Eight years ago, Michael Jordan played his last All-Star game. Eight years ago, the Heat Big Three were drafted.
Eight years ago, Jason Kidd contended for the New Jersey Nets who were contenders that time. Eight years ago, the San Antonio Spurs grabbed their second championship and proved that the contenders in New Jersey needs more fuel for the run.
Aside from these memorable events, the closure for a legend, the birth of the new bad blood, the hype of careers and the quest for championships, in 2003 this happened:
The All-Star Saturday of 2003 capped a wild night in Atlanta which saw the jaw breaking slam dunk slug fest, one of the best there was in the post-Vince Carter era.
As you can see, no superman capes, no double boards, no cupcakes, no cars, and yet it made the Philips Arena add more roofs the following day. What is found in the event was plain entertainment, plain action that blew off the Atlanta Hawks' stadium.
The Slam Dunk contest was reborn that year being the last slam dunk show for grown ups. As years unfold, the league saw the birth of the 'man-child' who fathers innovation in the rim whacking slug fest.
By the late 2000s, the use of props in the slam dunk contest somehow made it more entertaining. That is a sure fact. But the use of props, to some people, especially to high flying and body twisting dunkers, is an easy way out to get a 50.
It sure is something that revolves around creativity that even hall of fame dunkers stand on their feet in anticipation of what is going to unfold. When the prop is in place and the eagle flew, the score becomes biased on which prop has better impact.
It is like judging an eagle's flight through its nest, although people know that eagles are not fond of building nests. Giving too much attention to props in a dunk contest reflects how eagles become tame into building nests for them to brag.
Nests defy the nature of an eagle. I am not saying that props do the same with dunkers. Props totally violate the law of defying gravity. The Slam Dunk contest are not for hummingbirds wrapped in fruity pebbles.
The Slam Dunk contest is for eagles, hawks, falcons and every flying beast there is. Bringing a nest into the battlefield signifies how slim a creature can survive. Without it is the perfect arm for battle.
For a long period of time, the 2003 Slam Dunk contest was the only slug fest to feature a prop-less and assist-less contest. Only the dunkers and the ball.
While many people think that props made it more entertaining, some consider the overshadowing of pure talent. Both sides have points but time controls everything. The innovation and creativity of men who fly are boundless.
And we can really never tell what will happen next in the dunk contest.
Or maybe, Demar DeRozan, who I honestly think was robbed from this year's contest, needs to join again next year, in the midst of cars, stuffed toys and triple balls and cement his legacy by bringing back the talent packed contest that was revolutionized by the league's pillars.