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Old 02-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #103
Rake2204
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Default Re: All-Star 2012: NBA Dunk contest participants announced

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Originally Posted by Burgz
really? do you have a link?
From the ESPN article at the top of this page:

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The four competitors in the 2012 dunk field, who are all first-timers, each will get three dunks, with fan voting to open after the they completes their first dunks.

There will not be a final round. Instead, it'll be like we start the contest in the Finals, where four advance. Feels like the contest will take approximately ten minutes.

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Originally Posted by bdreason
They may as well get rid of the contest at this point.


It's ONE ROUND and THREE DUNKS each???



When will the NBA realize it's supposed to be about FUN. The Dunk Contest should be a Jam Session like they do Skating. Let each guy do whatever they want for a few minutes per session, and let a few judges rate the overall session. All we want to see is these guys do some cool dunks. Nobody gives a **** about the results. I don't want to see a guy fail a dunk twice and then go sit down. Give him a 3-5 minutes to do whatever he wants. If he wants to use that time to try and accomplish some crazy, never-before-seen dunk, great. If he wants to just throw down a handful a power dunks, awesome. But the current system is boring, stagnant, and for lack of a better word... dumb.
They did that back in the mid-90's. And while some players thrived (Harold Miner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EXN4Nf21Tk), other players did not (Isaiah Rider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvyttJXWLaw). Basically, if a player wanted to build up any sort of anticipation and/or flair, and then went on to miss their first attempt, they found themselves very much behind the 8-ball. They'd then have to rush to get the rest of their dunks down, often running out of juice, which created the Tony Dumas and Darrell Armstrong lay-up situations.

Further, as you could imagine if you were in the shoes of someone who was being required to make three dunks in 90-seconds, the routine-based system wore players out. If you were a player who needed a large run-up to finish your slams (Armstrong), you were probably going to be gassed by the end of that 90 seconds. As such, this format encouraged players to play it safe, keeping three dunks in their pocket they knew they could make, which is why Harold Miner was able to repeat as champion in '95 by re-doing virtually the same exact set of dunks he did in '93.

I still maintain the best system would be six dunkers, three 1st round slams, three finalists, two finals slams a piece. Limit the number of replacement dunks, but don't allow the contest to finish on a miss to win.

Last edited by Rake2204 : 02-16-2012 at 05:35 PM.
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