One of the biggest flaws of the NBA All-Star Game is the fact that some of the biggest names don’t even participate in the dunk competition. The guys that you see dunking consistently during a normal game don’t participate in the dunk competition because they don’t want to get hurt.
I don’t blame them for not wanting to get injured, but maybe it’s time for the league to start looking elsewhere for dunking entertainment.
No, I don’t mean have them hire the Harlem Globetrotters for a game. They should start looking at amateurs and have them participate in the All-Star dunking competition. It would give the younger guys an opportunity to show off their athletic talents in front of the entire world. A scout would be bound to pick up an amateur if he saw him during the All-Star game.
The Chicago Bulls hosted an amateur dunk competition during halftime at Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Take a look at the winner, Guy Dupuy, also known as “Easy J,” and you’ll see why the amateurs deserve a chance to shine in the spotlight.
Another reason the dunk competition needs to be revamped is that the players just keep on complaining about the fans complaints. LeBron James announced today that he’s ready to end his pregame dunking routine because he’s sick of getting calls regarding his decision to not participate in the dunk competition.
Most of the nation only gets to see the dunks that happen during the game. We don’t all get to see every crazy trick that LeBron has up his sleeves – we only get to see a clip or two from warm-ups, or from the All-Star Game.
To end this fair and square, I’ll give you a comparison between Chicago’s halftime winner and LeBron: take a look at one of LeBron’s pregame dunks that was recently posted on YouTube.
I’d have to say that it’s pretty comparable to Easy J’s dunk. Long story short, it’s time give the amateurs some TV time.