The slam dunk has steadily evolved from a conservative finish into one of the most expressive languages on the basketball court. Even during this season, we’ve witnessed a sort of rebirth of the alley-oop.
The same can be said about the Slam Dunk Contest. From its humble ABA beginnings in1976 to becoming one of the biggest showcases of All-Star weekend, its significance has grown to epic proportions.
The good folks at SB Nation have taken it upon themselves to tell the complete story of the contest. From how it began as a way to reignite a flailing league to shining the spotlight on the players that rode the coattails of the contest to notoriety, this is the perfect way to get excited for the upcoming 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. At the same time, you’re getting a solid education on where it’s been and where it could soon be going. There’s nothing like making learning fun.