* Thanks to Vince Carter, Michael Jordan was able to finish as an all-star game starter. Thanks to Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, or ref Ted Barnhardt if you prefer, Jordan was unable to go out on a game-winning shot and as the MVP of the NBA's 52nd All-Star Game in Atlanta.
Jordan's basket with five seconds remaining in overtime gave the East a two-point lead at 138-136. But, Jermaine O'Neal was whistled for making contact as Kobe Bryant tried a desperation three-pointer with one second on the clock. Kobe made 2-of-3 attempts from the line to send the game to another overtime period. The extra extra-period was dominated 17-7 by the West, giving them a 155-145 victory.
During the game Vince Carter talked to the TNT sideline reporter about his last-minute request for Michael Jordan to take his starting spot. "My decision was to start," Carter stated. "After a while I sat back and thought about it and said, 'Hey, this is his last one, he is the greatest player and I'm going to get this opportunity to come out here and play again.'" Carter then thanked his fans for their votes that put him in the starting lineup and said, "But he deserves it, he deserves it."
Carter finished with nine points in 21 minutes. Jordan played 36 minutes and scored 20 points to bring his career all-star game total to 262 points and overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251 points) as the NBA's all-star game career scoring leader.
COTA NO. 1 IN ALL-STAR VOTING
* Ed Cota, with more votes than any other player, has been selected as a starter for the 2003 Lithuanian League all-star game to be played on March 1.
Cota, with Zalgiris Kaunas (21-3, 2nd-place), was named on 3,622 (81%) of 4,472 fan ballots submitted to determine the game's starting lineups.
In 23 Lithuanian League games, Cota is averaging 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4 assists. He has also made 18 of 36 three-point field goal attempts and is at 83.3% on free throws (15-18).
'SCREAM 4' STARRING HENRIK RODL
* Has Henrik Rodl gone Hollywood? Not really, but one of ALBA Berlin's sponsors, Bewag Fan Service, has depicted some players on movie-themed e-cards and decided Henrik was perfect for the 'SCREAM 4' movie poster.
Here's a link to the 'movie poster' e-cards -- http://www.bewag-fanservice.de/index_in.asp?chapter=_funzone&content=6150&h1=5&h2=0&h3=4
The Rodl-'SCREAM 4' poster has a heading of "LAUTER, STARKER, HARTER." That translates to "LOUDER, STRONGER, HARDER."
CAPEL SCORES 30 IN NBDL
* Fayetteville Patriot Jason Capel established a new season-high last week when he scored 30 points in a 97-92 road victory, with 13 coming in the fourth quarter. Capel knocked down 8-of-14 field goal attempts, going 3-for-5 on three-pointers and hit on 11-of-12 free throw attempts.
Capel is scoring at a rate of 12.1 points per game for Fayetteville (20-13, 1st-place) and continues to be the NBDL's best free-throw shooter at 90.8% (129-142).
MCINNIS ADJUSTING IN PORTLAND
* Over the last three weeks Jeff McInnis has played from 15 to 26 minutes in 10 games. During that span McInnis has hit on 40-of-72 (55.6%) from the field and is now shooting field goals at 42.7%. for the season.
"I feel more comfortable now," McInnis told the Portland Tribune last week, about his transition from playing 37.4 minutes per game last year with the Clippers to just 16.5 for Portland. "I'm in a comfort zone, and I'm playing more aggressively. I'm just playing like I know how. Not thinking, just playing. When I am hitting that little short-range jumper, it opens up things for our team."
McInnis also said he would not trade his current status of playing less, winning and having fun for playing 37.4 minutes a game on a bad team.
"At first it was tough, but it's a lot better now," said McInnis to the Tribune. "We have a lot of guys who can come in and contribute. But I'm happy here. I wouldn't trade it for the world."
NBA TAR HEEL PROS STATS AT THE BREAK
VINCE CARTER (Toronto Raptors): 15 Games, 30.1 MPG, 18.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, +14.2 Efficiency Rating
HUBERT DAVIS (Detroit Pistons): 23 Games, 7.6 MPG, 2.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, .7 APG, +2.7 ER
JOSEPH FORTE (Seattle SuperSonics): 9 Games, 4.1 MPG, 1.2 PPG, .6 RPG, .2 APG, +.4 ER
RICK FOX (Los Angeles Lakers): 41 Games, 30.8 MPG, 9.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, +11.9 ER
BRENDAN HAYWOOD (Washington Wizards): 49 Games, 24.3 MPG, 6.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, .4 APG, 1.4 BPG (28th), +10.0 ER
ANTAWN JAMISON (Golden State Warriors): 48 Games, 40.9 MPG (8th), 22.5 PPG (t-11th), 6.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, +19.2 ER (25th)
MICHAEL JORDAN (Washington Wizards): 49 Games, 35.4 MPG, 18.8 PPG (30th), 5.4 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 SPG (18th), +17.8 ER (36th)
GEORGE LYNCH (New Orleans Hornets): 49 Games, 12.6 MPG, 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, .7 APG, +5.3 ER
JEFF MCINNIS (Portland Trail Blazers): 44 Games, 16.5 MPG, 5.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, +4.3 ER
ERIC MONTROSS (Toronto Raptors): Has not played this season due to injury.
JERRY STACKHOUSE (Washington Wizards): 43 Games, 39.3 MPG, 22.5 PPG (t-11th), 4.0 RPG, 4,8 APG, 87.4 FT% (9th), +18.7 ER (26th)
RASHEED WALLACE (Portland Trail Blazers): 41 Games, 36.2 MPG, 18.0 PPG (34th), 8.0 RPG (28th), 2.3 APG, +19.4 ER (24th)
SCOTT WILLIAMS (Phoenix Suns): 46 Games, 13.4 MPG, 4.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, .3 APG, +5.4 ER
SHAMMOND WILLIAMS (Boston Celtics): 46 Games, 23.8 MPG, 7.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.3 SPG (46th), 82.7 FT%, +8.2 ER
*** Efficiency Rating (ER) is a formula used by NBA.com to evaluate overall performance. Kevin Garnett has an NBA-best Efficiency Rating of 30.37. Kenyon Martin is 50th with an ER of 16.86.