ATLANTA DREAM GUARD LINDSEY HARDING JOINS NBA ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES

- Harding to compete in 2012 Haier Shooting Stars competition -

ATLANTA, February 17, 2012 – Atlanta Dream guard Lindsey Harding has been selected to compete in the 2012 Haier Shooting Stars competition during NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando on February 25.

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. 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.

Harding helped the Atlanta Dream to the 2011 Eastern Conference championship in her first season in Atlanta. As starting point guard for the Dream, Harding averaged 10.5 points and a team-high 4.8 assists per game last season. She earned her first WNBA All-Star selection in 2010 as a member of the Washington Mystics.

Harding is joined by the Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson, a six-time NBA All Star, 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.

The home team includes the Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson, three-time WNBA All-Star Marie Ferdinand-Harris, and former Magic great Dennis Scott. Team New York is comprised of the New York Knicks’ Landry Fields, the New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter, and former Knicks great Allan Houston. Team Texas is represented by the Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons, the San Antonio Silver Stars’ Sophia Young and TNT analyst Kenny Smith, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets.

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.

The Atlanta Dream tips off its fifth season this summer at Philips Arena as part of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the world’s longest-running women’s professional sports league. The Dream, the defending two-time, back-to-back Eastern Conference Champion, opens its home schedule on May 25 against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets are on sale now and individual tickets will be available for purchase in the spring. For more information, visit www.AtlantaDream.net or call (877) 977-7729.