Everybody is talking about how to make the NBA All-Star Weekend better. Some are saying that elite stars should take part in the Dunk Contest and three-point Contest as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird all have won in the past which has elevated their superstar status.
Last night, Terrance Ross of the Toronto Raptors won the contest. He wore a retro Vince Carter raptors jersey while doing a dunk and also jumped over a ball boy to seal the victory.
During the contest, like many of the other competitors, Ross missed several dunks. Ross earned 58 percent of the fan vote in the championship round, outdueling Jeremy Evans.
It was anti-climatic to say the least.
What the judges didn’t know was that the real dunk contest was going on in Lawrence, Ks.
Up to that point, Kansas’ fans had a fun-filled day, reminiscent of All-Star Weekend actually, as ESPN College Gameday was in town and they were retiring Mario Chalmers jersey at halftime of the game.
So with the crowd pumped up, freshman sensation Ben McLemore got a runout late in the 2nd half and did a 360-degree two-hand dunk that ignited Phog Allen Fieldhouse crowd.
McLemore was smooth. The level of difficulty was substantial because unlike the NBA Dunk participants he had no time to prep for his dunk and when he landed it was like he had done it a hundred times before.
More importantly he was the SportsCenter top play of the night. Which gives him an argument that his dunk was the best of the night. Pretty good for a 20-year-old freshman doing his thing during an important Big 12 game.
The NBA should send the trophy to McLemore for winning the dunk contest last night.
I am sure Jayhawk nation would agree.
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