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    Default Is it time to do away with the Slam Dunk Contest?

    Seen a lot of debate about this on Twitter, ESPN Conversation, Facebook etc. Has it ran its course? Seeing a lot of "any possible dunk has been done now" "the big stars don't come out, so whats the point". I think it should stay, it's been around long enough now to be tradition, it may not be as exciting as it used to be, but you have to keep it IMO.

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    Paul George just did a dunk no one's ever seen before.

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    Short answer... Yes...

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    if people'd stop trying to compare every dunk to prime Vince Carter they'd be a lot less disappointed. and a lot more realistic.

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    ...and replace it with what? What does it hurt to have it?

    I never understood the hate for a meaningless dunking exhibition.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    Instead of shock and awe we got Shaq and awful. Not to mention, two contestants stole the Josh McRobers campaign of Whiteman Can't Dunk and #Let Josh Dunk.

    I wish Paul had less gimmicks and displayed is ability to fly. I was hoping to see him jump from the free throw line, but instead he turned off the lights.

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    Clearly, the fan voting is a horrible idea.

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    I was completely disconnected after Sean Combs cried out, "Black Power!" and Jeremy Evans dunked with a camera. The contest displayed the reason that many men and women in the U.S. cannot relate to the NBA.

    Furthermore, the three point contest was a joke. I remember long ago when Reggie Miller, Glenn Rice, and Jeff Hornacek were battling. Now it's just the Miami Heat (and fake glasses) show.

    What a joke. A terrible display at best.

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    P.S. TNT killed the All-Star Game. Team Shaq? Team Chuck? Joke.

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    I'd have to look up the scores for reference, but that seemed like a pretty solid 3 point contest. It's guys shooting jumpers, the hell do you expect?

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    I was completely disconnected after Sean Combs cried out, "Black Power!"
    It's really sad when a phrase that back in the day actually meant something positive for an oppressed community is used in such a manner by a contemporary joker.

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    It's really sad when a phrase that back in the day actually meant something positive for an oppressed community is used in such a manner by a contemporary joker.
    I wish they would've immediately cut to a close up of Spike.

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    They should mix 'professional' dunk artists with NBA players, or something like that. There are some guys outside the NBA who can do exhibition-style dunks better than NBA players. It would be fun to see NBA players compete against those guys.


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    ^^ absolutely not. if there's a complaint about the dunk contest falling off it's all this stupid gimmick ****, which is why I'm so disappointed in PG. it's not the "guys that can hold a basketball and jump high contest" it's the "NBA dunk contest." the gimmickry and "presentation" has taken all the organicness (or something?) away.

    give a guy a ball. he dunks it. no props, no light show, no stickers, no costumes, just dunk the damn thing and wow me. THAT is my complaint with it. it's not a performance, it's a damn dunk.

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    ^^ absolutely not. if there's a complaint about the dunk contest falling off it's all this stupid gimmick ****, which is why I'm so disappointed in PG. it's not the "guys that can hold a basketball and jump high contest" it's the "NBA dunk contest." the gimmickry and "presentation" has taken all the organicness (or something?) away.

    give a guy a ball. he dunks it. no props, no light show, no stickers, no costumes, just dunk the damn thing and wow me. THAT is my complaint with it. it's not a performance, it's a damn dunk.


    Totally agree. No props, no fan voting, and 2-3 tries at a dunk max and you are out. If you can't do a dunk in one or two tries time to move on to a dunk you can do. The old school guys would blow away today's guys in the slam dunk and three point contest. Larry could have won the three point contest blind folded this year.

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    P.S. TNT killed the All-Star Game. Team Shaq? Team Chuck? Joke.
    ...because the rookie/soph game was so popular before?

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    I was completely disconnected after Sean Combs cried out, "Black Power!" and Jeremy Evans dunked with a camera. The contest displayed the reason that many men and women in the U.S. cannot relate to the NBA.
    did you also object to the taianeese man on spike's t-shirt?

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    Totally agree. No props, no fan voting, and 2-3 tries at a dunk max and you are out. If you can't do a dunk in one or two tries time to move on to a dunk you can do. The old school guys would blow away today's guys in the slam dunk and three point contest.
    ...ok, back to reality....

    the reason players miss more dunks today is that the dunks they are attempting are much, MUCH harder than the dunks Jordan and Nique were attempting back in the 80's. Let's not pretend that the 80's dunk contests were something they were not. SO many dunks have already been tried, that the difficulty level has been ratcheted up, and so has the margin of error.

    Larry could have won the three point contest blind folded this year.
    ...and he would have had his *** handed to him by Jason Kapono or craig hodges in several other years.

    Larry is not the god of the 3-point contest. He won two of his three years with very average scores.
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    did you also object to the taianeese man on spike's t-shirt?
    Obviously not. Statistically speaking, I am the average guy in the US. If I can't relate to the gimmicks , I assume most cannot. These men are paid significant
    money because they can do something I cannot. I watch. I am amazed. I pay for the ticket and t-shirt. However, last night was completely unrelatable.
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    Obviously not. Statistically speaking, I am the average guy in the US. If I can't relate to the gimmicks , I assume most cannot. These men are paid significant
    money because they can do something I cannot. I watch. I am amazed. I pay for the ticket and t-shirt. However, last night was completely unrelatable.


    ...what exactly would make it easier for the "average guy" to relate to?

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    Did you guys notice that Paul George didn't win the slam dunk competition but NBA.COM gave him "dunk of the night"?

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    is it that big of a shock? The a lot of times the best dunk does not win the contest.

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    is it that big of a shock? The a lot of times the best dunk does not win the contest.
    That's not a shock, it's just ironic.

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    I will say one thing:

    The fact that Budinger came in second, and only lost to Evans by 1%, proves that fan voting is wrong.

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    I was completely disconnected after Sean Combs cried out, "Black Power!"


    Just imagine if someone had yelled "White Power!" The media would have been on that like white on rice on a paper plate in a snowstorm.

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