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Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 12:04 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

He won't be dunking, but Linsanity could have a role in the dunk contest. (Getty Images)

The 2012 dunk contest participants will be Paul George of the Pacers, Derrick Williams of the Timberwolves, Iman Shumpert of the Knicks and Chase Budinger of the Rockets, the NBA announced Thursday.

But that's not all. I guess in an effort to spice up the field as well as find a way to work Linsanity into All-Star Weekend, Jeremy Lin will also be playing a part. According to ESPN.com, Lin will be "assisting" Shumpert in some way, much in the same way Baron Davis helped out Blake Griffin at last year's contest.

The New York Daily News also reported that Lin would be part of the "Shooting Stars" competition, meaning he'd already be in the arena for All-Star Saturday night. David Stern has already said that Lin would not be a late addition to the Rising Stars game.

There will be a revamped format that will feature only one round and be voted on only by the fans. There no longer will be judges in the event, which also will be reduced to one round. Each contestant will execute three dunks. Fans will determine the champion by voting on NBA.com, Twitter or through text messaging. The format in recent years was two rounds, with a panel of judges voting on the first round before fan voting in the second.

As for the actual contest, it's a pretty weak field with no big name stars. Actually, when you really look it over, it might the weakest there's ever been. No disrespect to the participants, but none are exactly well known players to the casual NBA fan. Maybe Williams, just because the was the No. 2 overall pick.

Last year featured Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan, four fairly well known players. This year has two rookies and two role players. Not exactly an eye-popping group. But let's break the field down anyway.

I'd say the early favorite has to be Williams, who is a bit in the Griffin mold of a big man with freakish leaping ability. He can always employ his teammate Ricky Rubio, who surely could zip a fancy pass Williams' way. Paul George is long and can jump. Budinger participated in the McDonald's All-American dunk contest in high school and has always been known as a big leaper.

But it might be hard to top Shumpert. Not because he's some fantastic dunker, but because of this being a fan vote thing and if he indeed brings along Lin, the people will likely speak on the side of the not just the Knicks, but of Lin.

I suppose the NBA is banking on Lin's "assisting" star power to give this contest a bump. Players are less and less inclined to participate in the event for the risk of injury and just the fact it's a stressful thing to add to an already busy weekend. Plus, the league sees it as an opportunity to welcome new faces to the casual fan with the possibility one of the guys does something unexpected and amazing. Vince Carter was a rising star, but he exploded as a household name after his dunk contest performance.

It might be a weak group lacking big names, but we'll all be watching anyway. And if you've watched much Paul George or Derrick Williams, you know that those two can fly. Who knows, we might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Comments

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

All-Star weekend, huh. Is Tiger playing that weekend? Man I wish he'd win a tourney or two. Oh ya, this is a column about the dunk contest. BYE!



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Yawn



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

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Way to go NBA, this group is sure to bring back the sexiness to the dunk contest.  



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Wow, could you have a worse lineup? Never been a big fan of the dunk contest, but when you put a loser like Budinger in it, that guarantees that almost nobody will tune in.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

A white guy in the dunk contest? Must be the rooney rule at work here.
Brent Barry says hello and to kiss his ass.






Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Fans vote for so much now in sports, why not let them vote for the Dunk Contest lineup?  If a player is selected and decides not to participate then he should 1. not be allowed in the regular all-star game 2. have some sort of punishment and/or 3. if he does have a medical issue, it would need to be verified by a 3rd party doctor.  This may seem like a stretch but this event has become such a joke.  All-Star weekend claims to be about the fans but the most "exciting" event now draws very low fan interest and is often mocked.

God damn you are so confused. If the fans got to vote, we'd see the same people in the contest every single year. And why should they be punished? It is an exhibition. Nothing is on the line. It is why they tried it a few years ago with the rules of only younger players in it. It gets them exposure. Based on your rules, MJ probably would be like a 10-time dunk champion. And that would just get old. I don't want to see LeBron and Blake Griffin in the contest year after year.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Agree 100%



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

I say you let the street ball dunkers in it.  Have you seen those guys dunk?  They are much better dunkers than the NBA dunkers.  At least they are willing to take a chance on a crazy-a$$ dunk attempt.  Blake Griffin's dunk over the car was WEAK!  There are street ball dunkers that would have went right over the roof and taken the ball from Baron Davis



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Really need to abolish this part of the weekend.  It is clear the real star's want nothing to do with this.  One no incentive, second their big ego takes a hit if they do not do well.  Just get rid of this contest and put something else on the floor.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

Fans vote for so much now in sports, why not let them vote for the Dunk Contest lineup?  If a player is selected and decides not to participate then he should 1. not be allowed in the regular all-star game 2. have some sort of punishment and/or 3. if he does have a medical issue, it would need to be verified by a 3rd party doctor.  This may seem like a stretch but this event has become such a joke.  All-Star weekend claims to be about the fans but the most "exciting" event now draws very low fan interest and is often mocked.



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