Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Rebirth of the Dunk Contest

Cool story about how Rick Welts, now a high-ranking Suns exec, helped bring the Dunk Contest to the League’s signature weekend more than twenty years ago: “Welts pitched a second event day with an old-timers game and slam dunk contest to Stern, who in turn pitched the idea to outgoing commissioner Larry O’Brien. ‘It did not go over very well,’ Welts said. But Stern called back two weeks later and said, “If it doesn’t cost the league a penny and if you don’t embarrass the commissioner on his last weekend, we could see if we could put it together.”

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  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Good o’l Stern. Started his tenure keppin the leauge ballin on a budget

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Bring back the old timers game!

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    a true jewish lawyer :)

  • witness

    could dikembe compete in the old timers game?

  • witness

    what about greg oden?

  • witness

    what about greg oden?

  • I am the walrus

    I’d start Kevin Willis in an old timers game…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    i am the walrus said it all. Along with Nique.

  • http://www.myspace.com/producedbydizzy DiZzY

    wait n see …

  • Patel Batman

    If I were in the dunk contest I would put on a Barack Obama Mask with an Obama Jersey, and do a simple windmill. Straght 50′s. Take home the trophy. Can I submit this idea to one of the contestants?

  • chris

    oh no, not an obama mask in phoenix with mccain in the front row. That would not have ended up well.