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QUITE FRANKLY, WITH STEPHEN A. SMITH

And the dunk contest collapses in on itself: Jeremy Evans dunks over a painting of himself dunking over a painting. This might be the most post-modern dunk contest moment of all time, or the moment where the dunk contest becomes the ouroboros: the serpent that dunks on its own tail.

As we prepare for tonight’s dunk contest, let’s take a look at the dunk contest from the McDonald’s high school game in 2001, where dunk legend James “Flight” White was defeated by the future white Chris Webber, David Lee. Lee delivers an entertaining performance and also flashes a lot of skin, defeating White’s more athletic but less entertaining dunks. White was so traumatized by this loss that he transferred away from the Florida Gators and Lee after just one year, unable to face his teammate without remembering his humiliating defeat.

Finally, eleven years later, White overcame the effects oft his contest and worked his way bak to the NBA as a regular. Some have him as the favorite in tonight’s showdown - just as long as he doesn’t make eye contact with David Lee, and David Lee’s shirt stays on.

And here’s Gerald Green with the most underrated contest dunk in All-Star history, The Birthday Cake. It’s clear why it was unappreciated in its time; live, it was hard to see what exactly Green was doing. But on the replay, you can’t help but be impressed by the delicacy of Green’s move - he blows out the candle and dunks so gently that the cupcake stays on the back of the rim. In a contest that was ultimately won by Dwight Howard in a Superman cape throwing the ball in from a few feet away - not technically dunking at all - Green’s dunk was a true artistic statement. Of course, he didn’t even make the finals.

Quite a field for the Slam Dunk Contest this weekend. The West squad includes defending champ Jeremy Evans, plus super-athletes Eric Bledsoe and the Manimal, Kenneth Faried, while the East team has 2007 champ Gerald Green, plus rookie Terrence Ross, and dunk legend James “Flight” White. No one’s ever questioned White’s slam dunk ability, but this is the first year he’s been on an NBA roster long enough to be selected.

It’s anyone’s contest, but the most intriguing matchup is between Green and White, who have met before in the 2010 Russian Cup, pictured above. If those two brought it that hard for a Russian slam dunk contest where the prize was apparently a framed certificate and a bowl of hot soup, imagine what they’re going to do for All-Star Saturday.

This is high schooler collegiate James Justice going between the legs during the State Farm dunk contest. A contest one million times more exciting than the NBA dunk contest.

If you really want to solve the dunk contest, if even for one year, hold it in a teeming gym about this size rather than a NBA arena. Don’t sell tickets. Give them away in a raffle for fans in the local community where the all-star weekend is being held. Make it about charity. Then watch the electricity inside a small gym explode with honest joy and emotion. It won’t matter who is doing the dunking, be it LeBron James or a guy just sent up from the D-League.

Probably too fun of an idea to ever happen, right? But who knows. Maybe TrueHoop can include it as a “HoopIdea.” Right after they solve flopping.

This is the only man that can save the NBA’s Dunk Contest. 

This is the only man that can save the NBA’s Dunk Contest. 

(Source: yeahcarmelo)

A Larry Bird in the hand is worth two on the glass. 
stationtostation:

United States of Larry Bird

A Larry Bird in the hand is worth two on the glass. 

stationtostation:

United States of Larry Bird

Little Known Fact: Bill Laimbeer once entered the NBA Dunk Contest. He came in last after not being able to complete his dunk in the allotted time. Unfortunately, Bill thought it would be a good idea to attempt a 360 dunk, while Scottie Pippen had him in a sleeper hold. 

(W.W.)

Little Known Fact: Bill Laimbeer once entered the NBA Dunk Contest. He came in last after not being able to complete his dunk in the allotted time. Unfortunately, Bill thought it would be a good idea to attempt a 360 dunk, while Scottie Pippen had him in a sleeper hold.

(W.W.)

This picture is pretty filthy. Congrats, Quake Griffin. 
(h/t @JESkeets)
@Suga_Shane

This picture is pretty filthy. Congrats, Quake Griffin

(h/t @JESkeets)

@Suga_Shane

Serge Ibaka, the first man to dunk from behind the free throw line in the dunk contest?
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(SK)

Serge Ibaka, the first man to dunk from behind the free throw line in the dunk contest?

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(SK)

chynawhyte:

Congrats Blake Griffin!
[via ESPN]



Not sure what the big deal is. You know how many times I pulled my Dad’s car under the hoop, jumped off the hood, & then dunked…?

chynawhyte:

Congrats Blake Griffin!

[via ESPN]

Not sure what the big deal is. You know how many times I pulled my Dad’s car under the hoop, jumped off the hood, & then dunked…?
JaVale McGee delivered the entire JaVale McGee experience tonight. Insane creativity, ridiculous ambition, seven total dunked basketballs, a seeming lack of understanding of how basketball works, and a ton of missed dunks.
Unfortunately, Serge Ibaka’s toy rescue duplicated JaVale’s planned money-in-the-mouth dunk, or the final round could have been epic. JaVale was never going to win the popularity contest of the finals, and with the KIA and the gospel choir on hand, there was no way Blake Griffin wasn’t making the finals. Dick Bavetta was one of the five judges, right?
Unless McGee put on a Justin Bieber wig for his last attempt, he wasn’t pulling off a text-based upset. But he’s still the dunk champion in my heart. Now if he could devote the same amount of time to pick-and-roll defense and jump shots that he spends learning to dunk three basketballs at once, he might become a truly special player.
(Sean Keane)

JaVale McGee delivered the entire JaVale McGee experience tonight. Insane creativity, ridiculous ambition, seven total dunked basketballs, a seeming lack of understanding of how basketball works, and a ton of missed dunks.

Unfortunately, Serge Ibaka’s toy rescue duplicated JaVale’s planned money-in-the-mouth dunk, or the final round could have been epic. JaVale was never going to win the popularity contest of the finals, and with the KIA and the gospel choir on hand, there was no way Blake Griffin wasn’t making the finals. Dick Bavetta was one of the five judges, right?

Unless McGee put on a Justin Bieber wig for his last attempt, he wasn’t pulling off a text-based upset. But he’s still the dunk champion in my heart. Now if he could devote the same amount of time to pick-and-roll defense and jump shots that he spends learning to dunk three basketballs at once, he might become a truly special player.

(Sean Keane)

grantlehner:

gotemcoach:

Five of the Greatest Dunkers of All-Time…
…and if you’re rating them just on their ability to stuff it, Kobe’s the worst…
…by a mile.
Got ‘Em

By a kilometer

MJ always gets the middle

grantlehner:

gotemcoach:

Five of the Greatest Dunkers of All-Time…

…and if you’re rating them just on their ability to stuff it, Kobe’s the worst…

…by a mile.

Got ‘Em

By a kilometer

MJ always gets the middle

That’s what I call the Chinese Superman dunk because he kinda flies in sideways; he’s got a little slant…
— Rick Barry’s call of Michael Jordan’s 2nd dunk in round 2 of the 1988 dunk contest. Rick was great at shooting free throws, and horrible at multiculturalism.
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