Found December 24, 2012 on Pass The Pill:
The dunk contest has lost it’s pop over the past decade or so. The last good ones that I recall featured Vince Carter and then Jason Richardson. The contest has lacked flavor and seems to get more and more outrageous each year. Making matters even worse, NBA superstars such as LeBron James have stayed away from the competition, and the event has settled for a plethora of big men and C-list stars. JaVale Mcgee, Dwight Howard, Nate Robinson, Blake Griffin (can fly, but wasted his finale dunk on a Kia advertisement, instead of wowing us), Gerald Green, Fred Jones (remember him? me either.) and the list full of names that nobody wants to watch dunk the ball goes on, and on, and on. In short. This contest needs some spunk, and if LeBron isn’t willing to be the one to give it to us, then why not the next most dunktastic NBA Superstar? I’m talking about Russell Westbrook, in case the headline for this blurb wasn’t enough of a hint. Westbrook has said that he’s like to (eventually) join an NBA dunk contest. “I would (like to) before it’s too late. But I don’t know where I’m going to feel like doing it or not.” “It’s so many people in this league that jump so much higher than I do, everybody else can do it,”said Westbrook. “It’s a lot of people that can jump. I only can jump high in the games. That’s it. I think if it’s just regular people would be disappointed.” “I got a few dunks, but it ain’t nothing that you ain’t seen before,”Westbrook said. “These dunk contests you’ve got to dunk on three baskets, do cartwheels and do something to get points. But I don’t know, man.” I believe Russ is being a bit modest here, although I do agree that the contest has been done so many times that these guys are forced to make fools of themselves in order to be original (see Paul George). But alas, this contest needs the Russ Westbrooks and John Walls of the world to compete. We need a fresh batch of star-players, who can jump out of the gym. We don’t need Serge Ibaka and players your average fan couldn’t pick out of a lineup entering the contest. It takes away from the value of what the dunk contest used to be. Remember Jordan? Doctor J? Vince Carter? We need these stars who fans can identify, and having hops like Westbrook does, won’t hurt. The NBA has become such a point guard driven league, that we need these overly-athletic guards to sign up and give the fans what they want to watch.   The post Russell Westbrook would like to enter the dunk contest (eventually) appeared first on Pass The Pill.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

LeBron James says he could lead NBA in scoring if he wanted

LeBron James says he could lead the NBA in scoring if he wanted to, according to ESPN. Duh. If James wanted to score 100 points in a game I’m pretty sure he could do it. You simply can’t stop him from getting to the rim when he wants. James says that he could lead the [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

LeBron James: “If I Wanted To, I Could Lead The League In Scoring”

James won the scoring title in 2007-08, the season after he reached the NBA Finals. He averaged 30.0 points per game that season and the Cavs lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Boston Celtics. If James could shoot the ball that much, the scoring title would be his, James believes. “If I wanted to, I could lead the league in scoring, but that’s not my job here,”...

Video: Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade star in hilarious animated clip

Have you ever wondered how the conversations between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James sounded like prior to James signing with the Miami Heat? Well, now you don't have to wonder anymore.In a series entitled "Sports Friends Classics", the dynamic duo stars in this animated video with which they talk like teenage girls and discuss championships, teammates, dreams, and cravings...

Could LeBron Return To Cavaliers In 2014?

Could LeBron ever return to Cleveland?credit: fullcourtpumps.com Could LeBron James really return to Cleveland as a Cavalier after all that has happened with Dan Giblert and The Decision? It seems ridiculous, but some people think it could be a possibility when his contract with the Miami Heat runs up. Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com is one who believes it could happen. Yes, it’s the...
SHED A TEAR

LeBron will never do dunk contest

LeBron James says he won't ever compete in the NBA slam dunk contest, saying he's now too old for it. LeBron has never done it.

Highlights: Stevie Clark

Oklahoma State landed one of the nation's top three-point shooters in Stevie Clark. Here's a highlight reel of Clark at LeBron James Skills Academy.

LeBron Commits First Foul In 254 Minutes

LeBron James was whistled on Tuesday for trying to block a dunk attempt by Serge Ibaka.

Highlights: Troy Williams

Indiana landed a talented small forward in Troy Williams. Here's a highlight reel of the 2013 prospect at LeBron James Skills Academy.

Jeremy Evans: I Would Beat LeBron In Dunk Contest

LeBron James says he will not participate in the dunk competition.forbes.com LeBron James made news recently when he announced that he will not participate in a dunk contest, something many had held out hope for. Last year’s winner, Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz, took the opportunity to take a subtle jab at the best player in the world. Evans has had a hard time seeing consistent...

Highlights: Devin Booker

Devin Booker is the one of the nation's top 2014 shooting guard prospects. Here's a highlight reel of the five-star from LeBron James Skills Academy.

The Miami Heat’s Lebron James, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul named Players of the Week

Olympic teammates share the honr.

Wade, LeBron Connect On Full-Court Pass

Any time your team contains two players with the athletic ability that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James possess, constant highlights are inevitable. Their latest highlight is Wade’s full-court pass to LeBron James for the easy layup. You can watch the clip below: Note that this isn’t the first time they have gone football style on us to connect for a full-court pass. When you...

LeBron, Paul Named Players Of The Week

LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 23.
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.