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Russell Westbrook may do Dunk Contest this year

Dec 21, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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There may be no more explosive, athletic player in the NBA than Russell Westbrook. He is exactly the kind of guy we want to see in the All-Star weekend dunk contest, doing superhuman feats of dunking.

And he may be up for it.

Westbrook told the Oklahoman he wants to do it and sooner rather than later. Which maybe would mean Westbrook dunking in Houston in this February’s All-Star game.

“It’s up in the air,” Westbrook said about this year’s dunk competition. “I would (like to) before it’s too late. But I don’t know where I’m going to feel like doing it or not.”

Westbrook is a monster in-game dunker, but he admits that dunk contest dunking is a different thing. Some guys get the idea it’s an exhibition and pull out all the stops — Blake Griffin jumping over a car with a gospel choir singing in the background is a little extreme but you get the idea — and some try to do their game dunks and fall flat. You have got to put in some real work on the dunk contest dunks.

But Westbrook could do it and would have to enter a favorite if he does throw his hat in the ring.

  1. joshm5683 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Hopefully he does do it. I do know agree though that some of the best in game dunkers like Shannon Brown, don’t do so hot at the dunk contest. Also, part of what makes Westbrook so fun to watch dunk in games is he is not that tall. It would be harder for him to pull off crazy dunks than someone 6’8 like Lebron or 6’10 like Blake. However, being that he is shorter, the same dunks will look that much crazier!

  2. jobotjones - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    please do it we need real dunks in the contest once again. no choir putting on a half added show for all the twitter voters.

  3. acdc363 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    The word “extreme” is def not what comes to mind when I think of Blake’s car dunk.

  4. phaden27 - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    And no Kenny Smith screaming, “Do you believe!!??”

  5. finsfrenzy - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Dunk Contest needs some star power badly…..

    • mytthor - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM


      Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard?

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