Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. The good was Michael Porter Jr winning MVP with 17 points and 8 boards for the winning West team and uncommitted Mo Bamba putting up 17 on 7 for 10 shooting for the East. Mitchell Robinson, Collin Sexton, Jaylen Hands and the Jr’s (Troy Brown, PJ Washington and Wendell Carter) were also pretty good.
The bad was the 3-point shooting. The teams combined for 11 of 53 with the East team missing 20 of their 23 attempts from downtown. Five guys attempted at least two threes without hitting any. Three other guys took at least five threes while making just one and one player was three for eight.
The ugly (real sad and ugly) came after the game and had nothing to do with the players but it could affect the future of the event. A brawl, involving about a dozen people, broke out on the 300 level concourse of the United Center.
The organizers of the event released the following statement.
“Naturally, we are disappointed by this kind of activity, which runs counter to the spirit of the McDonald’s All-American Games. But we are equally grateful to the United Center Security team and the Chicago Police for restoring order. We refer all further questions to the Chicago Police.”
The event has been held in Chicago for the past seven years. Considering the rising violence in Chicago and this incident, I wouldn’t be surprised if the organizers look at moving the event around to different cities, like they did for the first 33 years of the event.
Also worth mentioning is the Illinois High School Association has not hosted a state playoff game at the United Center since 2005, when three people and a policeman were hospitalized after a fight broke out.
SOURCE: Sun-Times High School Sports