Stars Guard Becky Hammon Selected to Participate in 2014 Sears Shooting Stars Contest
NEW YORK – The NBA today announced that Stars guard Becky Hammon has been selected to participate in the 2014 Sears Shooting Stars Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans as part of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
NBA All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Curry and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the 2014 Sears Shooting Stars Contest. The Sears Shooting Stars Contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA Legend on each team.
Hammon, along with San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan and former Spur David Robinson, won the Shooting Stars Contest during the 2008 All-Star Weekend, which also took place in New Orleans.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be exclusively televised on TNT. The event also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio and will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 47 languages.
Two teams representing the Western Conference and two teams representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the 2014 Sears Shooting Stars. Joining Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champ (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) on one Western Conference team are Hall of Famer Karl Malone and the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. Curry is joined on the second West team by his father, NBA Legend Dell Curry, and six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars.
The East stand-ins for one team are Tim Hardaway Jr. from the New York Knicks, his father and NBA Legend, Tim Hardaway Sr., and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Della Donne. Two-time NBA champion Bosh is joined by Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins and three-time WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky.
For the second consecutive year, the Eastern and Western conferences will compete during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night in an evening of challenges that will raise money for charity. NBA Cares and State Farm will make a joint donation of $500,000 as part of the event, with $100,000 awarded to each event’s winning conference’s charities and $25,000 going to the charities of the runner-up for each event. The Eastern Conference will be playing for the American Heart Association and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF while the Western Conference will compete for Teach for America and Wounded Warrior Project ®. All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and George, winner of the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, will serve as captains of the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. The charities were selected by George and Curry, the NBA, and State Farm.
A two-round competition, the Sears Shooting Stars contest features four numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. The first round features two teams from the same conference competing against each other to advance to the championship round where the best team from each conference will square off. The team that completes all four shots in the least amount of time in the championship round will be declared the winner and will win $100,000 for their conference’s charities. Complete rules for the 2014 Sears Shooting Stars and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night can be found on mediacentral.nba.com.
2014 SEARS SHOOTING STARS PARTICIPANTS
Team 1: Tim Hardaway Jr (NYK); Tim Hardaway Sr (Legend); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
Team 2: Chris Bosh (Mia); Dominique Wilkins (Legend); Swin Cash (Chicago Sky)
Team 1: Stephen Curry (GS); Dell Curry (Legend); Becky Hammon (San Antonio Stars)
Team 2: Kevin Durant (OKC); Karl Malone (Legend); Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock)