Posts Tagged ‘dunk contest’

Heat’s King James puts on very own dunk contest versus Bucks

By Nick Margiasso IV

This season, the Milwaukee Bucks on TV isn’t prime-time viewing unless you are hosting a Draft Lottery party. But when they play the Miami Heat, the chances of some worthwhile viewing get markedly better. Furthermore, when LeBron James decides to make it his own personal slam dunk contest, well, you can just toss the remote out the window and enjoy.

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VIDEO: LeBron throws it down on the break

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VIDEO: James gets fancy on the reverse slam

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VIDEO: LeBron makes a poster out of Udoh

LeBron: I’d Win Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the downsides to social media is that in the constant race to post fast and first, sometimes context and subtlety are hard to discern. I mention that in this case only because we don’t know exactly how LeBron James said what we’re about to read. Was he joking? Was he serious? We don’t know exactly. But for some reason I don’t think he was kidding.

Anyway, just the other day we saw LeBron putting on a dunking exhibition after a Miami Heat practice in Phoenix. Since LeBron’s never actually competed in the NBA’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest, this is about as close as we’ve seen. If you read the comments on that post, there’s an epic argument still raging about how LeBron would do if he entered the dunk contest.

But how does LeBron think he’d do in a dunk contest? The Miami Herald‘s Joseph Goodman says LeBron addressed it…

LeBron Holds Dunking Exhibition At Heat Practice

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James has for years publicly flirted with the idea of joining the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but he’s never actually committed to the event. Which doesn’t mean he can’t throw down with the best of them. After the Miami Heat practiced today in Phoenix, LeBron took the opportunity to work on a few dunks. Lucky for us, cameras were rolling…
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VIDEO: LeBron Dunking After Practice
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(via Deadspin)

Ben McLemore May Attempt 720 In Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — An oft-heard trope from people complaining about the dunk contest is that by now, every dunk has been done before. This is not verifiable, although it may seem to be true, if only because we’ve seen many of the same dunks performed over and over. But there are still dunks that have been performed in venues other than All-Star Weekend that have yet to be even attempted in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore is on the West squad for this weekend’s upcoming Sprite Slam Dunk Dunk Contest. We know he’s incredibly athletic, and from what we’ve seen in games and on social media, we understand he’s a high flyer. He also appears to have an understanding of what works and doesn’t work in dunk contests, as McLemore discussed with Celtics Blog after playing the Celtics this weekend…

“Not yet, I’m still working on it. Still planning. I still got time, I still got almost a little over a week to plan and get prepared for this great event coming up.”

He is known for his absurd vertical leap and ability to finish in traffic, but when asked if his style is more aerodynamic or high-flying, McLemore told CLNS Radio, “A little bit of both.”

“I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there.”

Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration.

“I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up,” McLemore told CLNS Radio. “But we’ll see.”

Now, the 720 dunk McLemore referenced has never been completed in an NBA Dunk Contest. But hardcore hoops fans may recall it being performed back in 2006 by former And 1 tour member Air Up There. We know McLemore can dunk. But can he do this? This just might be the game-changer the Dunk Contest has been waiting for…
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VIDEO: 720 Dunk

Paul George Isn’t Out Of Dunk Contest Yet


VIDEO: George’s 360 Dunk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Indiana’s Paul George has become one of the best all-around players in the NBA, but it wasn’t long ago that he was known for his dunking — he finished second in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. And of course, just a few days ago he threw down one of the best dunks of the season (see the video above).

So it was a bit disappointing late last week when it was reported that George would be skipping this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

But not so fast my friends! As George clarified yesterday to Pacers.com, he may still throw down after all…

The chances of him competing are slim, as he would prefer to rest and enjoy the weekend in The Big Easy. He is still open to the idea of taking part in at least one event and plans to decide in the next few days.

When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.”

In particular with the dunk contest, George, who fans would love to see be involved after he showed off a 360-degree slam in Saturday’s win, would like to see it taken more seriously.

“It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.”

(via EOB)

Dunk Contest, Gerald Green … A Match Made In Heaven, Right?


VIDEO: Check out some of Gerald Green’s best dunks of the season

Say it ain’t so, Gerald Green.

We understand that progression is the key to pretty much anything in life. Trust me, I get it. Sometimes you just have to move on and move forward.

But to completely give up on the Dunk Contest though? Now that’s just down right unacceptable. Not when you’re arguably one of the most exciting dunkers we have in the league today. Not when you’ve been spotlighted more than once on our Dunk HQ countdown and voted by the faithful HQ fanbase as the highest jumper of all in today’s NBA land. And not when you already own a seat amongst the gods of the dunk.

Talk to us, Gerald. We’re here to listen. Vent. Get all of those frustrations out. What’s missing? Are you feeling a tad unappreciated even? I mean, do you honestly not see what we’ve seen in some your previous Dunk Contest jams? What do we need to do to sway you to come back? Hopefully we can find the answers better than Kanye West can.

What do you think? Is Green feeling a little, well, green? Help us out here.

As always, make sure to hit up the new and improved Dunk HQ, your official NBA.com home for slams, where we’ll be rating all of the top dunks of the season and much more.

LeBron Competes In Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James has won two NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVP awards, four regular season MVP awards, and been selected as an All-Star nine times. You could argue that he’s done pretty much everything — except compete in the dunk contest. Which doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have a chance — we know LeBron can dunk, as we’ve seen in games (check out the video above of some of his top ten plays from this season) and even in warm-ups.

But if you want to see what LeBron would possibly break out in an actual dunk contest, you need to check out this new commercial from Nike, where, toward the end of the clip, LeBron finally shows some of his dunk contest repertoire…
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(via B/R)

LeBron Can Still Dunk


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For all the talk about what a well-rounded player LeBron James has become, dude can still get nasty on the rim. Last night he had three crazy dunks, and one of them didn’t even count. If LeBron James wants us to stop talking about how he should enter the Slam Dunk Contest, he better stop doing ridiculous stuff like this third dunk in warm-ups…

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(gifs via guyism)

Gerald Green Wins The Dunk Contest A Couple Weeks Late

by Micah Hart

He didn’t blow out a birthday candle this time, but Gerald Green did throw down what NBA.com scribe John Schuhmann said might be the best in-game dunk he’s ever seen. You don’t want to miss this one, from Saturday night’s Nets-Rockets tilt:



My goodness. Welcome back to the League, Gerald. LeMont Calloway, I think you’ve got some work to do.

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History of the dunk contest, in poster form

by Micah Hart

Hoopisms, the guys behind the NBA’s 100 greatest shots and every jam from the dunk contest, are back at it again. Staying within the dunk contest milieu, they posted over the weekend a poster by guest artist Robb Harskamp of every dunk contest participant since the contest’s inception in 1984. Check it out:

Just looking at MJ’s jersey in 1988 with the star instead of Nique’s gets my blood boiling.

via Hoopisms

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