George calls dunk competition a “joke” and thinks league’s star players should take part
The consensus after Pacers practice Monday night was that Paul George should have won the Slam Dunk competition on Saturday.
George dunked over teammates Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones with his first dunk. He wore a glow-in-the-dark uniform and shoes and made a dunk (that was hard to see on TV) with the lights turned off with his second dunk. Then after several failed attempts, he made his third dunk while putting a sticker of Larry Bird on the backboard.
Still, George had to watch Utah’s Jeremy Evans win the competition.
Evans dunked two balls, which were thrown up by former Brownsburg High School and Butler standout Gordon Hayward. Evans wore a mini video camera on his ear during another dunk. And he jumped over comedian Kevin Hart, who is almost two feet shorter than the 7-2 Hibbert.
“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke,” George said. “I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people.
“If you leave it up to fans, they probably wouldn’t have known who Larry was. I think I was destined to lose it.”
Fans voted for the winner.
Coach Frank Vogel said he voted for George (obviously) and he also had some of his neighbors vote for the second-year guard.
One of Vogel’s daughters even noticed that Hart is a lot of shorter than Hibbert.
“The winner jumper over a short guy and Paul jumped over a tall guy, so why wouldn’t Paul be the winner,” Vogel recalled his daughter saying after Evans was named the winner.
George said he believes they should bring back actual judges instead of allowing fans to vote. He also thinks some of the league’s marquee players should take part in the competition.
“I agree, you have to have the faces of the league come back and get involved in it,” George said. “That’s what really made it big back in the day when you had Jordan and Dominique going at it. That was the All Stars and the guys that were the men in the league. That’s what fans want to see.”