FOUR HORNETS FEATURED ON 2011-12 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOT
Gordon, Kaman, Landry and Okafor Selected
January 4, 2012
The NBA announced today that New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, forward Carl Landry and centers Chris Kaman and Emeka Okafor are featured on the 2012 NBA All-Star ballot, which was unveiled during a special tip-off event in Orlando, Fla., the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2012. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint begins today at 11:15 a.m. CT. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
Gordon, acquired by the Hornets prior to the start of the season, has appeared in one game for New Orleans, hitting the game-winning jumper with 4.2 seconds to play 12/26 at Phoenix en route to a team-best 20 points. Landry, who has started all five games for New Orleans this season, leads the club in total points (66, 16.5 per game), offensive rebounds (18) and free throws made (16). Okafor is averaging a team-high 9.6 rebounds per game, while also producing 9.4 points to go along with nine blocks on the year. Kaman, an All-Star in 2010, is second on the team in rebounding (7.4 per game) and averages 10.8 points, scoring in double figures off the bench in four of the Hornets first five games this season.
2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes as part of this seasons all-digital program, including in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Sprint customers can also access the ballot and vote through the new Sprint NBA Mobile application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.
2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint also includes expanded SMS voting. Fans can now vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Fans can vote for All-Stars via SMS at any time by texting from their mobile phones. Message and data rates may apply. Previously, fans could cast one SMS vote for one player per day.
Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.
Wireless and SMS balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on Jan. 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Feb. 2, during a special one-hour pregame show at 6 p.m. CT featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille ONeal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNTs exclusive doubleheader featuring the Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks (7 p.m. CT) and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (9:30 p.m. CT).
The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.
The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (NBA.com), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).
NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the leagues history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for a 10th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 28th year of All-Star coverage. NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm will feature the Haier Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2012 will include the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Orlando also hosted NBA All-Star in 1992.
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