Wednesday, February 7, 2007

We Don't Want You Either, Tyrus

The 2007 Slam Dunk contest lineup was announced Monday. Reigning champ Nate Robinson will defend his title. No word on if he is in the block contest too.

Competing with Nate Robinson this year is Gerald Green, who can throw down, and two head scratchers. Dwight Howard, the 6-11 Orlando Magic All-Star center, and 6-9 Chicago Bulls Power Forward Tyrus Thomas. Both men can jump, but they're not dunkers. The only big man to ever win the dunk contest was Larry Nance, who pulled it off by dunking two balls at the same time.

To add to my dismay with this lineup, Tyrus Thomas was nonchalant about being selected, saying "I'm just into free money. That's it." If Tyrus is only in it for free money, why not give that free money to somebody else.

Instead of somebody who doesn't care, the NBA should select a player who would put on a show and do something we haven't seen before and may not see again. That somebody is James White. If Commissioner David Stern can switch balls mid season, I know he can replace Thomas with Flight 75.

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