NBA alters format for rookies-sophomores game

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by Kevin Holden

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has decided to try a new format for its All-Star weekend game featuring the league's top young talent.

The Rising Stars Challenge will feature teams comprised of both rookies and sophomores. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will serve as the general managers and conduct a draft on Feb. 16 to determine each team.

The rookies faced the sophomores in previous years.

The pool of players for this year's game on Feb. 24 in Orlando, Fla., will be announced on Wednesday. The head coaches will be the lead assistants from the All-Star game coaching staffs.

The NBA announced the details on Tuesday.

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