Wall Wins Slam Dunk Contest, But New Format Baffles Players, Writers
Wizards G John Wall last night won the NBA's Sprite Slam Dunk contest, but the competition "played to mixed reviews because of a new format that left many fans -- and even players throughout the league -- confused by what was actually going on at times" (ESPN.com, 2/16). The format "left a lot to be desired." The "first issue was no one inside the arena seemed to understand the new format," so fans "mostly sat on their hands instead of cheering because they didn’t know when to do so" (N.Y. POST, 2/16). The new format made for a "confusing competition" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/16).
The format "left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media" (L.A. TIMES, 2/16). Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears tweeted, "Just when the NBA dunk showcase, not contest, was getting good it ended. Disappointed fans can't leave arena fast enough. Whose idea at NBA?" Awful Announcing's Twitter feed added, "Aside from John Wall's dunk, this had all the excitement of a NASCAR caution lap."