NBA, WNBA, legends and celebrities join up for 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up
Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Moses Malone, two of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, lead a star-studded lineup of NBA and WNBA players, NBA legends and celebrities competing in the inaugural 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up, to be held on NBA All-Star 2002 Saturday Night, February 9 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. The 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up is a three-on-three tournament featuring four teams consisting of an NBA player, WNBA player, NBA legend and celebrity. The event will be a 3-on-3 half court, single elimination tournament with teams from Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia as well as an international team.
Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, will be joined on the Los Angeles team by Lakers guard Derek Fisher, WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie of the L.A. Sparks and singer/songwriter Brian McKnight. Malone, a Hall of Famer and member of the Sixers' 1983 championship team, will lead the Philadelphia squad that will feature Sixers guard/forward Aaron McKie, WNBA All-Star and Temple head coach Dawn Staley and Justin Timberlake of 'NSYNC. The city of Houston will be represented by Houston Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley, four-time WNBA champion Tina Thompson, two-time NBA champion and current Turner Network analyst Kenny Smith and movie/television star Jamie Foxx. The international team will feature Sacramento Kings forward Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey), All-Star Ticha Penicheiro (Portugal) of the Sacramento Monarchs, former NBA player Sarunas Marciulionis (Lithuania) and star of NBC's Ed, Tom Cavanagh (Canada).
NBA All-Star Saturday Night, featuring the 989 Sports All-Star Hoop- It-Up, 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout and NBA.com Slam Dunk presented by RealOne will be broadcast live nationally at 8 p.m. EST by TNT, TSN and ESPN Radio.
The contestants in the 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up will be competing for $75,000 in prize money, with $30,000 going to the winning team. Second place is worth $22,500, and third and fourth place are each worth $11,250.
The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 10 will be broadcast live nationally on NBC, CTV and on ESPN Radio from the First Union Center at 5 p.m. EST. The game will also be televised around the world in over 200 countries.
An NBA licensee, 989 Sports produces the NBA ShootOut series of video games exclusively for the PlayStation® and PS one? game consoles and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
The 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up lineups:
Cuttino Mobley- Houston Rockets guard
Tina Thompson- Houston Comets forward
Kenny Smith- Houston Rockets championship teams (1993?94 & 1994?95)
Jamie Foxx- Movie and television star - Ali, WB's The Jamie Foxx Show
Hedo Turkoglu- Sacramento Kings forward (Turkey)
Ticha Penicheiro- Sacramento Monarchs guard and WNBA All-Star
(Portugal) Sarunas Marciulionis- Former NBA player (Lithuania)
Tom Cavanagh- Star of NBC's Ed (Canada)
LOS ANGELES TEAM:
Derek Fisher- Los Angeles Lakers guard
Lisa Leslie- WNBA MVP and Los Angeles Sparks center
Magic Johnson- Los Angeles Lakers, winner of five NBA championships (1980, '82, '85, 87,)
Brian McKnight- Singer, songwriter
Aaron McKie- Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward
Dawn Staley- WNBA All-Star and Temple University Women's Basketball Head Coach
Moses Malone- Philadelphia 76ers championship team (1982?83)
Justin Timberlake- 'NSYNC