Rose to participate in Skills Challenge on NBA All-Star Saturday Night
The Skills Challenge will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 14, which will also feature the Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk and Shooting Stars competitions.
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NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2009 – A new PlayStation® Skills Challenge champion will be crowned as the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, New Jersey Nets’ Devin Harris, the Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker will take the floor on Feb. 14, as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
The PlayStation® Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and consists of four players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course. The two players with the fastest times from the first round advance to the finals with the order of competition determined by inverse order of the first round times. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
Rose, a leading candidate for T-Mobile Rookie of the Year honors and a participant in this year’s T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Feb. 13, paces rookies and is among the league leaders in assists (6.3 apg); he ranks second among first-year players in scoring (16.7 ppg).
A first-time NBA All-Star, Harris, who paces the Nets in scoring (21.5 ppg), assists (6.4 apg) and steals (1.7 spg), is one of only five players averaging at least 21.0 points and 6.0 assists.
Another first-time All-Star, Nelson is averaging a career-high 17.0 points, while shooting .506 from the field and .456 from beyond the arc.
Parker, an All-Star for the third time and a participant in the inaugural PlayStation® Skills Challenge in 2003, became only the second player in NBA history to record at least 55 points, 10 assists and five rebounds when he did it Nov. 5 at Minnesota, joining Oscar Robertson.
Last year in New Orleans, Utah’s Deron Williams covered the course in a record 25.5 seconds in the second round to capture the title.
The PlayStation® Skills Challenge will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, Sprite Slam Dunk and Haier Shooting Stars. TNT and ESPN Radio’s national coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST from US Airways Center. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 215 countries and territories worldwide in 44 languages.
All of this year's All-Star participants will join members of the NBA Family for the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service on Friday, Feb. 13. The volunteers will participate in one of three projects in the Phoenix community.
Participants for the 2009 PlayStation® Skills Challenge:
Participant, Team (Pos. | Ht. | Wt.)
Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets (G | 6-3 | 185)
Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic (G | 6-0 | 190)
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (G | 6-2 | 180)
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (G | 6-3 | 190)
PLAYSTATION® SKILLS CHALLENGE YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS
2003 – Jason Kidd, New Jersey
2004 – Baron Davis, New Orleans
2005 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2006 – Dwyane Wade, Miami
2007 – Dwyane Wade, Miami
2008 – Deron Williams, Utah