NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2006 – Twenty-four of the top wheelchair basketball players from across the United States will participate in the 2006 NBA/National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) All-Star Wheelchair Classic on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m., the NBA announced today.

NBA Commissioner David Stern rallied last year's NWBA All-Stars.
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The competition will be held at the 2006 NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia on Center Court. Jam Session, which features more than 450,000 square feet of interactive basketball games, activities and entertainment, will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Feb. 16-20, during NBA All-Star 2006.

On Wednesday Feb. 15, the All-Stars will host a basketball clinic for approximately 40 wheelchair-bound young people at the Fonde Community Center in Houston as part of NBA Cares.

The 2006 NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic will feature the top wheelchair athletes selected from wheelchair teams that are members of the NWBA. The players, selected by the NWBA, are divided into East and West All-Stars. For more information on the NWBA go to www.NWBA.org.

NBA Cares is the league's global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play. NBA Cares will work with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes including: UNICEF; Reading Is Fundamental; Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Charities Aid Foundation; American/International Red Cross; Feed the Children, and many others.

TEAM ROSTERS

NWBA East All-Star Team
Valdez Bradley (Magee Sixers Spokesmen)
Joe Chambers (Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks)
Ray Grandoit (Boston Celtics DIII)
Kevin Grant (NY Rollin' Knicks)
Audie Kemp (RHI Wheelchair Pacers)
David Kiley (Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats)
Eddie Lopez (United Spinal Nets)
Tamara Moss (Orlando Magic Wheels)
Juan Rios (Houston Rolling Rockets)
Jon Ryberg (Minnesota Timberwolves)
David Snowden (NY Rollin' Knicks)
David Wilkes (Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats)
Coach: Ron Lykins
NWBA West All-Star Team
Michael Garafola (Fast Breakin Lakers)
Anthoney Gilliam (Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies)
Jeff Glasbrenner (Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks)
Joe Hasson (LA Clippers Chairmen )
Willie Jackson (San Antonio Spurs)
Ian Jaquiss (Portland Wheelblazers)
Ryan Martin (Phoenix Banner Suns)
Jeff Nelms (Denver Rolling Nuggets)
Bret Remington (Utah Wheelin’ Jazz)
Paul Schulte (Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks)
Vernon Walker (Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks)
Lee Williamson (Golden State Road Warriors)
Coach: Eric Dow

In addition to the All-Star Game and surrounding community events, NBA All-Star will also feature NBA Jam Session presented by Nokia. Jam Session is YOUR ticket to NBA All-Star action! Jam Session is the world's largest interactive basketball theme park featuring over 450,000 square feet of non-stop NBA All-Star entertainment. Jam Session is the place where you can score on over 30 basketball-themed attractions; compare your hand and shoe sizes with those of your favorite NBA players; compete against your friends at on-court skills challenges; watch youngsters slam dunk and hit three-pointers at the Kids Zone, see some of your favorite NBA and WNBA players and legends, celebrities and musical performers....All under ONE roof!

Tickets are available online at TOYOTACENTERTIX.com, by calling 866-4HOUTIX, or by visiting the Toyota Center Box Office. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 3-12, seniors, and military, and free for kids 2 and under.

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