New York, NY - Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will defend his PlayStation® Skills Challenge title against three of the league's biggest stars on Feb. 17 as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The competitors hoping to deny Wade's quest for a repeat are the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash.
The PlayStation Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and consists of four players competing in a two-round timed "obstacle course" consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course. The two players with the fastest times from the first round advance to the finals with the order of competition determined by inverse order of the first round times. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
Wade, who defeated James in the finals of the 2006 PlayStation Skills Challenge in Houston, is tied with Bryant for third in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.4 points per game. Nash, who won the event in 2005 in Denver, currently leads the league in assists with 11.8 per game. James, who was the leading vote-getter for this year's All-Star game, is seventh in the league in scoring at 27.2 points per game.
The PlayStation Skills Challenge will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk and Haier Shooting Stars. TNT and ESPN Radio's national coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST from the Thomas & Mack Center. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
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2007 PLAYSTATION SKILLS CHALLENGE COMPETITORS
Participant, Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers G 6'6" 220
LeBron James, Cleveland F 6'8" 240
Steve Nash, Phoenix G 6'3" 195
Dwyane Wade, Miami G 6'4" 212