Did Lebron pretty much 'kill' the dunk contest? Can it get revived?
The dunk contest used to be one of the biggest events around, even loads of non-NBA fans would tune in to see it. Everyone's favorite event back in the day..
Year by year it's been slipping off and it doesn't even bring excitement anymore..we've begun to realize that all we really want to see is big stars in there competing..like Jordan vs Wilkins, like Dr J, like VC and Kobe, like Lebron and Griffin.
Did his attitude towards the contest ruin it entirely? His decision held a lot if weight to whether it could remain popular. All lebron had to do was compete in it to make it still a 'thing' for stars to do.
If Jordan didn't think it was cool would any stars after give a dam about it?
Can it be revived again?
Looking at the stars today and the recent dunk contests, unless Andrew Wiggins does a double backflip, it's over.
i don't see how the standard of the dunk contest correlates to Lebron being too much of a wimp to participate. honestly, did you just want to make, yet, another Lebron thread? there's not enough of them?
It's not about big stars participating, it's more to do w/ the standard of competitors. Lebron could sign up and make for good ratings but if he ends up doing novelty, gimmicky, mediocre dunks that take 3-4 takes to execute then he's not going to change the standard of the competition. All he'd have done is gain ratings.
Back in the day players like Jordan entered the dunk comp to make a name for themselves, to gain sponsors and endorsements. So they wanted to prove themselves. Today players are paid before they've even played a game of basketball in the NBA. One of the reasons why the standard has been so poor and players take so many goes to execute a simple dunk that was done over 10-15 yrs ago. Players have nothing to prove today it seems. EVerything is alot easier in todays nba.
"A lot of basketball players today are overpaid & it influences their game & work ethics in a negative way. They've been given things they haven't earned and I think the game has been cheated." - Michael Jordan
"Without honor winning holds no value. When one lacks true virtues, victory becomes empty & the unethical triumphs." - B. Modigliani
i thought for sure this was just another bait thread but i think this is a fair question. like it or not, he is the leagues greatest player and the guy who captures the imagination most of fans. just like when guys don't want to play for their country, it makes it awfully easy for the guys that follow to say no as well.
Originally Posted by nycericanguy
well unfortunately it looks like you were right about Bargs...
but hopefully we can use his expiring, if not at least we unloaded Novak's deal...
What stars haven't competed since Lebron that would have otherwise? I think if anythings killing the dunk contest it's the thing that kept Lebron away. A lack of creativity. That said, the dunk contest with Lavine and Wiggins will definitely be one to remember.
That being said, this thread is a bit of a stretch.. Haha the dunk contest ruined because lebron lied about entering the contest because he's scared he'd lose is irrelevant. I think the dunk contest has been going downhill for years tbh because we've already seen a lot of the dunks already, nowadays its just all about trying to make the dunk look pretty with a different kind of lob or a prop that hasn't been used before..