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What you’ll see in Dunk Contest: James White vs. Gerald Green (VIDEO)

Feb 13, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

A lot of casual fans shrugged when the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest lineup was announced — these are pretty much guys from the end of the NBA bench.

But those of us basketball junkies high-fived each other (virtually) because the NBA went out and got dunk contest guys to do it. Specifically the Knicks James White (the guy Vegas bookmakers have as the favorite) and the Pacers Gerald Green. These guys know how to do dunk contest dunks.

This is White and Green going head to head in the 2010 Russian Cup dunk contest, one of those things that nobody out here watched live but became a YouTube hit. This is what you can expect this Saturday night. It’s going to be a fun dunk contest.

And sorry about the music with the post, just hit mute. I did.

  1. somekat - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    dunk contest has been a joke for 20 years, since the starts stopped taking part

    dunk contest has been irrlivant since the robbed Iggy (with one of the best dunks i’ve EVER seen) to give it to Nate Robinson (with a weak “jump over spud webb” dunk that he hardly made)

    • LPad - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      then you should be excited for this one. everyone in it is a legit dunker the chances of something like that happening is slim to none.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Gerald Green and James White might not hold the name power of most stars, but they are pretty clearly the two best dunkers in the NBA. Think back, some of the best dunkers were Harold Miner, JR Rider, Kenny Walker and Desmond Mason… hardly stars.

      • somekat - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        no, they were the best after the stars stopped taking part. When I think best ever in the dunk contest, I think MJ. Or Dominique “the human highlight reel” Wilkins, etc etc.

        The guys you mentioned are within the last 20 years, since the starts stopped taking part, and that is exactly my point. We’re watching guys that can’t even score double digits a night a lot of times. Who cares if they are the most athletic.

        Give me LeBron, Durant, Griffin and a few other stars, and maybe I’ll consider watching again. Although I doubt it

      • LPad - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        somekat – You either forgotten some basketball or you’re cherrypicking facts. JR Rider was a pretty good basketball player for a few years in the mid to late 90s. Pretty sure he won rookie of the year and he may of made an all-star team. But what is most important is after JR won it, Kobe won it so the idea that he, Minor, and Sky Walker didn’t compete against stars is wrong. Sky Walker was in the dunk contest in like 1988 or 89, stars still took place then. Harold Minor nickname Baby Jordan, experts thought he was the next Jordan until he flamed out. He flamed out but he wasn’t a nobody. If you watch the NBA regularly then you should know who these guys are.

    • broncobeta - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I disagree that it has been irrelevant.

      However, Iggy did get robbed like hell. I mean, they gave him the win and then changed the a 10 to a 9 randomly. Definitely another sketchy move by the NBA.

    • mytthor - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Vince Carter? Amare Stoudamire? Shawn Kemp? Kobe Bryant? Dwight Howard?

  2. spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I played with James in high school and middle school. He has ALWAY’S had HOP’S like that. I’m not much into beating but if I was. I’d bet on James!!! He is CRAZY athletic!!

  3. broncobeta - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    “And sorry about the music with the post, just hit mute. I did.”

    Can you aplogize the for image formatting of this article? Everything is all out of whack on the screen.

  4. badintent - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    TERRANCE ross! no contest.

  5. mannyfresh209 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Between the legs from the ft line? Gotta see that go down this year!!!

  6. abchome - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Dunk contest is a joke. The best dunks are always the in game dunks on context of real competition.

  7. 24thesho - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    No offense, but, you can’t have 5 old whites on a panel judging a slam dunk contest….; I’m jus sayin’.
    C’mon….., really?

    Those beats sound tight, though. ö

    • mytthor - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Yeah, why would that be offensive? I mean unless you’re offended by blatant racism…

      • 24thesho - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        C’mon mang! You know wtf I meant.

      • 24thesho - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Telling the truth is not being racist. At least be honest with yourself.

      • mytthor - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Yeah, you meant guys of a certain race have an opinion about something that doesn’t matter because of their race. Let’s assume for a second that white people can’t dunk as well as black people, that’s a stereotype but certainly one based in fact. But why exactly does that mean they can’t judge dunks? Dunk contests are about how good the dunks look and entertain, not about how technically difficult they are. People who can’t dunk have as much right to have an opinion on how entertaining a dunk is as people who can.

      • 24thesho - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        Well, I just haven’t seen very many white guys in the slam dunk contest and the only legit one was Rick Barry; the last dude was ok. It’s not about being racist, it’s about being a realist. By the way, when Jayson Williams first came on the scene in with Kings, I think the white coach(es) made him tone down his game because it looked too funky; and they eventually reduced him to a very boring player to watch. Yeah he won a ring but they did not let him be a star. I think that was abstractly racist.

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