Terrico White: Dunk Contest?
Dunk contest possibly? We know the kid has hops, hopefully that can lead to some more big things. Just thought you all might want to see this, it is the video at the top right now, the rookie photo shoot. John Wall and Wesley Johnson miss a bunch, but Terrico was tough. Now, I do not know about him being the surprise rookie or anything, but the guy has crazy hops that we all know. Just watch the dunk at the end, think it is something we have yet to see in NBA Dunk Contests. Any thoughts on Terrico? Seems like he will have a hard time getting minutes, but his athletic potential is their for sure.
I saw the tape. He looked incredible but there wasn't anything new brought to the table.
I think the Dunk Contest and all that needs to take short hiatus.
I think that is a bad idea Mr. Haynes. As much as the last two years contests have seemed somewhat corny and anti-climactic, do you remember the last time the NBA had no dunk contest? Well, it was, easily, the most boring All-Star Saturday night ever! It is very difficult to make the NBA Dunk Contest exciting, to breathe new life in. Their has yet to be a young player that ever brought the hype and delivered on it like Vince Carter. When Kobe won as a rookie, it was such a boring Dunk Contest that their was a two year hiatus, though one was due to the 1999 lockout. Granted, in 2000, we were all ready for the contest to come back, and we saw some great dunks and every dunk Vince did (up til maybe his last two hander from a couple feet inside the foul line, I just watched the 2000 contest on NBA TV so it is super fresh in my head) had everyone going insane. I do not know of a player who can top that, just in sheer in air acrobatics and confidence that Vince exuded. Even with LeBron in High School, most of it was just how high he got up, but he really did not do anything super crazy, and while he deserved to win, Shannon Brown's Terrence Stansbury tribute was still the premium dunk. It took a long time before we saw another great Dunk contest, and that was in 2008 with Dwight Howard just killing it after every throw down. It took a year just to get what Dwight was doing, but when they did, he put on a show. He probably should have beaten Nate the year after as well, though none of his dunks in 2009 really matched the excitement he drew in '08, and his "showmanship" went a little bit overboard. But, while I do think that the Dunk Contest tends to disappoint rather than amaze in most years, what would All-Star Saturday Night be without it? The answer is, even MORE boring than it already usually is. As much as I admire good shooting and like the addition of the PG friendly skills comp (which I think should include at least one or more big guys for fun), All-Star Saturday Night needs the Dunk Contest. If they should eliminate any event, it should be something that is far more disasterous than the Dunk Contest could ever be, and that is HORSE. As much as I love the fact that it showed Rajon Rondo could indeed make open jumpers on a deserted court, and that Kevin Durant is automatic these past couple years, that events commentary and set-up is cringe worthy. Either save it for the off-season and pull an old school CBS HORSE comp, or do not do it. Omri Casspi had never even played HORSE! I was like, man, Omri must have some nice trick shots, only to find out, no, had never had to due to the lack of HORSE. I had heard of Rajon's HORSE ability from Kevin Garnett, and obviously Kevin Durant won the snooze fest with OJ Mayo and Joe Johnson from the year before, but man, last years HORSE was even more awful. Finishing with a sudden death 3 point shootout due to time limit? Ouch. As much as I would love to see a great game of HORSE against some of the NBA's best trick shooters (Maybe Kevin Love, I hear Rasheed may be the best, someone with some style) the live format done before All-Star Saturday is not at all a good look. So, my vote is for the lesser of two evils, which is the usual disappointment of the Dunk Contest, as it is much more fun to watch than guys taking 3's at the top of the key to see who is the better trick shooter.