That’s right folks. We’re mere hours away from crowning jewel of NBA All-Star Weekend — the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout, better known today as the Yawn Bore Snooze and the Change The Channel.
This year, it’s Dwight Howard, Gerald Green, Moon and Gay. Who were 1988’s dunkers? MJ, Wilkins, Webb and Clyde Drexler. The NBA should’ve just discontinued the event after that year.
When you get down to it, the Slam Dunk Contest is silly. If the NHL were to have a similar event in their skills competition, it’d be four guys skating up to an empty net and putting on crazy shake-and-bake moves to fake out no one before scoring. Dunking is super-easy if you’re in the NBA. And the 3-Point Shootout is just a glorified shootaround.
The NBA needs to spice these events up. My suggestion? Don’t let anyone above 6-feet into the dunk contest, and instead of a long-distance shootout, how about a four-man HORSE contest between the four-biggest vote getters that All-Star weekend? Now that I’m watching.