Posted February 9, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

NBA announces ‘Rising Stars Challenge’ Roster

@SportsBata ..nuff said

#NBA #AllStarWeekend The ‘Rookie/Sophomore Challenge’ has been changed to ‘Rising Star Challenge’ this year! The rosters have been picked, and this year the rookie’s and sophomore’s will be mixed up on the two teams! Shaq and Sir Charles (Barkley) will draft rookies from the pool of rookies and second-year players on February 16. The ‘Rising Star Challenge’ will played on Friday, February 24 as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, FL! Knicks Landry Fields made the cut, but Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert was nixed! Knicks’ coach D’Antoni was not happy bout Shumpert snub! #Stat may be snubbed tonight on TNT, when they announce the All-Star game reserves! Check out the rosters and D’Antoni quotes below!

ROOKIES: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Kemba Walker (Bobcats), Markieff Morris (Suns), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Marshon Brooks (Nets).

SOPHOMORES: Blake Griffin (Clippers), John Wall (Wizards), Evan Turner (76ers), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Paul George (Pacers), Landry Fields (Knicks), Tiago Splitter (Spurs). sbnation

Stat and Iman Shumpert latest snubs

“I was shocked he didn’t make it,’’ D’Antoni said before the Knicks’ 107-93  victory over the Wizards last night. “Not taking anything away from other guys.’’

D’Antoni was informed assistant coaches are the ones who vote on the players.

“Could be a reason why they’re assistants,” D’Antoni said. “Because he plays  as well as anybody. Iman deserved to be on it. It’s too bad.” – nypost