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DRE'-MAC
12-25-2008, 07:52 PM
Magic center Dwight Howard, Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, and Knicks guard Nate Robinson will compete in the slam-dunk competition Feb. 14 during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities in Phoenix.

Howard is the defending champion, beating Gerald Green last year in New Orleans in a competition that featured Howard wearing a Superman cape. Gay also was a participant in last year's contest, and Robinson was the 2006 champion.

Fans will pick the fourth competitor in an online vote, and will select one of three rookies: Bucks forward Joe Alexander, Trail Blazers forward Rudy Fernandez or Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

The last time a player successfully defended his slam-dunk title was in 2003, when Jason Richardson of the Golden State Warriors repeated as champion.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3792934

Lakers4ItAll
12-25-2008, 08:12 PM
I like that Howard is in it again but I think it's sad the big names like Kobe Lebron ect aren't in it

MiamiHeat
12-25-2008, 08:19 PM
Nate Robinson again? :rolleyes:
I think we seen more than enough from him

dawgsfan_45
12-25-2008, 08:39 PM
Fans will pick the fourth competitor in an online vote, and will select one of three rookies: Bucks forward Joe Alexander, Trail Blazers forward Rudy Fernandez or Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

They can dunk?

CHRISDODGERS
12-25-2008, 09:05 PM
Trevor Air Riza should be in there...

carter15
12-25-2008, 09:09 PM
i dont lik how its nate robinson, rudy gay and dwight all for the 3rd time if im not mistaken...dwights ok since he won last year so he can defend...but id lik to c some new guys....and rudy fernandez shud be the vote in...hes a prettttty darn good dunker.

what54!?
12-25-2008, 09:11 PM
wow everyone else is a rookie. :laugh2: haven't seen joe alexander play.

still1ballin
12-25-2008, 09:13 PM
I'm voting Westbrook. Fernandez? An euro should not be in the dunk contest and Joe Alexander? Who?

stevefrancis
12-25-2008, 09:13 PM
its like they keep making it worse on purpose. theres a reason why this contest is so dumb now and its because they are letting players nobody wants to see participate in it. they also need more than 4 players. i dont get why they only do 4. wheres nick young ariza gerald green, STROMILE

JJ81
12-25-2008, 09:14 PM
I like that Howard is in it again but I think it's sad the big names like Kobe Lebron ect aren't in it

LeBron should have been in it by now.

Kobe definitely shouldn't. The contest is really for young guys at their athletic peaks. Kobe won one already :clap:

CHRISDODGERS
12-25-2008, 09:15 PM
if Lebron never does a dunk contest.... I will hate his guts forever....:pity:

what54!?
12-25-2008, 09:17 PM
seriously who is joe alexander? I'm not trying to bash him but I don't know what team he's on. :shrug:

Shawh
12-25-2008, 09:21 PM
seriously who is joe alexander? I'm not trying to bash him but I don't know what team he's on. :shrug:

Jason Alexander's son.

kingjanjic
12-25-2008, 09:31 PM
i think lebron should of done it by now but his only 24 so i dunno he still can if he wants 2, the dunk contest needs a big name like lebron to rebuild it

GSW fan
12-25-2008, 09:39 PM
i wish anthony randolph was in it. trevor ariza too. the rookies they put up are horrible. also i think nate shouldnt be there. it should be howard, randolph ariza and mayo

still1ballin
12-25-2008, 09:42 PM
I think they should have the defending champion, then they should have like a list of players who are willing to be in the contest and then the fans vote the other 3 players from the list.

zambo4president
12-25-2008, 09:43 PM
This is gonna be gay. Im sick of Nate Robinson. And i had no idea Westbrook. Alexander and especially Rudy Fernandez could dunk.

what54!?
12-25-2008, 09:49 PM
This is gonna be gay. Im sick of Nate Robinson. And i had no idea Westbrook. Alexander and especially Rudy Fernandez could dunk.
well westbrook is pretty atlhletic but for the slam dunk contest :shrug:. as for Rudy Fernandez I didn't think he was that good of a dunker :shrug:

codes238
12-25-2008, 09:49 PM
This is gonna be gay. Im sick of Nate Robinson. And i had no idea Westbrook. Alexander and especially Rudy Fernandez could dunk.

westbrook and alexander can fly... rudy mostly hits up alley-oops, i dont really think he is a spectacular dunker or anything

KH12
12-25-2008, 10:12 PM
Joe Alexander would be awesome to watch in a dunk contest. Dude is athletic as hell.

Iggz53
12-25-2008, 10:15 PM
westbrook and alexander can fly... rudy mostly hits up alley-oops, i dont really think he is a spectacular dunker or anything

man idk i think rudy can fly better than those two. but i think alexander gets voted in because of the crazy online fan base in milwaukee.

as for lebron being in the contest, he won't because he doesn't want to. a lot of players don't want to now because of the risk of injury and the fact that it's not as exciting as it once was. i would bet that many players have turned it down over the years, but maybe an online vote for the people willing to be in it could fix the problem.

DenButsu
12-25-2008, 10:51 PM
J.R. shoulda been in it.

Kings Faithful
12-25-2008, 10:52 PM
gonna be boring again

DJ CHACH
12-25-2008, 11:22 PM
lebron is a ****** for not being in it now..he's afraid of all the hype and losing to dwight or nate..he's such a baby..in a way i want him to fail on the big stage so that he knows what it feels like to lose on a big stage, so that we he comes to the KNICKS, he wont wanna fail

J$mo0th_3o5
12-25-2008, 11:22 PM
Everybody vote in Rudy Fernandez!!! Lol

Toronto_Fan
12-25-2008, 11:53 PM
LMAO @ Rudy fernandez.

Lebron dunks would be incredible and comparable to Jordan and Wilkens dunks.

Too bad he'll never enter.

JOSETHEALLSTAR
12-25-2008, 11:59 PM
can those rookies even dunk ?

Chaudhry
12-26-2008, 12:13 AM
youtube time

joe alexander
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmiNDBqzw5s

rudy fernandez
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADsJd4CjQ4U

russel westbrook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1XLYaRWaDs

personally i think rudy fernandez cause he likes to danks

dodgernation
12-26-2008, 12:27 AM
They can dunk?

westbrook got hops

DJ CHACH
12-26-2008, 01:41 AM
lebron is a ****** for not being in it now..he's afraid of all the hype and losing to dwight or nate..he's such a baby..in a way i want him to fail on the big stage so that he knows what it feels like to lose on a big stage, so that we he comes to the KNICKS, he wont wanna fail

what54!?
12-26-2008, 01:48 AM
eh I'll vote for westbrook. hes got hops and hes the one I've seen dunk the most.

CHRISDODGERS
12-26-2008, 01:54 AM
Holy **** Joe Alexander jumped straight in the air and hit his head on the rim...

:jizzed in my pants:

PBreezy
12-26-2008, 02:06 AM
I'm with the general consensus, I've seen enough of Nate. More than enough actually since the guy gets a million do-overs.

But I will vote for euro Rudy Fernandez, out of the three rooks, only Fernandez posterized Dwight Howard. Don't believe me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47VLce11WDM