The Thunder will be well represented Sunday night at All-Star Weekend, but other than that, it’ll be a pretty light trip for OKC’s superstars.
No one in the 3-point contest. No one in the dunk contest. No one even in the Skills Challenge or rookie game. Instead, the only extra thing a Thunder player is doing is the Shooting Stars Challenge, which of course is the lamest thing of the entire All-Star Weekend.
The format is a little different this time around as the teams are split into the East and West. Russell Westbrook will join James Harden, Maya Moore, Tina Thompson, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry on the West team. The East is Chris Bosh, Brook Lopez, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Mugsy Bogues and Dominique Wilkins.
Westbrook is also slated to coach in the celebrity game, opposite of Harden.
There was some speculation Westbrook might dunk this year but he’s not. But chin up you guys, he’s gonna toss some halfcourters with Bob Horry and Tina Thompson!
The Shooting Stars thing is part of All-Star Saturday night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, which happens Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 7 p.m. CT.