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Hield eliminated early in the Skills Challenge, but not in the way most expected

Skills challenged? Buddy Hield says NBA must see him as more than a scorer

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield talks Friday about being picked for the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
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Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield talks Friday about being picked for the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

Kings guard Buddy Hield’s chance to advance in the Skills Challenge came down to his signature shot.

But he missed the 3-pointer, and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie made his attempt to eliminate Hield in the first round. Dinwiddie would go on to win the competition as part of All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center. He defeated Chicago big man Lauri Markkanen in the final.

Hield is proficient at 3-point shooting, but not as much at dribbling and passing – the other skills featured in the competition.

He said Kings assistant coach Jason March gave him some pointers.

“We had a good game plan,” Hield said. “I just didn’t make the shot, an easy one.”

Hield was actually leading Dinwiddie, but when he missed his 3-pointer, it gave Dinwiddie the opening he needed.

“I was ahead,” Hield said. “It’s all good though.”

It was Hield’s second event of the weekend. He played in the Rising Stars game Friday night. It made Hield the busiest King in Los Angeles because teammates Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox were only committed to the Rising Stars game.

Hield said it made for a memorable weekend.

“It was good; it was fun,” Hield said. “Something you didn’t believe would happen in your lifetime, so embrace it and thank God for me being here. So I’m just having fun and I’m glad I’m done with it so I can relax a little bit.”

Hield said he plans to say in Los Angeles and relax before heading home. He has no plans to be a part of the “hectic scene” for Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Hield also said it was “cool” to be in the Skills Challenge, the event most would not associate with him.

“I had fun doing it,” Hield said. “I wouldn’t mind doing it again.”

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield is put on the spot with a spelling test Friday.

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