NEW YORK (AP) — Miami’s James Jones will defend his title in the 3-point contest against a field that includes All-Stars Kevin Love and Joe Johnson and teammate Mario Chalmers.
Ryan Anderson of the host Orlando Magic and New Jersey’s Anthony Morrow round out the roster for the Feb. 25 contest during All-Star Saturday night.
The Heat have won three of the last five titles in the event. Last year, Jones scored 20 points in the final round to beat Boston All-Stars Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
Former Heat players Jason Kapono and Daequan Cook won in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Rangers Hamilton going through counseling
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton says he’s undergoing counseling individually and with his wife in the aftermath of his admitted relapse with alcohol and is “doing things right a day at a time.”
In an exclusive interview Wednesday with Pastor James Robinson on Glenn Beck’s live streaming video network, Hamilton said he knows it’s a serious issue. He said he’s doing well and so is his family.
The interview came just more than two weeks after Hamilton had several drinks during dinner in Dallas and continued drinking later that night. It was the second known relapse with alcohol in the past three years for the recovering drug addict.
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, says he feels shame about his mistakes, but is willing to admit them.
— The Associated Press
Doctors remove Tony Gwynn’s tumor
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Doctors who operated on Tony Gwynn said it appears the Hall of Fame outfielder’s cancer has not spread.
However, they said it could take up to 18 months for him to regain movement in the right side of his face.
The UC San Diego Health System said Wednesday that surgeons removed a facial nerve because it was intertwined with the tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn’s neck to make sure he will eventually regain facial movement.
The hospital system said Gwynn is in good spirits and that Tuesday’s complicated surgery went “extremely well.” It says the type of Gwynn’s cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all head and neck cancers.
Gwynn had a malignant growth removed from the same spot in August 2010.
His agent, John Boggs, said he was heartened when, while on the phone with Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, he heard the former San Diego Padres star chuckle in the background.
“That was music to my ears,” Boggs said. “Knowing the grueling surgery he went through, to hear that the next day, tells me his spirits are high. He’s relieved the surgery is done and the prognosis is good.”
Gwynn is San Diego State’s baseball coach. The Aztecs open the season Friday night. The school said Gwynn should be able to return to his job in the near future.
NBA legend raising awareness after cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Oscar Robertson had a golden touch in achieving success at every level of basketball, going to Final Fours, winning an Olympic medal and NBA championship.
After years of quiet living in Cincinnati he is back in the limelight and spreading the word about prostate cancer. He was stricken with the disease about a year ago and had his removed in successful robotic procedure.
Cancer-free, he is serving as honorary chairman at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation’s gala in Orlando next month.
The 73-year-old Robertson has also reached out to associates across basketball and NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter to help spread the word about a disease that disproportionately affects African-Americans.
He says the feedback has been good and hopes to create some initiatives going forward.
Ali, Jenner, Retton on retro Wheaties boxes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Muhammad Ali, Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton are appearing on new Wheaties boxes featuring retro images of the Olympic champions.
The boxes were unveiled Wednesday in Los Angeles and will be available on store shelves nationwide.
Wheaties marketing manager Betsy Frost says fans have been asking for the trio to be featured on cereal boxes again. Ali won a gold medal in boxing at the 1960 Rome Olympics; Jenner was the decathlon champion at the 1976 Montreal Games; and Retton won the all-around gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Billups undergoes successful surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers guard Chauncey Billups underwent a successful surgery in Colorado on Wednesday to repair his torn left Achilles tendon that cost him the remainder of his first season in Los Angeles.
The Clippers say Billups is expected to remain in Colorado for about four weeks before returning to Los Angeles to begin rehabilitation.
Billups was injured in a Feb. 6 game against Orlando when he turned to run up the court and buckled.
The five-time All-Star had been a huge addition for the club, which claimed Billups in December after he was waived by the New York Knicks under the league’s new amnesty clause. He was averaging 14.9 points and four assists. But it was his impact in mentoring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that made Billups invaluable.