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February 19, 2005

I know Barkley and Magic said it 8 million times tonight,: but the slam dunk contest is back, baby. (Chris Andersen's MMV, of course)

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:58 PM - 24 comments

Is it truly back? I think that remains to be seen. The slam dunk contest was must see TV back in the day. After watching the special about the 76 and 84 contests TNT showed beforehand, I felt even more ambivelent about this years group. I had given up on seeing anything new and thought the dunk contest was well past it's prime. I will have to admit this was the most entertaining slam dunk contest in years. Josh Smith was great and Steve Nash's header made my night. If the NBA can guarantee that kind of creativity and energy every year, then the slam dunk contest will be something not to be missed. By the way, Charles Barkley and his bon mots were an absolute hoot...

posted by bawanaal at 08:20 AM on February 20

Does anyone have a link to video? ESPNMotion should have it up soon, but are there any direct links to blogs or whatnot? Thanks.

posted by platocave at 08:57 AM on February 20

direct links to videos on blogs

posted by platocave at 09:02 AM on February 20

I was on my way to my in-laws last night and heard the stupidest radio evah -- the 3-point contest. Here's a litle snippet: "That one's in ... he missed ... good ... off ... and good!!!" Wow, feel the drama.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:32 AM on February 20

Radio play by play of the 3 point shootout?? That is some funny shit. With that as inspiration I will listen to Daytona today on the radio...I can hear it now: "And the 32 car turns left...followed by the 24 and the 8 car, who is also turning left...(brief pause)...And the 32 car turns left...followed by the 24 and the 8 car, who is also turning left...(brief pause)...And the 32 car turns left...followed by the 24 and and the 8 car, who is also turning left..." Rinse and repeat for 500 miles.

posted by stofer71 at 12:02 PM on February 20

Great. Maybe we can get the a slam dunk contest in the Olympics. That way we'd be sure to win a men's basketball medal.

posted by dzot at 12:11 PM on February 20

if that happened, and stoudamire pulled what he did with nash, would they both get a medal?

posted by DaGeneral at 02:49 PM on February 20

Is it truly back? I think that remains to be seen. The slam dunk contest was must see TV back in the day. After watching the special about the 76 and 84 contests TNT showed beforehand, I felt even more ambivelent about this years group. I agree with that, to an extent, and in support of the statement, I wholeheartedly endorse Kenny Smith's callout of Kobe, Vince, and LeBron to come out and show their shit. But it was one hell of a good ride last night. Andersen was just (white, natch) gravy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:45 PM on February 20

I feel kinda bad for Chris Anderson. We all know he can do better than that; he showed it to us last year.

posted by swank6 at 05:46 PM on February 20

you may possibly find video of the competition if you sort through some basketball torrents. I can't confirm though that the tin contains what the label says.

posted by gspm at 10:02 PM on February 20

Three of the dunks here

posted by holden at 11:52 PM on February 20

Thank for the link, holden. All great dunks, but that Amare dunk? All I could say was, "WHAT THE HELL?" as in where did they get the idea for it. I think that's the most entertaining dunk I've ever see. Mad skills on both his and Nash's part. Now, I'm just waiting for someone to try this out during a game =)

posted by jmd82 at 02:27 AM on February 21

While on the All-Star Game, can anyone possibly explain to me the half-time show featuring the country singer in what appeared to be a Confederate army tunic, the black rapping cowboy, and the dancing short midget? I was completely baffled....

posted by smithers at 12:51 PM on February 21

after saturday and sunday isnt it clear how much of a racist Barkley is

posted by petty-45 at 01:37 PM on February 21

smithers: Ya, I was fairly confused, but moreso by the "country" they were playing. As much as I'm not a fan of country, that sure as hell didn't sound like country. Guess I'm out of touch with the music scene. petty: I didn't watch Barkley. What did he do that's so blantant?

posted by jmd82 at 01:54 PM on February 21

Smithers I didn't see it but perhaps the act was called Big & Rich? They're part of a group of Nashville newbies with a very different attitude. And the only country act I know of that includes an NBA-sized black rapper.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:37 PM on February 21

Yep, that was them.....

posted by smithers at 05:52 PM on February 21

it was a "your chocolate is in my peanut butter" moment for me when I saw the all star game halftime show mentioned on the I Love Music forum. Big and Rich placed a couple of songs in the ILM posters' best of 2004 poll.

posted by gspm at 06:44 PM on February 21

besides downing the country music singers and dissing the only white guy in the dunk contest. getting his little digs on steve nash and talking about regis and his next guests. he is way to full of himself

posted by petty-45 at 08:07 PM on February 21

You didn't expect Barkley to diss the country music singers and the guy that just so happened to need 90 chances to dunk the ball twice? I started feeling bad for BirdMan after the fourth attempt. After that it was just painful to watch.

posted by dusted at 09:15 PM on February 21

that was pretty bad but he was on him before the guy even dribbled the ball

posted by petty-45 at 09:20 PM on February 21

petty-45: Perhaps you're not familiar with some of Barkley's previous quotes. He disses black people too. When he retired from playing, he said, "Just what America needs, another unemployed black man." In fact, Barkley has defended himself on racism charges before: "I always say two things: Black people will borrow money and not pay you back and white people cannot dance. If somebody wants to think that is racist, I said it in humor and jest. If somebody wants to make it into racism, I don't worry about it."

posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:31 AM on February 22

My favorite Barkley quote: A.C. Green was a self-proclaimed born-again Christian (also a virgin late into his NBA career). Barkley yells over at him in the middle of an NBA game after A.C. misses a shot, "Hey A.C. If God's so good, why didn't he give you a jump-shot?"

posted by mayerkyl at 11:55 AM on February 22

With that as inspiration I will listen to Daytona today on the radio...I can hear it now: Stofer: Sirius to Broadcast NASCAR Racing Starting in 2007!

posted by billsaysthis at 08:41 PM on February 22

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