Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

I’m settling in and getting ready to watch Terrence Ross take part in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. As the contest proceeds, and as long as Ross is still in it, I’ll be posting my thoughts on his performance and the event in general here.

Feel free to do the same in the comment section below and enjoy the show…

9:55 PM ET: ROSS SHALL DUNK…SOON. First The Red Mamba will take on Uncle Drew in the three-point shootout final though, so use this time as an opportunity to go getcha popcorn ready.

9:59 PM ET: Relive past Raptors dunk contest memories here and relive Ross’ best dunks of the season here. I just remembered that it was in Houston back in November that Ross first really took flight in the NBA, so perhaps it’s fitting that Houston is where he finds himself tonight.

10:04 PM ET: Wait…what? We have to wait for Fall Out Boy to perform first?

10:14 PM ET: The real question is, is tonight the last night we ever to have to see those Bargnani Primo Pasta commercials? Either way, we’re due for at least five more of them over the course of the dunk contest…

10:17 PM ET: Have I mentioned how much I HATE this year’s format that has to see one player from each conference make the final? You just know we’re going to see the guy with the second best score eliminated because he’s from the same conference as the guy with the highest score.

10:21 PM ET: Wow…pretty good start from Gerald Green. Ross is going to need to BRING IT to compete with Green and James White.

10:23 PM ET: FREE THROW LINE ATTEMPT ON THE FIRST DUNK?! White misfires and then takes off inside the line, but still impressive.

10:25 PM ET: Was that five attempts from Ross? OUCH. Wait still FIFTY?! The NBA is finally admitting DeRozan got screwed, aren’t they?

Here’s the dunk…

10:26 PM ET: By the way, Charles Barkley mentions every other week that Toronto is his favourite city to visit in the NBA.

10:29 PM ET: Oh my God…is Ross going to do what I’ve been asking for on the blog and the podcast?!

10:32 PM ET: Somehow despite all of the failed attempts, Ross is tied with Green after everyone has dunked once. Both have perfect 50′s.

10:36 PM ET: James “Flight” White For The…Choke

10:41 PM ET: Gerald Green epically failing to try to dunk the same ball twice after cutting the mesh off the net. Ross has a real shot at the final as long as he completes a semi-competent dunk.

10:43 PM ET: If Ross really comes out in the old purple and black Vince Carter jersey, I’m just going to assume he reads RaptorBlog. You all should too…

10:46 PM ET: Ross takes the smart approach and goes safe in his second dunk, but it was still pretty solid. As happy as I am that Ross is in the final, I’ve gotta say, that might be the weakest 99 score between two dunks ever. Also, he had a warmup on during that dunk, so you know he’s got the VC jersey on underneath.

10:53 PM ET: Ross vs. Jeremy Evans in the final. Either Evans will be the weakest two-time champion of all time, or Ross will take the dunk title North of the border…

10:57 PM ET: Jeremy Evans with the worst prop ever?

10:59 PM ET: Let’s go hoooommmeee! Let’s go hoooommmmme! #SpriteSlam Ross for the win after that one with the Carter jersey on.

11:03 PM ET: Evans’ second dunk was solid while Ross’ second dunk took two attempts, but through the legs over a helpless child might take the cake when you incorporate the risk factor and the Drake factor.

11:04 PM ET: Now it’s up to the fans. Make sure you vote!

11:05 PM ET: And Terrence Ross wins with Drake going nuts somewhere on the court. Nick Cannon even said something about them “representing Toronto!” We’re back on the map! (Please sense the sarcasm). What was with Ross’ mic being off during his victory speech though? Talk about fail.

11:07 PM ET: Alright to summarize, Ross wins one of the weaker dunk contests I’ve ever seen, but at least there weren’t many props included in the event. If the contest was better and the crowd had gotten into it, revealing the Carter jersey might have received a great reaction.

Oh well. Weak contest or not, Raptors win, and the Rudy Gay Era continues to bear the fruits of victory!

10:30 AM ET: I just rewatched Ross’ four dunks with a little morning after perspective. It was actually a much more impressive array of slams than I realized last night in real time, but watching the performance without the missed attempts also helps. As mentioned yesterday, I think if the contest as a whole was better and if the crowd was more electric, Ross’ performance would have come across as more memorable in the actual moment. Lastly, what was with the lack of coverage on the Carter jersey on the broadcast? It wasn’t even mentioned until Kevin Harlan noted it in the replay of the dunk. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went unnoticed at first because the guys didn’t even realize that purple isn’t in the Raptors colour scheme anymore.