Green And White Fly Slam Dunk Colors

HANG TIME, Texas — The last time James White and Gerald Green were in a slam dunk contest together, they practically blew the roof off with a 2010 Russian Cup performance that’s become a YouTube cult classic.

So perhaps it is fitting that they will be comrades along with Terrence Ross, representing the Eastern Conference in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, as State Farm All-Star Saturday Night includes an overall team format for the first time.

White, Green and Ross will square off against the Western Conference threesome of Jeremy Evans, Eric Bledsoe and Kenneth Faried.

Evans, the 6-foot-9 forward from the Jazz, will be looking to defend the individual title that he won a year ago at Orlando.

The Pacers’ 6-foot-8 Green won the event in 2007 at Las Vegas when he leaped over a table to dunk in the final round to beat out Dwight Howard and finished runner-up to Howard in 2008 despite a crowd-pleasing first-round dunk where he blew out the candle on a cupcake that was sitting on the back of the rim.

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, will take place on Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

Two of the league’s long-range shooters — Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Steve Novak of the Knicks — will lead opposing teams in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. Curry’s West teammates will be Ryan Anderson of the Hornets and Matt Bonner of the Spurs. Joining Novak on the East team will be Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and Paul George of the Pacers.

It’s worth noting that Novak will be returning to the Toyota Center court where he broke into the NBA with the Rockets in 2006, while the league’s top 3-point percentage shooter — Kyle Korver of the Hawks — will not take part. But Anderson has the most 3-pointers this season.

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will have Texans Tony Parker of the Spurs and Jeremy Lin of the Rockets joining forces with Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard for the West against the Hawks’ Jeff Teague, the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday and the Bucks Brandon Jennings.

The Sears Shooting Stars Competition, which features NBA players, WNBA players and NBA legends, will have James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Tina Thompson, Maya Moore, Robert Horry and Sam Cassell of the West taking on an East team of Brook Lopez, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Dominique Wilkins and Muggsy Bogues.

As part of the new format, points earned by each conference throughout the four All-Star Skills Competitions will determine the conference that earns the title of 2013 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night champion. Dwyane Wade of the Heat will serve as the East team captain and the Clippers’ Chris Paul will lead the West.

In addition, NBA Cares and State Farm will make a joint donation of $500,000 as part of the event, with $350,000 going to the winning conference’s charities and $150,000 to the runner-up conference’s charities. All of the charities will be selected by the conference captains, the NBA, and State Farm.

In drafting players for Team Chuck and Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal went in opposite directions with their top picks. Shaq built his foundation on the high-scoring backcourt of Irving and Lillard, while Barkley went for big men in Anthony Davis and Faried.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 17, at the Toyota Center.


  1. james says:

    kyrie is the mvp of the asg ! he will look to get his shot off early on !

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  3. kenny says:

    The west will win and Griffin will get the MVP Durant will do good enough to have the MVP but they will give it to Griffin because Durant won it last year

  4. nazeef says:

    east will beat the west period.

  5. […] The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will have Texans Tony Parker of the Spurs and Jeremy Lin of the Rockets joining forces with Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard for the West against the Hawks' Jeff Teague, the Sixers' Jrue Holiday and the Bucks Brandon Jennings. The Sears Shooting Stars Competition, which …. Guys before talking did u know who's James Flight White (former cincinnati)???the dude can fly..that's not a joke!!Gerald Green is a Skywalker..Ross in open …Read more […]

  6. Dennis Ramirez says:

    James white.. Of course… No contest at all….

  7. Francis says:

    james white could do a 720 best believe that

  8. Sean says:

    I wish Jeff Green would enter! He’s had some unreal in-game dunks.

  9. big cat says:

    they need more white dudes in the dunk contest , sign up chase budinger , chris birdman Andersen , Jonas valenciunas , ginobili I think is one of the best in game dunkers in nba history , nikolai vucevic , Byron mullens , danilo gallinari , etc etc .. all are athletic as hell and can jump out the gym…….

  10. Old Fan says:

    Man what a huge let down! Most of these guys I’ve never even heard of. I guess the good ol days are over and I need to except it and quit crying. Griffin vs Westbrook would be amazing to watch.

  11. Fan says:

    It’s too bad all the best high flyers are out in the East so they had to choose only 3. But they will win it either way I think.

  12. LordP says:

    Guys before talking did u know who’s James Flight White (former cincinnati)???the dude can fly..that’s not a joke!!Gerald Green is a Skywalker..Ross in open court is amazing..gotta be very competitive..i kinda like the new format team east vs west!!

  13. James says:

    T.DOT will fly high!!!

    Shaq’s team will destroy Team Chuck! Too many offensive weapons on that team

  14. zen says:

    If the East doesn’t win, it would be an upset.

  15. Tadam says:

    If James White is still able to windmill from the free throw line or even between the legs from the free throw line this contest will be really entertaining.

  16. Clone says:

    What a disappointment..
    After last year FIASCO (remember how poor/ugly/boring was the Slam Dunk Contest), i was really expecting something a lot better then that..
    JR Smith?King James?Griffin?George?DeRozan? Can we get some electrifying guys who got some imagination like in the 90’s?

    • Hm says:

      These are “electrifying guys who got some imagination”.

    • LA Dwight says:

      king james lebron? not happening. he never delivered on his promise to compete despite all talk of being there for the fans. i think he went as far as saying he won’t compete ever in the dunk event. i guess that’s one other thing that separates jordan from kobe and lebron. even in a side event as the dunk contest, he purely was a competitor. while kobe did compete for a time, we never got to see him go up against vince carter.

      while we want to give exposure and a chance to lesser known players, its good to see the players, who fans claim to want to watch, go at it. and we wonder why the commish fined san antonio because these same people complained about not seeing some spurs in a game earlier this season. are these fans complaining now?

      • Hm says:

        Actually, there wasn’t any significant amount of complaining by fans. Stern just had a bit of a power trip there.

  17. adam says:

    My Picks:

    Slam Dunk- Gerald Green

    3-point- Steph Curry

    Skills- Brandon Jennings (this is a tricky one since im leaning toward Holiday)

    Shooting stars- West

    Rising Stars- Team Chuck. A more dominant front court will secure more rebounds, have a better post game and better D
    (but Defense isn’t really played in games like this unfortunatley. which might give team shaq a slight edge, especially if Kyrie gets going from behind the 3 point line like last year.)

    All Star Game- West conference. easily.

  18. allan houston says:

    james white will win

  19. 4dawyn says:

    My Predictions to go to the final 2…

    SLAM DUNK – gerald green vs terrence ross
    3 POINT – steve novak vs steph curry
    SKILLS – damien lillard vs brandon jennings

    Rooting for my TO boy in the slam dunk! #TDOTflight31!!!