got milk? Rookie Challenge: Friday, Feb. 18 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
Howard Heads got milk? Rookie Challenge
NEW YORK, Jan. 27 -- Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard, the first overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft and Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James, the first overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and 2003-04 NBA got milk? Rookie of the Year, lead a list of 18 players selected to play in the 2005 got milk? Rookie Challenge on Friday, February 18 in Denver at Pepsi Center.
The participants in the got milk? Rookie Challenge were selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches with each team submitting one ballot. The head coaches for the Rookie and Sophomore teams will be the lead assistant from the 2005 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs.
Last year, the Sophomores defeated the Rookies, 142-118, with Amaré Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns earning the Most Valuable Player award.
Howard will be joined on the Rookie team by Tony Allen of the Boston Celtics, Luol Deng and Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls, Devin Harris of the Dallas Mavericks, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Emeka Okafor of the Charlotte Bobcats, Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Beno Udrih of the San Antonio Spurs. Deng and Udrih are among the record number of 79 active international players in the NBA.
James is joined on the sophomore team by Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat, Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls, Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks, Kyle Korver of the Philadelphia 76ers, Luke Ridnour of the Seattle SuperSonics and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
If a rookie or second-year player is selected to play in the All-Star Game on Sunday, he will also play in the got milk? Rookie Challenge on Friday evening.
This is the sixth year under the current rookie versus sophomore format with the Sophomores leading the series, 3-2. The game will be played in two 20-minute halves, with each team allowed one full timeout and one 20-second timeout per half. Individual foul totals will be kept, but a player can 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.
For the second consecutive year, NBA.com will provide basketball fans with the opportunity to have their vote count towards selecting the MVP of the got Milk? Rookie Challenge, as part of the site's exclusive NBA All-Star 2005 coverage.
Tickets to the got milk? Rookie Challenge are priced at $40, and are now available at Pepsi Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, NBA.com and 1-800-4NBA-TIX.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online, featuring Footlocker Three-Point Shootout, PlayStation Skills Challenge, Radio Shack Shooting Stars and Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk will be broadcast live nationally at 8 p.m. EST by TNT and ESPN Radio. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 20 will be broadcast live nationally on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet, ESPN Radio and audio in multiple languages on NBA.com, from the Pepsi Center at 8 p.m. EST.
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 adult 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 rosters for the 2005 got milk? Rookie Challenge:
ROOKIE TEAM ROSTER
SOPHOMORE TEAM ROSTER
PREVIOUS got milk? ROOKIE CHALLENGE RESULTS