The three-point contest started slow but ended with some nice drama when Bradley Beal pushed eventual winner Marco Belinelli to a shoot-off. This is the only consistently enjoyable event, and it didn’t fail once again.
As for the dunk contest? It was…interesting? The team format was a little clunky, the dunks themselves weren’t overly impressive and John Wall showed that making a dunk on your first try is the way to go. Why don’t players change the dunk if they miss on the first try, I’ll never know. It’s about the element of surprise as much as the execution.
All things told it was an enjoyable experience as per usual, even if some of the best moments so far have happened outside of the more ballyhooed events.
Like this, for example. Check out Stephen Curry drain not one, not two, but three halfcourt shots in a row as every other NBA player assaults the basket with misses. Maybe Curry should have taken a few steps back in the three-point competition.
With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.
The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.
And so the search goes on.
The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.
With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.
Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker