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Bulls' Thomas in slam dunk contest, Jordan a judge

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Bulls' Thomas in slam dunk contest, Jordan a judge
Chicago Bulls' Tyrus Thomas, right, blocks the shot of Boston Celtics' Tony Allen during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. The Bulls won, 100-82. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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NEW YORK - The guys judging the slam dunk competition might be better than the ones competing in it.

Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins lead four former champions who will serve as judges for the last competition of All-Star Saturday night. They will be joined by Hall of Famer Julius Erving and two other champs who will play in the All-Star game: Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter.

New York guard Nate Robinson will try to defend his title in the Feb. 17 event in Las Vegas. Orlando All-Star Dwight Howard, Chicago rookie Tyrus Thomas and Boston's Gerald Green round out the field.

After the 5-foot-9 Robinson needed 14 attempts to complete a dunk in last year's dunk-off, a new rule is being implemented this season allowing competitors 2 minutes to complete a dunk once they've received the ball from the referee. If they haven't dunked within that time, they will have two more chances to do so.

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