2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Nate Robinson Wins, Fans Lose

February 13th, 2010 by Chad Waylon Pouncy Leave a reply »
I have watched the Slam Dunk Contest every year since I was a little kid. I have never seen anything as disappointing as what I witnessed tonight.

The NBA tried to breathe some life into the event by staging a Dunk In on Friday night between Eric Gordan and DeMar DeRozan. After a few routine dunks, DeRozan won, obviously saving his best stuff for the real contest.

Shannon Brown went into the contest as the favorite and showed absolutely nothing on his two dunks. Switching hands in one and simply using Kobe Bryant on the other, Brown made it clear that he was overhyped due to powerful in-game dunks.

Gerald Wallace tried to win with a couple of basic dunks thrown down with authority. If the judges were looking for nothing but power, Wallace would have been fine. Unfortunately for the All-Star, they also wanted some creativity.

DeMar DeRozan showed some promise after opening with the old "between the legs" slam followed by an impressive second dunk. Teammate Sonny Weems lobbed the ball off the side of the glass and DeRozan turned a nice jam, sending him to the finals.

Nate Robinson came out knowing, from his past experience, ...

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