December 09, 2009
The Orlando Magic's Stan Van Gundy will seek to become the first NBA head coach to capture the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout crown, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center, as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
Van Gundy, whose three-point shot resembles that of a young Craig Hodges, was announced today as one of six Three-Point contestants during a press conference in Dallas. Van Gundy will be joined by defending champion Daequan Cook(notes) of the Heat, rookie Brandon Jennings(notes) of the Bucks, Matt Bonner(notes) of the Spurs, Anthony Morrow(notes) of the Warriors and Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro — if he isn't fired by then.
The players/coaches will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2009 commemorative blue and green colored "money ball" worth two points at each location. (Note: The "money ball" will be referred to as "the money shot" when Van Gundy shoots.)
Each player/coach will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players/coaches will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which will also feature the PlayStation Skills Challenge, Sprite Slam Dunk, Haier Shooting Stars and Run Rondo Run.