Hoops Hoopla 2/17/13
February 17, 2013
HOUSTON - The NBA held its usual array of competitions on the eve of the All-Star game in Houston.
Toronto rookie Terrence Ross beat defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the slam-dunk contest. The 6-foot-6 Ross jumped over a ball boy, whipped the ball between his legs and threw down a one-handed slam to clinch the victory.
Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving beat San Antonio's Matt Bonner to win the 3-point contest. Irving started 7 for 7 in the final round and finished with 23 points, two shy of the record shared by Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono
A team of Chris Bosh, Swin Cash and Dominique Wilkins won the Shooting Stars competition, beating the trio of Russell Westbrook, Maya Moore and Robert Horry. Portland rookie Damian Lillard beat Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday in the final round to win the Skills Competition
NBA Commissioner David Stern held his final All-Star weekend news conference before retiring next February. He fielded numerous questions about the future of the Sacramento Kings but gave little insight into the situation.
A Seattle group has reached an agreement to buy the team from the Maloof family with the goal of moving it to the Northwest, and Sacramento's mayor is trying to keep the Kings in California's capital. Stern says owners will continue to discuss the plans and will hear from Mayor Kevin Johnson with the goal of deciding at their April board meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said next year's All-Star game likely will be played in New York, either at Madison Square Garden or the Barclay's Center.