Saturday night brought the annual return of one of my favorite themes in the sports calendar - the impending death of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. It's really quite the phenomenon. Like clockwork, almost every All Star Saturday Night brings the call to finally put an end to an event that saw its prime a full generation ago. The NBA must really think the combination of no-name players, over-the-top gimmicks, and bricked dunks is supposed to equal the excitement of Jordan vs 'Nique, Dr. J, and Vince Carter because it's been the same tired formula for several years now. The 2013 version quickly threw its hat into the ring for that prestigious mantle of "Worst Dunk Contest EVER" on an evening when the dunk conversion rate plummeted to a shocking 30%.
But like the zombies that have populated popular culture, the Slam Dunk Contest keeps coming back for more and year after year we search for a way to kill it off once and for all. Sure there are some fleeting exceptions when Blake Griffin wows people by jumping over a Kia, but he might as well have jumped over a shark, too. *rimshot*
This year's "the dunk contest is dead" narrative is nothing new. We've been searching for ways to pull the plug for the last decade...no comments