NBA: Rondo, Stackhouse named as replacements to All-Star side events - GMA News

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The NBA announced Friday (Saturday, PHL time) that Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo has been added to the All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge, and veteran forward Jerry Stackhouse of the Atlanta Hawks will participate in the Shooting Stars game. 


Rondo, who was a late addition to the All-Star game on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), replacing Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks, will now be another injury replacement, this time for Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry in the Skills Challenge. 


Curry, who won the event last year, was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right foot, an injury he suffered during Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) 106-104 win over the Phoenix Suns. 


In the same press release issued by the league, 37-year-old Jerry Stackhouse was named to replace his teammate Johnson in the Shooting Stars game. 


Johnson is suffering from knee tendinitis, the same injury which is preventing him from participating in the 3-point contest and the All-Star game. 


Competing against Rondo in the Skills Challenge will be Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Deron William of the New Jersey Nets. 


Stackhouse is part of Team Atlanta in the Shooting Stars game, alongside Lindsey Harding of the WNBA, and retired Hawk Steven Smith. They'll be up against Team Orlando (Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris of the WNBA, and retired Dennis Scott), Team New York (Landry Fields, the WNBA's Cappie Pondexter, and Allan Houston, former Knick), and Team Texas (Chandler Parsons, WNBA player Sophia Young, and the retired Kenny Smith). — Reuters

25 Feb, 2012

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