Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  20 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: ’95 Dunk Contest

Harold Miner, JR Rider, those old school uniforms, the year 1995… This was right around the time I fell in love with the game and it consumed my life. Started reading a dope basketball magazine which became my Bible throughout childhood, wanted nothing more than a pair of Js, played rain or shine, spent my entire allowance on basketball cards (Fleer, Fleer Ultra, Flair, Topps Finest… ya’ll know what i’m talking about), dreamt about being six feet, had friends convinced I’d be in the league, rocked a Starter pull-over, and skipped meals for a few more bounces and bank shots. 90s hoops are what hooked me. Peep the contest highlights.


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  • abaci

    Classic 90’s but since when does missed dunks constitute being called highlights ?

  • JTaylor21

    Baby MJ my a** more like baby fat MJ. Also I’ll also take this dunk contest over last year’s BS, please don’t EVER EVER let shannon dunk AGAIN.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Firstly, this was an absolutely AWFUL dunk contest…of all the ones you could have shown, you chose this garbage.
    Secondly, Miner was, and still is, the most over-rated dunker in history. His creativity and actual dunks in said contests were basic, boring and only got reaction because they more power than the even worse dunks by his rivals.
    Finally, in closing, I’ll always remember this contest as where Rider was robbed because some absolute idiots on the sidelines wouldn’t move to let him get the correct run up for the east-bay-funk-dunk.

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    can’t please everyone… have another one coming friday. This one was more about the era and not the creativity.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    LOVED gary’s reactions!

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Haven’t seen this 1 in awhile. If Steve Francis competed against anyone but Vince he’d have won. How about some franchise love?

  • Shadojoker

    I feel ya Schneezy..the era was the shizznit.. @Krishan..yea Gary Payton’s facial reaction along with Dikembe Mutombo’s excitement SOLD the contest!! dunks were ok..Jamie Watson should have won in my opinion!

  • Shadojoker

    Oh yeah..long live Tony Dumas! (he shamed this contest)..

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    YKnot: did you even watch the video? wrong contest pal.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Yeah I did. It was a request to show the one he was in.

  • The Philosopher

    Was Alonzo Mourning wearing a Stacy Adams???
    HELL NAW!!

  • Ronald

    Wow, good thing I didn’t watch this dunk contest when it first aired. It’s awful.

  • pennydunk_1

    I’m feeling you about the era.95 was the year for me too. Magic all the way! (almost)

  • unrel

    the 90s nba was illmatic.. “with a boom ping ping.. base line fadeway jumper like bernard king!”.. silly 90s shaq..

  • barnabusb

    90′s basketball FTW. NBA Rising Stars was the first NBA VHS tape I ever bought and I pretty much have the whole thing memorized. This dunk contest was good for some laughs, though.

  • Fat Lever

    You know what’s crazy, the leaps in athleticism in just 15 years. JR Rider trying, and failing, to do that between the legs dunk from behind the basket would get yawns today.

  • hammer

    How bout fots on mario elie,rodney rogers,reggie lewis,jimmy jackson or jr rider slam? Hook it up

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    true fat lever, but a lot of these new school rim rockers don’t put in nearly the same power in their dunks as the older dunkers

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Sav: Please, Miner is an overrated dunker because what… He isn’t a superstar named Mike or Nique? Pshh.
    I enjoyed that.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    1995 – This to me really highlights the progression dunking has taken over the last decade, if not further… The reason big name dunkers don’t put their hand up to be in the modern dunk comps these days are essentially because there are notable guys out there (AND1 mix tap stuff etc) that KILL IT with their power, creativity and height at the ring – I don’t think I would be going out on a limb too far by saying the best dunkers in the world (if not just the US) are NOT in the NBA.