James and Ming both named to Rookie Challenge
LeBron James named to Rookie Challenge
LeBron James named to Rookie Challenge

Posted Jan 27, 2004


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, the 2003 NBA Draft top pick, and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, the 2002 NBA Draft, head a list of 18 players selected to play in the 2004 NBA Rookie Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13 in Los Angeles' Staples Center as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. However, those two players will likely have different itineraries that weekend as they will both likely also play in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

The participants in the Rookie Challenge were selected by a panel of 11 former NBA players and coaches who currently work as broadcasters covering the league. The game will be broadcast live nationally at 9 p.m. ET by TNT, Rogers Sportsnet and NBA on ESPN Radio, and features this year's top rookies against the league's best second-year players. Last year, the Sophomores defeated the Rookies, 132-112, with Gilbert Arenas of the Golden State Warriors earning the Most Valuable Player award.

 

LeBron James is joined on the rookie team by Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Jarvis Hayes of the Washington Wizards, Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls, Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks and Chris Kaman of the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

Howard was the last pick of the first round and Haslem was an undrafted rookie from Florida, who went unselected in the 2002 NBA Draft.

 

Yao Ming is be joined on the Sophomore team by Carlos Boozer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mike Dunleavy of the Golden State Warriors, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Marko Jaric of the Los Angeles Clippers, Ronald Murray of the Seattle SuperSonics, Nenê of the Denver Nuggets, Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons and 2002-03 NBA Rookie of the Year, Amaré Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns.

 

If a rookie or second-year player is selected to play in the All-Star Game on Sunday, he will also play in the Rookie Challenge on Friday evening.

 

This year's game features four international players: Yao (China), Ginobili (Argentina), Jaric (Serbia-Montenegro) and Nenê (Brazil).

 

This is the fifth year under the current rookie-versus-sophomore format, with the series knotted at two games each. The game will be played in two 20-minute halves, with each team allowed one full timeout and one 20-second timeout per half. Individual foul totals will be kept, but a player can not foul out. A team will be in the penalty situation after 10 team fouls or after the second foul in the final two minutes of each half. In the event of a tie game, there will be a two-minute overtime to determine the winner.

 

ROOKIE TEAM ROSTER

 

 

 

 

Player

Team

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College/Country

Carmelo Anthony

Denver

F

6-8

230

Syracuse

Chris Bosh

Toronto

F

6-10

225

Georgia Tech

Udonis Haslem

Miami

F

6-8

230

Florida

LeBron James

Cleveland

G

6-8

258

St. Vincent-St. Mary HS

Jarvis Hayes

Washington

G/F

6-7

220

Georgia

Kirk Hinrich

Chicago

G

6-3

186

Kansas

Josh Howard

Dallas

F

6-5

210

Wake Forest

Chris Kaman

L.A. Clippers

C

7-0

268

Central Michigan

Dwyane Wade

Miami

G

6-4

212

Marquette

SOPHOMORE TEAM ROSTER

 

 

 

 

Player

Team

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College/Country

Carlos Boozer

Cleveland

F

6-8

258

Duke

Mike Dunleavy

Golden State

F

6-8

230

Duke

Manu Ginobili

San Antonio

F

6-6

210

Argentina

Marko Jaric

L.A. Clippers

G

6-7

217

Serbia-Montenegro

Ronald Murray

Seattle

G

6-3

197

Shaw

Nenê

Denver

F

6-11

260

Brazil

Tayshaun Prince

Detroit

F

6-9

215

Kentucky

Amaré Stoudemire

Phoenix

F

6-10

245

Cypress Creek HS

Yao Ming

Houston

C

7-5

296

China

 

PREVIOUS ROOKIE CHALLENGE RESULTS

1994: Phenoms 74, Sensations 68

1995: White 83, Green 79 (OT)

1996: East 94, West 92

1997: East 96, West 91

1998: East 85, West 80

2000: Rookies 92, Sophomores 81 (OT)

2001: Sophomores 121, Rookies 113

2002: Rookies 103, Sophomores 97

2003: Sophomores 132, Rookies 112



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