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Old 02-26-2012, 10:15 AM   #990
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Default Re: All-Star 2012: NBA Slam Dunk Contest discussion thread

Originally Posted by DRose1899
Well after calm down a bit n watching the highlight, I can see from where people can see the contest was nice if only watching recap video or just look to the product (successful dunk).. the final product indeed look good.

Can't believe how painful watching it live though...

The main problem is the execution and planning, just you imagine in 1st round, there's 2 dunk over people in the row! they even using their hand to elevate more thus making it less exciting, n after that the next dunk come up was that suckass Jeremy Evans dunk
When you thought its can't getting more sucks, Williams just doing pedestrian windmill over motorcycle (its not that bad when you thought about it, but with that gloomy mood that dunk looked so similar with 2 first dunk)

And so many miss... almost all of dunk not success at 1st attempt, most of them even need multiple attempt, its just fecking lame at live condition.

And some of dunk can have better execution, Paul George's 2nd dunk can be GOAT candidate if the execution is better, they should have glowing ball as well n doing better job at clearing the light, and 1st round should not have too many similar dunk.

That's my thought after calm down, this contest looked better in highlight, but absolute trash in live watch, but also have so many wasted potential when you think about it.
That's pretty much it. Some of the highlights won't look too shabby, but watching this thing unfold first hand was atrocious.

I'm definitely a nit-picker of dunks, but not enough so where I'm never satisfied. For instance, outside of Griffin's car dunk, I enjoyed last year's contest. However, it seemed nearly every single dunk this year had some sort of issue.

For starters, there's got to be some real tinkering done on the "leap frog" dunks. The two performed by Paul George and Chase Budinger were clearly boosted to variable extents. And yes, George seemed to make very solid hand-shoulder contact while Budinger's was slight. However, to attain a jump boost, a slight push-off is all that's needed. I've seen folks making denials about these boosts and what they provide over the years. If contact is made just right, even the slightest interaction between hand/foot and body will apply a significant boost or a split second of extra needed air time. I'm fine with this during actual games, but when someone's looking for approval of their dunk exploits during a dunking contest, it cheapens whatever they're trying to accomplish.

I personally don't buy into Chase being unable to see on that second blindfolded dunk attempt. I don't buy it one bit. The re-application of the blindfold after his first miss (which looked more legitimately blind) left a lot of daylight there. To be honest, all a player would really need in that situation would be sight of the floor for reference.

The Paul George dunk was a nice, lesser re-creation of Vince Carter's finish twelve years ago. However, it was in the dark and as Lebowski said, he didn't even light up the right things. It was honestly tough to see. Even the pictures don't really provide as much zeal as one would expect on a "glow-ball" dunk.

Jeremy Evans' first dunk was a complete mess and I feel it's not even worth addressing. His second dunk was legitimate. My only wish is he would have finished on the first go-around. And as I said somewhere last night, I really didn't care for the extent with which he hung on the rim. He's got to let go before the rim absorbs and destroys all the dunk's energy. The post-dunk hang cheapened the slam itself. Evans' third dunk was ruined by the prop. Jumping over a 5'2'' "mailman" who supposedly just went full retard is not a good look in my book.

I actually think Chase Budinger's windmill looked pretty solid. It wasn't mind-bending, but it was a good straight forward dunk. Derrick Williams' probably was too, but the motorcycle was definitely a pointless distraction.

Williams' 2nd round dunk was quite impressive. I liked that slam and I definitely approve. My only wish, like the Evans flush, is that he would have finished it on the first attempt. And while it was a good dunk, I think he definitely left the door open for other players to come through and refine that slam with more personality and power in the future.

The most unfortunate issues with this dunk contest was how the dunks themselves seemed to become lost in the fold to all the horrible, horrible theatrics, props, staged events, lighting alterations, wardrobe changes, horrible acting, and embarrassing MCing.

Further, was it not in the latter stages of round 2 (if there was such a thing as "latter stages" of a particular round) when one of the commentators from TNT, referencing the contest itself said, "Now things are heating up." It was like, great, things are heating up and the contest is already pretty much done. Just when everyone gets into a groove, there's only one dunk remaining for each.

There was virtually no way this dunk contest could have succeeded with its given format. Jeremy Evans was voted as the winner with 29% of the vote? No one should have received that trophy. It should have been packaged up and sent to a third world country like a New England Patriots 2012 Super Bowl T-shirt.

Last edited by Rake2204 : 02-26-2012 at 10:19 AM.
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