by Micah Hart
I don’t know what set off this phenomenon of NBA players (amongst others) doing their best trick shots and capturing them on film, but I am just happy to be alive during this era. Our latest entrants come from L.A., with a little guerrilla-style footage shot by Clippers big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Roll it!
A few thoughts:
– I can’t believe how much Griffin and I look alike in tank tops.
– Their reaction after shot #3 is
– Players have so much fun doing these things, it dawns on me — we’ve got to figure out a way to get a trick-shot competition in All-Star Weekend.
We’ve seen H-O-R-S-E the last two years, and that is a start, but the biggest issue with a trick shot competition is the amount of attempts it might take to get the shot right. As we’ve seen in dunk contests the last few years (cough, Nate Robinson, cough), a bunch of misses sucks too much of the air out of the competition.
How could we work around this? Here’s my suggestion:
1. Each participant is given a video camera and 24 hours (say from the start of the Rookie-Sophomore game to the start of All-Star Saturday night) to execute their best trick shot, using the entire host city as their playground to get it done. We’ve seen from guys like Dude Perfect and The Legendary Shots that incorporating various buildings and obstacles can really raise the stakes.
2. The participants submit their entries at the start of All-Star Saturday night, which will be shown either throughout the night during breaks in the regular competitions, or all in one block. Entries will be judged on creativity, difficulty, and perhaps even production value (almost like a short film competition).
3. Fans vote on a winner.
Pretty simple, right?
What do you think? Any suggestions on how to make a trick-shot competition happen? Let us know in the comments.