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Wade’s duties as captain of the East All-Stars include serving in a leadership and supporting role on the Saturday night before the game.
The NBA consulted with Wade on who to choose from the East for the dunk and three-point contests.
For the dunk contest, Wade said: “Terrence Ross would be my first guy.”
Ross is the high-flying rookie for Toronto who soared through the Heat’s defense for a monster dunk on Jan. 23 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade indicated that Knicks second-year guard James White might compete in the dunk contest and added that he would like to see Knicks guard J.R. Smith in the contest as well.
“He’s a high-flyer,” Wade said.
As for the three-point contest, Wade said he successfully lobbied for Knicks shooter Steve Novak. Wade played with Novak at Marquette.
Wade also asked Ray Allen to compete in the three-point contest. Wade said Allen needed “some vacation time” after “all these years.”
BY JOSEPH GOODMAN