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Kobe, Nash, Stojakovic among 3-point shooting contest participants

NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant will take part in the 3-point
shooting contest at All-Star weekend against a field that includes
defending champion Jason Kapono and the last repeat winner,
Peja Stojakovic.

Steve Nash, Detroit All-Star Richard Hamilton and Cleveland's
Daniel Gibson also were chosen Wednesday to take part in the event,
which will be held Feb. 16 in New Orleans during All-Star Saturday
night.

Bryant will try to add the 3-point title to the dunk
championship he won as a rookie in 1997. He is shooting 35 percent
from behind the arc this season.

Kapono signed with Toronto in the offseason and is shooting 51
percent from 3-point range. He won last year in Las Vegas while
playing for Miami, falling just shy of the event record with a 24
in the final round.

Stojakovic, from the hometown Hornets, won the event in 2002-03
while playing for Sacramento and was the runner-up in 2004.