All Star Saturday Night: The Dunks Flunked

February 14th, 2010 by S. Wentworth Duncanson Leave a reply »
For years I have watched All-Star Saturday night, anticipating the events for months. Right after the Super Bowl, it served as a pre-celebration of the All-Star game. However, in recent years, the luster and appeal of the whole weekend has disappeared.

Uneducated star-struck fans have voted undeserving players to start. Think that players who have missed the entire season have gotten more votes than players who didn't miss any games. Fans became more obsessed with the commercials than the players. The three point contest hasn't loss its appeal, while other competitions have been somewhat mediocre.

However, there isn't a single event that has plummeted in quality and interest as much as the slam dunk competition. I don't even know where to begin. We'll start with the level of competition itself. Look at the past winners, starting in the 80's. Michael Jordan, the best player of all time participated, multiple times. Dominique. Larry Nance.

Then came the later years: Kobe and Vince Carter. The year that Carter won Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, and Jerry Stackhouse participated. All-Star caliber players. Future hall of famers. The big names generat ...

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