Monday , Jan , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rudy Fernandez Named Fourth Dunk Contest Participant

The Oregonian has announced that Rudy Fernandez received more on-line votes than the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook or Milwaukee’s Joe Alexander to earn the rookie spot in the All-Star Game slam dunk contest Feb. 14 in Phoenix.

Fernandez’s dunk over Dwight Howard in the Olympics could have been a key factor. Sergio Rodriguez, Fernandez’s good friend, has declined to join him for the All-Star Game. Brandon Roy, expected to be named a Western
Conference All-Star reserve, will assist Fernandez during the competition.

“It is what is,” Westbrook said. “You want to win but it’s out of your control.”