Robinson bails out dunk contest
DALLAS -- New York Knicks guard
Be prepared to have the discussion re-ignited about the way in which the league can add some pizzazz to the capstone of All-Star Saturday night.
What this contest really needed was
So while the rest of the NBA All-Stars sat in courtside seats, they watched as the dunk contest failed to capture the imagination as it has in recent years, when big man
Frankly, James executes more thrilling dunks on a nightly basis during the regular season than many that were witnessed during Saturday's event. In fact, it wasn't really until Robinson's final dunk -- a self-pass off the backboard, catch and a compact and powerful reverse jam -- that the crowd exuded any electricity.
Afterward, Robinson jogged over and took two pom pons from some Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders he specifically trotted out as props, shaking them in a well rehearsed cheer. He even went so far as to bring the four cheerleaders into the media room for his news conference.
"The best part is right there, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders," Robinson said. "I'm a football guy. I watch a lot of football. So I see them all the time. I was like, 'Why not, we're in Dallas, just pay homage to them.'"
Of course, he later said he was a fan of his hometown Seattle Seahawks. But who can argue with a lack of allegiance to a cheerleading squad?
Robinson quickly announced that he would not be pursuing a fourth title, perhaps because he had run out of creative ways to impress an increasingly hungry crowd. It is certainly easier to make the dunks look impressive when a player stands only 5-foot-9, but there also seems to be a finite number of permutations one can use to throw a ball through a basket.
"You just have to figure out a dunk that nobody's tried, or kind of a tribute dunk or a copycat dunk," Robinson said. "I see if I can get people's attention."
Robinson faced difficulty getting to Dallas from New York because of the snowstorms that blanketed the East Coast this week. Then, as he competed, his mother,
"She said she won't be able to make it but she told me to just go out there and be me, and I did that for her," Robinson said.
Beyond two nice dunks from DeRozan, Robinson had very little competition. In the first round, Lakers guard
DeRozan actually got into the contest by winning a dunk-in against Clippers guard
"Downstairs he was practicing some different dunks I thought he was going to do" in the contest, Robinson said. "But I guess they were just for warmups."
Meanwhile, Boston veteran
"I said throughout my career, I've always been known as a pure scorer," Pierce said. "If I just sat outside and shots 3s, and just really focused on that ... I would be probably more known as one of the great shooters in NBA history."
Phoenix point guard
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