yao Ming, Jason Kidd, Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson) this year the situation is slightly more favorable and will miss according to preliminary reports najžiarivejšia star Kevin Garnett and Caron Butler winger Washington. Garnett fans longed to see in Louisiana most of all players, got 2,399,148 votes, which is the sixth highest number in the history of the survey, but the winger Boston discarded problems with abdominal muscles and to my Eastern Conference for the fourth time pivot Detroit got Rasheed Wallace.Celtics will not come to play in the East cadet, but a seven-time star striker, Ray Allen, will be kicked off behind Butler’s hip joint. The role of Leader of the East will take this season in the “up to” second vote, LeBron James of Cleveland, Star 2006, starring Dwight Howard from Orlando and the Jason Kidd New Jersey) and Dwyane Wade (Miami).The trainers could not imagine a star concert by Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton (both Detroit), Chris Bosha (Toronto), Caron Butler and Antawna Jamison (both Washington), Joa Johnson (Atlanta) and Paul Pierce (Boston). The East Team will lead the coach of the best Boston Celtics Doc Rivers team.
The cousin conducting the West team earned the fans of Hornets Byron Scott from New Orleans. His opening five would be to lead the Spielmacher and Los Angeles Lakers leader Kobe Bryant.The youngest participant ever-Star Game (1998) due to a credited 2004940 10. voice and participation can only try to defend the title MVP meetings. His journey to Louisiana, however, is threatened by injury shooting the little finger of the right hand, but the preliminary squad still figures, though checked out from the competition trojkárov.
The first meeting was in the initial line up showcasing winger Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets will have double representation thanks to Allen Iverson (9th participation in the series).Supporters want to see the jersey of the West and the Chinese pivot Yao Ming of Houston (6th participation in the series) and another winger Tim Duncan of San Antonio’s championship, which was not missing among the elite since 1997, when he entered the NBA.
The coach of 30 NBA teams will be premiered in the match stars thank trio of Western Conference – before domestic audience will feature Chris Paul and David West of the Hornets and Brandon Roy of Portland.More experience in showing classes have Carlos Boozer (Utah), Steve Nash, Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix both) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas).
New Orleans will be presented during the main program foursome legionaries – Canadian Nash and Nowitzki chose a German trainers, Duncan of the Virgin Islands and Chinese Yao Ming wanted to be in the elite five fans. Match history star speaks clearly in favor of the East (34:22), but last year after two years of victorious basketball Western Conference (153: 132) thanks to 31 points MVP of the match Bryant.Durant leader newcomers
Fans in the cradle of jazz on the right note tune on Friday hope the competition to show off their art in the match Rookie Challenge & amp; Youth Jam. The most dominating “druhoročiakov” would be in New Orleans pace duo from Portland, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, the central figure of the young newcomers leader Seattle Kevin Durant. The largest representation will be Memphis with three players, Legionnaires will be in addition to the Spaniard in the service Grizzlies Juana Carlosa Navarra represent the Chinese Ji Jian-lian of Milwaukee and Argentine Luis Scola of Houston, both newcomers. The honor of Europe will bail out the Italian unit 2006 draft pick Andrea Bargnani.Last year’s parade talent sounded in Las Vegas for the better “druhoročiakov” who the fifth time in a row beat their younger colleagues.Competition skills and a complete list of defenders
Saturday will be marked by skills competitions, the New Orleans Arena gradually introduce nominees spikers, Point guards, trojkári and three person teams.
The Sprite Slam Dunk will be the favor of the jury, the audience votes and the title of best of the attacker rival defending champion Gerald Green of Minnesota, Rudy Gay of Memphis, Jamario Moon of Toronto and leader of Orlando Dwight Howard.
In rozohrávačskej competition PlayStation Skills Challenge invited the organizers of the winner of the last three years of Dwyana Wada, conductor Miami, which will face competition from domestic Chrisa Paula, Deron Williams A Utah and “King” triple-double Jasona Kidda from New Jersey.
Jason Kapono of Toronto will be a winner in Las Vegas missing among the candidates for the award for the most accurate shooter from behind the arc Trojková.From pedestal he wants to unseat Quintet Daniel Gibson (Cleveland), Richard Hamilton (Detroit), Steve Nash (Phoenix), Peja Stojakovič (New Orleans) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), who at the last minute replaced the injured Bryant nomination.
At the end of Friday’s program will feature three- “urban” teams of the current players, NBA legends and WNBA basketball women. In the role of advocate arrive in Louisiana Detroitčania unchanged line up Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons rozohrávač), Bill Laimbeer (quadruple Participants at Star Game NBA and currently coach the WNBA Detroit Shock) and Swin Cash’s (double-Star Game participant WNBA).Compete in the Haier Shooting Stars will be Chicago and Phoenix. In order to repeat the triumph of 2006 will come strong Texans Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Becky Hammon of the San Antonio holding a competition record time of 25.1.
In turn 57. Star Game will begin on Sunday evening (as already CET on Monday, 18 February at 3.00 am) and participants are joining it at jersey, which will be held in the spirit of the French Quarter architecture natural disaster affected New Orleans.
Nominations for the 57th Star Game NBA (February 17 in New Orleans)
Chauncey Billups (rozohrávač / Detroit / 3rdnominated for Game of stars)
Chris Bosh (winger / pivot / Toronto / 3)
Caron Butler (winger / Washington / 2) – for the injury will not participate
* Kevin Garnett (winger / Boston / 11) – the injury will not participate
Richard Hamilton (rozohrávač / Detroit / 3)
* Dwight Howard (beer / Orlando / 2)
* LeBron James (winger / Cleveland / 4)
Antawn Jamison (winger / Washington / 2)
Joe Johnson (rozohrávač / Atlanta / 2)
* Jason Kidd (rozohrávač / New Jersey / 8)
Paul Pierce (winger / Boston / 6)
* Dwyane Wade (rozohrávač / Miami / 4)
Rasheed Wallace (beer / Detroit / 4) – additionally nominated
Ray Allen (rozohrávač / Boston / 8) – additionally nominated
head coach Doc Rivers ( Boston)
* Carmelo Anthony (winger / Denver / 2)
Carlos Boozer (winger / Uta h / 2)
* Kobe Bryant (rozohrávač / L. A.Lakers / 10) – questionable involvement injury little finger
* Tim Duncan (winger / San Antonio / 10)
* Allen Iverson (rozohrávač / Denver / 9)
< p> * Yao Ming (pivot / Houston / 6)
Steve Nash (rozohrávač / Phoenix / 6)
Dirk Nowitzki (winger / Dallas / 7)
Chris Paul (rozohrávač / New Orleans / 1)
Brandon Roy (rozohrávač / Portland / 1)
Amaré Stoudemire free online bets (winger / pivot / Phoenix / 3)
< p> David West (winger / New Orleans / 1)
head coach Byron Scott (New Orleans)
(* denotes players nominated by a vote of fans)
< p> The All-Star weekend NBA 2008 (New Orleans Arena):
Friday: match hopes Rookie Challenge & amp; Youth Jam (Saturday morning at 4:00 CET)
Saturday: competition skills Sprite Slam Dunk – spikers, PlayStation Skills Challenge – Point guards, Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout – trojkári, Haier Shooting Stars – 3-member teams (Sunday morning at 3:00 CET)
Sunday: 57thStar Game (Monday morning 03:00 CET)