Six Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star festivities, Feb. 15-17
By UK Athletics
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2013) – The 2013 NBA All-Star weekend in Houston, will have a blue feel to it, as six former Wildcats have been selected to participate in various All-Star festivities.
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On Friday, Feb. 15, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brandon Knight will participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will feature two teams drafted by TNT Analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal who will serve as the opposing general managers.
Davis and Knight are on #teamChuck, while Kidd-Gilchrist was selected to play on #teamShaq.
Each team will have 10-man rosters, consisting of both NBA rookies and sophomores drafted from a pool that was previously selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches. The game will air on TNT beginning at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3:00 p.m., former UK star Terrence Jones, who was one of 20 of the NBA Development League’s top prospects, will play in the seventh annual NBA D-League All-Star Game. The game will air on NBA TV.
Saturday night, NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm will showcase Knight, who will participate in the The Taco Bell Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and features six players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course.
Eric Bledsoe, who was guard at UK, will close out the evening in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. All-Star Saturday Night is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
Rajon Rondo was selected to participate in the 2013 NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb., 17, however a season-ending knee injury will force him to watch from the sidelines. Rondo left UK in 2006 and was drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns, but was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he has made a name for himself.
NBA All-Star Weekend Former Wildcat Participant Schedule
Friday, Feb. 15
Saturday, Feb. 16
3:00 p.m. ET (NBA TV) – NBA D-League All-Star Game (Terrence Jones)
8:30 p.m. ET (TNT) – The Taco Bell Skills Challenge (Brandon Knight)
8:30 p.m. ET (TNT) – Sprint Slam Dunk Contest (Eric Bledsoe)
Sunday, Feb. 17
8:00 p.m. ET (TNT) – NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia