Faried Wins Rising Stars Challenge MVP
For the second time, rookie and sophomore selections were put into a pool and drafted for Team Shaq and Team Chuck in a battle of the color analysts.
As expected, there was little defense played to start the game as the two teams traded baskets, but where Team Shaq could only manage to maintain a 50 percent shooting average on the night, Team Chuck stayed in the sixties and everyone on the roster nailed at least one three-pointer except Tristan Thompson. Midway through the first half, Team Chuck had a balanced attack of 10 made threes and 10 dunks. It took the guard-heavy Team Shaq all game to hit their ninth three-pointer.
At the half, Kenneth Faried led all players with 19 points on 8-11 shooting as Team Chuck had rolled out to a 90-66 lead and used their size to out rebound Team Shaq 25-11. The highlight of the half-time was Karl Malone’s story about how Barkley stored Vaseline in his navel for use during games.
The game’s MVP was Faried, who put on a show with 40 points and 10 rebounds. Faried give the fans a taste of what to expect on Saturday when the game turned into an uncontested slam dunk contest during the last two minutes. Faried could surprise a few people.