Raptors' Kapono entered in all-star shootout
The old adage "everything comes in threes" will be put to the test by Toronto Raptors sharpshooter Jason Kapono during the NBA's all-star weekend in Phoenix.
Kapono will seek to become the third player to win three three-point shooting competitions in a row, when he and five challengers take to the court at the US Airways Center on Feb. 13, the night before the all-star game.
Previous three-time winners were Larry Bird (1986-88) and Craig Hodges (1990-92).
Kapono, 28, will be competing with Mike Bibby of the Atlanta Hawks, Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat, Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers, Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic and Roger Mason of the San Antonio Spurs.
"It is a very veteran group," said Cook, 21. "I'm the youngest player in it by far."
Lewis leads the sextet with 137 three-point baskets in the regular season, followed by Granger (120), Bibby (114), Cook (105), Mason (103) and Kapono (52).
"It's going to be a tough competition," Cook said.
Kapono is an impressive 45.6 per cent shooter from three-point range, nailing 339 of 743 attempts as a pro.
He set a career high with 108 treys in 67 games with Miami in 2006-07.
Kapono has averaged 7.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 19.1 minutes in 369 games, including 72 starts, over six NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Heat and Raptors.
He is averaging 7.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 24.0 minutes in 48 appearances this season, his second with Toronto.
With files from the Canadian Press