Atlanta Dream Guard Joins All-Star Festivities
McCoughtry Selected to Compete in Haier Shooting Stars Competition

ATLANTA, February 8, 2010 - Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry has been selected to participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night on February 13. For the first time in the event's history, TNT and NBA TV analysts will participate in the event, each serving as the NBA Legend on one of the four respective teams.

“I am excited about the opportunity to compete alongside such great players in the NBA All-Star festivities,” said McCoughtry. “This is the first time Atlanta has been represented in the competition and hopefully we can bring home the title!”

Team Atlanta features McCoughtry, the 2009 WNBA adidas Rookie of the Year; the Atlanta Hawk’s Joe Johnson, who was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game this year; and NBA TV analyst Steve Smith, an All-Star selection in 1998 with the Hawks.

They will compete against teams from Los Angeles, Sacramento and Texas. The home team from Texas includes the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, 2009 WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars; and TNT analyst Kenny Smith, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets. Los Angeles is represented by Pau Gasol of the Lakers, Marie Ferdinand-Harris of the Sparks, and NBA TV analyst Brent Barry, formerly of the Clippers. Team Sacramento is represented by the Kings’ Tyreke Evans, TNT and NBA TV analyst Chris Webber, and former Monarchs All-Star Nicole Powell, currently with the New York Liberty.

This is the first year that Atlanta will be represented in the competition. In last year’s competition, Team Detroit captured its second title in three years, defeating host Team Phoenix in the final round with a time of 58.4 seconds.

Haier Shooting Stars will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night at American Airlines Center in Dallas on February 13. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

The Dream tips off its third season this summer at Philips Arena, with the home opener slated for May 16 against the Indiana Fever at 7 pm. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in the spring.