NBA ALL-STAR 2 BALL CONTEST
- In 1998, the Nba organization replaced the Slam Dunk contest for the 2Ball.
- In 2Ball, players alternate shooting from their choice of seven locations on the floor during the sixty second competition.
- Players must shoot from one of seven locations marked on the floor. Each location is worth a different point value (2-8) based on its distance from the floor.
- There are bonus’ and violations. The 10 bonus is given to the team that scores from each of the seven shooting spots. The 1 point violation is deducted when any team began before the official whistles, and the 10 points violations happens when any team finishes their 60 seconds without shoot from each position.
- In the first edition, the NBA made good use of the contest to promote the WNBA (female NBA), a competition that started in summer ’97. The NBA introduced the league in the NBA All-Star Weekend with this contest.
- Eight teams participated, representing all eight WNBA franchises. Each team had a man and a woman, who played in the same city.
- This contest was replaced in 2002 for the Hoop-it-up tournament, and finally in 2004 with the Shooting Stars Contest.
- Click on the years below to see more info regarding the contests.
1998 2Ball Contest
Team Houston, Clyde Drexler and Cynthia Cooper
- The teams were Phoenix, Cleveland, Houston, Utah, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Sacramento and New York.
- There were 2 rounds. In the first, each team had 60 seconds to get the best score. Two best teams passed to the final.
- In the first round seven teams were very close (40-54 points), and the worst was Los Angeles (the big disappointment) with 27 points. Houston defeated Utah in the final 73-61. Houston duo made 12-16.
- Clyde Drexler was almost perfect 7-8, after missing his first shoot (an eight points attempt) he hit his last seven attempts (6-4-5-6-7-8-6) to score 42 points.
- Cynthia Cooper, who had been WNBA MVP, made 5-8 (7-2-2-3-7) to score 21 points.
Utah used a different strategy.
- Karl Malone attempted the long 8 points bombs while Tammi Reiss shot from the rest of the circles. They finished with 61 points. Both teams got the 10 points bonus.
- Phoenix was the best team in the first round, but they missed the final because of the 10 points violation.
|Los Angeles: Bryant-Leslie||8||7||0||5||0||3||4||0||0||27|
|Cleveland: W. Person-M. Edwards||24||0||0||5||4||3||4||0||0||40|
|New York: Houston-Lobo||16||7||6||10||0||3||2||0||0||44|
|Sacramento: Richmond-Bolton Holifield||16||14||6||0||4||3||4||0||0||47|
2000 2Ball Contest
Team Utah, Jeff Hornacek and Natalie Williams
- Hornacek sunk a long seven points shot at the buzzer, breaking a 61-61 tie and giving the Utah team the victory.
- Jeff Hornacek scored 6-8 from the seven points spot (42 points) and Natalie Williams shot 4-6 from the six points spot and a lay-up, making 26 points.
- Phoenix team made 61 points. Jason Kidd 30 (5-8) and Jennifer Gillom 31 (5-7). Jeff Hornacek also won the AT&T 3 Point Shootout contest. Hornacek and Natalie Williams used an easy strategy, Hornacek shots from the left and Williams from the right.
- In the first round, Utah totaled 75 points with the same impressive baseline shooting, while Phoenix scored 62 points.
- Grant Hill and Jennifer Azzi, almost reached the final for Detroit with 59 points.
- Cynthia Cooper, who won in 1998 with Clyde Drexler, couldn’t repeat. This time with Steve Francis, they only scored 38 points.
- NBA wanted to involve fans in this contest. The pavilion was divided in 8 zones, each one played with a team.
- The winner zone had a present and the chance to win half million of dollars in the case that the winner made a basket from the half-court, but Hornacek missed.
In this edition, violations and bonus were not given.
|Los Angeles: Fisher-Leslie||0||7||6||10||4||0||2||29|
|Sacramento: J. Williams-Griffith||24||0||6||10||0||0||2||42|
|New York: Houston-Hammon||8||28||6||0||0||0||2||44|
|Detroit: G. Hill-Azzi||0||21||24||10||0||0||4||59|
|Utah: Hornacek-N. Williams||0||49||24||0||0||0||2||75|
|Utah: Hornacek-N. Williams||0||42||24||0||0||0||2||68|
2001 2Ball Contest
Team Sacramento, Peja Stojakovic and Ruth Bolton Holifield
|Utah: Russell-N. Williams||44|
|Sacramento: Stojakovic-Bolton Holifield||66|
|Sacramento: Stojakovic-Bolton Holifield||62|