February 8, 2006
- The NBA announced Wednesday that Sonics guard Ray Allen will be one of six competitors in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL at Houston's Toyota Center on Feb. 18.
Allen has participated in the Three-Point Shootout four other times, winning in 2001 in Washington. Allen finished third in 2000, fifth in 2002 and fourth last year. Allen leads the NBA with 151 3-pointers and has made 38.3% of his 3-point attempts this season. He is third in NBA history with 4,137 3s in his career.
In the event's 20th year, Allen will compete against five of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters: New York's Quentin Richardson
, the defending champion, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki
and Jason Terry
, Detroit's Chauncey Billups
and Phoenix's Raja Bell
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 are set up around the three-point line, with four orange balls worth one point each and one multi-colored ball (money ball) worth two points at each location. Each player has one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the Finals, players will shoot in ascending order of first round scores.
The contestants in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will be competing for $86,000 in prize money, with $35,000 going to the winner. Second place is worth $22,500, third place is worth $15,000 and fourth through sixth places are worth $4,500 each.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will be broadcast live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL and will also feature the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk, PlayStation® Skills Challenge and Radio Shack Shooting Stars. TNT and ESPN Radio will begin their national coverage at 8 p.m. EST from the Toyota Center. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19, will air live on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. EST. The game will also be telecast in 215 countries and broadcast in audio in several languages on NBA.com.
Foot Locker, in its third year as the sponsor of the three-point shootout, is part of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty retailer that operates 2,000 stores in 16 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. Through its athletic group of specialty retail stores, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports, as well as its direct-to-consumer channel footlocker.com/eastbay, the Company is the leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.