The Bucks' bouncy shooting guard Pat Connaughton took on the NBA dunk contest during All-Star Saturday in Chicago, with the help of a Milwaukee MVP. Actually make that two Brew City MVPs.
For his first dunk of the night, the Milwaukee Buck recruited Brewers all-star, 2018 National League MVP and handsome ESPN Body Issue model Christian Yelich for a quick detour on his way to Spring Training. Rocking a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey, Yelich held the ball for Connaughton, who grabbed the ball mid-air and dunked it home while wearing his Billy Hoyle finest.
Unfortunately, even the power of another sport's most valuable player and some "White Man Can't Jump" cosplay wasn't enough for Connaughton to win over judges Dwyane Wade, Common, Candace Parker, Chadwick Boseman and Scottie Pippen as the dunking Buck scored 45 points on the dunk – only good enough for third place in the round.
Thankfully, Connaughton had another dunk – and another MVP – up his sleeve, as he brought out teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo to hold the ball for his second attempt, leaping over the Greek Freak, snatching the ball mid-air, tapping it against the backboard and then slamming it through the hoop. It was impressive.
Pat Connaughton delivers a 50 🔥— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 16, 2020
Sadly it still wasn't enough for Planet Pat as he fell just one point short of qualifying for the final round. There, the Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. controversially won the thrilling competition over Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic – even though the latter scored a perfect 50 on five out of his six dunks and ended the contest dunking over 7'5" Celtics favorite Tacko Fall ... which somehow only earned a 47.
AARON GORDON JUMPS OVER 7’5" TACKO FALL... AND THEY GAVE HIM A 47. NOOOOO. pic.twitter.com/4eMFkLZe2N— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 16, 2020
Connaughton's still the champ in our book, though.
Meanwhile, in fellow Bucks-related NBA All-Star weekend action, Khris Middleton lost in the second round of the skills competition to the Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis after briefly forgetting how to dribble.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
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