Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  42 responses

DeRozan and Gordon to ‘Dunk-In’

An awful idea to begin with, made even more awful! (Eric Gordon? Seriously?) Thanks, NBA: “I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal to dunk on Friday and then do it again on Saturday. It’s not that big of a deal. You just have to rest a little bit and have fun with it. [The NBA All-Star Dunk-in takes place at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Feb. 12. The winner of the one-round contest will participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk the following night. I don’t know what I’m going to do just yet. Some people don’t think I can really jump or I’m that much of a dunker. I’m going to pull out something. I’m going to use these next few weeks to get with family and friends and my teammates to get a lot of ideas. I’ll figure out what I’m capable of doing. It’ll be a learning experience. I’m more of a powerful dunker and since I’m a little bit shorter than most guys, it’s better to be creative when you’re shorter. I’ve got to learn to be more creative. Vince Carter is probably the best dunker I’ve seen, but it’ll be hard for me to do dunks like him. The dunk contest maybe hasn’t been as exciting the last five years or so. Maybe we can change that. We’ll see what happens.”

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  • Bushfiya

    DeRozan should have automatically been in the contest for saturday night, he’s too good to need to do a qualifier!

  • boy sanchez

    Why Eric Gordon? I mean… why Eric Gordon?

  • Bushfiya

    and the other 3 dunkers – JR Smith, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James….NOT

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I don’t think this idea is as bad as we’re giving it credit for being.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    . . . and still no Shannon Brown. . ..

  • Taylor

    yea shannon brown needs to be in there and i wish blake griffin wasnt done for the season

  • reald


  • reald


  • boy sanchez

    Why Eric Gordon???

  • Trout

    ‘The dunk contest hasn’t been that exciting for five years or so’… I mean really? I mean the whole Dwight in the phone both thing, Kryptonate not exciting … really a battle essentially between a giant and a midget for the dunk contest not exciting really… ?

  • vmcb

    DeRozan should be given an automatic entry into the event. Maybe thats why they asked Gordan to compete against him.

  • Shadojoker

    Eric Gordon??? no Russell Westbrook or even Joe Alexander from last year!!?? Yeah Derozen should have been a lock for the other 3 participants!!

  • boy sanchez

    Can you tell me why Eric Gordon?

  • Vince5

    Why do a dunk-in in the first place if it’s going to be Derozan vs Eric Gordon (who isn’t that athletic compared to DD)?

  • J-RO

    Maybe they just want us to watch Friday nights game? Since it doesn’t get as many viewers I guess.

  • mems
  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Someone please inform the NBA that this a a dunk contest, not a “Crafty Physical Left-Handed Layup-Off.” Thanks.

  • boy sanchez
  • The Law

    Give EJ some credit, he’s got some serious ups: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Z7-W1JCn4

  • Nawlins Realest.

    get rudy fernandez back in there….”vote me vote me….no, not that guy!”

  • Ken

    Russell Westbrook would have been like 30 times better of a choice than Eric Gordon. Shamwow would have been nice too.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    EG should be in the 3pt contest! what? dunk contest? he can dunk, but not good enough for a contest.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Trout: if you think scripted wrestling matches are exciting, then yes. phone booth + wheeling in 12 feet rim + changing jersey AND game ball = exciting. i hadn’t been that disgusted with NBA since the wheel of dunks. scratch that. at least the wheel of dunks was just hard to watch, last year’s completedly pre-determined staged “dunk contest” completely illegitimized the event.

  • boy sanchez

    @ mems…: The first dunk is good, but not exciting for an NBA player. The second one can be done by almost anyone in the L. The third one, yeah, that was good. But! These dunks were not done in NBA games. Why not Shannon Brown whose dunks are in so many highlights so far this season? So… why Eric Gordon?

  • Shadojoker

    My Final Four Slam Dunk Contest Participants:
    Russell Westbrook, Demar Derozen, Shannon Brown, and Nate Robinson


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Eric Gordon is superbly athletic. HOW is this a bad idea? DeRozan and Gordon will be dunking it off, and we as fans get to watch an extra round of dunking. Why are people still complaining?

  • brndocommando

    wow where is shannon brown? wtf

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    This puts Derozan at a heavy disadvantage… now he has to think of 5 creative dunks instead of 4… no an easy task

  • http://m.twitter.com/BeeBopLive BeeBopLIVE

    Wut a sacrafice lol demar compared 2 eric gordon? Smh not even close no offense 2 eric gordon

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i bet if SLAM said this was a great idea, y’all would too.

  • boy sanchez

    All I’m saying is why Eric Gordon?

  • matt

    for the ppl saying nate robinson… stop. just stop.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ


  • Charles Kirk

    You know what is so funny is the fact that when Eric Gordon found out he was going to be in the dunk in he was shocked. He said that he thought that he would be in the 3 pt contest.

  • reald


  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinwilson16 Kevin Wilson

    All the work D’Antoni was doing to keep Nate fresh for the contest down the drain.

  • BostonBaller

    I’ll watch it, I’m a junkie for hoops. There can be a big difference between in game dunkers, dunk contest dunkers and lay up line dunkers. LOL. Which will we see on that Friday? Shannon Brown & Tony Allen get up higher than EG.

  • derozan.all.the.way

    shannon brown should gets some looks
    and also from the new jersey nets
    Terrence Williams, this guy is like jordan with big hands
    which makes him an even better dunker, and if u’ve never heard of him
    heres a video
    he gets his head at the rim with ease
    anyways derozan hasn’t lost a dunk contest yet so don’t gotta be worried

  • me

    why don’t just let Stern try to dunk at half time,
    it’ll be more fun than that

  • Vikturus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVDWezCmO0k EG very good hops, not as insane as DeRozans, but still something.

  • Bushfiya

    2010 Slam Dunk Competition line up!

    Shannon Brown L.A. Lakers G 6-4 205
    Gerald Wallace Charlotte F 6-7 220
    Nate Robinson New York* G 5-9 180
    DeMar DeRozan Toronto** G 6-7 220
    Eric Gordon L.A. Clippers** G 6-3 222

  • Jeremiah

    Eric would rather just throw down a power dunk on a defender or two. He don’t play around.