As if the NBA All-Star Game Dunk Contest wasn't free-falling enough. We saw Sprite as the main sponsor and the new format ending taking an abash turn of events. Overall just a few dunks stood out over the rest. Damion Lillard's nabbing from Drake's arms was uplifting, was just a few that appeared out of the ordinary. Ben McLemore and John Wall looked to be the only posterizing finishes.
With McLemore dunking over Shaquille O'Neal sitting in a chair, preciding with the Shaq-lamore entrance provided a unique and low factor to the Dunk Contest. In retrospect, the commentary of Charles Barkley wasn't stellar, and Nick Cannon does NBA game interviews?
John Wall probably gave the ratings and overall low factor, a jolt of life as his dunk by grabbing the ball from the hands of a guest directly underneath the basket. In which flushing it down with a reverse and authority. So I guess you can say a few dunks were eye-opening. But, the format very paltry and suspect. I'm still lost on the decision of how you can escape the part, that all of us gear up for the Dunk Contest in the first place. Actual Dunk Showcases with games going 5-6 rounds of knockout to determine a champion.
The Dunk Contest has lost a considerable amount of luster over the past years. Mostly due to competitions like this, where you don't receive a true champion. Instead the winner (John Wall) gets selected by a peeling of an envelope. Adds to the misery of this lame event. Heck, Lebron James backed out of the competition due to knowing an outcome like this would happen.
Too bad we won't see another Vince Carter performance in the coming events. Or dunks over a Toyota Corollas anytime soon, nor witnessing a 5 foot 6 getting air to then throwing it down with an emphatic roar. All of that memory has become washed away. I miss David Stern.