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Slam Dunk Contest
Another NBA All Star Saturday, another round of complaints about how boring NBA All Star Saturday is. The NBA has never been more popular worldwide than it is today. So why is it that its midseason popularity contest is so maligned on an annual basis? And what can we do to fix it? The answer is simple: restrict any/all All Star festivities to actual All Stars.
Last night was All Star Saturday Night in the NBA, which means that if you were out you missed the Skills Challenge, the Three Point Contest, and the Dunk Contest. Who ran the fastest, shot the best, and the dunked the hardest, you ask? Let’s find out.
Since LeBron James first entered the NBA ten years ago, fans have been waiting for him to enter the Slam Dunk Contest. Ten years on and they’re still waiting. Well, it may be time to stop waiting, because according to LeBron, it’s probably never going to happen.
If only there were a way to go back in time and allow former NBA player Sonny Weems to compete in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. Then, we wouldn’t be sitting here scratching our heads wondering where things went wrong. Instead, we’re left to talk about “what’s his name” winning the competition by doing “whatchamacallit.”
It would be fair to say that not many people expected much out of Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans in the dunk contest last night. Remember, he was a last-minute replacement for Iman Shumpert, meaning he’s not even one of the top four dunkers in the league (because the guys in the dunk contest are the league’s best dunkers, right?). But he actually threw down some pretty nice dunks, netting him the 2012 title. Check them out in slow-motion in the video here.
Chase Budinger paid homage to White Men Can’t Jump in tonight’s Slam Dunk Contest. As you’ll see in the following video, he included Diddy, and probably won the “pop culture reference” portion of the night. The dunk was pretty good, too.
Blake Griffin who? OK, maybe we shouldn’t go that far, but if you aren’t familiar with Utah Jazz second-year player Jeremy Evans, now might be the time to get to know the high-flier. Sure he’s not quite on Griffin’s level, but he definitely has the legs to make some noise in the Slam Dunk Contest. That is, if he’s allowed in.
You watched Blake Griffin dunk over a car…and then about the guy who said that was his idea. CNN’s Jeanne Moos provided the scoop – and then host Wolf Blitzer had some fatherly advice for Griffin.
This installment of “The 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest – It Was Okay, We Guess” may be the last we do, but luckily, it’s also the last you’ll need – because full video of the competition is now online. Watch it after the jump.