Originally Posted by RedBlackAttack
Thing is, the dunks don't have to be totally original or gimmicky. If you can complete a beautiful looking, acrobatic 'kiss the rim' dunk or one of the old standards, it would be 100x better than doing some standard dunk while jumping over some guy or putting a sticker on a backboard.
The whole art of the thing has been lost to gimmicks.
You're completely on point. Folks have been assuming every single dunk must be brand new to be appreciated. Not the case.
The gimmicks are flat out embarrassing. The feeling I had watching Kenny Smith interact with contestants was similar to that feeling I get when I'm watching a guy get rejected by the hot girl on TV. It's not real, but it still made me cringe hard.