LAS VEGAS -- All-Star Saturday got off to an appropriately
silly start when Scottie Pippen's three-person Chicago team was
disqualified from the Shooting Stars competition, handing victory
to Detroit's team.
Chauncey Billups, Swin Cash and Bill Laimbeer won the gimmicky
shooting game featuring three-person teams composed of an NBA
player, a WNBA player and a famed former NBA player. The teams must
combine to make six shots from six spots around the court in the
shortest amount of time.
Pippen, the 41-year-old former star who announced plans for a
comeback Friday, thought he had shot Chicago to victory when he
banked in a half-court shot to finish 3 seconds quicker than the
Detroit team's time. But after officials reviewed the tape, they
realized Ben Gordon and the Chicago Sky's Candice Dupree had made
their shots out of order moments earlier.
There was trouble even before the final round. The Thomas and
Mack Center clock refused to advance past 1 minute during the
2-minute competition, forcing Laimbeer to complain loudly.
Officials eventually had to time the event manually.