Sunday, February 17th, 2008 at 12:42 am  |  103 responses

All-Star Saturday Night on TNT

Russ Bengtson’s sort-of-live blog posted all at once. Dwight Howard does not kneel before Zod.

by Russ Bengtson

Fratello, Harlan and Miller to start off TNT’s All-Star Saturday Night events. Can I just say that Reggie Miller is the worst TV commentator in the history of TV? It’s not just his annoying voice, or the fact that he never says anything that’s not appallingly obvious, or that all of his interaction with his fellow announcers seems totally forced. Well, actually it’s all of those things. I could get past the voice and demeanor if he brought extra insight to the table as an 18-year NBA vet and former All-Star, but he doesn’t. The one positive, I suppose, is he makes me appreciate Kevin Harlan and the Czar a lot more.

I really, really, REALLY don’t like the idea of allowing fans to vote for the slam-dunk contest winner. And Mike Fratello agrees with me.

Can’t believe they still force do the star-WNBA player-legend thing. Thank God Magic Johnson isn’t involved this year. B.J. Armstrong looks younger than Chris Duhon, Bill Laimbeer looks more and more like William Shatner every year. And someone must have hacked into Tim Duncan’s mainframe.

Have they always done all the All-Star Saturday Night introductions in one shot?

OK, Dwight and Jamario Moon dancing was funny. Where’s Dikembe?

Could they not find any black singers in New Orleans? What’s the deal? The guy who does the Canadian Anthem is either a lost Beatnik or Henry Abbott’s cousin. Kudos to the trumpeter who performs the National Anthem, though.

If you want to know why All-Star seems weird without Shaq, this article sums it up.

What are the chances that Jason Kapono walked into the locker room tonight, looked around, and asked “OK, which one of you motherf*ckers is getting second?”

In case you were wondering, All-Star Saturday Night is presented by State Farm.

The Haier Shooting Stars is the first event. Basically, it’s Two Ball on life support. Other than being a tired WNBA promotional device and a way to get another sponsor to cough up some dough, I don’t get it. At all. (Yes, I’m being negative. Again. Deal with it.)

Why are the Chicago WNBA uniforms baby blue, yellow and white? Are they already planning on moving to Denver?

Does Cappie Pondexter have a WNBA tattoo on her shoulder? Reggie Miller definitely calls her “Cappie Poindexter,” I know that.

David Robinson is in the wrong contest, I think—and then he hits a corner three and a halfcourt shot both on his first try. Sheesh.

After Detroit self-destructs, Chicago and San Antonio are in the ‘finals.’ As a Bulls fan, I should cherish this, because it’s likely these are the only finals they’ll be appearing in any time soon.

Becky Hammon plays for San Antonio? And the bigs are on fire right now. David Robinson should come out of retirement as a three-point specialist.

Did Reggie just say “John Naismith?” Please tell me I heard that correctly.

The Bulls suck.

Nice of Back To the Future‘s Mr. Strickland to present the Spurs with their trophy.

Chris Paul will win the skills competition.

Can I propose that next year the NBA hosts the No-Skills Competition? Same course, but with guys like Scot Pollard, Kwame Brown, Jason Collins and Ben Wallace.

OH GOD. TJ Kidd is sitting on the bench next to Deron Williams. Of course he is. And he’s getting more camera time than the competitors.

Jason Kidd, not a shooter.

And see ya, Dwyane Wade.

Deron Williams with a flawless run through the course before they cut to Inspector Gadget LeBron James. A trenchcoat? Seriously?

Deron Williams is your 2008 Skills Challenge champion. You’ll be telling the grandkids someday.

You know, TJ Kidd looks more like Deron than he does like Jason Kidd. I’m just sayin’.

Did they really just give Deron a PS3? I’m sure he needs another one of those.

Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith replace the Czar…but Reggie stays. Curses! “And Kevin’s like, ‘What’s government cheese?’” Charles Barkley is the best.

I have no idea who I picked to win the three-point shootout. Daniel Gibson, I think. I’m pulling for Rip Hamilton, though.

I miss the red, white and blue moneyball.

Rip Hamilton’s arm sleeve makes me not want to root for him anymore. It’s got his number and flames on it. Where’d he get that thing, Hot Topic? A NASCAR shop?

Also, he stepped on the line on every shot in the corner, and has had his final score changed three times. He’s not getting out of the first round anyway.

Nash’s stroke is too slow for this contest. He can shoot threes, but not like this. Wait, did Charles Barkley just namecheck Vernon Maxwell?

Celeb check time: Oh, I don’t care.

I really wish they’d have two contestants shoot at once on opposite ends of the court. Isn’t that what they used to do? I seem to recall split-screen coverage back in the day.

Dirk misses a bunch off the first rack, and Charles starts dropping he-must-have-spent-last-night-on-Bourbon-Street jokes. He hits enough to tie with Boobie for first (so far) and they cut to Mark Cuban in the crowd, who’s wearing some kind of weird headset. Apparently he either got a day job as an air traffic controller, or is remotely controlling Dirk.

Rip Hamilton’s been officially eliminated.

Kapono goes 5-5 on the last rack for a first-round 20 to lead all shooters and make the final along with Dirk and Boobie. I miss the days of three-round contests, but hey, gotta make time for that Shooting Stars contest. Who won again?

On the local broadcast here, they’re running fairly frequent ads for ‘Knick Fan Packs.’ Is that some kind of sick joke?

Not counting warm-ups and practice, Boobie has taken 70 threes in two days. He gets a 17, and he’s gonna lose.

Amare’s wearing a big Run-DMC dookie rope gold chain, and he’s sitting with his kid. Next to LeBron.

Dirk is putting so much arc on his shots that he could probably get two in the air simultaneously. Fourteen points, not good enough. Enter the Kapono.

Kapono seals the win halfway through the second-to-last rack and puts on a clinic with 25 points, tying Craig Hodges’s 1986 single-round record. And he repeats as the three-point champ. Now all he has to do is win next year and he’ll be blackballed from the League.

OK, bring on the Slam Dunk contest.

But first, a few words from Steve Nash about the NBA Cares program. And Dr. John soundtracking a slide show. Man, I saw him perform in Philadelphia 15 years ago. My man. Was he the inspiration for The Muppet Show’s Dr. Teeth? I think so. Dr. John, for the record, is not as good looking as Mariah Carey. Then again, I wouldn’t want to see him in the Jordan dress.

I keep forgetting that All-Star is all about stretching it as far as it can go. Silly me thinking the dunk contest would have started by now. All-Star weekend is like cocaine—the pure stuff is mindblowing, but by the time it hits the street it’s been cut so much you can barely recognize it. Um, not that I’d know anything about that.

My money’s on Rudy Gay.

Magic is an official dunk contest judge? Seriously? While he’s waxing poetic about Dr. J (also judging and sitting next to him), a furry green hand reaches in to give him a pound. Who let the Philly Phanatic in here?

Other judges: Darryl Dawkins, Dominique Wilkins, Karl Malone.

I really think they need to go back to the old dunk contest format (you may sense a theme here) with six contestants, three rounds, and attempts judged by the dunk, not by some arbitrary timeframe.

I wonder who’s going to get jumped over this year?

Oh, whoops, it started. Jamario Moon with a one-handed 360 off the bounce. Nice, but guys have done that one before. 45 at best. Judges? 46. Good enough. Curious who gave him a 10. Chocolate Thunder, apparently.

Rudy Gay up next. “If this kid can harness all his talent, he’s gonna be scary.” —CB. He misses his first attempt, gets the second. Whoa. A nice rock-the-baby two hander than he finishes with one hand…and gets a 37? I actually liked that dunk better than Moon’s. Maybe the fans should be voting from the start. And if I actually DID have money on Gay, I’d have already lost it.

Dwight Howard is out of his mind. Bounce off the back of the backboard from out of bounds to left-handed windmill. That’s a 50 if I’ve ever seen one. He has to do it on the opposite basket because there are cameras all over the other one, and his head is still behind the backboard when he puts it down. Yeah, that’s a 50 all right. He doesn’t have that Vince Carter emotion, though. Come on, Dwight!

Gerald Green is doing “the Birthday Cake,” which apparently includes placing a cupcake with a candle in it on the back of the rim. He intends to blow out the candle as he dunks. This is following NBA regulations but raising the basket to 12 feet isn’t? I’m sorry, but this is stupid. Off the bounce, too. He does it—blowing out the candle—but everyone just looks confused. I mean, so what? Dwight Howard could have gone up and ate it. Gerald gets a 46, and I’m fine with that, although Chuck thinks he should have gotten a 50. WRONG.

Lowry assist to Gay off the side of the basket support (like, out of bounds) for a windmill. Nice, but the 37 on the first is gonna kill him. He gets a 48, and he deserves it. Too bad his contest is over.

The whole assist thing is sort of silly, IMO.

Um. If Jamario Moon launches from where he just put tape down—three inches behind the free throw line—it’ll be unbelievable. Dwight’ll need to pull off something even more ridiculous to top that. Kapono’s gonna bounce it to him. The first attempt isn’t even close—and he jumps from inside the free throw line anyway. Uh-oh. And while the second one goes down, he jumps from a step inside the free-throw line. “I think he made a mistake putting the tape down.” Yep, Magic, you’re right. He gets a 44, not sure who gave him the eight.

The ladder is back out for Gerald Green, and I’m not sure why. Rashad McCants takes a seat atop the ladder, his head even with the box, holding the ball at rim height. He flips the ball in the air, and Green windmills it for a 45. That’s enough to put him in first. For now.

I don’t like props, either. Grumpy old man? Perhaps.

Jameer Nelson is helping Dwight on this one. Dwight puts down tape, and pulls off his jersey to reveal—a sleeveless Superman jersey? The arena erupts. I mean, everyone goes nuts—including an extremely excited Dikembe Mutombo—as he puts on a cape. Shaq tribute? Honestly, they may as well just give him a 50 now.

I don’t even know what just happened.


He threw the ball through the rim from over the top. Like, he didn’t even touch the rim. Was that even a dunk? I’m still confused.

He gets a 50, of course. That means it’s Dwight and Green in the final.

Kenny Smith says the Superman dunk is in the top three dunks of all time. Um, what? I’m going to go ahead and STRONGLY disagree: Any one of Carter’s from 2000, Jordan from the free-throw line, Jason Richardson’s off the glass and the legs. And that’s not even getting into Doc and Nique. And J.R. Rider.

Gerald Green is getting into Nate Robinson/Birdman territory with the missed bounces. What happens is an over-the-backboard bounce pass from McCants, that Gerald passes through the legs and bangs down. Very nice, but not world changing. Not sure what the judges gave it. Oh that’s right, the judges aren’t scoring individual dunks this round. Sigh.

Dwight off the bounce, taps it off the glass to himself above the square with his left hand, and dunks it with his right. What? That was just wrong. So wrong. Kenny Smith is babbling something about quitting his job and leaving the arena right now: “He’s a video game, he’s not a real person!” Good lord. That’s how a tall guy wins a dunk contest. That was better than the Superman ‘dunk’.

Gerald Green essentially waves the white flag, going through the legs again in just his green NBA socks while people are still settling down from Dwight’s last masterpiece. I remember Jason Terry telling me that J.R. Rider used to do that exact same thing in practice when he was on the Hawks.

Dwight sets up a small basket in the corner of the backboard with a regulation NBA ball in it. Goes up, grabs it, windmills it. Misses his first attempt. It’s taking too long, which is the problem with using props. He gets it on the second try, but it was probably his least impressive dunk of the night. Still, his head is above the rim. Dwight Howard is the champion no matter what the fans say.

Did Chocolate Thunder just say that Dwight Howard had “magistration”?

Since all the judges picked Dwight Howard (although Doc filibusters so long I think he’s running for office), I kind of want the fans to pick Gerald Green and ruin it. Is Katharine Harris involved?

But first, more commercials.

Let’s put off announcing the fan vote even more. Thanks, Cheryl Miller! This is like Gladiator! And in a burst of anticlimax, Dwight Howard gets 70 percent of the fan vote. Your 2008 Slam Dunk champion. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

See you tomorrow.

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  • James

    Dwight Supermanned THAT ho!

  • Kadavour

    It’s a Slam DUNK contest, not a REALLY difficult lay-up show. Dwight’s “Superman” dunk didn’t deserve that 50.

  • http://www.myspace.com/impulseshopper_acquirente its just alex

    I heard Reggie’s Naismith slip too. Can’t stand that man, his little “go Bruins!” shout out made me want to vomit all over myself.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just don’t like all the gimmicks–could you imagine Doc, MJ, Nique or Vince donning someone else’s jersey or using a Nerf hoop or wearing a Halloween costume? The cupcake thing was awful.

  • namik

    The superman layup was the best layup ever in a dunk contest.

  • Rasheedionics

    They need to rename Slam Dunk competition to just Slam Show after what Dwight done tonight.

  • RV

    namik, that was more of a hook, if anything

  • RV

    i would have loved to see someone jump over Deke, thats the only person worth jumping over, his reaction would be priceless

  • http://slamonline.com tt

    it’s hard to stay original without gimmicks these days. how many different dunks are there that haven’t been showcased?

  • RV

    i think there’s plenty, and they can always copy dunks, the problem is they’re copying dunks guys did the last 2 or 3 years instead of copying dunks from back in the day when it was truly a DUNK contest…

  • mike

    2000- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2003- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2004- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2005- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2006- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2007- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2008- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    at least kenny stopped saying “that dunk had the flu!”

  • mike

    but then again, for how many years will kenny smith keep reminding us that he took 2nd place in the 1990 slam dunk contest.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Well, at least I got mentioned in this blog. Somehow.

  • bxballer

    You guys sound like haters.

  • jay

    so many hilarious one liners in this post its hard to pick one. great job Russ, really had fun reading this.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    The Superman “dunk” was cool and all, but definitely not in the top 3 of all-time. I haven’t seen every dunk contest there is, and still I can name a couple of dunks which are better (and already mentioned in the post, to begin with)

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just want to know what the definition of a “dunk” is.

  • Callen79

    A bunch of hating going on here. Big words usually follow a lack of talent. The contest was GREAT!

  • RV

    A slam dunk (or simply a dunk) is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball downward through the basket with one or both of his hands…I guess Dwight knew what he was doing

  • RV

    oh and thats not my definition, its wikipedia’s..

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    2000- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2003- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2004- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2005- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2006- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2007- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2008- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    at least kenny stopped saying “that dunk had the flu!”
    Very Funny and true Mike.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Dwight’s first dunk WAS one of the best I have ever seen. Maybe I’m just too young, but, damn, head BEHIND the backboard. I’ve re-watched that at least 10 times already. Yeahhhh, Dwight.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I agree Holly. The Superman thing woulda been cute if he’d actually dunked it.

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  • RV

    I’m really surprised no one has attemped the 720 or to actually jump from the free throw line (like james white) and not a foot past it, even MJ stepped over it, Dr j. didn’t..or take off from the FT and go through the legs, i think that was White also

  • whooo!

    james white needs to actually make it on an nba team so they’ll invite the kid. moon shoulda done his free throw line dunk without kapono. if he set up the tape, he must be able to jump from there.

  • LAN

    first of all ure a sh*t collumnist russ. 2nd of all he got 78% of the votes and probs more if people felt a need 2 vote i didnt even bother caus i new dwight would win. who on earth would hav voted for gerald? 3rd of all moon shoulda got through 2 the 2nd round his 2 dunks wer better than geralds although i was havin a good chukle after geralds first dunk. and moon shoulda got calderan to chuk him the alley or just not alley it at all. and 4th of all. THAT WAS THE BEST DUNK CONTEST OF ALL TIME!!!!!! stuff 00, stuff 88 stuf 03 or 05! 08 BABY!!!!!

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Russ, I’m offended by the comments you made about there’s no any black singer in the building. Can’t you see beyond the colors? or won’t you?
    Even the Canadian singer is much more of a legitimate black than Lenny Kravitz.

  • LAN

    man that was crazy the 3rd last dunk form dwight and the 1st 1 r ltterally in the top 5 best dunks! and then the sticker dunk. dwight is bad as*

  • namik

    On the reals go look up Iggys dunk with Iverson throwing the oop. I dont understand why people are going ape-sh*t over that dunk because Iggs did a harder and better dunk. Not to say Dwights wasn’t sick, but I dont know if Kennys near orgasm was warranted. Kenny Smith needs to go from the dunk contest as does Magic. Also, would have been cooler if Dwight hadn’t put a video out BEFORE the contest with 3 of his dunks in it.

  • http://www.lineofthenight.com Shannon Booher

    I’m sorry, but I loved the cupcake dunk… that was great to me. I liked Superman, until, upon further review, it was clear that he didn’t even dunk the ball! Dwight’s other dunks were great, though.

  • Ekam

    2000- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2003- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2004- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2005- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2006- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2007- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic
    2008- “the slam dunk contest is back!” – Magic

    Funny hahaha

    But he actually said

    2008- “the slam dunk contest is back! Right Here Right Now” – Magic

  • Krayzie Bone

    Jamario’s distance dunk was still pretty nice. I have a feeling that he probably got the dunk to work from the tape probably 1/5 times in practice, since he and kapono had been working on it for a couple of weeks, but the dunk would have been a dunk in the same way that Howard did it i.e. barely if it all touching the rim

  • http://merrilllynch.com Kyle

    did johnny dawkins really say this: “he had power, and magistration”?

  • Kadavour

    Jamario disappointed. I’m almost certain he can land that distance dunk. I saw many of the same dunks we’ve been seeing the last couple of years, no real innovation or twists on these between the legs and windmills, only props. the behind the backboard and Moon’s first dunk were the best in terms of difficulty and creativy IMO. We’ve seen everything else.

    shouts to that Cupcake dunk, it was sick

  • tealish

    Wow this is why I love SLAM. You don’t get honesty coupled with relevancy like this anywhere else. I was just blown away with the overhyping of Howard’s dunks. I mean, the superman?? I was NOT impressed. He took off a couple feet inside the ft line and still had to throw it in the hoop? FUNNIEST THING is when the judges mentioned that during the replay, they said it as if it was a good thing?? “…Oh man! he got up so high he had to throw it down!” [then something about leaving the building] Um, maybe he threw it down cause he couldn’t reach the net? Nah – he jumped too highed……….

  • tealish

    Not judges – I meant, the panel of Chuck, Kenny and the other one.

  • Marvin

    I wonder what Kapono said in the locker room, you killed it really, sitting hear lao on a sunday morning.

  • Joey

    superman dosent count as a dunk just a nice picture, the cupcake and the self alley pass off glass by dwight were great, gay didnt show up , and jamario what happened to the dunk anthony parker didnt show us? can u realease it again so we can see what u wouldve done aka Dwight last year with the kiss the rim dunk (btw he should kissed the rim on the last dunk he was up there)

  • tealish

    And about that birthday cake dunk? WTF. Honestly, any player who can dunk with ease (ie. without a running start) could have done that dunk. Jump up, blow, dunk. MEH.

  • tealish

    I guess what I’m trying to say is………….. STAY THE F*CK IN THE BUILDING, KENNY.

  • http://hiphopdx.com Zee

    Russ, me and my boys were arguing all night about whether that superman “dunk” was actually a dunk. We pretty much figured Dwight threw it in literally because he didn’t get close enough to put it all the way in. But based on how he presented the dunk, as if he was flying and tossed it in, he managed to get the 50. Also, Gerald’s birthday cake dunk was sick, so was the no socks dunk. He boomed with two hands and was above the rim heading downward when he blew out the candle, savage.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    I’m surprised that all this discussion of “greatest dunks of all time” has not included Larry Nance. I mean, he at least deserves to be mentioned…dunking 2 balls at once and whatnot…

    And I think the best dunker in a contest since Vince has been…Stevie Franchise…Talk about bad timing for Francis.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Michael Bivins?He look’s like a fatter version of Damon Jones…MJ & Cohiba…Really Mike?

  • Camb0dia

    the tip in dunk was the sickest how on earth didnt anyone rate that how co-ordinated was that?

  • h-wag

    As for Mark Cuban and the mysterious headset:
    He was live on-air with the German TV crew for the 3-point contest, as he also was the last 2 years if I remember correctly.

  • Melanie

    Speaking of Damon Jones, when is someone finally gonna put him out to pasture? And if another team does actually pick him up will it be purely for comic relief? Played out mohawk.

  • Mike

    LOL at Darryl Dawkins…

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Dwight off the glass to himself, if he hadn’t shown it on the nba.com dunk blog beforehand, i would have left my seat. nice touch though. Gotta love the Dunk Contest mascots (Mutombo and Damon Jones :-) they were on fire as soon as Howard unleashed Superman (ohhhhhhh!). Jason Kapono, you can shoot, ’nuff said.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    But the dunk contest sure felt exciting this year, still should have invited louis williams to represent the average size baller… Dwight deserved it, but damnit guys, what’s with the props. Ladders, cupcakes, mini rims? Broadway much? Jamario’s first 360 was really fly, really really good stuff.

  • Kareem

    Jamario Moon should have went to the 2nd round not green… All Green did was a normal windmill on his second dunk..

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    the dunk where Dwight tapped it to himself, we’ve already established that this is called the ball-slap dunk earlier this week.
    And yeah, too bad Dwight put some of those already on youtube, still,I enjoyed it.

  • http://aol.com Ma++hew

    did any one notice that wade mised two layups at the end of the course trying to finish it. also when dwight howard defends his crown next year who do you guys think he’ll verse next year. i say it will howard, moon again, oj mayo perhaps and kevin durant

  • peteb80

    It’s pretty amazing that with everything that’s going on in the world God found the time yesterday to help Dwight win a dunk contest.

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens

    Russ, BJ looks younger than TJ

  • Sam

    that superman dunk wasnt even a dunk, he just threw it. didnt deserve a 50

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq


    I’m pretty sure God is good at multitasking

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    God Shammagod

  • http://blogonbothsides.blogspot.com/ Sweets

    Did anyone notice how when Magic gave his ode to Dr. J before the contest about how when Dr. J flew him in for a playoff game when he was a SOPHOMORE? Isn’t that an NCAA violation?

    I demand an investigation, can they take away Michigan State’s Championship? Or at least keep him off TNT?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    A few thoughts on…………..

    Dwight Howard – supa man!!! uuuuuuuuuuuuuvvv!!

    Kapono- Bobcats Alummini

    All these trades- wtf?!. Bobcats have MJ as phantom GM, so why no moves. I WANT SEAN WILLIAMS! Trade whatever you need besides G-Force and make it happen

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Did anyone notice how tape doesnt mean anything

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    alright time to go pray to my 11:02 comment. Peace

  • ENDS

    the internet is ruining the dunk. vitamenwater.com had some of dwight’s dunk including the riccatche dunk. after you see it on the net it doesn’t grab you anymore. now the superman was still sick you just can’t see it in slow motion, there have been dunks where they throw it in. Ya’ll just a bunch of haters, if a n***a gets creative ya’ll put him down for props. Yet if we get a replay of 02 whith the wheel or 04 when Jonsey won it on a miss, then we shout its not creative anymore

    PHD n****s

  • Mayor of Lovetron

    All-Star Weekend=cocaine being cut…brilliant. Take that ESPN.

  • ENDS

    fitting how Dwyane skills challenge went it reminded me of Miami’s season. the dude lost the handle on the rock while dribbling and that damn ball whould not go in any whole for the life of it. it just gets worst and worst eboy

  • Lucci

    kenny was going nuts during the whole thing
    but not making much sense
    when green did the windmill of the drop from mccants he said something like “I mean its good but its not like i dont know 5 people who cant do that dunk”

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com TADOne

    Great notes Russ. That cocaine comment was brilliant. The 1st D Howard dunk was the best, although I basically came out of my seat on each one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    SUPERMAN, Ohhhhhh!! (sorry, couldn’t help myself, catchy tune though)

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    “which one of you chumps is coming in second”… that was Larry Legend right Russ. Oh, the audacity of that man. Wasn’t that the one where he didn’t even take off his warmup jacket and still blitzed the comp. Man, talk about cojones.

  • big3.0

    that wasnt even a dunk, but the rest of his dunks were damn good so i’ll give him a break. definitely not top 3. best dunk contest performance ever has to be vince carter.

  • Tim

    This article was so annoying to read, it was like taking a kid somewhere where they really didn’t want to go and spent the whole time complaining. Can we get someone who actually may enjoy themselves?

    Second, for any other contestant, for any other dunk, for any other moment in time the superman dunk would have failed and not been considered a dunk. But it was amazing. It looked like when superman saved the earth and the ball was like an asteroid!

  • http://none travismaniac

    Dunk contest was great. At least guys seem to plan their dunks in advance. Not like so many years before, where guys thought about their upcoming dunk while running to the basket. Guess the plan thing comes with the four participants and two round format.
    By the way: Cuban was commenting for German-TV with the headset on. Routing hard for DIRTY. He’s crazy…

  • Bubba Chuck

    haha i hate reggie miller luv dwight howard

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com TADOne

    If it was that annoying, I’m quite sure there are a number of other blogs you can turn to. It is all up to the interpretation of the writer my man. I happen to agree with alot of what he says. Props suck. Skills comp is a waste. 3 ball comp used to be split screen and was quite the spectacle when it was. Nothing better than mano a mano. I believe college still does it this way. All in all, All Star Weekend is so corporate driven now it waters it down. Dwight saved the night last night IMO.

  • RV

    I think they should let 6 guys enter the dunk contest, only one round, give each 4 dunks, with only 3 attempts on each dunk, once he touches the ball in the air its an attempt. This way they all show what they got, no one can get robbed, and they can save their best dunk last because they dont have to worry about not making it to the final round, then just add up the scores

  • RV

    they can implement fan voting by handing out large colored signs with each guys team color, all they have to do is lift it up and its a lot faster to view the results, if two colors seem like a tie, then have everyone vote again, but just for those two..

  • overtime

    jesus,cheer up. Captain Sarcasmo is your new name

  • RV

    the caption on NBA.com for the cupcake dunk says the “whoosh” of his dunk was suppose to blow out the candle, but they “caught” him blowing it out…are they serious??


    Robinson looked like he was ready to sign at 10day standing next to Duncan after the shooting stars win. Does he age?
    Moon was trying that free throw line dunk left handed. He’s not left handed!

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble TripleDouble

    I think it was very liberal of the NBA allowing Cheryl Miller to MC the night when she is only half way through her sex change operation… As for her brother, f*ck that guy man, he is really just a nobend, an actual p*nis. He’s a f*cking geek and horrible to listen to. Unoriginal and really, just plain lame… You can hear in Charles and Kenny’s voice that they don’t like him. So yeah, F*CK THE MILLERS!!!!

  • RV

    Moon does deserve more love for his dunk, he got it on the first try and he went back and got it and as far as he was his arm still wasn’t fully extended on the dunk, what sucks is i’m sure he would have had great dunks without the gimmicks

  • Bubba Chuck

    i feel u trip-dub!

  • mike

    Sweets brings up a good point about magic as he emphasizes that “it is a true story” about DR. J treating him to playoff games while Magic was in college.
    another thing. after gerald green put his shoes on the judges table, daryl dawins pushes them off. what’s the matter, is chocolate thunder still mad that he will never be in the hall of fame because his only contibution to the NBA was naming dunks. his season best scoring average is 16.9 ppg. talk about only being known as a dunker. and philidelphia was finally able to win the championship as soon as they got rid of hime in the summer of 1982.

  • http://www.INEED.ORG Tarzan Cooper

    Not surprisingly, O’Neal himself said he would be irreplaceable. “In order to have Godfather status, you have to really pay your dues, and you have to take a lot of people out; I took all the big men out,” he said, naming Rik Smits, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon. “Everybody. I took them out.”

    ……..shaq must have forgotten 95. idk why he named hakeem.

  • mike

    i like how cherryl miller was begging gerald green to ruin the dunk contest by telling us exactly what he was going to do during the contest before it happened therefore destroying any suspence or suprise. who tells these reportes to do this every year.

  • http://www.gigginonya.com/images/free20kobe.jpg backboard

    can anyone tell me what the starting line ups are gonna be tonight? Is Kobe playing, saw KG at practice……

  • Chukaz

    Gerald Green’s mom was pretty good sending those text messages. She got like 22% of the votes. Is it me or that’s impressive. Gerald is going to need his entire salary for this year to pay for those text messages.

  • RV

    and either Kenny has a spy or he’s got a better imagination than anyone because he always knows what dunk they’re doing before they do it..

  • Chukaz

    West East
    PG: AI PG: J-Kidd
    SG: Mamba SG: Flash
    SF: Melo SF: Bron
    PF: Timmy PF: Bosh
    C: Yao C: Dwight

  • Bro. D.

    That was one forceful running one hander Dwight had, but it wasn’t a dunk. Reggie Miller does need to go. Props are fine if they’re not gimmicky (Superman). I just want them to get rid of the rule where one dunk has to be assisted.

  • RV

    the assisted dunk shouldn’t be mandatory, but I dont know why they dont throw alleys instead of just bounce passes or lobs, they’d look a lot better

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Nate Robinson should enter next year and break out the Mighty Mouse costume. Rudy Gay got robbed on his first dunk–you should get more consideration for doing dunks WITHOUT props. And Jamario Moon’s free-throw line dunk would have seemed much better if he didn’t put the tape down.

  • Captain America

    Yes, but who will play me?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Lay Up Contest

  • Saahir M.

    Dwight “Superbeast” Howard actually got 78 percent of the votes. Sorry, but I had to book that. And c’mon, if throwing the ball through the net is a dunk, Darrell Armstrong should’ve been the champion years ago!!!

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  • tike

    Did anyone but me think Chocolate thunder Nique and Malone kinda dogged Gerald Green after the signing of the sneakers and then one of them throwing his shoes off the table?….oh im really confused to Russ he didnt actually dunk the ball isnt it a DUNK CONTEST!! VERY CONFUSING

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    And, Shannon Booher’s version: http://www.lineofthenight.com/

  • jetstar7

    Did anyone else notice that Dwight’s Superman was done by jumping off two feet near the FT line? It sucked that he didn’t dunk it in. But that’s still incredible though. I wish he re-did the dunk proper.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yep, noticed, and the stance in the air was tight too, for that (plus the cape of course), that dunk was still groovy

  • ronniefields

    Russ, please tell me how SlAM employed Kenny for so long. His articles were almost as unbearable as his over the top analysis and outrageous claims.

  • wassup

    yeah but dwights superman was still actually a dunk. i remember when i was little kid learning that a dunk is when a ball is put through the net faster then gravity or something like that. i couldnt even believe that you didnt even have to touch the rim for it actually to be a dunk. so i guess what im trying to say is that dwight actually did dunk it when he did the superman.

  • Mr M

    I wish I could do a lay up by jumping from behind the dotted circle and throwing it down through the rim.