East Practice and Predictions for Tonight
Posted on January 14, 2013
Just returned from the East practice, and while it was hardly a competitive practice, it is always special to see so many great athletes all in one place. As far as the Wizards go, Caron Butler did not practice, but he did do some basic shooting before the drills started.
Here are some quick highlights of the 45 minute session:
Jamison joined the vets in a shooting competition against the younger guys. The players shot from 6 different spots on the floor with the young guys pulling out the win.
Caron Butler rebounded for the young guys, which included, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Joe Johnson.
Caron Butler was sporting his new CB3 All-Star shoes, which are pictured to the right.
Rasheed Wallace only shot left-handed in practice (including 3's), and he still rarely misses. It's unbelievable how talented these guys are.
The East coaches were showing the team out of bounds plays they were going to run when Lebron James drew up his own out of bounds play for the game. East Head Coach Doc Rivers referred to him as Coach James for the rest of practice.
At the end of practice the team chose five guys to shoot half-court shots. The players had 60 seconds to make as many as they could, because this was the first time this had ever been recorded the highest total set a World Record. Lebron James and Jason Kidd each tied with 3, with Kidd shooting all of his shots underhand. Ray Allen made two with Chauncey Billups and Joe Johnson both making just one.
Finally, following practice I had the chance to talk to both Antawn and Caron about their thoughts and predictions for tonight's contest.
Antawn Jamison: "I got (Jason) Kapono (in the 3-point contest), I think the contest suits him and he has a lot of confidence from last year, and in the slam dunk contest I'm pulling for the big guy, I'm pulling for Dwight (Howard) to go into his bag full of tricks and do something we haven't seen in a while. I think it's going to be an exciting dunk contest, you got four guys that can really contend for it and four guys that really bring some excitement as well."
Caron Butler: "I hate to go against my boy Rudy Gay, but Dwight Howard has something up his sleeve and it's CRAZY! I also like (Jamario) Moon. I saw Moon do some dunks in the warm-up yesterday that was unbelievable. He jumped two feet behind the free throw line, LEGIT, two feet from the free throw line, and then he does the Vince Carter 360 and puts his whole arm in the rim. I want to see what he's going to do. I like Kapono, I think he'll repeat."
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January 14, 2013
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