Saturday night all star fun: Shooting stars and Skills challenge

Team Chicago didn't exactly represent in the shooting stars
competition.  I don't know the rules of the shooting stars challenge,
since, well, who does.   Given that Gasol, Horford, Dirk, and Taj were
in it, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that a PF/C had to be
the current NBA player.

Otherwise, each team probably would have sent someone else.   Still, that said, Taj didn't have much luck there.   Team Chicago put forth a 1:06 in round one and was eliminated.   They couldn't knock down the half court shot, and if Steve Kerr wasn't on the floor, they'd still probably be shooting it because the Sky player (yeah, didn't catch her name, lousy journalism) and Gibson couldn't come within 5 feet of the basket.

Team Atlanta went on to win the competition as Team Texas choked in the finals.  They had the best chance to win IMO as all three of their players were coming close on the half court shot, but in the end they just couldn't make it and rimmed in and out too many times.

Skills challenge coming up next...


Derrick Rose didn't make it to the final round in the skills competition, but he didn't embarrass himself at least.  He finished just a second off the pace to make it in the top 2.  Had he decided to take the jumper at the end he might have been able to win, but he did the traditional dunk move instead and was just a shade off the pace.

Stephen Curry went on to win the compettion with a 28.2 time in the second round as Russell Westbrook completely fell apart in that round with a 44+ second performance.

So not much of an exciting night so far for the Chicago Bulls players, the real fun for Chicago will come tomorrow. 

[update... 2]

Not sure the three point shooting contest is too exciting to talk about, but James Jones of the Heat won.   The funniest part of the event to me was when Ray Allen was eliminated none of the announcers knew it because apparently, they can't count to 7 properly and thought you could score 7 from a spot (4 1s, and 1 2 ball).   All of them went on about how Allen still had a chance when he was done.

The dunk contest was okay, but really, the dunk contest is probably best viewed on youtube, where you can take in just the makes all spliced together in about 2 minutes rather than watching a half hour of misses and waiting around.

I think JaVale McGee was the real winner, as Blake Griffin had a bunch of BS hype about his dunking.   In reality, Griffin completed a 360 dunk, a straight line one handed dunk with a catch off a pass from the side of the backboard, a dunk where he stuck his elbow in the rim, and one where he jumped over the hood of the car.

I don't think any of those were creative at all really, the best was the 360 dunk which wasn't really anything special except that it showed off his extreme athleticism in just how fast he spun.   What would have been truly entertaining is if he did a 540, because he had enough spin speed that I think he'd have a chance at pulling a 540 off.  

Otherwise, the side of the rim dunk was a joke, it came after he missed a higher degree of difficulty dunk about 6 times and they had to pull out a safety.  They gave him one point more than the next closest guy just to put him in the finals.

The elbow dunk showed off his vertical and athleticism, but was showy at the end with him hanging on the rim by his elbow more so than looking that impressive to me as far as the dunk.   The leap over the car where they bring out a full choir to sing was just ridiculously hyped and not that impressive at all in reality. 

Javale pulled out a dunk where he dunked two balls on two different baskets to kick things off.  Easily the best dunk of the night in my opinion.   He started from the baseline and tossed one ball off the first backboard at an angle, dunked the other ball while flying past the rim, caught the first ball and dunked it on the far backboard.

The dunk scored a 50 and was the most creative and difficult looking thing I've seen in a long time.

He followed it up in the first round by doing a 3 ball dunk which was similarly amazing.  I give him more credit for creativity and difficulty without ridiculous hype and props, and crown him the Bulls Confidential dunk champion, which will get him a star bucks latte if he's got five bucks on him.


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  • Man these competitions are really silly filler material, does anyone really want to watch Taj miss half court shots? I wonder who at the NBA headquarters thought this would be something the fans would enjoy watching.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It's about having fun this weekend, just goes to show how anal you are. Real basketball fans do enjoy watching all star weekend. How old are you 70?...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Funny, I thought real basketball fans enjoy watching basketball, not players who can't even shoot threes try to hit shots from half court.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    hahahahaha. I'm a real basketball fan, and lets just say, when you go to school 40 hours a week, you learn to take your weekends and enjoy em, not sit at home watching imitation basketball. but i did dvr it

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Since I'm a 54 year old white guy who's married with a family, there is only so much time I can devote to following the Bulls on TV, so frankly, the All-Star Weekend is a welcome break from getting grief from my family because "The Bulls are on..."

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Her name is Catherine Kraayeveld, but misspelled it as "Kraayveld," and a bunch of news articles repeated the mistake.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    By the way, as of today, the Chicago Bulls are officially the most efficient team in the NBA, measured by wins per million dollars spent in player salary. Surely Pat Riley is a shoe-in for the GM of the year award, but this should give some consideration to GarPax:

  • In reply to Reese1:

    For me, allowing players to repeat missed dunks over and over ruins the dunk contest. At the least a point should be deducted for every miss, IMO.

    Do they allow 3pt shooters a do-over on a bad rack in the 3pt contest?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    they screwed up. Big men in the skills competition and small guys in the star crapathon.

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