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Friday February 17, 2012 12:44 PM

Parsons To Take Place in Shooting Stars

Rockets' rookie to represent Team Texas in All-Star weekend event


HOUSTON - Team Atlanta will attempt to become the first repeat  Haier  Shooting  Stars champion as it competes against a field that includes  squads  representing  New  York, Texas and NBA All-Star 2012 host city Orlando at Amway Center on Feb. 25.

The  home  team  includes the Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, an All-Star in 2009;  Florida  native and three-time WNBA All-Star Marie Ferdinand-Harris; and  former  Magic great Dennis Scott, who spent seven seasons with Orlando after the team made him the fourth overall selection of the 1990 NBA Draft.

Team  Atlanta  features  the  Atlanta  Hawks' Joe Johnson, who was named an All-Star for the sixth time this year; Lindsay Harding of the reigning WNBA Eastern  Conference champion Atlanta Dream; and NBA TV analyst Steve Smith, an  All-Star  selection in 1998 with the Hawks and a member of the 2003 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

Team  New York is comprised of the New York Knicks' Landry Fields, who will also  play for Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend; the New York Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, a four-time WNBA All-Star and one of the league's top scorers; and former Knicks great Allan Houston, who  averaged  17.3 points over his 12-year NBA career, and currently works in New York's front office as an assistant general manager.

Team  Texas  is  represented  by  the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons, an Orlando-area  native  and  second-round  pick in 2011, who's worked his way into  the  Rockets'  starting  lineup  as  a rookie; the San Antonio Silver Stars'  Sophia  Young,  a four-time WNBA All-Star, who averaged 13.2 points and  6.4  rebounds  in  2011;  and  TNT analyst Kenny Smith, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets (1994, 1995).

In  last year's competition, Team Atlanta, which featured Smith, the Hawks'
Al  Horford  and  the Dream's Coco Miller, defeated Team Texas in the final round with a time of 1:10.

Haier  Shooting  Stars will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star  Saturday  Night  presented by State Farm, which will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, 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.

The  Haier  Shooting  Stars  contest  features  one current NBA player, one current  WNBA  player  and  one  TNT on-air talent/NBA legend on each team.
There  are  six  numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each  team  attempting  to  make  all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the  competition.  Each  shot  must  be  made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting  course  and  the  team  that completes all six shots in the least amount  of  time  is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the winner.

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