2005 All-Star Gallery
January 1, 2005
The Suns last had three players in the All-Star Game in 1981 (Walter Davis, Truck Robinson, Dennis Johnson).
Nash autographs Ray Allen's All-Star jersey for the Sonics' guard.
Stoudemire relaxes in his All-Star terrycloth robe after a long weekend.
The West tallied 38 assists compared to the East's 28, but could've used more, as Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal led the East to a 125-115 win.
Stoudemire scored his first-ever All-Star points on a first-quarter dunk.
Steve handed out six assists on the night.
Enter the Matrix.
STAT contributed six points in all, but also pulled down nine boards in his debut.
Marion added 10 points for the West, most of which came off some high-flying jams.
The Suns' forward also collected three rebounds and four assists in his 16 minutes.
PHX Percussion got a chance to perform several times during the All-Star Game.
2005 likely marked the first of many All-Star appearances for Amare, whose game is improving each season.
Marion battles Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a rebound.
The only true point guard on the West roster, Nash would have likely played more than 17 minutes if not for a sore hamstring.
STAT hangs in the high-altitude of All-Star 2005.
Tucker gives the Matrix some love.
Hollywood funny man Chris Tucker says hey to Nash.
Nash visits with a couple of international broadcasters before the All-Star Game tips off.
Stoudemire poses for a photo with a junior reporter from Mesa.
Marion and Stoudemire chat with reporters in the Western Conference locker room prior to tip-off.
The Suns' stars get together for some family photos.
Nash passes some time before passing to his fellow Western Conference All-Stars.
Stoudemire takes a call on the bus over to the Pepsi Center for the Weekend's main event.
Marion and Sonics forward Rashard Lewis enjoy the ride.
Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo congratulates Stoudemire on his entertaining performance.
Although it took a few attempts to nail it, Nash flipped the ball over his shoulder and into the air for a flying Stoudemire's final dunk of the night.
Despite coming up short in the final round of the Slam Dunk contest, Stoudemire gave an entertaining effort in his second try at the dunk competition.
Stoudemire and Nash celebrate the one-of-a-kind alley-oop.
Richardson and Stoudemire bump chests in celebration of STAT's perfect dunk.
Stoudemire took the ball through his legs before a reverse two-handed jam that earned him a perfect 50-point score in the first round of the Slam Dunk contest.
Quentin Richardson became the first Suns player to win the Three-Point Shootout.
"I told you Suns.com," a proud three-point champ shouts out as he heads to the post-Shootout press conference.
Brandy gives three cheers for her man Richardson, the new three-point champion.
Q drained his last nine shots to finish with 20 points and beat Philadelphia's Kyle Korver in the final round.
Richardson finished the first round with 14 points and advanced to the final round of play.
Joe Johnson gave it his best effort but came up short and was eliminated from the competition after the first round.
Much like his first month with the Suns, Richardson got off to a slow start, but came on strong.
The Phoenix theme of the evening extended to the entertainment when the popular PHX Percussion group performed at All-Star Saturday Night.
Nash was all smiles after picking up the Suns' second trophy of the night.
Richardson, watching the live TNT broadcast backstage with Ray Allen, is feeling confident after Nash takes the Suns' second trophy of the night.
JJ talks about the Shootout during the pre-event media session.
The Suns playmaker hoisted up the hardware after beating hometown favorite Nuggets guard Earl Boykins to become the Skills Challenge king.
Nash made the most of his first forray into the Skills Challenge after turning down several invitations over the past few years.
The nine-year veteran posted the top times in both the first and final rounds, claiming victory with a contest-best 25.4 seconds.
Skilled in many areas of the game, Nash seemed to be a perfect fit for the competition.
Joe and Quentin warm-up for the Shootout by playing a little Madden NFL football in the players' lounge.
The Shooting Stars pose for photos with their new hardware.
"Thunder" Dan Majerle hit a dramatic halfcourt shot to give the Suns' squad a 16-second margin of victory over the Detroit entry in the Radio Shack Shooting Stars competition.
WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Mercury, Marion and Majerle ran away with the trophy after completing the competition in just 28 seconds.
The Shooting Stars teamed a current NBA player with a WNBA player and an NBA legend.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout featured some of the NBA's best deep threats.
Richardson and Johnson had talked trash for weeks leading up to the competition, but never did place any sort of wager on who would advance the furthest.
Marion chats with Lakers legend Magic Johnson on the second-floor practice court.
Taurasi, Marion and Majerle share some laughs during Saturday Night warm-ups.
Stoudemire's success in his first three years in the NBA has made him bigger than life.
Amare has worked hard to improve his outside shooting this season.
Steve borrowed Amare's headband to pose for a picture with his fellow Suns All-Stars.
Nash nibbles on the food in the All-Star locker room.
The Western Conference All-Stars got a preview of the soon-to-be released handheld remote PS2 gaming system.
Stoudemire and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Garnett clown around as Kobe Bryant looks on.
"Pop" is counting on Nash to play some point in Sunday's big game.
Stoudemire flashes his winning smile for media outlets from across the country.
Marion, or "Trix," is an All-Star from the top of his head to the bottom of his socks.
Nash looks for the lay-up during the Western Conference's afternoon practice on Saturday.
Marion gets some high-fives from his fellow Westerners.
After an extensive media availability session on Friday, the Suns' stars were back in front of the cameras again on Saturday.
Popovich shares the All-Star Game plan with the Sonics' Ray Allen and Marion.
Arizona Rebuplic beat writer Paul Coro chats with Marion.
Nash and Marion laugh it up in the locker room.
Suns basketball communications reps D.C. Headley (left) and Dustin Krugel pose with the team's All-Stars.
Nash and former Mavericks teammate Dirk Nowitzki have been virtually inseperable throughout the weekend.
"Q" and "B" took in the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge before heading over to the Michael Jordan's annual All-Star Party on Friday night.
Suns All-Stars Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion appear on NBA TV's live broadcast of the media availability.
Three-point shootout contestants Quentin Richardson and Joe Johnson strike a pose for the NBA's photographer.
The first trio of Suns All-Stars since 1981 get together for a photo opportunity.
Former Mavericks teammates Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki will play together again in Sunday's All-Star Game.
"Q" and "JJ" have developed a friendly competition between themselves regarding who will fare better at the All-Star Saturday event.
Richardson will be competing in the long range shooting contest for the second time, while it will be Johnson's first.
Former Suns guard and fan favorite Elliot "Socks" Perry, who now works for the NBA Players Association, chats with former Bucks teammate Ray Allen.
Richardson and fiancee, pop star Brandy, take a stroll through the players' hotel lobby.
The Matrix and STAT are two of the primary reasons for the Suns' incredible success so far this season.
NBA TV's Summer Sanders gets the scoop from the Suns' playmaker.
Marion was all smiles in answering questions about his second All-Star appearance.
Players took queries from across the country and around the world.
NBA TV's Greg Anderson and Tim Legler take time out of their live broadcast to give Suns.com some love.
Stoudemire's interview station was among the most popular during the media availability session.
Amare strikes an All-Star pose.
Former University of Connecticut teammates Diana Taurasi of the Mercury and Swin Cash will face off in Saturday's Radio Shack Shooting Stars competition.
Taurasi's Shooting Star teammate, former Suns great Dan Majerle, made the media availability session a family affair.
Stoudemire and Marion spend some time with Houston center Yao Ming before their All-Star participants meeting on Friday.
All-Star Weekend is a time for players who are adversaries the rest of the season to get to spend some time away from the game.
Stoudemire shares a laugh with Western Conference coach Greg Popovich.
Suns President Bryan Colangelo braves the cold Rocky Mountain air after a safe flight to Denver.
The Matrix and company touched down in the wee hours of Friday morning after a late game in Phoenix on Thursday night.
Assistant coach Alvin Gentry dips into the cookie tray for an inflight snack.
Former NHL star Claude Lemieux, president of the new Phoenix Roadrunner hockey team, visits with Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo and Suns.com columnist Joe Gilmartin.
Colangelo prepares to stow his luggage.
Assistant coach Marc Iavaroni successfully reigns in his excitement about the weekend ahead.
Q visits with his fellow passengers on the Suns' charter.
Marion settles in for a smooth flight to an exciting weekend.
Gentry and Stoudemire go over game tapes of Thursday night's loss to the Mavericks.
Brandy mingles with the Suns' All-Stars and their friends and families.
Amare enjoyed a game of spades with his buddies.
JJ can't eat just one as he downs a bag of chips.
Q and Brandy sit back and enjoy the ride.
Amare passes through the Sky Harbor security checkpoint.
The Mavericks plane (left) prepares for take off as the Suns charter prepares for boarding.
Mark and Elaina West prepare to board the team bus at America West Arena on the way to the airport.
Suns COO Rick Welts gives out instructions for bus boarding to Iavaroni and son.