Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 10:30 am  |  44 responses

Dwight Howard May Skip Dunk Contest

by Marcel Mutoni

Last February, Dwight Howard brought back some excitement (for the first time in eons) to what is often billed as the League’s signature event during All-Star Weekend. Meh. He doesn’t particularly feel like going through it all again this year.

Not wanting to soil the good feeling from his triumph, Howard says he might sit out the flight-fest this time around, and give someone else a chance.

From ESPN:

“I could top what I did last year in the dunk contest; I do have a lot of ideas. I’m still hoping to do it but Superman and that whole weekend…It opened up so many doors in my life, and it showed my personality for people who didn’t know Dwight Howard.”

“There’s a good saying, ‘Quit while you’re ahead,’ ” Howard said. “I thought I did a great job at the dunk contest last year. I think everybody liked it. I don’t want to mess that up.”

Howard is, of course, fully entitled to his decision not to participate in this year’s event. The season is a long one, made longer by a hectic summer that preceded it, and this could be a good chance for him to get some rest during the weekend.

But why tease us, Dwight? Why say you can top what you did last year and not follow through with it? Not cool.

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  • Andy

    Meh, if it means he spends that hour and a half working on his free throws, then it’s all good, as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://its-mitch.blogspot.com/ Paps

    How can a half hour of a dunk contest be tiring. He’s still going to play in the all star game.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    It wasn’t a dunk anyway. Bye.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Co-sign Russ. :D

  • matt

    he could get some advice from jj how to shoot free throws …. and how can 4 dunks be tiring when you dunk at least 4 times in every game….. but in 1 point he’s right, you got to leave when you re on top.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Russ, it’s spoilsports like you that ruin that dunk. Yes, it wasn’t a true dunk, but regardless: it’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen. Besides, I would argue that what he did (throwing a basketball through the hoop while taking off from inside the free throw line) is even harder to pull off than a dunk

  • Boing Dynasty

    It MAY be harder, it in still, not a dunk.

  • Keith

    I wasn’t even a dunk, Dwight.

  • underdog

    That was the sickest layup, ever. I adimt that.

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    Failing to defend your dunk title should be called Pulling A Vince. Don’t pull a Vince, Dwight. Don’t.

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

    Flight Howard must take off again.

  • Mike

    @ Garret. My thoughts exactly. You can go around saying you have a big suprise that now one has ever seen before and not do it.

  • Mike

    Just put it on youtube again before the dunk contest like you did last time, then don’t do the contest.

  • http://slamonline.com Josh D


  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Ok if I shoot a three and it spins and bounces around and ends up sitting motionless on the back of the rim (which has happened before), what good is that? Sure it was harder than hitting a three, but was it worth anything? No. That is what Dwight’s dunk was like last year. He knew he wasn’t going to make the dunk so he chunked it at the rim and somehow made it, then acted like he meant to do it all along.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I do agree that he’s an awesome dunker, but I fail to see how you can win a DUNK contest if you don’t actually DUNK it.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    remind me how Freddie Jones won his dunk title again?

  • The Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain

    Why does everyone only ever talk about the Superman “dunk”? It was clearly the most boring, unoriginal dunk in the entire competition! Just because he puts on a cape it makes the dunk spectacular? None of you have any idea!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    True dat, Josh D. You beat me to it, homie. And, uhhh, Ghost of Wilt Chamberlain, there are a couple things. He got AIR on that dunk. Especially for a big guy. Number 2: He bounced it off the backboard and stuff too. The sh!t was incredible.

  • I am the walrus

    Soon they gonna hav the nba layup contest. Dwight will hav to contest in that.

  • LeeVan

    Ghost of Wilt- I feel you, stilt. Everybody raved about Gerald Greene’s “cupcake” dunk, but he didn’t really do anything special with the actual dunk. Any good leaper in the league could blow at the rim while putting in a basic dunk.
    Unless these “entertaining” gimmicks involve pulling off an incredible dunk, they have no place in a SLAM DUNK competition.

  • pennydunk_1

    Everybody’s a critic

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    The gimmicks has gots to go. Just come out and dunk a windmill or a 360 or just flail around and kick your legs a lot. But dunk it HARD. That’s the key. I can watch guys do Harold Miner-esque reverse dunks all day, as long as they KILL IT. Get rid of the weak stuff.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Holy Baller, I would agree with you, except that your example was a complete accident. You didn’t mean to make the ball stop on the rim, yet it did. Dwight went up for the monster dunk, yet realized he couldn’t make it, so he instead threw it through- on purpose. I don’t doubt he could’ve made the dunk if he tried it again, but everyone knows dunks like that are the best the first time they’re unveiled. In my opinion, it was a case of the judges simply saying, Yes we could count it as a miss and make him do it again, or we could count it as successful and give the crowd what they want.

  • PDoug

    hey everyone saying it wasn’t a dunk and it sucked heres something: you do better. you get more air. you win an nba dunk contest even supposedly “not dunking it”

  • matt

    tha defniition of a dunk putting tha ball thru tha hoop wid a downwards motion… so it wuld b a dunk?

  • Kieran

    Dwight is making the right choice he aint gonna come with anything better (regardless of what he claims)and he aint gonna get everybody as hyped as last year, it makes sense.

  • CC

    I agree with Garrett the gimmick dunks need to go

  • CiB!

    cosign pennydunk…ughh…

  • NosebleedSeats

    Nothing is better than the backboard dunk…nothing!

  • vaL

    Man, SUPERMAN Needs to JOIN!!!!

  • Andy

    Ok, yes, it wasn’t technically a dunk. But a layup? Really? C’mon, people, you can find a better definition for it than that.

  • jaywhy

    great… now we can have an unbiased competition…

  • nastierthanyou

    Maybe 3 of you here can get up for the get down so none of your opinions matter. DH thanks for the memories

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    Just because we can’t dunk our opinions don’t matter? I can dunk on a 9-foot rim, so does that mean I can have an opinion on a dunk? Maybe I shouldn’t have any opinions on the NBA at all since I don’t play in the league? Lame.

  • The Real

    A dunk is throwing the ball in a downward motion through the hoop.

    Where does it say you have to touch the rim your hands? It doesn’t, thats why you should all stop hiding behind your monitors and contribute a little better.

    Amazingly you all seem to be failing to mention the other dunks he did that night, most of which havn’t been seen before.

    The dunk contest was saved last year, but if you want it to go back to Harold Minor standards (who did the same routine 2 years running) then please go sit on youtube and live in the past.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Well maybe not a dunk but definitely a throwdown. It can’t be a layUP, because the ball didn’t go UP after it left his hand, it went DOWN. Hard. Yes, it was a throwdown

  • nastierthanyou

    “I can dunk on a 9 ft rim” Nuff Said

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  • jai

    cosign russ…not a dunk- dunk contest????????????

  • http://facebook aria welly

    waht is.. cosign russ?.. mr. dwight.. can i call you that, cause i’m just a boy.. haha.. do you know raz-q damopoli?.. that’s my friend..

  • http://www.asss.eu shaq32

    superman dunk was nothing special?
    ok, then please name me some player, who could jump that far, catch the ball behind his head, do a tomahawk, and dunk.

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