Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  34 responses

Paul George: NBA Dunk Contest ‘Was a Joke’

Paul George was a bit salty after losing out to Jeremy Evans in the Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, and says that the NBA’s biggest names need to inject new life into the increasingly irrelevant showcase. From the Indy Star: “Gorge dunked over teammates Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones with his first dunk. He wore a glow-in-the-dark uniform and shoes and made a dunk (that was hard to see on TV) with the lights turned off with his second dunk. Then after several failed attempts, he made his third dunk while putting a sticker of Larry Bird on the backboard. Still, George had to watch Utah’s Jeremy Evans win the competition. Evans dunked two balls, which were thrown up by former Brownsburg High School and Butler standout Gordon Hayward. Evans wore a mini video camera on his ear during another dunk. And he jumped over comedian Kevin Hart, who is almost two feet shorter than the 7-2 Hibbert. ‘(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke,’ George said. ‘I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people. If you leave it up to fans, they probably wouldn’t have known who Larry was. I think I was destined to lose it.’ Fans voted for the winner. [...] ‘I agree, you have to have the faces of the league come back and get involved in it,’ George said. ‘That’s what really made it big back in the day when you had Jordan and Dominique going at it. That was the All Stars and the guys that were the men in the league. That’s what fans want to see.’”

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  • Butler

    He was a joke too.

  • sheed

    Jeremy Evans won because of his two ball dunk. None of PG’s dunks came close to that

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Evans should of lost alone on the camera on his head dunk and the kevin Hart dunk. Its not his fault tho. the dunk contest is too gimicky. they need to re-inject life into this event or jsu take it out completely. btw PG shoulda had that W, he dunked over a 7 footer, he damn near looked down into the rim. AND he did that Vc joint when he turned the lights out (wasnt neccesary)and that larry bird sticker dunk. the dunk was awesome. They needa put up 5 million for the winner, no props, no gimicks, no jet commentating. no diddy,Kevin Hart, Blindolds.Supermen,Kryptonates, KIA optimas, motorcycles. im done.

  • Mike Mihalow

    There was a dunk contest?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Evans dunked two balls. Nothing Paul George did was comparable. When you have the fans vote, the contest is about total effort, not just a round by round thing.

  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    I’m surprised by how little people apprciate that two balls dunk. I thought it was pretty awesome and something I’ve never seen before. All of PG’s dunks have been done before, and if he didn’t boost himself up on Hibberts shoulder he probably wouldn’t have made that dunk.

  • D

    Is he saying fans don’t know who Larry Bird is ????

  • McWill

    The D-League dunk contest was wayyy more entertaining than the NBA dunk contest… The DLeague did there’s during halftime of their allstar game… The NBA doesn’t need gimmicks like props or people to jump over or stupid fan voting… The nba just need Dunkers that give a damn and that can jump high… When VC took over the contest in 2000 only hoop heads knew what he could do, his flair and hops caught the medias attention, not dunking over Kevin Hart’s 4’3″ frame lol smh

  • tony

    @ AllenP , that’s not really true. If Blake Griffen was in the contest , he woulda won from the beginning because fans woulda voted him the winner even if someone outshined him.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “Its not really a tribute dunk, im just gonna shout out the man, Larry Brown, Uh Larry Bird”

  • Riggs

    two balls dunk AND dunking over gordon heyward sitting on a high chair. THAT deserved the trophy since it was the best dunk of a pretty boring dunk contest.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Never seen a two balls dunk? JaVale McGee did a three ball dunk. I really thought that was Paul George’s contest. Read BCrawford’s article if you have doubts.

  • crooklyn

    George comes out like a glow stick and got the nerve to alienate himself from the “show” that the dunk contest is. He’s an even bigger joke for saying the fans might not know who Larry Bird is. Two handed/ two ball/ jump over someone dunk goes down as a great dunk in the dunk contest history. I would definitely like to see all the excessive non basketball props gone tho’

  • ltrain

    Buddinger’s first dunk was the best of the night- which says it all. I seen high school dunk contests with better dunks!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jeremy Evans pulled out a Karl Malone Jersey….. he has been campaigning to be in the contest for a year, and that’s the best final dunk he can come up with? If Paul George wasn’t going to get the win, nobody should have. having the fans vote is a total crock of sh*t. You shouldn’t win a Dunk Contest with one dunk. And the two ball dunk is overrated. What McGee did was way way better.

  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    @Caboose No I’ve never seen someone catch two balls alley oop style and dunk them while jumping over a peron in a chair. That dunk was relatively easy for McGee being that he was already holding two of the basketballs.

    @NBK You think the 3 ball dunk McGee did was way way better than Evans 2 ball dunk? Or the two basket dunk?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he pushed of big time on hibbert. and for those who saw the d league dunk contest, how bout that dude who put on a dress and started cart wheeling and not even attempting a dunk.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    All Evans really had to do was pull both balls down on the hoop. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great dunk. But it wasn’t that great. Both balls are at the rim when he gets there, just got to finish the job. And he jumped over a guy sitting, he jumps that high on every dunk anyway.

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  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    The contestants this year killed the dunk contest. And I don’t mean in a good way. Whoever told Paul George to do the glow in the dark dunk should have told him to use a glow in the dark ball and rim too. There’s no drama in just watching a glowing uniform kinda moving around in the dark.

  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    I thought McGee got robbed no doubt and I do think the two hoop dunk was better, but the 3 ball dunk was not. I think Evans was more difficult, or maybe Mcgee made the 3 ball dunk look too easy, but it had no flare and it barely looked like he tried. Paul George is just mad he lost though, I’m sure it only became a joke when he found out he lost.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    M Cho, exactly what I said to Maurice about the Glow in the Dark Dunk, he thought (as i’m sure everyone in attendance did) that it must have looked great on TV.

  • bike

    The contest has simply hit a ceiling. Until another generation of b-ball players comes in that have broken the current threshold of vertical leap and athletic ability, we will continue to be disappointed. Picture some guy, about 6’0″, who can grap the top of the backboard with two hands from a standstill jump. He can, with a running start, take off from the top of the key and dunk with two hands after passing the ball between his legs three times.

  • balher

    I say bring in street ball dunkers into the contest to challenge the NBA for cash/bragging rights. That guy Kenny Dobbs (who handed the trophy to Evans) was probably the best dunker in the arena and nobody got to see him.

  • Youngindy21

    Paul George should have won that contest hands down. He has every right to be mad. That two hand dunk by Jeremy Evans wasn’t all that impressive seeing as Javele McGee did a Three Ball dunk just last year. Fan Voting is stupid. There is a reason the electoral college exist. Because regular people can’t be trusted to pick the right person all the time. PG dunked over a 7’2 big man. Even if he did use his hand for lift how many NBA players could even get over Roy Hibbert using their arm as help? I want some of you guys to try that with a 6’2 guy just to see how hard it is. Paul George was the only GOOD dunker in the competition. Check his Youtube highlights if you think otherwise.

  • Holiday

    I personally think the fact that Paul George and Derrick Williams needing multiple tries on dunks justify’s them losing, and the glow in the dark dunk was lame… And not to best a dead horse but YES George clearly used Hibbert’s shoulder to boost himself, no doubt!

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    @M Cho Yes I was thinking that he’d have a glow in the dark ball as well. Man that was obviously the next step in his dunk. There were 2 dunks that were tight, yea, 3 that were mesmerizing. Derek Williams off the side 360, Jeremy Evans 2 ball alley oop, and Paul Georges Larry Bird under-the-rim windmill.

    The thing is; however, why do they all have all these retries? I don’t remember the cats from back in the day messing up all the time. Harold Minor? Flush on first try. J.R. Rider? Flush on first try. Vince? (The last sighting of pure greatness) Flush on first try. No do-overs. They didn’t need it. That’s what so great about it.

    Ever since Steve Francis (RIP to his career) entered that dunk contest with his “little” hands as they would say, things have went down hill.

    Sure, it can be argued that it was on its last legs before Vince entered but it truly needed to be shot in the back of the ear during the Jeff Green, Nate Robinson, Dwight Howard years.

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    @Youngindy21 Vince Carter dunked over a 7’3″ Frenchmen, in a game, no less! A GAME!!!

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    @Youngindy21 okay Apparently Frederic Weis was 7’2″ but the point remains that it was done, and during an actual game…watching Vince’s ferociousness brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my heart strings.

  • IamYou

    Everyone was a joke in that contest! no judges! no fun! (pouting)

  • http://www.streetbasket.lv Krisjanis

    To be honest, I’m ashamed I live on the same planet as the guys who didn’t know every contestant before the Dunk Contest. That’s ignorant and y’all most definitely can’t call yourselves fans or something..

  • Mister Iceberg Slim

    Cash prize big money, bragging rights, street ball contestants (good idea fam) ,bigger push from sponsored athletes (I can barely spell that word now thanks to Barkley) and egos to the side, the dunk contest can be revived. It simply cannot be done away with, it’s like takin pizza day from School. Or heroin away from an attic, just gotta chase that high bruh.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    are you kidding it was a great show! John Wall put on a show in the rising stars challenge…