Nugget can't run but can still shoot
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets shooting guard Voshon Lenard will defend his 3-point shootout title at this year's NBA All-Star Weekend despite an Achilles tendon injury that hasn't fully healed and has kept him on the bench all season.
Lenard was injured in the season opener against the Lakers. Although his recovery has been ahead of schedule, he's still expected to miss the remainder of the season.
3-Point Shootout Winners 2005 Q. Richardson, Suns 2004 V. Lenard, Nuggets 2003 P. Stojakovic, Kings 2002 P. Stojakovic, Kings 2001 Ray Allen, Bucks 2000 Jeff Hornacek, Jazz 1999 Canceled, lockout 1998 Jeff Hornacek, Jazz 1997 Steve Kerr, Bulls 1996 Tim Legler, Bullets 1995 Glen Rice, Heat 1994 Mark Price, Cavs 1993 Mark Price, Cavs 1992 Craig Hodges, Bulls 1991 Craig Hodges, Bulls 1990 Craig Hodges, Bulls 1989 Dale Ellis, Sonics 1988 Larry Bird, Celtics 1987 Larry Bird, Celtics 1986 Larry Bird, Celtics
"I'd rather play in games than do this," Lenard said. "But this is the only thing I'm capable of doing right now, so I want to take advantage of that."
While he still moves slowly, Lenard hasn't seemed to lose his shooting touch.
Moving gingerly in practice the past few days, Lenard has been right on target in preparation for the 3-point contest. He has eclipsed 20 points several times, with a high of 23, and swished several jumpers from near halfcourt.
A career 38 percent 3-point shooter, Lenard scored 18 points in last year's final to end Peja Stojakovic's three-year run.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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