Originally written on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 11/18/14
In an effort to make NBA All-Star Weekend a little bit more exciting for fans, the league has thrown in a few twists and turns. Both respective All-Star squads have been appointed honorary captains (Dwyane Wade for the East, and Chris Paul for the West).Each captain has the unique duty of recruiting participants for the rest of the weekend's festivities, including the Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam-Dunk Contest.Though Wade may no longer be considered a top-five player in his conference anymore, his popularity propelled him into the starting five. He may in fact be a heated rival (pun intended), but his selection as captain of the Eastern Conference squad appears to reap benefits for the Knicks.Sharpshooting Steve Novak was snubbed for the long-range shooting contest last season, despite emerging as one of the league's most efficient scorers from deep and not to mention, a nice feel-good story with regard to his road to success. Though he was denied such a chance to display his shooting range last year, a former college teammate is making sure he gets his shot.Wade and Novak played together at Marquette, and according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Wade has asserted that the Knicks' forward will participate in the Three-Point Shootout. While Novak has struggled to cash in on some of the same success he had last season, such an appointment to the contest is still very deserved given his effort and abilities.What's more, one of Novak's best buddies from the Knicks may be set to join him in Houston for the week. Wade is also said to be recruiting J.R. Smith (who felt he was snubbed in his own way with regard to not getting named to the All-Star Team) for the Sprite Slam-Dunk Contest. It'll be interesting if Smith returns to the contest and joins Novak, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler in town for the weekend.
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