Heat's Cook returns as defending champ
'Who's Coming In Second?'
With those four words, Larry Bird's legend grew and the NBA gave birth to a crowd-pleaser with the launch of the Three-Point Shootout as part of All-Star Weekend in 1986 at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Story.
Pierce and Billups will be joined by defending champion Daequan Cook of Miami, Golden State's Stephen Curry, Phoenix's Channing Frye and New York's Danilo Gallinari in the All-Star Weekend event on Feb. 13 at American Airlines Center.
Cook, who received an automatic invitation after winning last season's event, will try to become the sixth repeat winner. He is shooting only 30 percent from 3-point range this season.
Pierce, who ranks third in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.467), has been the field's most accurate long-distance shooter this season. Frye and Curry also rank among the NBA's top 10 in 3-point percentage this season.
The inaugural Three-Point Shootout, won by three-time champion Larry Bird, was held during the 1986 All-Star Weekend in Dallas.
The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Officials are expecting more than 90,000 fans to attend, which would set an attendance record for a basketball game.