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Buddy Hield won’t participate in this year’s 3 Point Shootout

Buddy's absence means there will be no Kings at All-Star weekend.

The participants for this year's 3-Point Contest have been revealed, and Buddy Hield will not be participating. Per Chris Haynes:

Hield won last year's contest, but has struggled from beyond the arc this season, currently shooting 36.9% from deep. Despite his shooting percentages, Buddy is still third in the NBA in made threes this year, behind Steph Curry and Damian Lillard.

Based on comments a few days ago, it does seem like Buddy was invited but chose not to participate. From James Ham:

"Do you think I should go defend it?" Hield asked reporters when talking about the event. "I don't know yet, to be honest, I've been having mixed emotions, you know, COVID rules and especially I don't have no time with my family. Just trying to see how the COVID rules and the boundaries are set up. No clear cut yes yet, I'll just see in the next couple of days."

According to Hield, he received an invitation from the league to join the festivities, but he is still mulling it over.

Buddy's absence means no Sacramento Kings will be at All-Star Weekend. The league previously said they would honor top rookies and sophomores but would not have a Rising Stars game this year. Tyrese Haliburton surely would have been selected for Rising Stars if the event was still happening.

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MaybeNextYear
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March 2, 2021 5:21 pm

Bummer, I was really looking forward to seeing him traded mid-contest.

Dirkula
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March 2, 2021 5:27 pm
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Perhaps, next year?

CheekMagnet
March 2, 2021 9:08 pm
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But this could have legs. Maybe he knows he’s getting traded.

Ellis5
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March 3, 2021 1:00 am
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Is this still the Boogie trade reference? seems… like a horrible comment.

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March 3, 2021 9:25 am
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Horrible in what way?

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March 3, 2021 11:15 am
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Horrible in if this was a joke about Boogie’s injuries… Maybe I read too much into things.

Dirkula
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March 2, 2021 5:25 pm

Would be about as good as Blake Griffin in the dunk contest, the way he’s shooting this year 😬

Putthegundown
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March 2, 2021 5:33 pm

Maybe it’s saves us the embarrassment of a poor showing or does it show a lack of confidence in Buddy.

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March 2, 2021 5:41 pm

He will, however, participate in the “Worst Turnover Contest” which basically entails players trying to dribble the ball off different body parts and out of bounds.

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March 2, 2021 6:10 pm
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In that case Benny Mac would like a seat at the table.

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March 2, 2021 6:17 pm
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March 2, 2021 7:38 pm
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Bagley with the “Worst Defensive Retreat” contest, where players race to get out of the way of someone driving to the hoop.

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March 2, 2021 6:09 pm

This story is the definition of who cares.
Hoping Buddy is traded sooner than later, he burned his bridges imo and can take a hike out of Sac Town.

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March 3, 2021 1:23 am
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Sac Town? … lol… Is this entire site just trolls for other NBA fans?

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March 2, 2021 6:27 pm

Boring game and meh ancillary events + with no Kings participation in any of it = no reason to watch, yet again.

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March 2, 2021 6:44 pm

Buddy has made less than half of FGs in 30 out of 34 games, let the bidding begin! He’s coming off his worst shooting month of his career, 35% FGs in Feb, let the trade wars commence!

Buddy doesn’t need to go to the All-Star game for some meaningless bullshit, he needs to spend the time in a sauna and stationary bike and melt off the extra 10 pounds.

It is a negative he seems to place value in defending his title, is that what matters to him when he is in the midst of a career crisis? Buddy was 30 points and 7 assists on 10-17 FGs vs 1 TO vs the Hornets. It would have been his high point if we won the game.

He used to put these types of game together once per week, now it is bi-monthly. Expect another 30 point outburst in April. And it will be with the Kings because he’s not getting traded.

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March 2, 2021 9:34 pm
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I see you post this “buddy is fat” narrative constantly…I don’t think you know the difference between fat and muscle. He may be heavy, even your 10lb number perhaps, but it’s not fat bud…

Kangz209
March 3, 2021 8:09 am
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Agree. Buddy is a lot of things but he is certainly not fat. Always can count on him to hustle and be in shape if nothing else.

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March 3, 2021 9:57 am
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Yeah, I don’t get this – saw Buddy after the game the other night with just his compression undershirt on, doesn’t look like there’s an ounce of fat on the guy.

Buddy’s does look a bit slower to me, but agree that it’s not a fat thing.

ichinisang
March 2, 2021 7:11 pm

I am surprised if this year’s Buddy would even pass the qualification.

Brown.says.Good.or.Bad
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March 2, 2021 8:13 pm

This is bad

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March 2, 2021 8:16 pm

OT:No Haliburton until after the break!

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March 2, 2021 10:14 pm
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fine with me

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March 3, 2021 12:58 am
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can someone repost that timeline they did on his injury that resulted in the training staff getting 20 year extensions?

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March 3, 2021 1:04 am
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They’re too busy dissing the Kings players they want traded at high value.

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March 3, 2021 6:57 am
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March 2, 2021 11:00 pm

Wonder if the league added ball handling and defense to the 3-pointer contest so Buddy decided to drop out?

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March 3, 2021 7:15 am

Glad to hear it, especially this year, with the pandemic still killing upwards of 50,000 per month. The players need rest about a jillion times more than they need something as meaningless and risky as the all-star weekend.

elTantalus
March 3, 2021 8:35 am
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Send ’em an all-star patch to stitch on their travel bags.

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March 3, 2021 9:26 am
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And a sheet of Spongebob stickers.

JackWagon
March 3, 2021 10:21 am

Interesting, this site says it’s by fans, for fans but every single comment is negative.

The writers and fans talk about trading any and every player that is even mildly productive because they have flaws and want “younger” players, as though that will fix everything. Yet in the next breath they complain about the ownership, the GM, the coach and the trainers, who are the ones who will be molding and shaping the new younger players. I know, you all also want to change all of the above as well. But when will it stop? How do any of you know that a rookie with zero NBA experience will be better than anyone we have?

The reality is that none of us know nearly as much as those in the Kings franchise and it just illustrates that creating a successful NBA franchise (or any other sports team) is very difficult. That is not to say the Kings organization is on the right track, but 99.99% of the KH writers and commenters would have any idea what to do if by some miracle they were in a position to make any changes in the organization. Just like almost all businesses, finding, hiring and training competent successful people this is very very hard to do.

You’re all just babbling without any real constructive or realistic plans to improve the team.

Sorry, just had to vent.

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March 3, 2021 11:43 am
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The reality is that none of us know nearly as much as those in the Kings franchise and it just illustrates that creating a successful NBA franchise (or any other sports team) is very difficult. That is not to say the Kings organization is on the right track, but 99.99% of the KH writers and commenters would have any idea what to do if by some miracle they were in a position to make any changes in the organization. Just like almost all businesses, finding, hiring and training competent successful people this is very very hard to do.

This point has been argued here ad nauseum, but this is a horribly inept franchise, even by horribly inept franchise standards. It’s quite likely the most poorly run franchise in professional sports today. At the very least, we could say that 99.99% of the KH writers and commenters couldn’t have done a worse job than the Kings under Vlade. Under McNair? Hard to tell, but this team is actually worse at this point than it was last season.

It’s not that hard to make the playoffs in the NBA. Half the teams in the league do it every year – considering the Suns will break their playoff drought this season, the Kings period outside the playoffs will be double the next longest dry streak in the NBA.

If the Knicks make the playoffs this season? The Kings will have over triple the next longest playoff drought in the NBA.

You’re all just babbling without any real constructive or realistic plans to improve the team.

This your first sports message board?

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