Irving headlines roster for Rising Stars Challenge

Kyrie Irving, the MVP of last year’s Rising Stars Challenge,

will return to the game featuring top rookies and second-year


The Cleveland All-Star was one of 18 players chosen Wednesday

for the Feb. 15 game in Houston. Charles Barkley and Shaquille

O’Neal will again serve as general managers and draft teams during

TNT’s pregame show Feb. 7.

Rookie stars Damian Lillard of Portland and Anthony Davis of New

Orleans, the No. 1 pick in the draft, also were selected.

Irving, voted an Eastern Conference reserve by the conference’s

head coaches, scored 34 points last year in Orlando to lead Team

Chuck over Team Shaq, 146-133. Cavaliers teammates Dion Waiters,

Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller also were picked.

The remainder of the roster is: Harrison Barnes and Klay

Thompson (Golden State); Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

(Charlotte); Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond (Detroit); Bradley

Beal (Washington); Kenneth Faried (Denver); Kawhi Leonard (San

Antonio); Chandler Parsons (Houston); Alexey Shved (Minnesota); and

Nikola Vucevic (Orlando).