NBA All-Star 2018: Three takeaways from the Saturday’s challenges
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This is the day most basketball fans want to see during NBA All-Star Weekend.
The dunk contest, 3-point contest and skills competition make up one of the most entertaining nights in all of sports and Saturday did not disappoint.
It was a night of nostalgia and one of a preview as we saw Devin Booker send a message to the entire NBA.
Did you even know Spencer Dinwiddie was in the skills competition? You probably didn’t, but that didn’t stop him from bringing home the win.
The Nets guard took down Lauri Markannen in the finals to give the victory back to the little men as the previous two competitions had been won by seven-footers.
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It’s difficult to imagine Brees and the Saints parting ways, especially with the team again competitive and without his heir on the roster. Brees himself has said he doesn’t anticipate testing the open market, but it’ll be a little tricky. Brees’ contract did not allow the Saints to use the franchise tag, so they’ll have to meet his price for a standard contract Brandon LaFell Authentic Jersey before a March 14 deadline that would accelerate $18 million in salary-cap space. The situation provides an opening for Brees to test the market if he changes his mind.
The former Pro Bowl cornerback never returned from the concussion he suffered in the Packers’ 2016 season opener at Jacksonville. It was the fourth concussion of his NFL career, and second in nine months after missing four games during the 2015 season.
When healthy, Shields was one of the top cover cornerbacks in the league. He has 23 interceptions (including the playoffs) since entering the league in 2010.
When former commissioner David Stern introduced the concept of a 19-year age limit for draft entry in 2005, the league had gone through a decade in which roughly three dozen players had attempted to join the league after completing high school. Many failed to ever play a game. Some became solid NBA contributors. A few became Hall of Fame-level superstars: Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, most notably.