Five International Players Selected to Compete in the Game on All-Star Saturday
NEW YORK, Jan. 9 --
Orlando Magic forward Mike Miller
, the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year,
and Memphis Grizzlies' forward Shane
, the 2001 College Player of the Year, lead a list of 19 players selected to play
in the 2002 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge on NBA All-Star Saturday, Feb. 9 in Philadelphia's
First Union Center.
In addition, five international players will be participating in the contest, the most to
ever compete in the game. Memphis' Pau Gasol
(Spain), Utah's Andrei Kirilenko
(Russia), San Antonio's Tony Parker
(France), and Detroit's Zeljko Rebraca
(Yugoslavia) will compete on the Rookie team while Sacramento's Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey) will play on the
The 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge, which will be broadcast live nationally at 4 p.m. EST by
TNT, NBA.com (http://www.nba.com) and ESPN Radio, features this year's top rookies against
the league's best second-year players. Last year, the Sophomores defeated the Rookies,
121-113, with Wally Szczerbiak of the
Minnesota Timberwolves earning the Most Valuable Player award.
|Grizzlies Pau Gasol and Shane Battier will also team up on NBA All-Star Saturday.
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Miller will be joined on the Sophomore team by 2001 Rookie of the Year runner-up Kenyon Martin
of the New Jersey Nets along
with six players making their first appearance in the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge: Lee Nailon
of Charlotte, Marcus Fizer
of Chicago, Chris Mihm
of Cleveland, Stromile Swift
of Memphis, Desmond Mason
of Seattle and Hedo Turkoglu
. Miller, last season's Rookie
of the Year, is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Magic. Martin is averaging
15.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Nets.
If any rookie or second-year player is selected to play in the All-Star Game on Sunday, he
will not play in the rookie game. The Sophomore team includes 10 players because Toronto's
Morris Peterson (fractured right index
finger) is not expected to play due to injury.
Battier, December's Western Conference 'got milk?' Rookie of the Month, is second among
rookies in points (15.3 ppg), and fourth among rookies in rebounds (5.0 rpg) and assists
(2.6 apg). Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley and
Gasol, who won their respective conference rookie of the month honors in November, will join
Battier on the rookie team. Tinsley leads all rookies and is tied for third among all NBA
players in assists with 9.2 per game. Gasol ranks first among rookies in scoring (15.4 ppg),
rebounds (8.7 rpg), and blocks (2.30 bpg). December's Eastern Conference 'got milk?' Rookie
of the Month, Brendan Haywood of the
Washington Wizards was selected to the Rookie team after averaging 7.2 points and 7.6
rebounds in 19 games.
The game will be played in two 20-minute halves. Each team may call one full timeout and one
20 second timeout per half. Individual foul totals will be kept, but a player will not foul
out. A team will be in the penalty situation after 10 team fouls or after the second foul in
the final two minutes of each half. In the event of a tie game, there will be a two-minute
overtime to determine the winner.
Tickets to the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge will also admit fans to the All-Star practice
sessions for the East and West All-Star teams at 1 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 and $30,
and are available through all TicketMaster Outlets, TICKETMASTER.COM, NBA.COM,
1-800-4NBA-TIX, TicketMaster PhoneCharge at 215-336-2000 or 800-551-SEAT and the First Union
Center Box Office.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night, featuring NBA.com Slam Dunk presented by RealOne, 1 800 CALL
ATT Shootout and All-Star Hoop-It-Up will also be broadcast live nationally at 8 p.m. EST by
the same broadcast outlets. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 10 will be broadcast live
nationally on NBC, CTV and on ESPN Radio from First Union Center at 5 p.m. EST.
The 'got milk?' Milk Mustache campaign is sponsoring the year-long NBA Rookie platform to
highlight the importance of milk’s bone-building calcium and eight other essential nutrients
for active people, teen boys especially, who add about 15 percent of their height during
these years. The platform includes the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge, the 'got milk?' Rookie
of the Month awards, the 'got milk?' Rookie of the Year award and the 'got milk?' All-Rookie
Below are the rosters for the 2002 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge:
Rookie Team Roster:
Sophomore Team Roster: