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Drexler, Mutombo, Olajuwon, Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming to judge 2013 Slam Dunk Contest

Feb 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced today. The Houston connection runs deep, as all five legends will score all of the dunks in the event’s first round.

In case you needed credentials for each of these guys, we’ve got you covered.

From the official release:

“Drexler played 15 seasons for the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, was a 10-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA Champion with the Rockets, enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2004, and was a member of the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team.

“Mutombo, who played the final five seasons of his 18-year career with the Rockets, was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time NBA All-Star, and currently serves as an NBA Global Ambassador.

“Olajuwon is a two-time NBA Champion with the Rockets (1994 and 1995), a 12-time NBA All-Star, was named the 1993-94 NBA Most Valuable Player, and was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Tomjanovich played for the Rockets for 11 seasons while being named an NBA All-Star five times and coached the team for 12 seasons, including their back-to-back NBA Championships.

“Yao was the number one overall pick for the Rockets in the 2002 NBA Draft and an eight-time NBA All-Star. ”

Besides Drexler, none of these guys are exactly known as the type of high-flyers that would typically excel in a dunk contest. But having Rockets legends represent the city of Houston isn’t such a bad idea — as long as they get it right.

As a reminder, fans will determine the dunk contest champion, and can do so by voting via text, Twitter, or online at the website.

  1. ss3walkman - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Drexler and a bunch of guys who’s english isn’t their first language.. Or second.

    • phaden27 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      English is required to watch and score a dunk contest?
      Pretty sure all these guys can count.

    • kalioc - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Just because you can’t pronounce someone’s last name doesn’t mean their a foreigner. Tomjanovich is from Michigan…

    • daddyghi - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      wow! he sounded like a member of the ku klux klan!

  2. mrfloydpink - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I was unaware that Rudy Tomjanovich did not speak Emglish.

    • ss3walkman - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Swore I said “who’s English ISN’T their FIRST language”.

      • lucifershuttlesworth - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Whose English??? is that what you are trying to say guy? when calling someone else ESL??

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:31 AM

        Rudy Tomjanovich was born in the American Midwest and as far as I know, English is his ONLY language..

  3. timb12 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Olaja-what?! Toma-who?! I thought this was America! USA! USA! USA! Let’s get Toby Keith to judge the dunk contest. That guy bleeds red white and blue.

    • 24thesho - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      You sir, are a complete and utter fool.

      • 24thesho - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Or is it, udder?

      • timb12 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        Next time I’ll leave some sort of note that indicates sarcasm.

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

        Yes, please be more clear.

    • dko83 - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      I lold timb. Sarcasm hard to gauge for most of PBT..

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:14 AM

        Hells yeah, I laughed at that too! Thought the sarcasm was apparent.

  4. ss3walkman - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I guess people can’t read english language neither

    • kalioc - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I guess people can’t read (English/the English language) too*.
      Google “either, neither, and too”.

    • phaden27 - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Nor type it apparently.

  5. qpoiu1 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Drexler actually has only one championship, he came in a mid-season trade in 1995…

  6. reasonablemindsays - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    What a random cast of characters. Might as well throw Nicki Minaj in there while you’re at it.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Drexler only got ONE ring, with the Rockets Brett. I’d expect this from Helin, not you.

  8. kavika6 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    It’s a good thing there are no Rockets in the contest. He would win with a lay-up.

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