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Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2009 11:25 pm

Nate Robinson deserved to win Saturday's dunk contest but Rudy Fernandez got royally ripped off.

A victory for Robinson is a victory for the Little People across the world. Good for him. All 2 feet 11 of him.

He was clearly the crowd favorite and saved the dunk contest. It went from mediocre to great because of Robinson.


Dwight Howard shouldn't have been in the final round. No way. He didn't deserve it. Fernandez did.

Fernandez's first two dunks were far more challenging and creative and the judges -- because of bias toward Howard -- gave Fernandez low ball scores of 42 in his first two rounds when Robinson deserved far higher.

Howard got two perfect scores but didn't deserve them.

That was awful. Howard was a legacy pick. The judges wanted him in the final round because he's popular.

That was a G-E-I-C-O conspiracy.

But the dunk contest overall was pretty good and borderline great. Next year it might even be better with the news that LeBron James is planning to compete it. If he does, that will be a ratings bonanza.

In the meantime, with Robinson the new champion, somewhere Gary Coleman is partying like crazy.



Category: NBA
Tags: Dunk Contest

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:17 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

I agree. 2 50's for Dwight Howard in the first round? Those guys must have known the scores they were giving before it even started. I think every player should have one dunk and then the fans vote on the winner. This is a better system than putting old ballers at the judge table with nothing to base their judgement off of. They are as good as us at voting for these things.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:02 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Uhh..the guy that took two minutes and couldn't make ONE dunk in that span? Really? He should have been in the finals? Really?


Yea, he took too long to make that dunk. Gotta give it to Howard for being a good sport. With the ego's of a lot of players, Howard won for letting Nate use him as a prop. Only my opinion.

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2009 9:07 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged



I thought I was the only one who noticed. From the very beginning, the NBA had packaged this thing as some sort of David versus Goliath or Superman versus Krypto-Nate. The other two contestants were just window dressing. It should have been Fernandez and Nate in the finals. When Dwight was interviewed by Cheryl Miller, and coyly suggested that he didn't know what he would do, we all kind of winked with him. He really had no way of topping last year's magnificent performance. But the NBA was wishing and dreaming for their anticlimactic finale.

Fernandez knew what was going on and handled himself with class. What else could he do? Poor judging like that will keep some serious unknown dunkers from entering the contest, and that will be a shame.

Lebron is going to be in the dunk contest next year, he says. That is barring injury, of course. Wonder who the favorite is for that one?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 5:52 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

It was Pau Gasol's fault. He didn't know how to make a decent pass. I suppose it's a result of playing for the Lakers and Spain. :(

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 7:13 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Agreed.  This is proof once again that the latest installment of the dunk contest caters to the lowest common denomonator.  The judges were bashing Rudy the entire time like he was some scrub off the street.  If this is how the NBA treats up-and-coming stars of the leage, I wish the Blazers will not have any part in it.  Poor showing for the NBA.  Boo Stern.  Boo GEICO.  Boo non-basketball player judges.  Boo popularity contests.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 6:56 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

It only worked out this way because Fernandez is a whitie, and not a brother

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 6:40 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

I think David Stern is taking AllStar Weekend at something similar to "World Wrestling Entertainment"<a class="l" onmousedown="return clk(this.href,'','','res','1','')" href="" class="l"> (WWE) . People who love basketball, and not these pathetic shows, are outraged.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 4:11 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

Totally agreed,i also think that Dwight Howard wanted Nate to win,which is why he tried that ultraordinary last free throw line dunk at the end,knowing it would not be spectacular enough to score big.The dunk contest has become stupid and lame with al these new rules and the best dunkers arent even participating.Were supposed to have 8 dunkers,two rounds,and you get two dunks per round and one replacement,like the old days.Wheres Josh Smith?Lebron?Gerald Green?Andre Iggy?I would have liked to have seen Westbrook.And for the record I didnt think Rudy Fernandez should have even been in the dunk contest,but I give him his props because that dunk he did with Gasol tossing him the ball was sick,he deserved a 50,I dont care how many times it took him to do it,the NBA made those stupid rules so live with them.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 3:44 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

big deal who cares?  rigged sporting events  haha  I can't believe it all one had to do is watch the super bowl to see that

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:57 pm

Dunk Contest Final Blog: Rigged

The only thing that is rigged is letting Freeman keep his job. So don't complain about rigging anything Freeman it's the only reason you have a job.

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