Paul George rocked the dunk contest on Saturday night. Coming in as the favorite to win after Iman Shumpert was out with injury, George somehow lost as Utah’s Jeremy Evans was announced the winner.
George had some high-level dunks, as leapt over both Dahntay Jones and Roy Hibbert on his first and then turned off the lights for a sweet glow-in-the-dark 360 windmill on his second. His last one was disappointing unfortunately, as he failed numerous times trying to get a Larry Bird sticker on the backboard with one hand while throwing it down with the other.
After a strong showing compared to his competition, he still lost.
His response? George told the Indianapolis Star that this year’s dunk contest was a joke.
“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke,” George said. “I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people.”
I completely agree with George. The dunk contest has turned into a prop contest. I also didn’t like the new rules. It took a round off from the dunk contest, along with the fact that only the fans could vote for who would win. Next year, the NBA should definitely bring the old rules back and have judges back on so it won’t be simply a popularity contest decided by a fan base that overwhelmingly can’t even dunk.
Along with that, this class wasn’t good at all. They all had some decent dunks, but there was no true star like the competition has had for the previous years. And that is something that George also thinks needs to change.
“you have to have the faces of the league come back and get involved in it,” George said. “That’s what really made it big back in the day when you had Jordan and Dominique going at it. That was the All-Stars and the guys that were the men in the league. That’s what fans want to see.”
I’m looking at you, LeBron. You should definitely join.