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Published February 24, 2012
PAST ITS TIME? In Austin, Cedric Golden wrote the Slam Dunk Contest "used to be the highlight" of the NBA All-Star Weekend, but fans now are getting “a small number of non-All Stars showing up with little to no league credibility.” Golden: “If we can’t get the stars to compete anymore, let’s take this thing out behind the barn and put it out of our misery before someone we barely recognize gets hurt” (STATESMAN.com, 2/22). In Sacramento, Tom Couzens writes in a “star-driven league, most stars can't be bothered” to participate in the dunk contest. So if the NBA's top stars “think the slam-dunk contest is pointless, then what's the point?” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/23). The Chicago Tribune's Bob Foltman said, “None of the big names, they don’t do it anymore. I mean the dunk contest now -- you look at that lineup and it looks like witness protection. I have no idea who’s in the dunk contest now" (“Chicago Tribune Live,” Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 2/23). ESPN.com’s Roy S. Johnson said, “We won't see the stars until it becomes the ‘Nike Slam Dunk Competition’ and somebody puts a $10 million check on top of the backboard. It’s unfortunate. ... Some of the iconic images of the NBA are from the Slam Dunk Contest.” SportsNet N.Y.’s Brian Custer: "Too bad because these guys, you win it, if you're really good like a Blake Griffin, all of a sudden the endorsements come reigning in” (“The WheelHouse,” SportsNet N.Y., 2/22).