Once again, I didn’t bother to wake up early to catch the live broadcast of the NBA All-Star Saturday. If it wasn’t because of YouTube, I wouldn’t even bother to watch any of it at all. Like most of the dunk contests in the past 13 years, it was a complete waste of time. It only certified just how boring NBA is today, as an entertainment, compared to back then.
The reason why the NBA Slam Dunk Contest sucks so bad now is mainly because of its current rules. The participants get to attempt the same dunk over and over and over again until the 90 – 120 second limit runs out, and by the time they finally succeed, the excitement’s already long gone ’cause we already knew what they’re trying to do after their first or second attempt. It won’t be as impactful as making it the first time when people didn’t know what to expect. In the past few occasions, some participants would fail until the time runs out while some would play it safe and replace their dunk with a less spectacular one. Zzzzzz…
Back then, the participants had to come up with twice as many dunks (total of 8 for those who made it through the final round) and most of them were capable of making them with just one or two attempts. Today, thanks by the rules, the participants won’t even practice hard enough to ensure they’d make two to four of their shitty dunks. And then on top of that, we have the poor creativity and the lack of originality. It seems as though all they could think of these days were preparing never-used-before props and dunking over objects and famous people (not to mention that they’re either seated or bent over instead of standing straight).
Terrence Ross, a Toronto Raptor player that nobody has ever heard of until
today, was crowned the NBA Slam Dunk Champion of 2013. Let’s be frank
here, he might not have done it without “paying a tribute
to Vince Carter” with one of his dunks. In case you didn’t know, the audience of all around the world were given the power to vote for whom they thought deserved to win through texting and Twitter (imagine how useful bots would be), and which longtime NBA fan
wouldn’t vote for that dunk just to support the gesture of paying homage to a true legend? So knowing that, he put on Carter’s jersey and sorta replicate of his classic dunks. If that was really his plan from the start, it’s very smart… but dirty. However, regardless of that, he was one of the three better dunkers of the night anyway.
Want to waste your time and be unimpressed? Here you go:
Will I be watching the All-Star game? Fuck, no. Most of the players today don’t even take the All-Star game seriously. Unlike the golden era, it’s no longer competitive and there isn’t players like Vince Carter anymore, someone truly wants to and can entertain the crowd. Star players today, whenever interviewed, would say, “We’re all here just to have fun and put our game faces off.” Yeah, they sure had fun making me yawn like a kid in class. So fuck them, I’d rather rewatch the All-Star games of the 80s to early 00s.