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Josh McRoberts’ dunk-contest campaign has begun

Dec 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

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After last year’s disaster of a dunk contest, everybody is hoping that this year’s dunk contest competitors will do something special. Most people are hoping that Clippers rookie Blake Griffin and his CGI hops will be the one to save the dunk contest in his home arena, but Pacers forward Josh McRoberts wants to have a chance to bring the magic back to the contest. Take it away, Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:

The campaign to get Indiana Pacers forward Josh McRoberts into this year’s slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend is about to begin.

McRoberts and teammate Brandon Rush filmed a scene from the movie “White Men Can’t Jump” for a video they plan to post on a website in the near future because McRoberts wants to take part in his first dunk competition.

“I grew up watching the dunk contest. Now I want my part in it,” the high-flying McRoberts said. “It’ll be fun being in it if it happens.”

McRoberts played the part of Woody Harrelson’s character, Billy Hoyle, and Rush was Wesley Snipes’ character, Sidney Deane.
“We’re trying to get our man Josh into the contest,” Rush said. “It was fun taking part in it. Everybody should like it.”

One of the best ways to keep the dunk contest from sucking again is to make sure the invited dunkers really want to be there, because innovative and well-rehearsed dunks are often more impressive than somebody just showing off their vertical leap — Shannon Brown was invited because of a fan campaign, and ended up using the same dunks he’d used in the 2003 High School dunk contest. And as far as dunk contest campaigns go, McRoberts’ is fairly creative. If McRoberts puts as much time into his dunks as he has into his campaigning, inviting him to the contest might not be the worst idea.

  1. metalhead65 - Dec 28, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    bad idea as actualy playing any kind pf basketball will stunt his learning on the pacers bench.even if he played and won,it would be deemed irrelavent by the genius that is the pacers coach in jim obrien.the guy who believes the best way to develop young players is to never play them or give them 10 min. a month no matter where they are picked in the draft. also the best way for them to learn of coarse is make them play in a system that does not play to what they do best but instead makes them run the break untill they get to the 3 point line and either shoot or pass the ball then stand around and wait for somebody to pass it back so you can put it up and miss it to. who can’t win with a system like that?

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