Paul George: Dunk Contest was a ‘joke’
“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke,” George said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people.”
Jazz forward Jeremy Evans was the winner of the event. For one of his dunks, Evans donned a Karl Malone jersey and dunked over comedian Kevin Hart, who was dressed as a mailman.
George’s dunks included one where he jumped over teammates Roy Hibbert (who stands at 7-foot-2) and Dahntay Jones, a Tron-themed dunk during which he donned a glow-in-the-dark uniform and shoes, and a third that included him posting a Larry Bird sticker on the backboard.
“If you leave it up to fans, they probably wouldn’t have known who Larry was. I think I was destined to lose it,” George added.
George’s bitterness could also be attributed to the fact that Hart stands around two feet shorter than Hibbert.
I hate to burst George’s bubble, but Evans won because he was the least dreadful of the four competitors. Evans’ two-ball alley-oop slam was perhaps the most creative and impressive of all the dunks that night. Maybe if those of us watching on TV could actually see George’s glow-in-the-dark dunk, things could have turned out differently.
But as far as the event being a joke, George isn’t wrong. Once TNT started overcompensating for the unsung field by pimping out its dopey “dunk intensity meter,” you already could sense the night was going to be a train wreck.
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