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Renaldo Major is one of six D-League All-Stars with NBA experience.
GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 6, 2007 – Six players that have either been assigned by NBA teams to D-League affiliates or have earned GATORADE Call-Ups this season highlight the rosters 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.

The two 10-man rosters were selected by a combination of fan balloting on D-LEAGUE.com and voting of the league’s 12 head coaches. Prior to the game, East head coach Sidney Moncrief (Fort Worth) and West head coach Joe Wolf (Colorado) will choose starting lineups for their respective teams.

Forwards Pops Mensah-Bonsu and James White, who have been assigned to Fort Worth and Austin by the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, respectively this season, highlight the Eastern Division team. White is currently on the San Antonio Spurs roster after being recalled on January 27.

GATORADE Call-Up guards Renaldo Major of Dakota and Will Conroy of Tulsa lead the East roster. Major is back with the Wizards after a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors, while Conroy is currently on the Memphis Grizzlies roster via a 10-day contract.

The Western Division team features GATORADE Call-Ups Dijon Thompson of Albuquerque and Louis Amundson of Colorado, both forwards. Thompson is back with the Thunderbirds following a pair of 10-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks earlier this season and Amundson is currently on a 10-day deal with the Utah Jazz.

Players selected to the All-Star Teams that are not on a D-League roster by February 12 due to GATORADE Call-Ups or NBA assignments will be replaced by the D-League office.

Seven additional players with NBA experience highlight the Gillette D-League All Star teams. The East Division team features Alan Anderson of Tulsa, Stephen Graham and Jared Reiner of Sioux Falls and Loren Woods of Austin. The West Division is represented by Brian Chase of Los Angeles, Von Wafer of Colorado and PJ Ramos of Idaho.

The 2007 Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness will air live on NBA TV. NBA TV is available to 72 million U.S. households 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, Israel, the Philippines and Uruguay, as well as in Hong Kong and throughout the Middle East.

The Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness is part of NBA All-Star 2007, a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world’s greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals such as Jam Session, the World’s largest interactive basketball theme park.

As the D-League All-Star Game's title sponsor, Gillette will be on site with an interactive immersion experience. Fans will have the opportunity to try Gillette Fusion Power Phantom, get the autograph of an NBA Legend and watch live performances by the NBA All-Star Dance Team.

“Gillette's support of the D-League is a natural extension of our comprehensive Sports Marketing program designed to reach guys in the most relevant context,” says spokesperson Kelly Vanasse.

24 Hour Fitness is the presenting partner of the game. Demonstrating support for the NBA D-League All-Star Game and furthering its commitment to promoting fitness as a way of life, 24 Hour Fitness is offering a youth basketball clinic at Jam Session. An NBA player will host the clinic, and 24 Hour Fitness trainers will lead pre-clinic conditioning for the participants, kids from the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club youth basketball program.

Gillette and 24 Hour Fitness will provide tickets for children from the Las Vegas community to attend the Gillette NBA D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness. The companies will also host appearances by NBA players and Legends at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

The Eastern Division team will be coached by Fort Worth (18-8, .692) coach Sidney Moncrief, while the Western Division will be led by Colorado 14ers (19-8, .704) coach Joe Wolf. Coaches. Both coaches were selected based on their teams having the highest winning percentage by Feb. 1 in their respective divisions.

The complete 2007 Eastern and Western Division All-Star squads are listed below.

2007 EASTERN DIVISION ALL-STARS
NO.
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
15 Alan Anderson (Tulsa) G 6-6 220 10/16/82 Michigan State
2 Will Conroy (Tulsa) G 6-2 195 12/8/82 Washington
20 BJ Elder (Austin) G 6-4 205 09/04/82 Georgia Tech
23 Stephen Graham (Sioux Falls) F 6-6 215 06/11/82 Oklahoma State
4 Quemont Greer (Dakota) F 6-7 240 12/5/81 DePaul
7 Renaldo Major (Dakota) F 6-7 190 05/07/82 Fresno State
21 Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Fort Worth/Dallas Mavericks) F 6-9 232 09/17/83 George Washington
12 Luke Schenscher (Fort Worth) C 7-1 265 12/31/81 Georgia Tech
24 Clay Tucker (Arkansas) G 6-3 195 6/14/80 UW-Milwaukee
7 Loren Woods (Austin) C 7-2 260 6/21/78 Arizona
Head Coach: Sidney Moncrief (Fort Worth), Assistant: Paul Mokeski (Fort Worth)
Athletic Trainer: Takashi Onuki (Fort Worth)



2007 WESTERN DIVISION ALL-STARS
NO.
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
9 Elton Brown (Colorado) C 6-9 250 09/9/83 Virginia
4 Brian Chase (Los Angeles) G 5-8 181 10/8/81 Virginia Tech
11 Pooh Jeter (Colorado) G 5-11 175 12/2/83 Portland
4 Gerry McNamara (Bakersfield) G 6-2 182 11/28/83 Syracuse
23 Kevinn Pinkney (Bakersfield) F 6-10 245 10/20/83 Nevada
14 Rick Rickert (Colorado) F-C 6-11 235 12/7/82 Minnesota
36 Ronnell Taylor (Idaho) G 6-4 200 7/26/85 Alabama-Birmingham
12 Dijon Thompson (Albuquerque) F 6-7 195 02/12/82 UCLA
22 Von Wafer (Colorado) G 6-5 210 07/21/85 Florida State
31 Jawad Williams (Anaheim) F 6-9 218 02/19/83 North Carolina
Head Coach: Joe Wolf (Colorado), Assistants: Kent Davison, (Colorado)
Athletic Trainer: Mark Morrissey (Colorado)