NBA slam dunk contest needs to be changed

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blake-griffin-kia-dunkGrowing up watching the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest was a privilege. I understand that now after watching the garbage we have seen over the last few years.

While the contest still pulls in solid viewing numbers, All-Star weekend and the Slam Dunk Contest could be so much more.

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Imagine if the NFL had the rights to the Slam Dunk contest, we would be paying $250 to watch the dunks in 3D by now.

Why players like Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard are not in the contest each year is beyond comprehension, especially with their competitive nature.

Shaquille O’Neal called out the NBA greats that refused to enter the contest during the broadcast. Shaq said “It’s time to bring back the Slam Dunk contest and I’m calling all these players out.”

Were we spoiled by Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Dr. J, Spud Webb and even Vince Carter?

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Blake Griffin and Nate Robinson, who have all participated and won the contest before would be such a draw for the league that it may possibly put up numbers that the NBA Finals would.

Instead, we have lesser and unknown players because players fear for injury. Not only is the common fan asking “who are these guys?” they also have numerous chances to make the dunk.

Let’s admit it, once you have seen them attempt the dunk five times it loses it’s star-power.

No one will remember the 2012 dunk contest and for David Stern and the NBA that is a lose-lose proposition, especially for a league that likes to pad their pockets.

The NBA needs to find a way to entice these superstars into this contest and make it a what it could be.

Start by getting the stars in and get rid of second chance dunks.

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