Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 2/16/12
by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni Once considered the showcase event of All-Star Weekend, the NBA Dunk Contest has lost much of its luster over the years. The League’s biggest stars don’t want to participate – they usually only take part in it before they truly become superstars – and fans are often disappointed by the selected competitors. But, it’s all not all bad news this year. Jeremy Lin is here to save the day! Well, sort of. Lin has been tabbed to “assist” teammate Iman Shumpert in the dunking exhibition: Sources with knowledge of the league’s plans told ESPN.com that Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert — one of four dunk-contest entrants alongside Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams — will be enlisting Lin to “assist” him in a manner similar to the help 2011 champion Blake Griffin got from then-Los Angeles Clippers teammate Baron Davis [...] The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that th
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