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Linsanity to take over Slam Dunk contest . . . sort of

Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks grabs

Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks grabs a loose ball against the Utah Jazz. (Feb. 6, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Knicks' Iman Shumpert, Minnesota's Derrick Williams, Indiana's Paul George and Houston's Chase Budinger will be the year's four participants in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Also making a cameo? Linsanity.

No, Jeremy Lin won't be dunking. But ESPN's Marc Stein writes that he'll be a part of Shumpert's routine.

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.

Blake Griffin won the competition last year with these dunks.

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:


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