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This year's Slam Dunk Contest was supposed to bring the excitement back to what was once All-Star weekend's most anticipated event. However, when it was all said and done, this may rank as the biggest flop ever.
With stars like Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall in the field, this year's event had all the right ingredients. The ingredients worked, too. Guys delivered some emphatic dunks.
So what went wrong?
Well, after you gather your ingredients and combine them to make your finished product, you still need to present it to customers. That's where this thing failed. The NBA served us an extremely underwhelming final product—one that many of us, even NBA players, had a hard time understanding.
Here are some player reactions, via Twitter:
Nic Batum, Portland Trail Blazers: "That's it?"
Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards: "It's over?"
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers: "The end of this year's dunk contest was like the end of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". Ur like huh.. Is that it? Shouldn't there be more"
Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons: "Wait what?"
The fact that John Wall was crowned champion minutes after throwing down a total of one solo dunk is mind-boggling. Plus, as impressive as his dunk was, Wall probably won this competition because he was the only guy who was successful on his first try. Lame.
How about Paul George taking another crack at it after his impressive between-the-legs dunk? Do we really care that they are on the same "team"? This is an individual event.
Back to the drawing board, NBA. Perhaps Adam Silver has some fresh ideas? As low as it ranks on the list of important areas to address, figuring out a new format that will reinvigorate the Slam Dunk Contest wouldn't be a bad accomplishment to begin his tenure.