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Kevin Durant speaks the truth. 

Kevin Durant speaks the truth. 

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest tonight. 
The less said about tonight’s “dunk” contest the better. That’s not taking anything away from Evans’ double fisted dunk over a seated Gordon “Olive Garden” Hayward, it’s just that the contest wasn’t fun or that interesting. 
As many have said on Twitter tonight in the aftermath of the colossal snooze fest, new rules for the 2013 Slam Dunk contest. Bring back the judges, eliminate props, create stricter attempt limits, cash prizes, etc. Maybe David Stern should suspense LeBron James for five games if he bails out on the dunk contest next year. 
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest tonight. 

The less said about tonight’s “dunk” contest the better. That’s not taking anything away from Evans’ double fisted dunk over a seated Gordon “Olive Garden” Hayward, it’s just that the contest wasn’t fun or that interesting. 

As many have said on Twitter tonight in the aftermath of the colossal snooze fest, new rules for the 2013 Slam Dunk contest. Bring back the judges, eliminate props, create stricter attempt limits, cash prizes, etc. Maybe David Stern should suspense LeBron James for five games if he bails out on the dunk contest next year. 

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The official Twitter account of the 2012 All Star Game has announced the participants in this year’s Slam Dunk contest: 

  • Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • Chase “Ginger Balls” Budinger, Houston Rockets 

If this was the best that the Association could do, then they should’ve canceled the slam dunk contest all together. 

In a collaboration with Hoopism, Robb Harskamp has designed this 24”x36” poster of every NBA player to ever participate in the slam dunk contest. In jersey pictogram form. You should probably buy this because it rules.
(purchase via harsky.com / via coolerthanthat)

In a collaboration with HoopismRobb Harskamp has designed this 24”x36” poster of every NBA player to ever participate in the slam dunk contest. In jersey pictogram form. You should probably buy this because it rules.

(purchase via harsky.com / via coolerthanthat)

Blake Griffin's Over-The-Kia Dunk: Multiplicity Edition

Blake Griffin's Over-The-Kia Dunk: Multiplicity Edition

THIS MAN IS 7 FEET TALL! CAN YOU IMAGINE DIRK NOWITZKI DOING THIS???
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

THIS MAN IS 7 FEET TALL! CAN YOU IMAGINE DIRK NOWITZKI DOING THIS???

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ugh I so wanted Javale McGee to make this.
 (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ugh I so wanted Javale McGee to make this.

 (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Leaked video from NBA.com confirming that Blake Griffin is in the dunk contest?

getbangedon:

Looks like NBA.com pulled the video that has Blake Griffin announcing he is going to compete in the dunk contest. Luckily, I have a copy and here it is. 

From NBA.com. Titled as “It’s Official - DO NOT PUBLISH”

Blake Griffin making it official that he’s in the dunk contest.

[The Slam Dunk Contest] would be cool. If it’s something that the league wants me to do, I’ll probably try to do it.

Blake Griffin via NBA.com interview with Steve Aschburner

Someone get David Stern Blake’s phone number!

@Suga_Shane

Dear LeBron James,
We’re all pretty sick of this story and while some of us understand that you had to take your talents to South Beach because it was the best fit for you and your talents and your desire to achieve basketball immortality (copyright Spero Dedes), it’s pretty shitty that you announced your decision on national television. It’s almost as bad as the episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” when Cheryl called Larry when she thought her plane was going to crash and Larry hung up on her because the TIVO guy just got there. It’s that bad, LeBron.
Now, I’m not sure if you want to repair your image just yet. Perhaps, you want to become a heel like Hulk Hogan did back in the mid 90s. You have the NWO facial hair. However, if you’re interested in fixing things, please take my advice: Do The Slam Dunk Contest.
Yes, LeBron, it’s as simple as that. You have been one of the Association’s premier dunkers for who knows how long and yet you’ve continued to ignore the competition. Are you afraid of losing to somebody like Shannon Brown or worse, Nate Robinson? LeBron, if you successfully attempt and complete one dunk,  you will win. It’s that easy. 
You’re still going to be seen as an asshole, but you’ll be a bit more lovable. That’s why “Curb Your Enthusiasm” works. Larry David, the character, is a lovable asshole. He says funny things, does funny things, hangs out with Leon and in turn, says even funnier things. The slam dunk contest could be that moment where you start to win our heart back (well, not Ohio’s hearts and Lakers fans). You know, we won’t see you as some soulless robot who gets horrible advice from his dumb buddies. We will, hopefully, think that here’s a guy who’s comfortable with losing to Nate Robinson or DeMar DeRozen in a contest.
Just do the dunk contest, LeBron. We’re not going to sing a song or get all of our famous friends together to convince you. Just do the damn thing.
Sincerely,
Douglas Reinhardt
(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Dear LeBron James,

We’re all pretty sick of this story and while some of us understand that you had to take your talents to South Beach because it was the best fit for you and your talents and your desire to achieve basketball immortality (copyright Spero Dedes), it’s pretty shitty that you announced your decision on national television. It’s almost as bad as the episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” when Cheryl called Larry when she thought her plane was going to crash and Larry hung up on her because the TIVO guy just got there. It’s that bad, LeBron.

Now, I’m not sure if you want to repair your image just yet. Perhaps, you want to become a heel like Hulk Hogan did back in the mid 90s. You have the NWO facial hair. However, if you’re interested in fixing things, please take my advice: Do The Slam Dunk Contest.

Yes, LeBron, it’s as simple as that. You have been one of the Association’s premier dunkers for who knows how long and yet you’ve continued to ignore the competition. Are you afraid of losing to somebody like Shannon Brown or worse, Nate Robinson? LeBron, if you successfully attempt and complete one dunk,  you will win. It’s that easy. 

You’re still going to be seen as an asshole, but you’ll be a bit more lovable. That’s why “Curb Your Enthusiasm” works. Larry David, the character, is a lovable asshole. He says funny things, does funny things, hangs out with Leon and in turn, says even funnier things. The slam dunk contest could be that moment where you start to win our heart back (well, not Ohio’s hearts and Lakers fans). You know, we won’t see you as some soulless robot who gets horrible advice from his dumb buddies. We will, hopefully, think that here’s a guy who’s comfortable with losing to Nate Robinson or DeMar DeRozen in a contest.

Just do the dunk contest, LeBron. We’re not going to sing a song or get all of our famous friends together to convince you. Just do the damn thing.

Sincerely,

Douglas Reinhardt

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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