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Dunking authority Darryl Dawkins picks Nets' Plumlee to win contest

Darryl Dawkins attends the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity

Darryl Dawkins attends the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at George R. Brown Convention Center on Feb. 15, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

The man known for shattering backboards thinks the idea of a New York City-based NBA All-Star Game is a slam dunk.

Darryl Dawkins, the former Nets center whose thunderous dunks caused the NBA to change its rules, lauded the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend, which will be split between Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden.

"I think it's unbelievable," Dawkins said Tuesday after taking part in various activities at NBA House, a weeklong fanfest at Moynihan Station in Manhattan. "Knicks and Nets, sharing the game . . . I'm enjoying it."

The All-Star Game will be held Sunday at the Garden, while the Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday will be at Barclays.

"It proves that New York can support two teams," said Dawkins, who played 14 years in the NBA. "So why not have it at two [arenas]?"

One of the events that will be held on All-Star Saturday: the Slam Dunk Contest. There was no dunk contest during Dawkins' heyday, but it may have been for the best -- Dawkins twice broke the backboard during the 1979 season, forcing the NBA to make future broken backboards a finable offense (and eventually adopt breakaway rims a few years later).

So who does Dawkins have to win this year's Slam Dunk competition?

"I'm taking [Nets center] Mason Plumlee," Dawkins said. "He'll get it done . . . I always go for the underdog, so I'm gonna root for him this year."

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