Last year before All-Star Weekend, there were some NBA fans who wanted to shake up the Saturday night events by switching the order of the Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout. People were basically saying that the dunk contest had jumped the shark.
Then the event began, Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on one of the grandest shows that fans had seen in nearly a decade. There were free throw line dunks, a 360 or two and even a hoverboard dunk that we may never see topped.
LaVine won the contest, but many believed that Gordon was robbed of his win as his dunks just had so much creativity behind them. Now, the 20-year-old is not sure if he will be competing in the contest this upcoming season.
The athletic forward told Basketball Insiders: “I’m not 100 percent sure, I kind of gave a lot in this last one and to be more creative would be difficult. I think I could do it, but I’m not sure if I’m going to.”
Make no mistake, last year’s contest was must-see television. A rematch between the two young stars would be something that the league hadn’t seen since Michael Jordan and Wilkins were going at it in the late 1980s.
NBA brass has had a tough time convincing true superstars to participate in the contest as the stakes for their personal brands has skyrocketed with the presence of social media.
The best possible solution for the association would be for young stars to participate and show off their creativity on that stage.
Casual viewers might as well get used to the fact that we are never going to see LeBron James in the dunk contest. But, we can still hope that the former Wildcat will decide to re-enter the contest and give fans the rematch that we all want to see.