McNamara, Taylor Named As D-League All-Star Replacements

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 16, 2007 Gerry McNamara of the Bakersfield Jam and Ronnell Taylor of the Idaho Stampede have been named as injury replacements for the inaugural Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness. The game will be held on February 17, 2007 on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. PT and be televised live on NBA TV.

McNamara replaces Idaho center P.J. Ramos and Taylor takes the spot of Idaho guard Randy Livingston on the West team. Ramos suffered a hyper-extended knee in a game against Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to miss two weeks. Livingston strained a hamstring earlier this week, also against Arkansas.

A rookie point guard from Syracuse, McNamara has played in and started 24 games for Bakersfield, averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. The 2006 Big East Tournament MVP averages 6.6 assists per game, tied for third in the D-League. Taylor, whose twin brother Donell plays for the Washington Wizards, comes into the All-Star game after scoring 27 and grabbing 11 rebounds at Arkansas on Friday. The second-year guard from UAB has played in 33 games for Idaho, averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

The 2007 Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness will air live on NBA TV. NBA TV is available through several of the nation's top cable and satellite companies, including Comcast; Time Warner; Cox; Cablevision; Bright House; DIRECTV; and DISH Network. NBA TV can be seen in 65 other countries, including France, Russia, Spain, the Philippines and Uruguay, as well as in Hong Kong and throughout the Middle East.