Aaron Gordon was robbed!
If you missed the NBA's Dunk Contest on Saturday, you missed quite a show. Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon, after each posting several perfect 50-score slams, got into an epic dunk-off to determine the champion. Minnesota's LaVine was perfect throughout, however, and became the first back-to-back champ in six years.
There was only one problem...Gordon's dunks were much cooler! Don't believe me? Check this one out, which he did with the help of Orlando's mascot:
But you can judge for yourself by watching the full showdown here.
Every perfect dunk ever
Got an hour to kill? O.K. — maybe not with homework to do. But bookmark this page to return to watch this video of every perfect-score dunk in the history of the contest.
The other big All-Star weekend matchup
As good as the Dunk Contest was, some would say the Three-Point Competition — in which Klay Thompson finally beat Stephen Curry — was even better.
Emergency goalie alert!
Maybe the weirdest phenomenon in hockey is the emergency goalie, the person called upon to sit on the bench when one of a team's two netminders gets injured right before a game starts. That happened last night when Coyotes backup Anders Lindback wasn't able to go.
So the team called upon Nathan Schoenfeld, local bank manager and son-in-law of Arizona's equipment manager. Schoenfeld is no stranger to the team — his dad was head coach from 1997-1999 — but he's no professional hockey player either. He was at home bathing his twin baby sons when he got the call.
Ultimately, the 'Yotes won 6–2, and Nathan didn't have to come into the game. But for being a good sport, captain Shane Doan gave him the team's MVP championship belt anyway:
New guy Nathan Schoenfeld gets the MVP belt! https://t.co/y5TqVouCUP— Yotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 16, 2016
Happy belated birthday, Jaromir Jagr!
sorry phonepic.twitter.com/fgXecE6Fet— Tim Anderson Jr. (@TimAnderson7) February 15, 2016
This feeling. pic.twitter.com/aHOXak0aJv— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) March 18, 2015
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The Charlotte Hornets have acquired guard Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team deal also involving the Miami Heat, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Memphis receives guard P.J. Hairston and two second-round picks from Charlotte and forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen and two more future second-round picks from Memphis. Miami receives guard Brian Roberts from Charlotte.
Lee, 30, is averaging 10 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 37% from three this season for the Grizzlies. A solid perimeter defender, he gives Charlotte a rotation piece in wake of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s season-ending injury as the Hornets chase a playoff spot.
Hairston, 23, was Charlotte’s first-round selection in 2014 and is averaging six points in 19 minutes per game for the Hornets. The deal makes the Grizzlies younger and gives them assets in the form of picks as they plan for their future, with Marc Gasol’s injury dampening their short-term outlook. Andersen, 37, is on an expiring contract worth $5 million this season.
Roberts, 30, is a journeyman reserve whose deal expires after the season and gives the Heat backcourt depth in their playoff chase.
- Jeremy Woo
The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova, the Pistons announced Tuesday.
Harris, 23, told ESPN’s Chris Broussard he was ready to “make the playoffs.” He signed a four-year deal worth $64 million with Orlando in the off-season.
Harris averaged 13 points and seven rebounds this season starting at forward for the 23–29 Magic. The Pistons are 27–27 and a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the East, and will slot him in alongside Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt.
Ilyasova, 28, averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds as Detroit’s starting power forward and remains on an affordable contract that pays him $7.9 million this season and $8.4 million next year.
Orlando receives some potential salary relief in the 26-year-old Jennings, who joins an already-crowded young backcourt with Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Mario Hezonja, and is on an expiring contract worth about $8.3 million. He’s averaged 6.8 points and three assists in 18 games, receiving limited playing time behind Reggie Jackson after returning from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
- Jeremy Woo