You might want to reconsider the artistry used in Saturday's 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest when you learn the painting Jeremy Evans leaped over was created by the flying Utah Jazz player himself, and it took him two weeks.
I will sidle right up next to the bigger of you slam-dunk cynics who were quick to toss the latest contest into the trash bin of the forgettable.
Yes, Gerald Green and James White may have fizzled far before they sparked any amount of excitement, but one dunk remained memorable.
A few slams, misses and clanks into the contest, Jeremy Evans stood one-on-one against the Raptors' Terrence Ross in the finals.
While the prize would go to his high-flying nemesis, Evans managed to get all of Twitter talking with his first of two attempts in the finals.
Here is his dunk over what we would later learn was a painting of himself dunking, one he would autograph right after the slam.
You have no idea.
The 25-year-old didn't just think this slam dunk up on a whim; he planned it out in the form of a beautiful self-portrait.
Simply, it was a slam dunk that took far more talent and imagination than we considered.
Utah Jazz beat writer Bill Oram reports Evans is some kind of amazing.
Here's the world's most famous painting of a slam dunk, by Jeremy Evans. twitter.com/tribjazz/statu…— Bill Oram (@tribjazz) February 17, 2013
Jeremy Evans said he spent the last week and a half on that painting. It will now go to a charity.— Bill Oram (@tribjazz) February 17, 2013
Oh, and you thought you heard the last of this amazing story.
Jeremy Evans said idea for easel dunk came from Jazz player development man Johnnie Bryant. @jbryant3— Bill Oram (@tribjazz) February 17, 2013
We agree completely with CBS Sports' Matt Moore. Had we known beforehand—something that would have obviously ruined the shock value—we would have all appreciated the dunk far more.
How detailed was Evans' painting? He didn't paint ball until last night when he knew what it would look like.— Bill Oram (@tribjazz) February 17, 2013
In fact, this would have won the contest for me.
Evans' painting dunk will go down as one of those dunks that had it been explained, would have gone over bigger. Ross better but still.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 17, 2013
The NBA, it's not just about basketball anymore.
Jeremy Evans paints, Tyson Chandler takes photos, and Larry Sanders draws. We're in a fascinating age of creative-minded big men.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 17, 2013
With that, a ho-hum affair in regard to dunking gets boosted to remarkable measures.
Terrence Ross gets the grand prize, and we don't want to take away from the man who was the most consistent performer on the night.
Still, after learning what Evans put into this dunk contest, we have our true big winner on the night.
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