An obvious question for this Sunday after last night's All-Star Saturday Night fiasco.
"Is the NBA Dunk Contest Dead?"
Judging by the reaction on Twitter to the various dunks, it sure is. Let's look at a sample:
@JohnHollinger - Real winner of the dunk contest was Iman Shumpert, who at the last minute avoided having to be associated with it.
@teamziller - I miss the days when Serge Ibaka rescued teddy bears with his teeth.
@jeskeets - Derrick, you're not even close, man. #SMH
@basquiatball: I texted "This sucks" to the number
@netw3rk - Oh good! Skits! Now we just need props!
And on and on...
And let's be realistic. This was hardly a phenomenal affair. DeMar DeRozan even tweeted that he left to go for a walk.
But for those who think tonight was an abomination, I have to ask what other options there are.
Sure it would be great to see "non-prop" dunks, but haven't we seen most of these? I get the feeling that if there were no props and gimmicks, the contest instead of producing outrage, would produce yawns.
I mean Jeremy Evans lept over a full grown man (albeit not an NBA player), and the NBA Twitter community uttered "cool, but think I need another beer."
Seriously though - HE JUMPED OVER SOMEONE.
I'm all for more dunks like Evans' "two-balls-at-once" jam, my fave of the night, but I'm just not sure there are that many options left out there. NBA players have such a ridiculous athleticism now, that the only way to save the contest, might be to raise the rim.