NBA Slam Dunk Contest
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OK, on to the dunk contest. So I lied. I did watch the dunk contest. I was watching my nephew and son playing so I figured “why not tune in”. I turned it on midway through the first round of the three-point shootout. Dirk looked a little too slow. Jason Kapono was lights out. Daniel Gibson shot pretty well in the Finals, but Kapono was great. Finally, the dunk contest came on.
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From the beginning you could tell that the announcers, the judges, and the NBA wanted Dwight Howard to win. His first dunk was ridiculous. I’ll say the 50 he received was deserved. He bounced it on the back of the backboard, caught it and slammed it home on the other side. Unbelievable. Gerald Green didn’t run away scared. He lit a candle on a cupcake, which he blew out as he dunked. Talk about elevation. Howard’s second dunk was the one that got everybody going. He took off his jersey to reveal a Superman shirt. He even put on a cape. He jumped through the roof and eventually threw the ball through the hoop. Everyone went nuts. Problem is, he didn’t dunk it. To me you have to touch the rim to dunk the ball. Sorry. Barkley and Kenny Smith were claiming it one of the top five dunks in Slam Dunk history. I’ll give you the first dunk. However, this one wasn’t even a dunk. In the finals, he had another amazing dunk. He bounced it high off the ground caught it at it’s peak, bounced it off the backboard, and slammed it home. It was a slick dunk. Gerald Green answered with two between-the-leg dunks (one with only his socks on). They were great, but you’ve got to mix it up. Although, I don’t think it would have mattered. Even if Green did outdunk Howard, there was no way he was taking home the prize. For his last dunk, Howard propped the ball on a mini-hoop on the backboard. He went up and grabbed it off the mini-hoop did a mini-windmill and slammed it home. It was a nice dunk, but nothing too spectacular.
The dunk contest was fine. There were some unbelievable dunks it in. I’ll give you that. However, the self-hype that TNT was ramming down our throats was unbelievable. I’m sorry but this was, by no means, Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins. It just wasn’t.