NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Reaction with Needed Changes Addressed
Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz had two of the three worst dunks in Saturday's All-Star Slam Dunk contest and was still declared the champion.
Is anyone else disgusted? I am disgusted...not disappointed—disgusted.
When Jeremy Evans was declared the dunk champ, the event instantly changed forever—hopefully for the better. No longer can the NBA allow this charade called the Dunk Contest continue. It has to change and I believe it will.
Here are four changes that need to be implemented in next year's contest before viewers of the dunk contest become as rare as Academy Awards for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Bring Back the Judges
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Since Jeremy Evans won Saturday's slam dunk contest, the fans can never be allowed to be the only judges again.
A contest rotation involving Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Julius Erving, Jason Richardson, Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson and every other former Slam Dunk contest champion would be perfect. No celebrity judges, no big men who couldn't win a dunk contest anymore than they could make a three-pointer—just the slam dunk legends.
A Minimum of 8 Dunkers
Saturday's slam dunk contest had just four contestants—far too few to capture the imagination of the public.
I suggest the league name at least eight dunkers to the competition from here on out. Superstars would be great, but most realize by now that superstars have enormous egos that prevent them from entering a competition in which they may lose to a lesser-known player.
However, the young guns of the league will be happy to participate and a stable of eight will bring more excitement and anticipation to the event.
Personally, I'd love to see eight point guards in the contest next year, such as: Derrick Rose, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Jennings, Eric Bledsoe, Tyreke Evans, Rodney Stuckey and Kemba Walker.
Eliminate Props Entirely
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For the love of a pure dunk contest, the NBA needs to eliminate props forever.
Blake Griffin did not deserve to win last year's dunk contest and everyone knew it. His dunk over the hood of a Kia was a dunk nearly all basketball players from the junior college level on up could have done and it paled in comparison to Javale McGee's dunks.
This year, Jeremy Evans jumped over a midget—er, Kevin Hart—and Paul George pulled off a glow-in-the-dark dunk that was, well, too "in the dark" for most viewers.
Props need to be eliminated ASAP.
Rather than having someone dunk over a midget, with a glow-in-the-dark suit on or while wearing a legend's jersey, I would much rather see someone do a 540, free-throw-line or kiss-the-rim dunk.
The greatest dunk contests in history were prop-free and most would agree a return to the glory days is what's needed. If the league eliminates the props, it will be halfway there.
Make Each and Every Dunk a "Challenge Dunk"
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If I could add one thing to the dunk contest, it would be to make some of the dunks (preferably all) "dunk challenges." What I mean by this is that the judges announce what dunk each of the contestants has to do, and the contestants are measured against each other.
Dominique Wilkins tells the contestant's to pull off a classic "Human Highlight Film" windmill. Kobe Bryant tells the contestants to pull off a between-the-legs dunk. Julius "Dr. J." Erving tells the dunk finalists to culminate the contest with a free-throw-line dunk, et cetera.
I believe this one change will greatly improve the dunk contest, bring out the competitive spirit of its contestants and make the whole show much more fun for viewers.