As you know and as you probably could have guessed, Iman Shumpert was going to jump over Jeremy Lin and his couch during this year’s dunk contest. But then Shumpert had to go and get hurt, totally ruining our sofa-based fun. Total bummer, unless you prefer dunks that involve only dunks and not props.
But even if you’re a purist, once you hear the dunk plan, you’ll probably agree that it’d be pretty funny to see what they had in mind. From Ben Golliver at CBS Sports:
“We actually had a sweet idea,” Lin explained. “Landry was going to roll a couch out with a cover over it, I was going to be sleeping underneath it, and then we were going to pull the cover, I was going to throw Iman an alley-oop from the couch, and he was going to jump over both me and the couch, windmill it and then sit down and have Landry hand him a Sprite. That was our idea, but it didn’t happen.”
OK, so I am on record with saying I’m glad that this isn’t actually happening because I prefer actual dunks, but I am so on board with this idea. It’s just so over the top that it’d work, just as long as Iman Shumpert made the dunk. It’s the kind of thing JaVale McGee would have thought up, which is actually a compliment in a dunk contest.
Nonetheless, the dream is dead. There will be no Jeremy, no Landry and no couch at the dunk contest. Maybe we dodged a bullet and Shumpert’s injury will help prevent the dunk contest from devolving in to a prop-off that features occasional dunking, but it still would have been hilarious for those few seconds when they wheeled out the couch and we saw that Jeremy Lin was under the cover. It’s probably better in our minds anyway.