D Howard’s sticker-12-feet-up-jam was … well, he shoulda been a finalist.
What was MJ thinking?
This was best All-Star Slam-Dunk contest in years. But the best two dunkers did not reach the Finals, in part because Michael Jordan appeared to have misplaced his “9” and “10” placards during the early rounds.
Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics won, deservedly so. He smoked Knick-midget Nate Robinson, who once again needed about a gazillion dunks to throw one down. Green showed creativity, showmanship and chutzpah. His off-the-side-of-the-backboard number was original. His homage to Dee Brown’s “pumps” dunk was cool (and probably lucrative). And his throwdown over the defending champion was a symbolic changing of the dunk.
But the best dunk of the night occurred in the opening round. and the man who should have made the finals was Orlando magic forward Dwight Howard. His sticker dunk was the baddest thing I’ve seen since Doc took off from the free-throw line and Vince Carter (the best dunker ever in my book) took the alley-oop from “cuz” Tracy McGrady in 2000 to win the Dunk Fest. Maybe the judges just didn’t see it like those of us watching on TNT.
When I saw what he did, when I saw the replays, I said, Game Ova. But Howard only scored a 45, thanks to an “8” from MJ, and he was not able to reach the Finals.
DH will return next year, and that dunk WILL be the one we discuss for years to come.
The Sticker D:
See Gerald dunk: