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Top 5 Three-Point Shootouts Ever
Saturday , Feb , 16 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Three-Point Shootouts Ever

Before tonight's latest installment of the Three-Point Shootout, let's reflect on the five best contests in history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: If there is anything we've learned, anybody can win, regardless of reputation entering the contest.

Before we get to the list, a quick factoid. Do you know who has the lowest score in contest history? Amazingly, Michael Jordan with five points in 1990. Wowza.

1986- Larry Bird

The first contest ever was basically the beginning of Bird asserting himself as the most successful and entertaining of any three-point contestant ever. Bird made a then-competition record of 11 straight shots. When he won the contest and received his over-sized check, Bird quipped, "That check has had my name on it for a week now." He dominated eventual three time champion Craig Hodges in the final round 22-12 and set the standard for what was expected in ensuing competitions.

1991- Craig Hodges

This contest was arguably the deepest ever, right there with the 1995 version. The field consisted of champ Hodges, Drazen Petrovic (RIP), Dell Curry, Jeff Hornacek, Mitch Richmond, John Stockton, Craig Ehlo and Jim Les. In this contest, Hodges set the all time record for consecutive shots made with nineteen, and looked like a completely unstoppable robot, IE like the T-1000 in the original Terminator.

1988- Larry Bird

Bird only had seven pints with 25 seconds left with two racks remaining but would rebound to win making the final shot and generating the signature image of him extending his index finger as the final, event winning ball went through the net.  Bird beat Dale Ellis 17-15 in the final round and created an indelible image in the process. Poor Dale Ellis. He competed in each of the first three contests and could never beat Bird, who won all three of them.But don't feel too bad for Dale, he eventually won the contest in 1989.

2002/2003- Peja Stojakovic

Peja's two wins were in back to back years, both ending in overtime. both times victorious over Wesley Person, younger bro of "The Rifelman" and fellow three-point alum Chuck Person. In 2002, Peja and Person outlasted Steve Nash in the Finals, tying at 20 before Person lost in the finals en route to Stojakovic's first title. The following year, they tied again in the finals after beating Brent Berry. Stojakovic  would win that math-up as well, winning his second consecutive title. And the fans won by getting to watch an entire extra round of shots being hoisted up.

2007- Jason Kapono

Kapono gets no respect for his back to back titles, because his shot wasn't particularly pleasing to the eye and he was a journeyman as a player. But in 2007 he locked horns with Jason Terry for one of the most exciting competitions in history. Terry fought his way into the finals by winning a shootout with Mike Miller, then tied with Kapono in the Finals to earn an extra session. Both players were hot from start to finish and it was fun to watch. The tiebreaker didn't disappoint either, with Kapono besting Terry 24-19.

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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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Sunday , Feb , 26 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Evans and Love win Dunk and 3-point contests, but do you care?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Does anybody care that Jeremy Evans and Kevin Love are your 2012 Slam Dunk and Three Point Shootout champions?

Of course, not.

In fact, the highlight of All-Star Saturday was TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley throwing zingers at past and present players.

Barkley's best moment was calling out current superstars for choosing to skip the Slam Dunk Contest, which has long been All-Star Saturday’s showcase event.

After all, Blake Griffin decided not to defend his 2011 Slam Dunk Title. And LeBron James again talked of participating but ultimately spent the night with teammate Dwyane Wade on the sideline.

So watch the videos below and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts on All-Star Saturday.
 

 

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Three Point Shootout, I Miss You
Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2011 Paul Eide

Three Point Shootout, I Miss You

Would anyone even notice if the Three Point Shootout was replaced by an offhand layup drill? Does anyone really believe Daequan Cook or Paul Pierce are potentially the best three point shooters in the league?  Did you know Jason Kapono won the title in back to back years? The only reason I did is because I Wikipedia-ed it. If you answered “no” to any of these questions like I did, then you are as desensitized by the three point shootout as I am. Which is very sad because I used to love it.