An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Linsanity to take over Slam Dunk contest . . . sort of
Also making a cameo? Linsanity.
The Daily News writes that Lin will be participating in one event during All-Star Weekend: the Haier Shooting Stars competition. However, speculation that he would be playing in the BBVA Rising Stars Competition was shot down when David Stern told USA Today that Lin wouldn't be added to the field.
The four first-time participants in the Slam Dunk field will be a part of a new format. According to Stein, there will be one round where each players gets three dunks; the winner, according to the NBA, will then be decided by a Twitter fan vote.
Both Shumpert and Budinger have participated in dunk contests before. In 2008, Shumpert won the Jordan Brand Dunk Contest as part of a field that included Brandon Jennings and Devin Ebanks. Highlights from the contest:
And in 2006, Budinger was the runner-up in the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest behind Gerald Henderson, seen here:
In the interest of fairness, here's a super-slow-mo jam by Williams:
And a ridiculous double-pump reverse by George: