If IntrinsicBent’s last post is any hint to how exciting Saturday’s NBA All Star events were then you can easily understand why this Frappe writer spent his night at a NAIA college basketball game instead of watching the slam dunk contest. Truth be told, I’ll take two unknown schools duking it out in front of a crowd of 500 fans over enduring this child’s play any day.
Before I left for this little match up between Point Loma Nazarene and Westmont (told you they were unknown), I sat and watched the skills challenge, the Barkley-Bavetta race, and the three-point shootout. The highlight up to that point was definitely the footrace between these two smooching men, although watching it again makes me wonder if I was really that far away from the remote to change channels. Once I returned from a Point Loma over Westmont victory, I was intrigued to see how the dunk competition turned out.
To sum it up for you, it was lame to say the least. Your recap goes something like this: Dwight Howard stuck a sticker on the backboard, Nate Robinson took 9 attempts to pull of his final dunk, Gerald Green dunked over a table (which seemed similar to his earlier dunk over Nate), and finally, Tyrus Thomas was completely left out of the highlight real (but at least he gets his check). After watching these pathetic dunks, I’ve decided that TNT and the NBA should have gone with the lovebirds last instead of this trash.
Which brings me to this: Why wouldn’t you let Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson have the option of raising the hoop for their respective dunk attempts? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Howard had requested the option to raise the hoop to 12 feet before the competition in order to pull out at 360 slam-a-jamma. He also had in mind a between the legs at around 11’6”. Finally, some creativity. If all the dunks have been used up—which I now suspect that they have—shouldn’t we allow for some new elements to come into play? And since I’m totally against the use of children or knife-balls, this is about as good as it gets.
I give Saturday’s All Star Challenge at D+. I think this thing has about two more years left in it before it’s pronounced dead, unless some real stars like Kobe, Lebron, and Carter decide to get involved again. The unfortunate thing is that I know I’ll end up glued to the television next year only to be disappointed once again.