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Today In NBA History 1995: Miami Heat Sweep Dunk Contest, Three Point Shootout
Tuesday , Feb , 12 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995: Miami Heat Sweep Dunk Contest, Three Point Shootout

18 years ago tonight, the Miami Heat dominated NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: That Saturday night became the turning point for the franchise.

In the first seven years of the Heat's existence, the franchise had one .500+ season and two first round playoff losses to its credit. Rony Seikaly was the face of the franchise and it wasn't cool to like them, unless you appreciated Jon Sundvold's touch from deep (led the league in three point percentage in 1988-89) or Sherman Douglas' propensity to shoot first, which was pretty rare for a PG at the time. 

Then, the 1995 NBA All-Star game happened in Phoenix. Sharpshooting forward Glen Rice won the three-point shootout and "Baby Jordan" Harold Miner demolished his foes in the Slam Dunk Contest. Suddenly, it was cool to wear a Heat uniform.

Rice's three-point victory is perhaps most impressive and I would argue the field he beat is perhaps the best combination of shooters ever assembled in the history of the contest. There were three-point shooters of all shapes and varieties, all kinds of specialties. Just look at this list- Steve Kerr, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Dan Majerle, Scott Burrell, "The Rifleman" Chuck Person, even Reggie Miller.

But Glen Rice was not intimidated. At that time he was already the all-time leading scorer in Heat history. Ultimately, Rice would best Miller in the finals.

The dunk contest was equally exciting with Harold Miner winning his second dunk championship in three years. While the lineup of dunkers wasn't as impressive as the three-point contest (Tim Perry, Antonio Harvey, Jamie Watson, Tony Dumas) the "main event" between Miner and defending champ Isaiah "JR" Rider was what everyone wanted to see.

When the dust settled, Rice and Miner were champs and it really legitimized the Heat as an NBA franchise, no longer just a red-headed step child of expansion. From that weekend on, the Heat signed Pat Riley as head coach and made the playoffs the next six seasons.

If it wasn't for that All-Star Saturday Night 18 years ago, the Heat wouldn't be the franchise they are today. 

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Top Ten Definitively Worst NBA Nicknames
Wednesday , Sep , 12 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Top Ten Definitively Worst NBA Nicknames

Top Ten Definitively Worst NBA Nicknames

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Do you really want to be called Boobie, Pooh,  or Bimbo? Really?

Here are the worst of the worst. If you're looking for a nickname on the blacktop do not ask one of these ballers for advice. I repeat, do NOT ask one of these NBA players. Here you go, the 10 worst NBA nicknames ever.

#10 Harold "Baby Jordan" Minor

Yes, he could leap through the roof, but with his NBA career only lasting 4 seasons comparisons to Jordan seem a bit absurd.

#9 Jameer "Crib Midget" Nelson

It's hard to view this nickname as anything but offensive. We know it's playful, but this one is simply weird.

#8 Vernel "Bimbo" Coles

We can only hope this isn't the type of nickname that got passed on to his daughters. What kind of grown man wants people calling him Bimbo to his face.

#7 Craig "Eggs" Ehlo

It's tough to be a dominating force in the NBA with a nickname like Eggs, but Ehlo actually managed quite a respectable NBA career. Ehlo reported got the nickname from John Lucas because when they played together in Houston they would play one-on-one for breakfast.

#6 Damon "The World's Greatest Shooter" Jones

I am a believer in positive thinking, but this just ridiculous. Jones isn't even in the top 10,000 NBA shooters of all time, let alone #1. Lucky for him though, he made another prestigious list. With a self-dubbed nickname like this, he was destined for the Worst Nickname List.

#5 David "DaWhite Howard" Lee

Anytime your nickname is referencing how you are the white version of a great black player you have the recipe for a Top 10 Worst Nickname. David Lee does not disappoint. Yeah, Dwight Howard is a beast in the game and Lee has his moments, but lets not get carried away her folks.

#4 Sasha "The Machine" Vujacic

The only way this nickname works is if his ex-girlfriend and mega-hot tennis pro / model Maria Sharapova gave it to him. She didn't and he rides the pine, so take it easy there Sasha. Your first name is feminine enough, don't try to overcompensate with your forced nickname.

#3 "Pooh" Richardson

I'm not sure what could be more demeaning than pooh. This Timberwolve's nickname is literally calling himself pooh, as in shit. Not The shit, just shit. 

#2 Daniel "Boobie" Gibson

Although we are a fan, we have to say we don't want to be called Boobiey all day long. Just think of the scenarios: "Looking good Boobie. Use your head Boobie. Do you need some water Boobie." It just seems wrong.

#1 Corey "Bad Porn" Maggette 

The logic behind this one actually makes sense if the judgment does not. Corey apparently got the nickname "Bad Porn" because of his ability to penetrate the oppositions defense at will, so for all that penetration people started calling him Bad Porn. Yuck.

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