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Raptors’ Ross wins dunk contest with Toronto tributes

Feb 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

Terrence Ross pulled out the Vince Carter Raptors throwback jersey, then did a throwback Vince Carter dunk. Then he did a not-very-far throwback dunk of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. Then he dunked over a kid. All the while Toronto’s own Drake was jumping around in the first row like a giddy 12-year-old boy.

It all worked. The Raptors Terrence Ross is your 2013 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest champion.

“I think it’s paying homage to the guys who did this before me,” Ross said. “DeMar has been here before, tried to take his advice and honor him.”

Let’s be honest — this wasn’t a great dunk contest, maybe not even a good one. Ross shouldn’t have even been in the finals — he got a pretty generous perfect score on his first dunk after a few misses. Still the night it had its moments and Ross had enough of them.

His two dunks in the final round were quality. First was where he put on the Vince Carter throwback — he and a lot of guys his age (22) idolize Carter — then took a pass off the side of the backboard, turned 360 and slammed it. The second one he did was a a between the legs dunk over what everyone thought was a local ball boy but Evans said it was the son of one of Twitters founders and it was all set up by Ross’ agent.

“I told him the day before that I was going to jump over him, but I never told him I was going to go between the legs,” Ross said. “He was kind of nervous. When I first grabbed him he said, ‘You’re not going to hit me, right?’ I said ‘No, I’m not going to hit you.’ I had to calm his nerves.

There were some other great dunks that night. Gerald Green’s first dunk best of the night, off side of backboard, might well have been the best of the night. He tried an ambitious second dunk — he took off the net so he could do a double dunk, dunking, catching it and dunking again on one leap — but he couldn’t do it in the time allowed. He did it after that once. It was impressive but the judges had made their call and he was toast.

Knick and YouTube dunk sensation Jeremy White was a bust on the big stage. Which was disappointing.

Kenneth Faried’s second dunk — off the backboard and through the legs — was impressive.

Eric Bledsoe had a caught a high bouncing ball and turned it into an impressive reverse.

The other guy in the mix late was Jeremy Evans. Early on he dunked over a seated Mark Eton in a nod to Jazz history, and he dunked two balls, which got him into the finals.

There he had a pretty unique dunk — a lefthanded windmill over a covered painting, then he went back and unveiled the painting, which was of him dunking over a covered painting. It was a painting Evans himself had done. Then he signed it. Not the best dunk I’ve ever seen but it was different. Evans final dunk was taking a lob from a seated Dahntay Jones where Evans seemed to defy gravity for a second.

They were good, they were not good enough.

This was Toronto’s night.

  1. herlies - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I used to love this as a kid. MJ and Dominique… power and grace.

    Now we have bench scrubs needing 7 tries each.

    Such a shame. I’d rather watch LeBron, Kobe and Durant play HORSE.

  2. 69jaredallen69 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Time for the dunk contest to go away. Too many gimmicks and too many attempts to complete a dunk. Agree HORSE or 1 on 1 competition would be welcome addition

  3. jameswestphal - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Unwatchable garbage.

    • teambringitstrong - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Then don’t watch it and don’t comment. Back to your meaningless existence and wishing and dreaming that you could participate in that ‘unwatchable garbage’ so you can impress your wife, your son won’t have to hold his head in shame b/c he wishes you could do that and your daughter secretly wants an NBA baller.

      • vikesfansteve - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        You have some weird fantasies based off of a persons comment that he feels it’s unwatchable garbage. Leave your racist rants at home next time.

  4. 69jaredallen69 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    While we are at it next year in the rising stars game how about you just have 5 stiffs stand in front of the basket to play defense.

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I really liked Ross’ last dunk- definitely won him the competition.

  6. tomtravis76 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    It’s All Star weekend, nobody wants to watch the All Stars watch bench players in a dunk contest. That might have been the worst dunk contest in NBA history.

    A game of HORSE might not be a terrible idea, if you used All Stars.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Glad there wasn’t too many outrageous props. Although that Jeremy Evans painting was pretty funny, and now even cooler since the article states is was actually Evans himself who painted it. I’m impressed with that.

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to many dunk attempts killed the entire thing for me though. I don’t care if it’s 12th men at the end of the bench in the contest or it’s the NBA’s brightest stars, so as long as they put on a show, but this one was meh.

  8. fruitcovejag - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    The dunk contest should have started the night. It was a letdown. No need to kick it…. I did enjoy everything else. They should have had 8-10 contestants in the 3 point shoot out though. Maybe several more teams in the other events as well. Enjoyed the East vs. West format also.

  9. kb2408 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Can they just put this lame horse out of its misery? The dunk competition has run its course.

  10. kanemoney - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    The dunk finals was great. The first round and second round were painful. They need to reduce the clock to 45 seconds per dunk. Put up or get off the court.

  11. atahualpaoxford - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    In honour of this outstanding sporting achievement, monday will be a holiday in the province of Ontario…

    If you don’t believe me, google it…

    Monday is a holiday…

  12. lucifershuttlesworth - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Damn it feels good to be a Raps fan.

  13. dko83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    This would be a lot less unbearable if ESPN bought the rights. These TNT announcers are really annoying and make me want to watch this thing on mute.

    • scalfor3 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      id rather listen to shaq and chuck at a dunk contest than wilbon and simmons. ugh.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      oh yeah, I’d much rather listen to Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Chris Berman announce it.

    • dko83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      You would!? That blows my mind.

    • dko83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Simmons, Wilbon, Magic, Jalen > Reggie, Shaq, Kenny Smith, Fratello. Chuck I don’t mind at all. Shaq is an absolute joke.

  14. 13arod - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    This guy is very good will be superstar soon

  15. brotherlove2012 - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The problem is that now with YouTube and the likes of TFB, we’ve pretty much seen everything as far as dunking is concerned. Now the players have to attempt dunks with such a high difficulty level that they need 5-6 attempts before succeeding, thus ruining the flow of the competition. NBA players have other things to do than practicing their dunks all day long, so it’s absolutely normal that the competiton sucks. The NBA should put an end to this and find something else.

  16. kingsforever - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Holy hell what is with these NBA and MLB writers? If the Raptors or Blue Jays accomplish anything, anything at all…they trivialize it. If an American team wins it’s always a bigger deal. Toronto won, deal with it.

  17. deshackle - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Unwatchable garbage.

  18. themagicfanguy - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Unwatchable garbage.

  19. andyhr17 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Pretty sure the three point contestants shot a better field goal percentage than the dunkers. Pathetic. Not too exciting watching a minute and a half of failed dunks per contestant.

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