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The Dunk Contest

2009’s Dunk contest had a different vibe than in previous years. There was no clear-cut best dunker , no NBA-bound DeMar Derozen. There were no between the legs dunks, and nobody jumped over their entire team on the way to the rim. There was multitude of future college basketball stars all with a legitamate chance to take the title. That’s not to say that there weren’t some stylin’ dunks. Ask anyone who saw Bryce Jones do a full windmill, or Todd Barnes leap from the free throw line. Not “about the free throw line”. The free throw line. The atmostphere had changed, letting the fans get closer and giving the dunkers a couple more chances to show the audience what they could do. This year’s dunk contest was a fun event, and while Bryce Jones emerged victorious, there was plenty of action from all the participants, specifically Todd Barnes, Darrius Thompson-West, and George Idehan.

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  1. contend
    December 22, 2009 at 1:44 am


    First off – great material, the content is great on this blog.

    However, I must disagree with you on this post. You say:

    “The atmostphere had changed, letting the fans get closer and giving the dunkers a couple more chances to show the audience what they could do.”

    Fans weren’t allowed to get closer this year as you guys roped off the entire court. The atmosphere has certainly changed, less crowded and a bit more subdued. I like how you put a positive spin on this year’s dunk contest, but after watching it, the first thing that came to my mind was, “could’ve been better.”

    Anyways, I had to voice my opinion that you guys need to remove the barriers to the floor and let people crowd under the basket as you guys have done in the past. There’s no getting closer to the action than that.

  2. mpchristmasclassic
    December 22, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for the comment. It’s nice to know that people are reading.

    In retrospect, yes you’re right fans weren’t allowed to get closer and the area was fenced off. I don’t run the tournament personally but I’d say that was just a safety precaution, as there have been close calls in the past as far as player safety and fan interaction go.

    This year the contest was moved to the Broad St side of the gym. I’m also fairly confident that this was done in an effort to allow room for more people to view. With that said, the atmosphere may have been less crowded but I still believe there were just as many people attending.

    It was a bit more subdued this year, which I tried to portray in my original post. I thought it was a different atmosphere, but still entertaining.

    Frankly, every year people think it could’ve been better, and I heard people say it after the DeMar show. This wasn’t as good of a contest as the DeMar one was, but I was still impressed.

    Thanks for your opinion, and I’ll relay your message to the “powers that be.”


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