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Friday, July 10, 2020

Common: Dunk Contest was supposed to end in tie but one judge screwed up

Common Pippen Dwyane Wade

Numerous fans and even the announcers on TNT were outraged over the outcome of Saturday night’s Dunk Contest, with many, including us, feeling like Aaron Gordon got robbed. According to rapper Common, Gordon did get robbed.

Common was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, along with Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, Chadwick Boseman and Dwyane Wade.

Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. were the finalists and each got perfect 50s on their first two dunks of the finals. They went to a dunk-off and each got 50s again on their third dunks. Then for their fourth dunks, Jones Jr. received a 48.

Gordon then brought out Tacko Fall and dunked over the 7-foot-5 big man. Somehow he only got a 47 from the judges, who give scores on a 1-10 scale. The low point total seemed unfair.

Common and Parker both gave Gordon a 10, while the other three judges gave him a 9.

Common says they were supposed to give Gordon a 48 to have it tied.

“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Common told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”

Parker also told Shelburne it was supposed to be a tie. If you look at this picture, it sure seems like Common and Pippen thought Wade was the judge who screwed up.

The conspiracy theory about Wade screwing up the final dunk score goes like this: Wade played for the Miami Heat and was teammates with Derrick Jones Jr. and screwed up the final voting to ensure his friend won.

Maybe Wade will eventually tell us what happened, because the public is owed an explanation.

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