Friday, February 24, 2012

Slammer (Dunk) Time

Remember when I said how much I hated the NBA and rarely watched a game, except in those special circumstances of husband hunting and the Slam Dunk Contest?

Well, this weekend is one of those circumstances. And no, it's not the husband hunting one.

The 2012 All-Star game in Orlando is upon us, which means that the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest is also just 'round the corner. Tomorrow, Chase Budinger (Houston), Paul George (Indiana), Jeremy Evans (Utah), and Derrick Williams (Minnesota) will vie to take this year's slam dunk title.

The outrageous and always entertaining event probably draws in more viewers (ahem, moi) than the actual All-Star game. Cause let's be real...would you rather watch Blake Griffin jump over a car or watch bazillionaires play in a scrimmage that means nothing? That's what I thought.

To get you in the mood, here are some of my all-time favorite dunks. Enjoy!

5. 2006- Andre Iguodola's Behind-the-Back dunk

Though he didn't win that year, Iguodola's perfect score dunk was spectacular. The jump before he took the ball around his back? Crazy Town!

4. 2000- Vince Carter- "It's Over"

In what some consider to be the best performance EVER by a slam dunk contestant, Vince Carter finished off his title winning show with a between-the-legs dunk, assisted by teammate Tracy McGrady. Best part? Carter mouthing "It's Over". And it was.

3. 2009- Nate Robinson- 3 Time Champ

Robinson is the all-time champion of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and it's easy to see why. Always innovative, Robinson stepped it up against foe (and dunking partner in crime) Dwight Howard to take the title in 2009. Keep in mind....Robinson is 5'9". Howard is 6'11".

2. 2007- The Sticker Dunk

Oh, Dwight Howard, you were robbed in the 2007 contest. Howard's dunk was deceptively simple....until you realized he put a sticker with his face on it at the very top of the backboard. Still my favorite. Of. All. Time.

and finally....

1. 1988- Michael Jordan's "Legendary" dunk

The myth and legend himself earned a 50 to win the Slam Dunk contest in 1988. Jordan's take-off from the free throw line is the image we all see in our minds when we think of the superstar. When your dunk becomes your signature, you know it's the best!


And while we're on the subject of dunks, quick shout out and props to Shepherd University Men's Basketball coach Justin Namolik, who was clearly having a slam dunk contest of one this past Wednesday. 



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