After writing a post praising James “Flight” White dunking skills a few days ago, I (among other Flight followers) were pretty underwhelmed by his performance last night. 1 tweet sums up what I’m thinking
I’m not sure if it was nerves, the fact that he’s 30
(which is copout, since I’m 33 and can do some of his dunks), or the illogical execution of White’s dunks. The fact that he kept sprinting the length of the court took away the opportunity to improvise and come up with a quick, mid-range of difficulty dunk. I’ll have to watch the TNT commentary later today, but from my Twitter timeline, Charles Barkley, Shaq, and co. were generally bored by White’s performance as well. Tough, because this was probably his 1 and only shot to be a dunk contest competitor. I’m curious to see if this will effect his (already minimal) playing time or even if he stays with the Knicks. We’ll see…….
The same can be said of Gerald Green. It’s hard to believe that this was the same guy who was jamming down crazy alleys throughout last season and this year. Yet none of his dunks last night were anywhere near the explosiveness of his in-game dunks or his cupcake dunk from 2008.
In the end, it was 2 young guys – defending champ Jeremy Evans and Raptors’ Terrance Ross – that faced off in the finals. I thought Evans’ 1st dunk was creative on the level of it showed a different side of him. Word is, he actually painted the image he jumped over.
Terrance Ross took us back to the 2000 dunk contest. He paid homage to former Raptors franchise player and 1 of the Dunk Gawds, Vince Carter, by rocking the #15 jersey. Check out the whole round