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Hardaways, Sr. and Jr., to team up for All-Star shooting challenge

Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts after hitting a three

Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts after hitting a three point basket in the second half against the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tim Hardaway Jr. called his father and told him to start shooting.

Former All-Star Tim Hardaway and his son will be teammates next Saturday at All-Star Weekend. The two Hardaways and Elena Della Donne of the WNBA's Chicago Sky will compete in the Shooting Stars Challenge in New Orleans.

Hardaway Jr. was asked if his dad, a five-time All-Star with Miami and Golden State and now a scout for the Heat, is in shape.

"No, he's not," the rookie swingman said. "I got on the phone with him and talked to him about it: Make sure you get some shots up. He still runs every day, still tries to stay fit. That's a good sign.

"It's good just to have an opportunity, to seize the moment. I was like why not, might as well take advantage of it. I know a lot of people haven't seen him play. It will be good to have him out there on the court."

Hardaway Jr. also will play in the Rising Stars Game for rookies and second-year players Friday night.

Bargnani update

Andrea Bargnani has been running without the steel brace covering his left elbow. He said he takes it off when he runs because it bothers him. Bargnani, who has a torn ligament and said he doesn't know when he will be re-examined, remains unsure when he can return.

"Feels better," he said. "Slow. You can't really say until you do another exam."

Under the knife

Former Knicks Danilo Gallinari (reconstructive left ACL surgery) and Nate Robinson (torn left ACL) are out for the season for Denver. Gallinari hasn't played this season after requiring a second surgery on the knee he tore last season. "I think I'll be ready for training camp," he told the Denver Post.

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