DeMar DeRozan is an incredible athlete. He laments the good old days when the slam dunk contest was all about dunks. via Associated Press
Asked Tuesday if he thinks he was robbed when he didn’t reach the final of the competition, DeRozan replied, “I think so.” Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers won by leaping over a car to edge Washington’s JaVale McGee in the last round.
“I’m a dunker. Dunk contests, you go out there and dunk. I’m not into all the props and everything,” DeRozan said at shootaround before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “I try to come out with a creative dunk and do it and go from there. My fans liked it and you can see the reaction from a lot of people afterward.
“If there’s a dunk contest next year I’ll do it. But not no prop dunk contest.”
Blake Griffin brought out a choir and a Kia. Serge Ibaka brought out cheerleaders waving congo flags and a cute Asian kid. Javale McGee brought out another basket. DeRozan just dunked.
Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. The crowd gets hype by all the theatrics on display. As much as purists hate the gimmicks, it’s here to stay. DeRozan should beat Griffin to the punch and jump over a boat.