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2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

Posted on: February 14, 2010 11:24 am
 
These are so simple they don't need much explanation at all:

Idea 1)  Turn the contest into a game of HORSE, dunk style.  Each participant has to mimic the previous player's successful dunk, or 'get a letter' -- I think it would be more entertaining than the current format because the players would be trying dunks they've never tried before.....THAT would better define who is the better dunker

Idea 2)  Raise the goal -- let the players show off who can really FLY -- imagine LeBron doing a 360 on a 12 foot goal??  Yo!!!  Judges wouldn't be necessary.  Any trick dunk on the highest goal wins. 

I'm sure both of these ideas have their flaws, but ultimately, I feel like either format would far exceed the snooze fest we have now.

Ideas??

Lemme hear ya
Category: NBA
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 5:58 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

To GOAFA -- I only get defensive when called a thief! 

Firstly, yes, it is a coincidence that similar stories appeared at the same time -- unless you take into account the fact that the DUNK CONTEST WAS ON TV THE NIGHT BEFORE -- During the HORSE competition, I heard the ref say, "no dunking" -- it just made sense....I'd rather see the guys doing a HORSE dunk show than either of the shows we actually got.  And don't misunderstand, you thinking there may have been some connection between the stories isn't the big deal, straight up calling me a 'thief' is. 

Secondly, I feel half crazy having to explain myself to you - I am an unpaid blogger, writing for my own amusement.  I love ESPN, on television....their website is for sh*t, however, that's why I don't visit there.  I don't 'research' or check other blogs for info -- my thoughts are, as I've said, my own -- I write what's in my head, if someone else thinks the same things, so be it.  This is NOT my profession -- this is for my entertainment....I don't need to read what others think to form my own opinions.

Thirdly, about the reason I deleted your original post so quickly -- as you can see, I DID reply to you, but did NOT want this blog to become what it has....me defending myself against someone who said I STOLE a story -- I wanted to talk hoops.  So, after my post, I decided to delete them both, in hopes that you were gone -- but as you persisted, so did I. 

Fourthly, in truth, I should feel complimented by you.  It is nice to know that I had the same idea as an ESPN Senior Writer.  But, contrary to what you pointed out, I'm NOT trying to make it as a sports writer so I can take criticism anyway I choose (let's see how you react when someone calls you a thief -- my bet is you don't like it).....again, I'm writing for my own amusement.  The reason I didn't 'tweak' my story, is because I had NO IDEA Bill Simmons had even written about the NBA -- how can you try not to copy what you don't know exists?

Fifthly (sounds like a drinking game), No, I'm not going to beat you up or something -- and you're missing the point -- You pointing out the similarities isn't the issue -- you matter-of-factly stating that I stole that story, calling me a thief, that's where you're wrong -- you never bothered to even TRY to find out ANY facts before making that bold accusation.

Sixthly, I'll admit over and over again that these ideas are 100% my own -- obviously I'm not the first guy to think that these SIMPLE ideas could fix a damaged contest -- but that does NOT mean that I stole them, and that, sir, is all I'm trying to say -- I did NOT steal this story.

Bro, you are going to think what you want -- there isn't any point in me trying to convince you otherwise -- but again, I can sit here in full comfort with myself knowing I did NOT steal that story (or any others, for that matter).  It is not my job to make sure no other author has ever written similar content to what I write in my own personal blog.  I am unpaid blogger, nothing more.  I could write the pages of Paradise Lost in here if it gave me my jollies.....who cares?? 

But the fact is, maybe you should make sure Bill Simmons isn't stealing from me -- or wait, how do you know I'm not  Bill Simmons.....or that this story was already printed in my vault some 4 years ago??  Of course these are ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than you jumping the gun.  Had you come at me with, 'Hey dude, Bill Simmons wrote something very similar, you should check it out", that would be one thing.  But you didn't, you came at me with "2 Simple Ways to STEAL a Story" -- uncool.  Find out the facts before you call someone a thief -- I'm not sitting here trying to determine the legal definition of plagarism -- I'm just saying I never saw the story before your link -- believe what you want, but for everyone's sake, why don't you find another blogger to annoy.




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 8:25 am
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

Defensive much? Not gonna make it as a sportswriter if you can't handle a lit bit of criticism.

Firstly, it is one heck of a coincidence then that your "similar" ideas came on the same day it hit ESPN's front page. My apologies for making a connection there - you are right, it doesn't look fishy at all.

Secondly, you are a sports blogger yet you don't visit one of the larger sports sites? Interesting...You may want to do that - even the "big-time" writers look at what's posted on competitor's sites. And you have never read anything from Simmons, only one of the Top 5 sportswriters (not my opinion, not a homer here - just pointing out he is one of the major writers)? Again, interesting...

Thirdly, if this was all a big accident, why so quick to delete my post. It was gone within hours, and I had come back expecting to see a response but instead saw my post deleted. Why didn't you just say so then? Had you just explained what happened then instead of deleting my post, I probably would have believed you.

Fourthly, it is VERY possible for more than 2 people to have similar ideas. I am sure Bill Simmons was not the first one to think "use HORSE" as part of the all-star weekend. Plagiarism (not really copyright infringment per se, but it is...plagiarism just an easier term) does not have to be purposeful...but that's why journalists and writers are supposed to research before writing. Also, if it is pointed out they used ideas already written by someone else, a writer is supposed to correct their publishings to reflect so. I was hoping you might add something to your blog indicating these ideas were brought up in SIMILAR fashion before, but you were "tweaking" them.

Fifthly - YOUR WORDS - """You need to start watching what YOU write -- accusing me of 'blatant copyright infringement' is very dangerous.  Watch where you're pointing your fingers, GOAFA -- between the two of us, YOU are the one who's in the wrong, not me.""" - Last I checked, pointing out copying another writer's work was supposed to be done...don't think that's dangerous? Unless you're gonna beat me up or something?

Sixthly (Lastly) - YOUR WORDS """You sir, are nothing more than a jealous member -- and the fact that you're accusing me of something without knowing the facts proves your intelligence, or lack thereof.  I can stand here proudly and without any reservation because I know the truth, and the truth is these thoughts are my own.  Apparrently, thanks to your detective work, they are not original -- but they ARE mine.""". I guess I didnt need to do 1-5...you admitted these were not original ideas, but they were "YOURS".

Speaking of intelligence - look up definitions of copyright infringement and plagiarism before telling me I have a "lack of intelligence". You just admitted these are not original ideas but yet still claim you did not violate any laws. Ok..I'm the stupid one!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2010 2:07 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

Your ideas won't fix the dunk contest. Though you did mention Lebron...that's what will fix the dunk contest. Better contestants. This is ALL ABOUT THE PLAYERS, people. No one wants to watch Shannon Brown in a dunk contest. Not even Laker fans. Until the NBA manages to get at least one superstar player in this contest, the buzz around it will be minimal, even when you have some one as athletic as Nate Robinson in it.

Imagine if the dunk contest featured LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade and Andre Iguodala. I guarantee you basketball fans and more importantly the media would buy into that.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2010 12:18 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

the winner of the amateur dunk contest was hands down better than anyone in the NBA dunk contest, and probably better than anyone in recent years.  He was outstanding !



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2010 11:04 am
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

Open up the Dunk Contest to amatuers.  Let some of the AND 1 and Harlem Globetrotters in.  I am sure there are better dunkers out there that can give the NBA players a challenge.  This may encourage some of the best NBA dunkers to get back in to prove to the world they are the best. 



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2010 6:55 am
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

There are only really 2 Stars that can fly that have never been in this thing recently.  Guys that can fly that have been in and paid their contribution are Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Jason Richardson, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and the TWO who have not are the TWO most prized players coming into FA next year Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  I would like to see if Vince can still get her done but only at the expense of LeBron entering to maybe notch down his ego a lil.  I think Dwight had put on a great show the times he has been in there only to get undermined because a Midget can throw down a reverse dunk (i.e. Nate Robinson), Kobe's vertical game is not what it was so it would be more of an embarrassment for him to join up.  Jason Richardson is probably in the same boat as Kobe as Vince may be too.  Josh Smith is as fluid and powerful of a dunker as I've seen since Dominique.  LeBron can go up and throw down hard and I would like to see him man up and show us his best stuff but if he doesn't want to because he doesn't want ppl to think he's just a dunker then join the skills competition or something.  Hell I say take the top 6 wins in the NBA and make them compete in all 3 Skills Competition.  LeBron, Kobe, Durant, Wade, Melo not sure who the 6th man would be, but only flaw there is that Melo is not a great dunker.  But it does need something new to it all because the lure is not to the fans anymore as it once was when the greats like MJ, Wilkins, Kobe, Carter, Richardson and many others wanted to put a show on for you "the fans" (when i say greats im referring to great dunkers)... Just remember this as a fan of LeBron that he does not do things for those of you who pay his salary by buying his gear, going to his game and subscribing to him getting dunked on by Joe Crawford's lil brother :-)  

Later Boyz and Man Up LeBron- Wanna be King? Win Something... Maybe a Slam Dunk Contest?



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2010 11:41 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

How about non NBA players vs NBA players...i have seen some of the non-NBA dunk compititions (the "And 1") and they are much better....i would think that might entice the best NBA players to participate since I would think they would have some pride.

Also...don't keep throwing Howard in as a player not willing to participate since he has a few times in the past (3 times i believe)....and seems to get robbed of the award each time.  N.



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2010 10:04 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

I would take the judges and scoring out of the equation. Give each fan a ballot as they enter the arena and let them determine the winner. Take the rounds out of the equation. Each participant is given the opportunity to make three dunks in a rotational system. Require each team to have a participant in the Dunk Contest or Three Point Shootout. (Same rules for 3 point contest. No rounds. The highest score wins.) Having every team participate in these two events is good exposure for the league and also draws interest and bragging rights from local fans.

There ya go. Problem solved.

Peace.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2010 3:15 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

To GOAFA, first things first -- it was ME, the author, that deleted your post, not CBS, so get off their back.  Secondly, I deleted your post because it was a total and complete falsehood.  I DO NOT visit the ESPN site and therefore never read any of Bill Simmons posts (or posts from his 'vault' for that matter).

I did NOT want this thread to turn into a place where I am having to defend myself.  I want this to be about the Dunk Contest.....BUT, you have persisted and now it's my turn.

Is it not possible for two people to have similar ideas???  And if I was going to steal his thoughts, why wouldn't I steal them all??

You sir, are nothing more than a jealous member -- and the fact that you're accusing me of something without knowing the facts proves your intelligence, or lack thereof.  I can stand here proudly and without any reservation because I know the truth, and the truth is these thoughts are my own.  Apparrently, thanks to your detective work, they are not original -- but they ARE mine.

You need to start watching what YOU write -- accusing me of 'blatant copyright infringement' is very dangerous.  Watch where you're pointing your fingers, GOAFA -- between the two of us, YOU are the one who's in the wrong, not me.

I've been writing these blogs for a little over 2 weeks now, and if you take the time to read all of my material, you will see that they ALL contain original content.

Lastly, for anyone else with half a brain, sorry for the ramblings -- but I had to get that off my chest.  Please continue to read with confidence that what you're reading is NOT someone else's thoughts.  Apparrently, GOAFA is not capable of creating anything interesting to read, so he spends his time bashing others.






Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2010 12:29 pm
 

2 Simple Ways to Fix the NBAs Dunk Contest

Additionally, I think that there should be fan voting for the participants in the dunk competition.

have the fans vote for the 3/4 people they want to see in the dunk competition, as well as have the NBA choose 3/4 players to showcase.

I think a bracket style competition would be most beneficial, fans bracket against the NBA bracket. Such as, if there are 3 participants, have the top seed get a bye while the other two compete in a dunk off for rights to advance. In the end, NBA participant vs. fan participant.

It's a competition for the fans, shouldn't the fans have a say in who competes?


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