Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS

Nuggets' Smith to replace Memphis' Gay in Dunk Contest

By Official Release
Posted Feb 10 2009 11:23PM

PHOENIX -- Denver Nuggets swingman J.R. Smith will replace Memphis forward Rudy Gay in the slam dunk contest.

Gay was forced to pull out Tuesday because of a strained left hip. Smith also competed in the 2005 event.

"I have a few things under my sleeve," Smith said Tuesday after the Nuggets won in Miami. "I can't really talk about it. It's top secret, man."

Defending champion Dwight Howard of Orlando, 2006 winner Nate Robinson of New York, and Portland rookie Rudy Fernandez round out the field.

The dunk contest is the final event of All-Star Saturday night.

The Sprite Slam Dunk will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, PlayStation Skills Challenge and Haier Shooting Stars. TNT and ESPN Radio's national coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST from US Airways Center. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 215 countries and territories in 44 languages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoOn The Road With Chocolate Thunder, Episode 7: Nation Rewind
NBA Nation Ambassador Darryl Dawkins takes you On The Road With Chocolate Thunder in Detroit as part of NBA Nation presented by Sprint!
photoChauncey Billups: Career Top 10 Plays
Take a look back at the best plays from Chauncey Billups storied NBA career.
photoThe Starters: International Goaltending?
The guys debate the international goaltending rule and if the NBA should adopt it.
photoThe Starters: NBA in International Competition?
Skeets and the guys reach into the mailbox and discuss whether or not the NBA players should stop to playing in international competition.
photoThe Starters: USA Standouts
Tas and the guys discuss the NBA players that stood out during the FIBA World Cup.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.