If you watched this past weekend’s dunk contest, then you probably took away two important things:
- Dunking over a car is not nearly as impressive as it sounds;
- DeMar DeRozan was robbed of at least an appearance in the finals.
Apparently, DeRozan thought the same thing, which is why he’s done with dunk contests. From the AP:
Asked Tuesday if he thinks he was robbed when he didn’t reach the final of the competition, DeRozan replied, “I think so.” Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers won by leaping over a car to edge Washington’s JaVale McGee in the last round.
“I’m a dunker. Dunk contests, you go out there and dunk. I’m not into all the props and everything,” DeRozan said at shootaround before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “I try to come out with a creative dunk and do it and go from there. My fans liked it and you can see the reaction from a lot of people afterward.
“If there’s a dunk contest next year I’ll do it. But not no prop dunk contest.”
Dag. Word to DeMar DeRozan on this one. Sure, there are exceptions — JaVale McGee’s “Double Trouble,” for instance — but in general, dunks are way better when they’re just dunks. Considering, after all, that this is a dunk contest and not a “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” improv game. Definitely with DeMar here.
Not to mention, years ago props were outlawed in the dunk contest for safety reasons. But then Dwight Howard came around and Supermanned everything which reinvigorated the competition which meant David Stern was OK with people bringing whatever they wanted to the contest which led to Serge Ibaka bringing out a breakdancing Asian toddler who “lost” his toy that Ibaka grabbed with his teeth only to miss the dunk then had a production crew come out to totally ruin any sense of suspended belief in this weird scenario. Long story short — props are wack and need to get out of here.
And knowing how often the NBA switches dunk contest rules — just about every year, which is weird — odds are DeRozan will get to peddle his wares in a non-prop contest soon enough. That’d be great for him which be great for us which would be great for the league. Make it happen, David Stern.