Turns out the Miami Heat won’t be completely devoid of a representative the night before the All-Star game.
While LeBron James won’t be featured in the Slam Dunk Contest, the Heat will be represented by Chris Bosh in the Shooting Stars Competition. He’s joined by Brook Lopez, Dominique Wilkins, Muggsy Bogues (!), Swin Cash and Tameka Catchings. The West is represented by Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell, Maya Moore and Tina Thompson.
The new format for All-Star weekend has the Eastern Conference competing against the West.
In more significant news, the Dunk Contest and Three-Point participants were also announced. Representing the East in the Dunk Contest will be Toronto’s Terrence Ross, Indiana’s Gerald Green and New York’s James White. Out West we have Denver’s Kenneth Faried, the Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe, and defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.
In the three-point contest, the East will be represented by New York’s Steve Novak, Indiana’s Paul George and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving. The West will be represented by New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and San Antonio’s Matt Bonner.
Skills contest participants include Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday, Detroit’s Brandon Knight and Atlanta’s Jeff Teague representing the East, while Portland’s Damian Lillard, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Houston’s Jeremy Lin represent the West.