Dallas–If you need a reason to watch the lowest-wattage event of All-Star weekend (I mean even that C-list celebrity game had T.O. dunking) then peep the Atlanta contingent in the Shooting Stars contest tonight.
J.J., former Hawks All-Star Steve Smith and current Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry will rep Atlanta. They will compete against three other teams of NBA, WNBA and former NBA players/analysts by shooting from six different spots on the floor and . . . aw, skip it.
Angel already has called out Smith, 40, an NBA TV analyst.
“I’ve been talking to Steve,” she said. “I told him he needs to get his ice, his massage, some Flexall, whatever he needs to do to get ready. He needs this W more than I do. He’s an analyst, and he will get talked about bad (on TV) if he loses.”
Angel was WNBA Rookie of the Year for the Dream last summer. More important to me, because I’m selfish, she’s the greatest player in the history of the women’s program at my alma mater, the Ville. Shoot, she can get in the conversation for most accomplished Cards baller regardless of gender. Respect.
Angel flew in for All-Star weekend from Slovakia, where she’s playing pro ball.
“Everything is good,” she said. “They treat us like NBA players. We play in front of big crowds. The people are nice.”
Angel is set to return to Atlanta in April to prepare for the WNBA season.
“I’m trying to bring a championship to the ‘A’,” she said. “Quote me on that.”