JOE JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN 2012 FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2012 – Atlanta Hawks All-Star Joe Johnson will take on five challengers, including defending champion James Jones of the Miami Heat, in this year’s Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Amway Center in Orlando as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Rounding out the field are Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ryan Anderson of the hometown Orlando Magic, Anthony Morrow of the New Jersey Nets, and Mario Chalmers of the Heat.

Last year, Jones bested a field that included the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Ray Allen -- Pierce captured the title in 2010, while Allen, the 2001 winner, is the career leader in three-pointers made. Jones' 20 points in the final round topped Pierce's 18 and Allen’s 15. Previous winners include: Jeff Hornacek, Jason Kapono, Mark Price and Peja Stojakovic who won two titles each; while Larry Bird and Craig Hodges each captured three straight.

The players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2012 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which will also feature the Haier Shooting Stars; Sprite Slam Dunk; and Taco Bell Skills Challenge. TNT and ESPN Radio’s national coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST from Amway Center. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 26, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and will be broadcast in more than 40 languages.

Foot Locker, the title partner of the Three-Point Contest since 2004, is a part of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 22 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and CCS stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels, including Footlocker.com, Eastbay, and CCS.com, the Company is the leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

Following is a list of the year-by-year winners and the 2012 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest roster:

 

FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS

1986 - Larry Bird, Boston

1987 - Larry Bird, Boston

1988 - Larry Bird, Boston

1989 - Dale Ellis, Seattle

1990 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1991 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1992 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1993 - Mark Price, Cleveland

1994 - Mark Price, Cleveland

1995 - Glen Rice, Miami

1996 - Tim Legler, Washington 

1997 - Steve Kerr, Chicago

1998 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah

2000 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah

2001 - Ray Allen, Milwaukee

2002 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento

2003 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento

2004 - Voshon Lenard, Denver

2005 - Quentin Richardson, Phoenix

2006 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

2007 - Jason Kapono, Miami

2008 - Jason Kapono, Toronto

2009 - Daequan Cook, Miami

2010 - Paul Pierce, Boston

2011 – James Jones, Miami

 

2012 FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS


                                                         *2011-12 Season*                *Career*

Player                                             Made    Att.      %                 Made   Att.      %

Ryan Anderson, Orlando                  80        190      .421              361      931      .388

Mario Chalmers, Miami                    57        123      .463              329      901      .365

Joe Johnson, Atlanta                         53        149      .356              1,209   3,306   .366

James Jones, Miami                          19        47        .404              570      1,418   .402

Anthony Morrow, New Jersey          60        143      .420              396      894      .443

Kevin Love, Minnesota                    44        122      .361              169      458      .369

                                                        

(Statistics through games of Monday, Feb. 15)