NBA adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star group of players

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "MIAMI (AP) – Dallas & # 39; Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Dwyane Wade are the two NBA champions, MVP of the NBA Finals and long time basketball ambassadors. MIAMI (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas and Dwyane Wade of Miami are both champions of the NBA, MVP of the NBA Finals and long time ambassadors of basketball.

And now, again, they are All-Stars.

<p class = "web-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the all-star team in Charlotte on February 17. Each team will now have 13 players instead of the usual 12 players. James Lebron – One of the captains – will be the one who will decide which side will join Wade and Nowitzki. "data-reactid =" 24 "> On the special order of the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the group of players for the all-star game that will take place in Charlotte on February 17. Each team will have now 13 players instead of the usual 12, and LeBron James – one of the captains – will be the one who will decide which side Wade and Nowitzki will join.

Wade said that he had reached out to Silver to thank him for the gesture.

"I enjoyed the support of my fans for voting for me, but I did not want to be able to take a spot in the lineup of someone who has his first opportunity to get involved. go to the star game or their second or third, "Wade said. & # 39; & # 39; I had 12 opportunities to do it. For the commissioner to create this opportunity for Dirk and myself, it's cool. I appreciate it being done more, so I will be there. & # 39; & # 39;

Silver, in a statement issued by the league, praised what Nowitzki and Wade represented for the match.

"Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: outstanding skill, motivation and professionalism, as well as a deep dedication to strengthening their communities and developing gaming around the world," Silver said. . "As a worldwide celebration of basketball, our all-star game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class champions and MVP finalists."

Also Friday, Silver announced that Dr. Angelo Russell, of Brooklyn, will debut in a team of stars. Russell will replace Indiana star, Victor Oladipo, injured.

Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, will be a star for the 13th time. Nowitzki is going for the 14th time in the All-Star Game and has not yet officially announced whether his 21st season with the Mavericks will be the last of his career.

"I look forward to sharing this step with you again," wrote James on Twitter.

The heat trainer, Erik Spoelstra, who plans a beach getaway after the break from the All-Star Game and who does not think about watching the All-Star Game, said he might have to alter his plans and to be in front of a TV for the game.

"I thought it was great," Spoelstra said of Silver's gesture. & # 39; Very nice. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;

Nowitzki was already going to play an important role in the All-Star weekend, having agreed to be honorary coach of the all-star game Friday night and to be part of the All-Star Saturday Night. Wade went to the All-Star Game for various events and explored some broadcast opportunities, but he will now wear shorts and sneakers instead of a suit for the highlight of the Sunday night weekend.

Wade is three-time NBA champion. Nowitzki led Dallas to the 2011 NBA title, facing Miami – Avenging Wade and Heat beating Dallas for the 2006 title.

"I'm happy to be able to share this opportunity with Dirk, one of the biggest players in the game, against whom I've had some battles," Wade said. & # 39; & # 39; That's just right. & # 39; & # 39;

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "James and his fellow captain Giannis Antetokounmpo James will choose his teams on February 7th. James will have the first choice in the first round, when the starters will be chosen. Antetokounmpo gets the first pick in the second round, while James and he will share the 14 reservists. And James has the first pick in the third round, one that will include Wade – his former teammate, close friend and former board member of 2003 – and Nowitzki. "Data-reactid =" 37 "> James and his colleague Captain Giannis Antetokounmpo James will choose his teams on February 7. Antetokounmpo will get the No. 1 pick in the first round, when he will divide the 14 reservists. third round pick, the one that will include Wade – his former teammate, close friend and friend candidate of 2003 – and Nowitzki.

& # 39; & # 39; He'd better choose me, "said Wade.

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