The dunk contest is dead. Long live the dunk contest.
That seemed to be the social-media sentiment as an awful beginning gave way to a series of ending flourishes. A lot of tension was built up on behalf of James White, who had been built up as basketball's premier dunker.
Unfortunately for White, and for the fans, his big-stage moment was highly disappointing. The air seemed to deflate out of the event as White kept missing his attempts.
Thankfully, one big Faried jam led to a series of actually successful jams from other participants. The dunk contest might not be what it once was, but at least it evaded disaster.