Matt Bonner selected to shoot in the Sprite 3 Point Contest

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Matt Bonner has been selected to participate in the Sprite 3 Point Contest at the All Star Game.

Matt Bonner's brother, Luke Bonner, was the head of the #LetBonnerShoot campaign. Iwrote an article about it and you can read the full details.

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013 – First-time All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers headline the field for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Toyota Center in Houston as part of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Rounding out the field are Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Steve Novak of the New York Knicks.

Anderson is the lone returning three-point marksman from last year’s event, won by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love in a tiebreaker round over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. Love is currently on the injured list, recovering from a broken hand sustained on Jan. 3, and is unable to defend his title.

For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competition that will raise money for charity. 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.

Three players representing the Western Conference and three players representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the two-round competition. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the Team Round will advance to the Championship Round. (Complete rules for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night attached).

Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2013 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The competitor with the lower individual score from the Team Round will go first in the Championship Round.

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will also feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge; the Sears Shooting Stars; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 215 countries and will be broadcast in 47 languages.

Foot Locker, the title partner of the Three-Point Contest since 2004, is part of Foot Locker, Inc. a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,370 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and CCS retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels, including footlocker.com, Eastbay, and CCS.com, the Company is a leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

Following is a list of the year-by-year winners and the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest roster:

FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS

1986 - Larry Bird, Boston

1987 - Larry Bird, Boston

1988 - Larry Bird, Boston

1989 - Dale Ellis, Seattle

1990 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1991 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1992 - Craig Hodges, Chicago

1993 - Mark Price, Cleveland

1994 - Mark Price, Cleveland

1995 - Glen Rice, Miami

1996 - Tim Legler, Washington

1997 - Steve Kerr, Chicago

1998 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah

2000 - Jeff Hornacek, Utah

2001 - Ray Allen, Milwaukee

2002 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento

2003 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento

2004 - Voshon Lenard, Denver

2005 - Quentin Richardson, Phoenix

2006 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

2007 - Jason Kapono, Miami

2008 - Jason Kapono, Toronto

2009 - Daequan Cook, Miami

2010 - Paul Pierce, Boston

2011 – James Jones, Miami

2012 – Kevin Love, Minnesota

EASTERN CONFERENCE 2013 FOOT LOCKER

THREE-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

**stats to be updated following 2/6 games)

*2012-13 Season* *Career*

Player Made Att. % Made Att. %

Paul George, Indiana 108 279 .387 239 651 .367

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland 78 182 .429 151 365 .414

Steve Novak, New York 91 205 .444 438 1,000 .438

WESTERN CONFERENCE 2013 FOOT LOCKER

THREE-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

*2012-13 Season* *Career*

Player Made Att. % Made Att. %

Ryan Anderson, New Orleans 147 370 .397 594 1,533 .387

Matt Bonner, San Antonio 32 76 .421 673 1,621 .415

Stephen Curry, Golden State 142 316 .449 514 1,159 .443

(Statistics through games of Wednesday, Feb. 6)

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