The marathon first aired on February 9, 2003 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and featured 13 NBA players telling viewers about their favorite cartoon characters and introducing some of the best cartoons featuring those characters in a special marathon leading up to the tip-off of the 2003 NBA all-star game on sister network TNT. Cartoon characters featured in the marathon ranged from the Powerpuff Girls, Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo, to the ThunderCats, Godzilla and Yosemite Sam.
Participants in Cartoon Network's "NBA All-Star Slam 2003" included:
- Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) - Godzilla
- Theo Ratliff (Atlanta Hawks) - Hong Kong Phooey
- Jason Terry (Atlanta Hawks) - Scooby-Doo
- Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) - The ThunderCats
- Stephon Marbury (Phoenix Suns) - Bugs Bunny
- Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers) - Space Ghost
- Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) - He-Man
- Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets) - The Wonder Twins
- Richard Jefferson (New Jersey Nets) - Yosemite Sam
- Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets) - Droopy
- Jamal Mashburn (New Orleans Hornets) - The Powerpuff Girls
- Allan Houston (New York Knicks) - The Jetsons
- Latrell Sprewell (New York Knicks) - The Flintstones
- Steve Francis (Houston Rockets) - Ed, Edd and Eddy
- Corey Magette (Los Angeles Clippers) - Mayor of Townsville
- Karl Malone (Los Angeles Lakers) - Johnny Bravo
- Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) - Dexter
- Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets) - Ed, Edd and Eddy
- Malik Rose (San Antonio Spurs) - Mandark
- Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers) - Muriel Bagge
- LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) - The Kids Next Door
- Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)
- Ben Wallace (Detroit Pistons)
The marathon aired again on February 19, 2006 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and featured Tommy Snider and Tara Sands from Cartoon Network's Fridays, as well as the NBA players. Also, it aired eight episodes of Ben 10.
- ↑ Godfrey, Leigh (February 4, 2003). "Cartoon Network Offers An Animated Slam-Dunk". awn.com. http://www.awn.com/news/cartoon-network-offers-animated-slam-dunk. Retrieved on June 19, 2015.
- ↑ "Cartoon Network All-Star Slam Quiz". nba.com. 2003. http://www.nba.com/hawks/news/Cartoon_Network_AllStar_Slam_-66221-33.html. Retrieved on June 19, 2015.
- ↑ Grove, Chris (January 22, 2004). "Cartoon Net, NBA Stars Team for B-Ball Slam". animationmagazine.net. http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cartoon-net-nba-stars-team-for-b-ball-slam/. Retrieved on June 19, 2015.
- ↑ DeMott, Rick (February 13, 2004). "Cartoon Network Matches Up Basketball Stars & Toons". awn.com. http://www.awn.com/news/cartoon-network-matches-basketball-stars-toons. Retrieved on June 19, 2015.