After getting ChampBaby to bed Saturday night, I spent the evening flipping between ABC's showing of Miracle and the Slam Dunk Contenst on TNT. Yes, these are the exciting Saturday nights you experience once you become a parent.
The NBA has long passed me by. Honestly, I'd estimate that the last regular season NBA game I watched to be sometime in the late '90's. However, there was no better time to grow up watching "The Association" then in the '80's and '90's. NBA coverage in the '80's was much different than it was now. CBS's coverage was highlighted by one of the great theme songs of all time along with Tommy Heinson's blatant rooting for the Celtics. Meanwhile, I looked forward to post-basketball practice Friday nights watching a prime-time matchup on TBS the SuperStation.
As a reflection of the league, the Slam Dunk contest peaked in the 80's and 90's. I'm still bitter over MJ robbing Dominique in '88, but those things will happen in Chicago. Along with those two, Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler, Tom Chambers, and Spud Webb made the dunk contest something special. A special recognition goes out to a favorite of the idiots: Terrence Stansbury, a perrenial dunk contestant of the '80's.
By now I'm sure you've seen Dwight Howard's dunks all over SportsCenter. If not, his complete portfolio from last night can be found below. The Superman dunk got a lot of coverage, and please don't get me wrong it's certainly better than anything I threw down on my Nerf hoop. But, has anyone else noticed......HE DIDN'T DUNK THE BALL? His first dunk from behind the backboard and the one at the 5:50 mark below are two of the sickest I have ever seen. Great stuff. Not nearly as good as Kenny Smith singing the Superman theme however.
Gerald Green, loved the birthday cake dunk.
Nique, you still the man.