ATLANTA, Feb. 7 --
Los Angeles Clippers guard Marko Jaric
will replace San Antonio Spurs guard Emanuel Ginobili
(right ankle sprain) on the rookie roster for the 2003 got milk? Rookie Challenge, to be played Saturday, Feb. 8 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Jaric averaged 12.4 points in 12 starts for the Clippers.|
Andrew D. Bernstein
Ginobili sprained his right ankle in Thursday's 83-74 win over the Denver Nuggets. A second-round selection by the Clippers in the 2000 NBA Draft, Jaric is the only player to ever win back-to-back Italian League Championships with two teams (2001-Kinder Bologna and 2000-Fortitudo Bologna).
A record six international players will be participating in the contest. Memphis' Gordan Giricek (Croatia), Denver's Nene Hilario (Brazil) and Jaric (Yugoslavia) will compete on the Rookie team, while Memphis' Pau Gasol (Spain), Utah's Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) and San Antonio's Tony Parker (France) will play on the Sophomore team.
The got milk? Rookie Challenge, which will be broadcast live nationally at 4 p.m. ET by TNT and ESPN Radio, features this year's top rookies against the league's best second-year players.
Tickets to the got milk? Rookie Challenge are priced at $30, and are available at the Philips Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, NBA.com and 1-800-4NBA-TIX.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online, featuring Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk, 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout, 989 Sports Skills Challenge and Jeep 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. 9 will be broadcast live nationally on TNT and ESPN Radio from Philips Arena at 8 p.m. ET.
The got milk? Milk Mustache campaign is sponsoring the NBA Rookie platform to highlight the importance of milk's bone-building calcium and eight other essential nutrients for active people, teens 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 Team.
Below are the revised rosters for the 2003 got milk? Rookie Challenge:
ROOKIE TEAM ROSTER
SOPHOMORE TEAM ROSTER
PREVIOUS got milk? ROOKIE CHALLENGE RESULTS
1994: Phenoms 74, Sensations 68
1995: White 83, Green 79 (OT)
1996: East 94, West 92
1997: East 96, West 91
1998: East 85, West 80
2000: Rookies 92, Sophomores 81 (OT)
2001: Sophomores 121, Rookies 113
2002: Rookies 103, Sophomores 97