Tag:Dunk Contest
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

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.  
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:32 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 12:01 am
 

All-Star Saturday Night Results

All-Star Saturday night is happening, which is exciting, for all of us, really. (Getty Images)



It's All-Star Saturday Night, when the best, or at least best with respect to relative health, come out to shine under the bright lights and other cliches. The Skills Contest, the 3-Point Shooting Contest, and the Slam Dunk Contest take place Saturday night, and we'll have updates to all the events and highlights here. Consider this your home for All-Star Saturday Night. 

You can follow us on Twitter @EyeOnBasketball, and follow our guys on the ground in our All-Star Saturday Night Experience

Haier Shooting Stars: Let's be honest, this is like the opening band you don't show up for.

Your contestants:

Team Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

Team Atlanta: Jerry Stackhouse, Lindsey Harding, Steve Smith

Team New York: Landry Fields, Cappi Pondexter, Allan Houston 

Team Texas: Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

Winner: TEAM NEW YORK: Allan Houston still has it. The man downed two half-court shots and team New York cleared the final round in 37 seconds. The fact that Kenny Smith and Allan Houston are still better shooters than any of the Milwaukee Bucks is a bit distressing. 

From Royce Young of CBSSports.com:

A reporter asked Allan Houston if he's in such good shape where he could almost -- "Stop. Stop it right now. This was fun ... It feels good to have a uniform again, but that's about it. That's about the limits if it." Then Landry Fields jumped in saying, "He's not taking that uniform off tonight."



Taco Bell Skills Challenge: Please don't hurt yourselves, you're basically your entire teams

Russell Westbrook

Rajon Rondo

John Wall

Deron Williams

Tony Parker

Winner: Tony Parker: Kyrie Irving was basically terrible. Rajon Rondo outid Russell Westbrook with a great time in a run-off round, then both Rondo and Deron Williams went on a brick fest on the mid-range jumper. Parker breezed to a win. The effort in this wasn't the worst thing you've ever seen, provided you've seen the Washington Wizards play this season. Williams didn't win, but he did have the fastest time on this run:

 


Foot Locker 3-Point Contest: If James Jones win, we're going to spit

James Jones

Kevin Love

Ryan Anderson

Kevin Durant

Anthony Morrow

Mario Chalmers

Winner: Kevin Love in an upset! Love found himself in a shoot-off with Kevin Durant after tying him in the final round, and then bested the scoring leader 17-14. James Jones made it to the final round and had a pretty low bar of 16 to best, but couldn't get it done, dropping just 12. A dominant rebounding power forward just won the 3-point contest. Boom. Click here for video highlights


Sprite Slam Dunk Contest: You don't know their names, but maybe that means they can only exceed expectations

Paul George

Derrick Williams

Chase Budinger

Jeremy Evans

Winner: No one. It was very likely the worst dunk contest of all time. Jeremy Evans did win, in a contest that featured him making a straight reverse dunk with a camera attached that no one got, and dunking over Kevin Hart dressed as a mailman while wearing a Karl Malone jerey. The coolest dunk of the night was Paul George in the dark. Goodnight everyone, and may God have Mercy on our souls.
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:29 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

LeBron James would consider the dunk contest, for a price. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

ORLANDO -- It's been NBA All-Star Saturday's Moby Dick. LeBron James, and his superhuman athletic ability, in the dunk contest.

Without ever really having the intention to participate, LeBron has often dropped hints like he would. He indicated he might during the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas and then didn't rule out the notion for this year's in Orlando. But LeBron has never intended to dunk.

"It’s not me," he said Friday. "I’m not a dunk contest type of guy. I’m an in-game dunker. I kind of improvise during the game.''

But what if there was a prize? LeBron was asked if someone tossed a $1 million winner-take-all bounty on it, if he'd take part.

"Then I'd reconsider," he said "Wouldn't you?"

Yeah, I definitely would, but I also can't jump-fly like LeBron James. So I'm not entirely sure that's applicable, LeBron.

Not to unnecessarily rag on LeBron here, but like every other player, he loves to talk about how All-Star Weekend is about the fans. It's a showcase for fans to enjoy the game, see the stars and celebrate the NBA. Which is why people want LeBron in the dunk contest. Because it would be a ton of fun for fans. Except LeBron says he'd only consider if you paid him a million smackers. Not a great look.

On the other hand, LeBron is someone worth upwards of $50 million but an extra million is an extra million. And despite LeBron saying he's an in-game dunker, you know he'd blow us away. Blake Griffin said the same thing and I'd say his dunk contest performance was acceptable.

The great ones have all dunked though. Players like Michael Jordan, Julius Irving, Kobe Bryant -- they all took time to do it. That doesn't mean LeBron should feel inclined or obligated, but if it's a status thing, he shouldn't worry about it.

So if you want to see LeBron dunk, start raising some money to hand to the winner. Otherwise, I wouldn't bank on King James playing along.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:03 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:05 am
 

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Iman Shumpert and Jeremy Lin's dunk contest dunk would have involved a couch. (Getty Images)


Iman Shumpert had to bail out of the dunk contest Wednesday due to nagging knee injuries that have hobbled the Knicks' shooting guard from time to time. It was disappointing not only to see the athletic Shumpert who New York fans either love or are completely ambivalent about drop out, but because point guard sensation Jeremy Lin was supposed to help Shumpert with his dunk, and well, everyone's gone crazy seeing Lin do just about anything. 

So what was it exactly that they were going to do before the Jazz' Jeremy Evans replaced Shumpert in the dunk contest?

Remember how Jeremy Lin had slept on Landry Fields' and his brother's couch for weeks because he wasn't sure whether the Knicks would cut him or not? From the New York Post:
Yes, he and Jeremy Lin had talked about doing a dunk in which Shumpert would vault over a couch — the symbol of Lin’s humble sleeping conditions.

“He was going to help me out,’’ Shumpert told The Post. “Once my knee was so sore, I started thinking about it: ‘Am I going to be able to jump over the couch?’ All kinds of things to think about.’’
via Knicks’ Iman Shumpert planned to use Jeremy Lin in Slam Dunk contest - NYPOST.com.

On the one hand, it's a bummer that we won't get to see Jeremy Lin, preferably lounging on the couch or feigning sleep while Shumpert goes bananas over him, or tosses the ball up to him as Baron Davis did to Blake Griffin in the car last year. But on the other...

This was supposed to be Shumpert's time to shine. It's bad enough that the dunk contestants are taken away from the rest of not being involved in All-Star Weekend and into the media rush from one event to another, but to have your whole thing be centered around someone else? There's enough room for Linsanity during the regular season and throughout All-Star Weekend without having him take over the spotlight when Shumpert was going to be doing all the work.

All for naught, though, as Shumpert will try and get healthy, and Evans, who very much wants to be a part of the dunk contest, gets a go.

(Via Posting and Toasting)
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:45 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:40 pm
 

LeBron James considering dunk contest. Again.

LeBron is talking dunk contest again. Don't hold your breath. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Stop us if you've heard this one.  LeBron James is consdiering the dunk contest. Again. From the Palm Beach Post
“I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it and a couple of times I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season,” James said. “But, I mean, they say a lot of the greats have done it and I’ve watched it over the years.”

“It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.”
Why, LeBron? Why must you tease us, so? James committed at the 2009 dunk contest for the 2010 edition. Then he simply slid out from the obligation. It was a killer disappointment and set up one of the least impressive dunk contests in history (oh, Gerald Wallace, such painful memories).

James won't be joining us this year, either. He seems hellbent on getting his name in the papers, and by papers I mean internet about being in the dunk contest. But that rest is too valuable. And James honestly has very little upside to participating. He'll have massive expectations being stacked up against all those players and should he lose, it's just one more thing to add to his resume of failure. How do you exceed expectations in the dunk contest? James already had the second best dunk of the decade over John Lucas III Sunday. And after watching Blake Griffin destroyed Kendrick Perkins Monday, would you want to go up against the reigning champ?

The reality is that James should have done the contest in his second year, or sometime in his first five. His wear and tear, position relative to the greats in the game, oh, yeah, and massive number of parties he hosts and attends during All-Star Weekend make it way too much to invest in. But he'll continue to tease, because he knows Michael Jordan did it. But barring a miracle, it will remain a missing piece of his legacy, even it's largely a silly exhibition. 

But, if he did do it...
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Guy says it was his idea for Griffin to leap car

Posted by Royce Young

Here's something you really shouldn't care about, but I'm telling you anyway. Via TMZ, some guy named Michael Scrivner is actually the one who gave Blake Griffin the idea to jump over a car, even including the part about an oop through the sun roof.

Scrivner claims he was watching ESPN when Griffin asked for ideas, so he sent Griffin a Twitter response laying out his car dunk idea.


Seeing how the world works with people obsessed with getting credit and shoutouts, Scrivner is mad and wants Griffin to acknowledge his idea. He told TMZ, "He could have at least given me a shout out! ... If he already had the idea for the dunk, why go on SportsCenter asking for ideas? It would be one thing if I had said to just dunk over a car, but the dunk was spot on everything I suggested.”

Hang on, give me five minutes. I need to run headfirst into this wall real quick.

If you check the guy's Twitter timeline out, it's definitely as he says. He put that idea out to Griffin, no doubt. And he hasn't shut up about getting "snubbed" since.

Following the dunk contest Saturday, Griffin was asked specifically about where he got the idea for the car dunk. He said, ""It was actually my idea to use the car. When they first came to me with the dunk contest idea, they said there was no rules. I was like, 'So I can jump over a car?' kind of playing around. He was like, 'Yeah.' And I was like, 'Oh, maybe I have to do it now.'"

Most of the contestants were discussing their inclusion to the dunk contest in early December, so obviously Griffin had the car idea well before Feb. 8. Maybe it was indeed the guy's idea to utilize the sunroof, but then again, who freaking cares whose idea it was? Like I said, you don't deserve any "props" for that. You don't need Griffin to stop and say, "Oh, and by the way, the idea to use the sunroof for an oop came from Michael Scrivner of Twitter. That would be at yoscrib. That's scrib, with a b on the end."

Another thing: It's the dunk contest. It's not a script that was nominated for an Oscar. I don't think there's plagiarizing in dunk contest ideas. Besides, you GAVE him the idea anyway! That was the whole point. I don't think there was ever any condition where Griffin was supposed to reciprocate with props if he used it.

And the fact TMZ headlined this calling it a "SCANDAL"? Oh my goodness. Somebody hand me a meat mallet. I need to hit myself in the face.

Sheesh. Why am I even writing about this? See, this is what happens when Carmelo finally goes and gets himself traded.
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 12:09 am
 

On the scene at All-Star Saturday night

Posted by Royce Young



LOS ANGELES -- Buzz started building early Saturday afternoon around the Staples Center. Can Team Texas really defend its Shooting Stars title? They did not in fact, as Atlanta took it away. Quite a moment, I can assure.

But as the clock ticked down to the main event, word started pop up that Blake Griffin had big plans. And when a car started driving out onto the court, I guess we knew. Blake Griffin is going to jump a car? Then it got better. Baron Davis popped his head out of the sunroof.

Oh and on top of that, Griffin brought out a gospel choir to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" as he soared. Quite the production.

"It was actually my idea to use the car," Griffin said. "When they first came to me with the dunk contest idea, they said there was no rules. I was like, 'So I can jump over a car?' kind of playing around. He was like, 'Yeah.' And I was like, 'Oh, maybe I have to do it now.'"

With him soaring over an automoble, there had to be some concerns about safety though. Griffin said Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro called him into his office to talk about it, but Griffin said he played dumb, saying Del Negro already knew about the car stunt. But after a dress rehearsal Thursday, everyone was at ease.

The question was though, what if you didn't make the finals Blake? How could you know you'd be there? Griffin tried to coyly say he didn't, but we all knew otherwise. This contest was really over a month ago when the contestants were announced.

McGee on the other hand, busted out his big guns early on. Not having the idea he'd be in the finals, McGee dunked two basketballs on two different goals. It was... awesome. But for his final try to follow up Griffin's car dunk, McGee didn't really have a plan. He said after that he was planning on the free throw line dunk but Serge Ibaka did it before him and he didn't want to recycle it.

"My last dunk, the second dunk I did was actually supposed to me my last dunk, but Serge did a dunk similar to the one I was going to do," McGee said. "So I had to change it around just to get a high score. But definitely [Griffin] came prepared with the car, and nothing's going to beat the car unless I bring a plane out or something."

Some other notes, quotes and observations from All-Star Saturday:
  • The Skills Challenge was of course pretty much as lame as ever, however, Chris Paul did miss his opening layup, which was kind of funny. Stephen Curry won with an impressive 28.1-second run in the finals beating Russell Westbrook who notched a 30-second effort his first try, but finished out with a 44.1-second run.
  • During introductions for the 3-point contest, Ray Allen was cheered wildly, while Paul Pierce was booed loudly. Pierce soaked in the boos, gesturing that he wanted more. Sheryl Miller asked Pierce about it and he said, "I don't understand how they can boo me and not boo Ray." I didn't get it either Paul. 
  • Pierce however won the crowd over, hitting a buzzer-beating moneyball to top Dorell Wright to advance on to the finals of the 3-point contest. As soon as the shot dropped, Staples, well, clapped loudly. I don't want to say erupted, because for the most part the arena stayed comotose, but still, it was louder than most other moments.
  • Daniel Gibson started 0-9 before finally hitting a moneyball on the second rack. He finished the round with just seven points and left three balls on the final rack. You might be able to make the case that it was the worst effort ever in a 3-point contest. As John Hollinger tweeted, for a second, we were all worried he'd miss 26 in a row. 
  • Kevin Durant actually put up a worse score than Gibson, but at least finished. Then again, I guess that means he had a worse percentage. Gibson was 31.8 percent from 3, Durant was just 24 percent.
  • James Jones won the 3-point contest, beating out Ray Allen and Pierce. Here's where you make your joke about the Heat finally beating the Celtics.
  • Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in the crowd's reaction when Blake Griffin was introduced. I guess I just expected more from the hometown crowd. Then again, I think we all keep forgetting that Griffin actually plays for the Clippers, not L.A.'s other team.
  • Daryl Dawkins and DeMar DeRozan named their dunks. "East Bay Funk Remix" and "The Showstopper."
  • Serge Ibaka came out representing NBA Africa. And he pulled off a legit free throw line dunk. He got robbed with just a 45, because to this point, no one has ever done it. Dr. J tried, but had a foot over the line. Same with MJ. Ibaka had a full foot behind the stripe and finished it clean. The crowd didn't react well originally, but upon replay, definitely buzzed.
  • Important lesson learned that we already knew: If you miss your dunk on the first try, it really loses a lot of luster. JaVale McGee's double-dunk was awesome, no doubt, but watching him struggle to get it done was tough. It didn't affect the score because he got a 50, but the thing with these super difficult dunks is that they're hard to finish. High risk, high reward. Well, I guess McGee got the reward anyway, but still, those 90 seconds of awkwardness don't represent his score.
  • Blake Griffin suffered the same fate as McGee and DeRozan, missing on his first try. But actually, it kind of worked the other way for him. People got a taste of what he was doing and most everyone said, "No way!" The entire arena stood, cheering his next attempt. His missed, but nailed it on his third try. No doubt, it was an impressive finish.
  • On McGee's second dunk, he actually tossed in three basketballs. Which was insane. But his mother came out and wooed the judges, giving each a kiss on the cheek. Except for Dr. J who was last. For some reason, they kissed on the mouth. It was weird.
  • Griffin pulled out Vince Carter's "elbow dunk" and after seeing Griffin's arm after the game, I don't know if it was worth. Definitely bruised up pretty good.
  • Before Griffin's car dunk, Kenny Smith was trying to "hype" it, and accidentally blew the punch line. He said "We've seen teddy bears, we've seen cars, now you're going to see something else." Whoops.
The dunk contest is the prime event of All-Star Saturday and despite some awkward moments as players missed dunks, there's no denying it was entertaining. The anticipation was at an all-time high and the creativity of McGee, with the power of Griffin, plus DeRozan and Ibaka's vastly underrated finishes, it was a good night.

You can't dog on players too much for missing dunks. I mean, it can't be easy tossing a ball off a backboard, putting it between your legs and flushing it through a 10 foot goal. No matter how easy they might make it seem.
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 8:39 pm
 

NBA Dunk Contest Spoiler for Blake Griffin


Posted by Matt Moore

When I read this, I was pretty bummed. The Dunk Contest is silly, ridiculous, and loads of fun. It's part of the culture of the game, and finding out what everyone's going to do is part of the fun. Which means this spoiler takes quite a bit of the fun out of it. It's bold spoiler alert time. 

If you do not want any information on what Blake Griffin will do in the dunk contest, quit reading now. Go watch CBS, instead. 

The New York Times first reported and it's been confirmed far and wide. 

Blake Griffin will jump over a car in the dunk contest. Look, there's even a picture of it courtesy of SBNation.com




Not a bad trick at all if he clears it. Of course, if he doesn't, the Clippers organization are going to have a whole other realm of excitement: panic and fear. 

Personally, I think it would be cooler if he dunked into the car, as in smashed the windshield in or something. But I like breaking stuff. If he doesn't clear it length-ways, it's going to be fairly disappointing. Also, if he misses, he may die. So there's that. 

Stupid spoilers. 

To see all the previous dunk contest winners, check out our video compilation
 
 
 
 
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