Dunk Contests can transform from spectacle to disappointment in a variety of ways. Back in February, The Point Forward ran down the five worst NBA Slam Dunk Contests in history: 1997 lacked drama, 2010 was unoriginal, 2004 had a convoluted and disappointing ending, 1996 got repetitive and 2005 was totally derailed by Chris "The Birdman" Andersen. As bad as those contests were, and many of them were borderline unwatchable, at least they didn't possess a serious possibility of injury for contestant and props alike.
Enter Suns guard Shannon Brown, who recently found himself in a Dunk Contest in Latvia. Brown, a 2010 Dunk Contest participant, attempted to bring his high-flying act to the Northern European nation, only for things to go awry. As seen in the video above, Brown sets up, by instructing three fans to lay in the paint side-by-side. He then begins running from behind halfcourt, preparing to leap over the trio, but stutter-steps as he approaches the three-point line, dropping momentum. Bad quickly turns to worse when Brown completely slips while trying to plant off of his left foot: His momentum carries him over the fans, face-up, and he appears to clip at least one of them with his foot before he ultimately crashes to the court on his back, underneath the hoop. Pain.
A baseline angle of the mess is below. Video via YouTube user MissDzhii.
After a much-ballyhooed "Let Shannon Dunk" campaign in advance of the 2010 contest, the then-Lakers guard totally fizzled, failing to advance out of the first round after a simple switch-hand slam and a straightforward left-handed alley-oop finish. Video via YouTube user PPTheZodiac.
At the time, it seemed clear to all that Brown couldn't have bombed any worse. Now we know, officially, that we were mistaken.
Brown, 27, averaged 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Suns last season. He is set to enter the final year of his current contract in 2013-14.