Paul George, one of the four players to take part in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest last weekend, says the competition is a “joke,” according to the Indianapolis Star.
“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke,” George said. “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.”
George told the paper that the one-time can’t miss contest has lost its luster after the league took away actual judges and put the vote into the hands of the fans at home. He also believes that the contest would be revitalized if the league’s stars chose to partake.
“You have to have the faces of the league come back and get involved in it,” George said. “That’s what really made it big back in the day when you had Jordan and Dominique going at it. That was the All Stars and the guys that were the men in the league. That’s what fans want to see.”
George lost the contest to Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz. George’s most memorable dunk came when he slammed it in over 7-2 center Roy Hibbert.