LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 – Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher replaces Laker teammate Gary Payton (personal reasons) in the 989 Sports Skills Challenge. The competition is held on All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online, February 14 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 989 Sports Skills Challenge, launched last year in Atlanta, is a contest highlighting the NBA’s top point guards. It features four players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course” event consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. In addition to Fisher, Earl Boykins of the Denver Nuggets, Baron Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks will participate.

The 989 Sports Skills Challenge will be live on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet and ESPN Radio as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online and will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk and RadioShack Shooting Stars. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb.15 will be live on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. EST. The game will also be telecast in 212 countries and broadcast in 12 languages on NBA.com.

An NBA licensee, 989 Sports produces the NBA ShootOut series of video games exclusively for the PlayStation® and PS one™ game consoles and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system

Attached are the participants for the 989 Sports Skills Challenge:

989 Sports Skills Challenge Competitors
Player Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Earl BoykinsDenver Nuggets G 5’5” 133
Baron DavisNew Orleans Hornets G 6’3” 223
Derek FisherLos Angeles Lakers G 6’1” 205
Stephon MarburyNew York Knicks G 6’2” 205