Why? Because the D-League's Dunk Contest showed more excitement from their players who actually wanted to participate. What happened NBA Dunkers? I mean, you are the worlds greatest players who play professional NBA basketball. After the contest was over I was left feeling somewhat violated, you know the same feeling you got after you watched the hyped up M. Night Shyamalan's, "The Happening".
If I'm off here, I apologize but I have to get this off my chest. As I sit in my living room working, I also take my periodic breaks to peek at this weekends NBA All-Star festivities. I see the H.O.R.S.E game, the Skills Challenge, 3 Point Shootout and the Dunk Contest but something seems to be missing. I guess I was spoiled by the energy given from past NBA All-Stars that wanted to be there. Is it too much to ask for? I would see broken smiles from forced bodies. Players were just there to get it over with and their efforts never transcended into something remotely exciting to watch.
The H.O.R.S.E game was boring. The Skills Challenge and 3 Point Shootout grabbed my attention and was the prefect segway for the always awesome Dunk Contest, especially when our boy Shannon Brown was participating. The Dunk Contest comes around and Shannon Brown's dunks were NOTHING compared to the dunks we've seen him make in the regular seasons. What happened? It was as if he didn't want to win. The majority of the dunks were all have beens and already done by past dunkers. I felt really bad for the fans who were there to see a great show because from my living room the only show I got was from my occasional screensaver. This year's pre All-Star festivities were a BIG disappointment and I sure hope that today's All-Star game will save the NBA All-Star experience not only for me but for the world-wide fans.
Who is the greatest dunker you're asking? He's not even a pro baller. He's a street baller and plays for And1. His name is Taurian Fontenette, he was the guy who shared the photo op with Nate Robinson when he held his 2010 Dunk Contest trophy. This goes to show that when you play with all heart your efforts reflect that. Taurian's nick names are, "The Air Up There" and he also goes by "Mr. 720" and let me show you why...the first EVER 720 dunk!