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Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:46 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

The dunk contest is dead. 

Many of you are rolling your eyes, either because you think it's been dead for nearly a decade, many of you because you feel it's not important enough to be declared DOA. But it's over. It's done. I've tried for several years to argue that the contest is too fun and the chances of a rare excellent dunk (like DeMar DeRozan's East Bay Funk Dunk Remix last year) makes it worth it. But we hit a new low this year.

In a dunk contest that featured Derrick Williams dunking over a motorcycle (after Blake Griffin did it over a car last year), a really unfortunate "White Man Can't Jump" skit with Sean Combs, and Jeremy Evans trying something called the "iJam" which was him attaching a camera to himself while dunking, this was the one that wound up winning it for Evans.

 

The problem is JaVale McGee essentially did the same dunk last year, minus dunking over a professional Starcraft player in Gordon Hayward seated. Exceptionally difficult dunk, but I'm not entirely sure how impressive it really was. There's a gap between impressive and difficult, and this dunk is it. 

The dunk that may have actually been the best but didn't translate was Paul George's "Tron Dunk" (via Shaq).

 

The only way to get the dunk contest back to life is for stars to put aside their brand and participate. LeBron. Blake Griffin. We need stars to keep this thing alive or we just need to watch it fade away. 

However, you do have to feel good for Evans. He genuinely, very much wanted to participate in this contest, he lobbied to be included, he was thrilled to be a part of it, he's really happy to have won. We need that attitude, just with more violence in the dunks, fewer props and skits. Velocity plus veracity. Until then, the dunk contest is over.  
Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

Loved Paul George's Tron dunk. But it was fairly underwhelming, as was the dunk contest as a whole.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:30 am
 

Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

Typical over-the-top reaction.

Look, it  was not one of the best dunk contests ever but it was still ok..I have seen worse. It's you bloggers and talking heads who are never  happy and are impossible to please.

Plus, wasn't it just 12 months ago that you guys screamed "THE DUNK CONTEST IS BACK!!!"..seriously, one year you scream the dunk contest is dead, then the year after that the dunk contest is back stronger than ever, then it is dead again, then it is back, then it is dead and so on. Just stop it, please, and be more consistent.





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