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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 Rookie Challenge Rosters Released

One of the added features to NBA All Star weekend is the T-Mobile Challenge between the rookies and the sophomores (2nd year players). The Sophomores have dominated the event since it's inception but the Rookies stepped up and won last year and those guys are now sophomores and that Rookie line up isn't anything to make light of.

Tyreke Evans will lead the sophomores.

It could be a very busy weekend for Blake Griffin. He will lead the Rookies on Friday night, participate in the Dunk Contest on Saturday night and still has a shot at being selected as a reserve for the All Star Game on Sunday.

Rookie Roster:

Eric Bledoe (Clippers), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Derrick Fields (Nets), Laundry Fields (Knicks), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Wes Johnson (Timberwolves), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Gary Neal (Spurs), John Wall (Wizards), Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer (Spurs), Assistant Coaches: Amar'e Stoudemire (Knicks) and Kevin McHale (NBATV)

Sophomore Roster:

DeJuan Blair (Spurs), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Tyreke Evans 9Kings), Taj Gibson (Bulls), Jrue Holiday (76ers), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Brandon Jennings (Bucks), Wesley Matthews (Trailblazers), Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (Celtics), Assistant Coaches: Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets) and Steve Kerr (TNT)

Now your all set. Many don't look forward to this game but I tell you it has the makings for a fun and memorable event and will serve as a warm up for many more career all star weekends to come.