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Cartoon Network Offers An Animated Slam-Dunk

Cartoon Network is offering a creative pre-NBA all-star game programming option this weekend. On February 9, 2003, from 12:00-6:00 pm, 12 NBA players will tell viewers about their favorite cartoon characters and introduce some of the best cartoons featuring those characters in a special mini-marathon leading up to tip-off of the NBA all-star game on sister network TNT. Participants in Cartoon Network's "NBA All-Star Slam" include Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers); Theo Ratliff and Jason Terry (Atlanta Hawks); Shawn Marion and Stephon Marbury (Phoenix Suns); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson (New Jersey Nets); Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn (New Orleans Hornets); and Allan Houston (New York Knicks). The players take a shine to a range of cartoons, from THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, BUGS BUNNY and SCOOBY-DOO, to THUNDERCATS and YOSEMITE SAM. Excerpts and outtakes from the player's interviews will also be featured on TNT's sports show LISTEN UP! featuring Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson (Thursdays, 7:00-7:30 pm, ET/PT) for three weeks leading up to NBA All-Star 2003.