All Star Index 2004
An underdog entering the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Sunk competition, Fred Jones showed why he was there, beating two-time champion Jason Richardson:
Stacy Paetz of Pacers Television conducted this two-part interview at Artest's home in which they discussed his passion for music as well as the factors that have contributed to his rise to stardom this season.
1. Showing the Hawks How to Fly: 56k | 300K
2. Reversing the 76ers: 56k | 300K
3. Blocking the Suns: 56k | 300K
4. Stuffing the Nets, Take One: 56k | 300K
5. Stuffing the Nets, Take Two: 56k | 300K
Scott Hoke's All-Star Diary: Though the West beat the East 136-132 in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, Jermaine O'Neal (16 points, nine rebounds), Ron Artest (seven points, five shoe changes) and coach Rick Carlisle and his staff all represented the franchise with distinction in Los Angeles.
Day 2: Jones Dazzles Dunkers
Scott Hoke's All-Star Diary: Fred Jones had to be talked into competting but, after upsetting two-time defending champion Jason Richardson to win the Slam-Dunk contest, he'll have no qualms about returning next year.
Day 1: Carlisle Genuinely Jazzed
Scott Hoke's All-Star Diary: In the first installment of his behind-the-scenes All-Star Diary, Scott Hoke of Pacers Television reveals that the normally reserved Rick Carlisle is genuinely enthused about his All-Star coaching opportunity.
O'Neal an International Phenomenon
Jermaine O’Neal is only four years removed from the brash, youthful player who arrived at the Pacers’ doorstep lacking experience, but long on the confidence and talent he assured Pacers fans would someday soon make him an NBA All-Star. Experience has come, as has a third straight All-Star appearance and second consecutive start.
Artest to Enjoy All-Star Experience
Ron Artest normally takes his family to Disney World over the All-Star break, but he has to change those plans this year. The Pacers' gifted young forward was named to his first All-Star team, a reward for his steady progress toward stardom.
Jones a Slam-Dunk for Contest
Fred Jones wasn't sure he was ready to compete for the Slam-Dunk title, but reconsidered and accepted the NBA's invitation to participate in one of the centerpiece events of All-Star Weekend.
Carlisle Honored by All-Star Nod
Because the Pacers had the best record in the conference at the cutoff date, Rick Carlisle and his staff will be in L.A. to man the Eastern Conference bench. Carlisle said he was "honored" to become the third Pacers head coach in seven years (following Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas) to earn the coveted job.