One of the most interesting trends over the last few years is the downfall of the dunk contest. This is particularly interesting because for the most part--a few Vince Carter, J-Rich dunks aside--the contest actually does get more technically involved and more creative every year. But people hate it.
What's the problem? I don't know, but I have some ideas. Part of it, obviously, is that the weight of expectations has to grow every year and there's no real way to do it. They don't make people more athletic than primetime Vince Carter, or Dominique Wilkens, so the result is an endless series of prop dunks and what is probably best referred to as foreplay. This gives the proceedings an aspect not unlike those Larry Bird, Michael Jordan McDonald's commercials where an endless series of impossible challenges obscures the real skills of the players involved.
Because this isn't a commercial, sometimes it feels like the strength, finesse, and athleticism of the players is obscured by bounces off any possible fixture, jumping over an endless series of teammates, children and school-busses. This can lead to a misappropriation of resources in a big way. Using Mark Eaton, career average of 3.5 block a game, in your dunk attempt is cool. Having him sit in a chair is less cool.
Why doesn't anybody like the dunk contest?
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