LeBron James recently admitted to various media sources that he was “getting too old” for the dunk contest, and would rule out ever participating. That’s funny, since I don’t remember him taking part even when he was younger, but c’est la vie. But without his, and other stars’, participation, the dunk contest, now mired in uninspiring jams from names you don’t recognize (much like Now! albums from the 90s), is in danger of losing any appeal it once had to a mass audience. No, I don’t want to see Javale McGee botch a dunk three times before settling for something easier. And I’d rather not have Blake Griffin, amazing though he is, try to sell me a car during the contest. That’s what commercials are for, Blake. You know, like those Subway ads you run? Plus, you didn’t even jump over the tall part of the car. Yeah, I said it.
So without LeBron (and many of the other “All-Stars”), what’s a dunking contest to do? Well, I put together a few totally unbiased and completely random highlights from people who might be willing to participate. See if their dunks are up to snuff:
I’d say with these guys all participating, BBN’s chances of getting a Dunk Champion are pretty high. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go run into people at full speed while shouting “Here’s Kidd-Gilchrist!”