No Contest for Joe Alexander: The World Will Not "See Joe Dunk" This Year

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2009

The NBA did things a little differently when it came to the Dunk Contest at this year's All-Star Game.

Three contestants were selected early; Nate Robinson (Knicks), Rudy Gay (Grizzlies) and reigning champ Dwight Howard (Magic).

Fans were then encouraged to vote for the fourth contestant. They could choose from Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Rudy Fernandez (Trail Blazers) or Joe "The Freak" Alexander (Bucks).

After much campaigning and plenty of voting, Fernandez was announced as the winner. Both Westbrook and Alexander would have made better competitors in my mind, with Alexander getting my vote (and that's not just my Milwaukee-bias talking).

Westbrook can fly, but Alexander might be able to put on a show.

It all started with Alexander's original campaign of "See Joe Dunk" with his own website by the same name. It showed video clips of Alexander dunking Oreo's into milk, ping-pong balls and paper into the trash.

There are other video clips on YouTube of Alexander dunking in his West Virginia days, including a dunk from the free throw line.

Alexander, who is the first Tawainese-born player in the NBA, is noted as having a 44-inch vertical, which is impressive for any player. He can also touch his nose to the rim; all this from a 6'8" white guy.

Granted, Alexander lost out to due to the fact that no one has really seen him play this year. Westbrook and Fernandez trump him when it comes to playing time.

However, Alexander has one thing to prove to the world; that white men CAN jump. He would also be able to put on a much better show than Brent Barry or Chris "The Bird" Andersen did.

He isn't called "The Freak" because his teammates find him weird; he has amazing athleticism.

So, the "Flying Buck" will miss out on this year's Dunk Contest and will not be able to showcase his talent to the world. Sooner or later though, people outside the state of Wisconsin will be seeing Joe dunk.