According to NBA.com, Nowitzki and Wade will be selected in a new third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, adding a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster.
By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the pool of players for the All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on February 17.
Wade, 37, has already announced this season will be his last ride before he retires, and while Dirk has yet to make such a statement, it's widely expected this will be the 40-year-olds final season as well. "There's a lot of guys that get their first chance to be All-Stars, and if they deserve it then they deserve it and they should have those spots". As of Thursday night, Russell Westbrook is officially a Western Conference reserve - the eighth career All-Star nod for the Thunder's superstar point guard.
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McDavid wasn't the only one to be a repeat champion as Johnny Gaudreau won the puck control event for the second straight year. Decker finished the competition in 1:06. "He's such a legend here for everything he's done for the city", Matthews said.
James and Antetokounmpo will select their teams regardless of a player's conference or position, with each captain choosing 11 players. The game will be broadcast on TNT.
Luc Longley was the standard-bearer for Australian hoops when he was drafted out of New Mexico back in 1991, becoming both the country's first National Basketball Association representative and first champion when he won three straight titles with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Paul George, and Kevin Durant were chosen as the other eight starters.
Wade - a 12-time NBA All-Star - and James were teammates on the Heat, winning NBA titles in 2012 and '13 after being stunned by Nowitzki's Mavericks in the 2011 Finals.