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Thug 01-21-2008 06:53 PM

NBA Slam Dunk Contest News
 
Contestants: Dwight Howard, Jamario Moon, Rudy Gay, Gerald Green

NEW YORK (AFP) An internet vote by fans will determine the winner of the National Basketball Association Slam Dunk Contest for the first time at next month's high-leaping spectacle, the league announced here Monday.

Minnesota's Gerald Green will defend his crown February 16 against Orlando's Dwight Howard and debutantes Rudy Gay of Memphis and Jamario Moon of Toronto in the all-American event.

A judging panel will decide which two players advance to the final. In the championship round, the low scorer will shoot first and each finalist will make two slam dunks before fan polls open on-line and through text messaging.

Each judges' vote will count only as much as a fan's vote in deciding the winner.

Green, who leaped a table and jammed a windmill dunk through the hoop for a perfect score of 50 in last year's final, will try to become the first repeat champion in the contest since Jason Richardson in 2003.

The only other back-to-back winner was Michael Jordan in 1997 and 1998 but the days of such star players taking part in the showcase have long since passed.


http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5...J2hsJk5lKTeWQA

Dr. J. Naismith 01-21-2008 07:55 PM

Rudy Gay? Really? I guess I never pictured him to be a big dunker. Although, he has had some big ones I guess. Love that D12 is back in it again this season. :D

Belsius 01-21-2008 08:26 PM

gay has the atleticism needed but I have never seen do anything crazy neither

ClingRap 01-21-2008 09:30 PM

ummmm...jordan won back to back championships in 97 and 98. actual ones, not slam dunking ones

Acie 01-21-2008 09:46 PM

Last year was probably the worst contest I've ever seen. Hopefully these guys can inject a little life into the festivities.

Torontosaurus 01-21-2008 11:59 PM

Great news, and some decent competition.

But I'm confident Moon will do well and surprise.

Just hope we have enough voters here in hockey country.

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 01-22-2008 08:01 AM

Not sold on the fan voting idea... but then the panel didn't work two years ago when Igudala got robbed so i guess its' worth a shot.

Dr. J. Naismith 01-22-2008 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sick, Wicked and Nasty! (Post 5781)
Not sold on the fan voting idea... but then the panel didn't work two years ago when Igudala got robbed so i guess its' worth a shot.

I hate it as well because it then makes it a popularity contest and not based on who might actually do the best dunk that night. :mad:

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 01-22-2008 09:54 AM

Well on the plus side, Howard might not get robbed this year then.

MangoKidHoops 01-22-2008 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 5791)
I hate it as well because it then makes it a popularity contest and not based on who might actually do the best dunk that night. :mad:

I was afraid of that too, but fans know a sick dunk when they see it. I'll give them more credit. Gerald Green should be in the finals. After all, he isn't getting PT as it is, so he should have all the time in the world to be practicing.

BballWatcher 01-22-2008 10:22 AM

I'm not sold on the fan voting either.

With that said, fans do, at least, have the benefit of instant replays.

Remember the reaction to Vince's elbow dunk when you watched it on TV? It was shocking, yet the fans at the event didn't react until they saw it on replay on the big screens because they couldn't make out what was going on. The judges were similarly unimpressed from their vantage point, because they couldn't really see what happened.

Ditto Dwight's sticker dunk - it was incredible, but it didn't look like anything to the judges except a guy dunking and slapping the backboard.

Belsius 01-22-2008 11:25 AM

howard is getting this one, hes the most popular and he got robbed last year so I dont see any chance for the others, except if Jamario can pull something crazy from his globetrotter years.

moremilk 01-22-2008 01:17 PM

wtf, fan voting is PERFECT. Slam dunk is purely an subjective thing, there's no such thing as a "best dunk" - it's not like there's a "technique" for dunking.


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