Tag:Rookies-Sophomores
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:38 am
 

All-Star Experience, Friday Availability and Chat

Join us here for all your NBA All-Star Weekend news and notes. We'll have live updates from our team on the ground to bring you what the players and coaches are saying at all the events, along with video and audio to bring you as close to the action as it gets. On tap for Friday: 

10:20 a.m. EST:  Rookies and Sophomores
12:30 p.m. EST: NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Saturday night participants
7:00 p.m. EST: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (TNT)

Join us to chat about all the goings on, including Dwight Howard answering questions at media availability.

 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 4:03 pm
 

All-Star: Harden replaces Evans for Sophomores

James Harden replaces Tyreke Evans in Rookies-Sophomores game.
Posted by Matt Moore

The NBA announced today that James Harden will replace Tyreke Evans in the Rookies-Sophomores game (the "T-Mobile Rookie Challenge") on Friday.  The announcement is no big surprise considering Evans' injury history this season. He's suffering with plantar fasciitis, which doesn't really heal except with time and rest, two things not afforded franchise point guards.  Evans has missed the past two games for the Kings with the injury, and realized he needed the time off to try and get a leg-up, so to speak, on rest for the second half of the season. 

For Harden, he should have probably been on the squad in the first place. Harden's numbers are pedestrian (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), but he's the composite role player, who defends, hits from the perimeter and helps the Oklahoma City offense function to the best of its ability. Plus, he's got that sweet beard. 

The advantage was thought to lie with the rookies regardless, due to, well... Blake Griffin. But with Evans out, the weight shifts even more significantly to the Rookies' advantage. But on the flip side, this is a huge opportunity for Stephen Curry to step up, or, please, Lord, Brandon Jennings to show something comparable to the potential he showed in the first half of last season. 

This game gets almost no play, but it also always features one player taking over in a spectacular way. Chances are it won't be Harden, but he'll still be a worthy representative. 
 
 
 
 
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