Was This The Wackest Dunk Contest Ever?
“These guys are doing dunks I’ve done at the Calabassas Rec Center.” -Reggie Miller
The best part about this year’s dunk contest was the commentary from the legendary crew of Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson (when he wasn’t try to play the role of Devil’s advocate), who provided pretty spot-on analysis in what proved to be one of the worst dunk contests in NBA All-Star history. The writing was on the wall this year when LeBron James decided to renege on “primarily” putting his name in the dunk contest, much to the disappointment of fans around the country.
The 2010 field which included champ Nate Robinson, Demar Derozan, Gerald Wallace and Shannon Brown looked decent on paper, but left much to be desired. Only Robinson and Derozan actually did dunks that were noteworthy, but no one really brought any originality or creativity to the table this year. The way things are looking now, the NBA needs to cancel the dunk contest again for a few seasons to re-build the thirst that fans once had for it.
If the NBA does decide to keep it around, they need to come correct, with a lineup that includes some or all of the following: LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, James White (somebody should sign this dude to a courtesy contract each season just so he can participate in the dunk contest), and of course Nate Robinson. Hell, even T-Wolves forward Ryan Hollins could bring something to the mix, the dude has a boost and pretty solid arsenal of respectable dunks.
Check out the rest of this year’s dunk contest after the jump…