FS: What do you remember most about that night? Wilkins: “It was hot. It was hot in that building. It was standing room only! It was standing room only. I knew it was going to be a show. I knew it was going to come down to me and Michael before the contest. It was just his weekend. It came down to being probably the most epic ever.” FS: A lot of people think you should have won. Wilkins: “Probably. [Laughs] You know, I hear that every day. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about that dunk contest at least once. It’s amazing. You’re talking 25, 27 years later and we’re still talking about it. It was just a lot of fun for us.”
Before Jordan competes in his first All-Star Game Sunday night, he’ll take part for the first time in Saturday’s Verizon Slam Dunk contest, joining Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, Phoenix’s Derrick Jones Jr. and Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III at the Smoothie King Center. “As you get older, now having an opportunity to do it, I think it’s really special,” Jordan said. “I’m excited about it.”
Nick Young will become the third Lakers player to participate in the event after Byron Scott (1987, 1988) and Michael Cooper (1987). Young didn’t miss an opportunity to take a jab at the former Lakers coach, who he frequently clashed with over playing time and public criticisms. “I might pick Cooper’s brain,” Young said of his contest preparation. “But I don’t know if Byron would tell me the right thing to do.”
DeAndre Jordan considers the showcase event more stressful than appearing in his first NBA All-Star game, which he’ll do Sunday as a Western Conference reserve. “I just think the worst,” Jordan said on Friday. “Getting hung out there, my shorts falling down, trying to do a dunk 20 times. I don’t want the crowd giving me a pity cheer.”
Jordan recalled trying to dunk a lob from teammate Chris Paul that got stuck on the rim in a game against Boston during the 2013-14 season. Jordan also reported feeling uneasy when teammate Blake Griffin informed him of his plans to leap over a car for the 2011 contest at Staples Center. “This could go either this way or some people could get fired,” Jordan remembers thinking.
Austin Anderson: I have to ask. Did you choose not to play in the 3-point contest? Or were you not selected? - Joe Ingles: They never asked me!
Mark Medina: DeAndre Jordan said he tried 70 different dunk combinations yesterday. He said none of them involved Blake or a car pic.twitter.com/LjP7sIXhDY
Eric Smith: crowd around Aaron Gordon. said last yr's dunk comp ranks up there w/ @Vince Carter's. told me new teammate Terrence Ross is ORL's best dunker pic.twitter.com/92nZje7vBA
Ben Golliver: Aaron Gordon teases his Dunk Contest show: "I'm looking to one-up myself. I'm not looking to play it safe. I want to do '10 on 10s.'" pic.twitter.com/GfS3lRRDs5
The NBA announced today that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been selected to replace injured Joel Embiid in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans during NBA All-Star 2017. Jokić, 21, has appeared in 48 games (34 starts) for Denver this season, averaging 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 26.8 minutes per game, making him one of just five players to average 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season (Antetokounmpo, Cousins, Griffin, Westbrook,). Among second year players, Jokić ranks second in rebounding, third in assists and fourth in scoring. He also ranks fourth in the NBA among all centers in assists per game and has registered at least five helpers in 19 games.
Royce Young: Alex Abrines will replace Joel Embiid on the World Team for the Rising Stars game on Friday.
Q: Is part of you a little disappointed Steph won't be back in the Three-Point Contest to try and take your crown from you? Klay Thompson: I wish he was there, but I'm not disappointed. I know he's done it a lot. He needs his rest, man. ... We want him fresh come May and June. I'm not too hurt he's not doing it. It makes my life a little bit easier, get that crown again. The fans want to see it, but I mean, (I'll do it) at least one or two more times before my career's over.
Bill Herenda: “That’s one of my goals” - DeMarcusCousins on joining #AllStar 3-point shooting contest on @GottliebShow #Kings
Oliver Maroney: According to a source, the NBA is putting in calls to find potential replacement for Aaron Gordon if he cannot go.
Aaron Gordon’s right-foot bone bruise will prevent him from playing tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers and could force him to withdraw from the All-Star dunk contest on Feb. 18 if the injury doesn’t heal as quickly as Gordon and team officials hope it will heal. Asked if he’s concerned that the bone bruise will keep him out of the dunk contest, Gordon answered, “Maybe. I’m not sure. It’s day-to-day. If I can get back and play one of these games before the All-Star break, I’ll probably go ahead and just do the dunk contest, too.”
Cuban has been chosen to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in New Orleans. Cuban will be on a team that includes WNBA player Candace Parker, singer Master P, recording artist Andy Grammer and celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez.
Chris Haynes: Orlando forward Aaron Gordon (bone bruise in foot) still committed to Dunk Contest but to know definitively by week's end, source told ESPN.
Hassan Whiteside: Name a starting PG shooting a better % from 3 this season than @Goran_Dragic 🤔 put him in the 3 point contest 👀 he had 7-9 from 3 tonight!
When the season began, Kristaps Porzingis hoped to complete the All-Star weekend triple crown — the Rookie-Sophomore game, the Skills Challenge and the main event. He will have to settle for two of the three after being passed over for the All-Star Game. Nevertheless, Porzingis said he is “excited” about being one of the eight guys named to the Skills competition, which will take place during the Saturday night festivities Feb. 18 in New Orleans. “Big guy like me — 7-3 — participating in the skills challenge, it should be fun,” Porzingis said Saturday before his foul-plagued performance in the Knicks’ 111-104 loss to the Cavaliers in which he scored just nine points and finished with more personal fouls than field goals. “I believe [I can win it]. I think I have a shot.”
LeBron James, an exalted high flyer, has teased fans in the past with the possibility of participating in the Slam Dunk contest. He even expressed some regret about not being involved in 2015. But he's never participated. And this year won't be a first. "I had opportunities," James said Friday, one day after the participants were officially announced. "I just didn't do it for my own reasons."
Love, who won the event while with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012, turned down the opportunity in part because of his sore lower back. "Maybe it was the last straw," Love said. "I thought Kyrie and (Kyle) Lowry and Klay Thompson and Steph (Curry), all those guys were in it, so I thought maybe I'll be the lone big guy, but it was tough to say no. I know a lot of people at the league, a lot of people I'd been talking back and forth with. I had a good laugh with about it, but, I'll never say never in terms of going back and competing in it."
Bradley Beal rejected an invitation from the league when he didn't make the cut as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, the shooting guard told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday. "I feel like if I'm going to be part of the weekend, I want to be an All-Star," said Beal who is averaging a career-high 22 points and shooting 39% from three-point range.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Golden State All-Star Stephen Curry won't participate in 3-point contest at All-Star weekend. Toronto's Kyle Lowry is in.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has committed to the NBA Skills Competition at All-Star weekend.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will defend his championship and compete in the NBA 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans on Feb. 18, league sources informed ESPN. His backcourt teammate and 2015 long-distance champ Stephen Curry received an invite from the league, but sources tell ESPN the two-time MVP is still mulling it over.
Lately, Nick Young has been excited about something else. He likes his chances of being asked to compete in the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest during NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 18 in New Orleans. “Start my campaign for me,” Young said.
Will this prompt Young to hunt for more shots during upcoming games? “I’m not trying to focus on that,” he said, though he acknowledged he has a strategy if the NBA selects him to compete. “For the money ball, I’ll leave it for the top of the key or the last rack,” Young said. “The time might mess me up, so I might save it for the middle rack.”
If the NBA has its way, they could see Jordan in the dunk contest for the first time, as well. “I’m interested,” Jordan said. “They’ve reached out to me about it. I have yet to say anything, because I’m trying to negotiate something with them right now.”
Jordan couldn’t help but offer a humorous explanation, squirming out of answering firmly whether or not he’ll be participating in this year’s dunk contest. “Like, if I do the dunk contest, then they got to let me do the 3-point competition, something like that – or the skills challenge,” Jordan said. “It’s crazy, because they don’t know, like, I’m a pretty good passer. I got dimes. I’m pretty sure I could make that layup. I don’t know about that free-throw you got to shoot.”
Candace Buckner: #Wizards point guard John Wall, former Slam Dunk champ, will participate in the 2017 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, The Post has learned.
Damian Lillard may not be able to represent the Portland Trail Blazers in the All-Star Game, but Portland will have at least one representative in New Orleans for All-Star weekend as his backcourt mate C.J. McCollum will compete again in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. "I will [compete],'' McCollum said at practice on Saturday. "At first, I was against it, I didn't really want to go but seeing as how I performed last year, and my girl can't go on vacation because she has a test on Monday, it kind of changed my view on it.''
A shrug of the shoulders. That’s how Aaron Gordon reacted when he was asked Friday about Zach LaVine’s decision not to participate in the 2017 All-Star dunk contest. “No reaction,” Gordon said. “I don’t doubt that Zach will be in the dunk contest in the future.” Last February in Toronto, Gordon and LaVine staged one of the most epic duels in the contest’s history. After two tiebreakers, LaVine was crowned the winner in a controversial decision by the judges — a decision so controversial that Indiana Pacers’ superstar Paul George has said Gordon was “robbed.”
Gary Washburn: Aaron Gordon said he's still undecided about entering the Slam Dunk Contest. Said he's focused on improving #Magic.
Oliver Maroney: Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr. will accept an invitation and participate in the Slam Dunk contest, sources tell me.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum will participate in NBA 3-Point Contest, league sources tell ESPN. Shooting 42 percent from deep.
Jazz wing Joe Ingles did not get an invitation to the 3-point shooting contest despite ranking second in the league in long-range percentage.
Adam Zagoria: Former UNLV guard Derrick Jones of the Suns is leaning toward participating in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, per source. Fun to watch.
Jamal Murray: Honored to represent Canada on Team World with my bros @JokicNikola15 and @emmanuelmudiay in the #BBVARisingStars Challenge!
Michael Scotto: Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine won't compete in the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, sources told Basketball Insiders.
Alex Kennedy: Aaron Gordon recently told me he is undecided. We'll see how this impacts his decision. twitter.com/mikeascotto/st…
Chris Haynes: Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will compete in 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Runner-up last year.
Chris Haynes: Phoenix Suns high-flying rookie Derrick Jones received an invitation to enter Slam Dunk Contest, league sources tell ESPN. He's considering.
High-flying Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., the son of the league's first dunk champion, will not be competing at the dunk contest during the Feb. 17-19 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, according to a league source. Nance Jr., who has been vocal about his excitement to participate, received an invite earlier this season, the source said, but Nance's plans were interrupted by a bone bruise in his left knee, which sidelined him for 16 games in December and January.
Oliver Maroney: Orlando's Aaron Gordon is "planning" to participate in the Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Weekend, league sources tell me.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana's Glenn Robinson III (@Glenn Robinson III) will participate in the Slam Dunk contest on All-Star weekend, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Chris Haynes: Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) in a statement to ESPN says he will not compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Nance, whose father, Larry Sr., won the inaugural slam dunk contest in 1984, has been itching to make an appearance. However, he is expected to play Sunday for the first time since since Dec. 20 after missing 16 games with a bone bruise in his left knee. Last season, he missed 10 games in January and February with a sore right knee. “The timing of it is obviously not ideal,” Nance said. “The same thing kind of happened last year, I don’t even know if I have that much time to prepare, I don’t even know if the other guys have accepted. But I’m kind of sitting, waiting on it, but I think this year might be out of the cards.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown said still hasn't made decision on Slam Dunk contest. Said yesterday probably would need to this weekend.
Aaron Falk: I've been told that the Jazz have spoken to the NBA in an effort to secure an invite to the 3-point shootout for Joe Ingles
Before practice Friday morning, Jaylen Brown said he plans to make up his mind sometime this weekend. Believe it or not, he's actually concerned about the impact the dunk contest would have on his body. "I'm not really worried about anybody (else who might be in the contest) or anything," Brown said. "I think I have a lot to offer. It's just with your rookie year, your body and everything, it's just a lot. It may seem foolish, all those dunks and stuff, they look cool, but it takes a toll on your body for sure. And I want to put myself in the best position to help this team. The dunk contest -- it may or may not take from it, but I don't think it's good or bad. It's just something you've got to decide about."
Brown does plan to play in the Rising Stars Challenge if invited. "I'll go to that," he said. "I think that's the first day (of All-Star weekend). I'll probably be in the gym over the break too, just trying to get prepared. I'm sure a lot of people take time off, which is good. I may take a day or two off, but I'll want to get on the court and work on some stuff too."
Scott Souza: #Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown said he's been asked to do Dunk contest, not sure whether to accept.
Jabari Young: Meanwhile, source tells me #NBA plans to invite Jonathon Simmons to participate in the Slam Dunk contest #Spurs. Simmons would be a great power dunker in the Dunk contest.. would be a solid invite #NBA #Spurs pic.twitter.com/4QjkKDEbwA
So how many Rockets will participate in All Star Weekend? "Two for sure," James Harden said. Harden named himself and Eric Gordon who should play in the All Star game in New Orleans next month. He also named Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker for the Rookie/Sophomore game, Pat Beverley in Skills Competition and Ryan Anderson and Gordon in the three-point contest.
What about Harden in the three-point contest? "I can be in the three-point contest," he said. "We got so many guys who can participate in All Star weekend."
By comparison, Vince Carter also reportedly had a 43-inch vertical. That probably means the 6-foot-4 Johnson would do pretty well in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. But the 24-year-old Johnson isn’t so sure. “I’ll go and have great courtside seats to go see Zach [LaVine] and Aaron [Gordon] do their thing,” Johnson said when asked when he’s going to be part of the slam dunk contest. “Like if you want to vote me in there and I’ll go do two, three dunks, they’ll say ‘Yeah, I didn’t know he could dunk like that.’ I’ll say, ‘Cool,’ and then sit back and watch.”
After the two highest-flying Celtics chatted about the dunk contest Wednesday, Isaiah Thomas got "kind of excited," according to Brown, and tweeted that he wants to see Brown in the event. "I don't know, man," Brown said Thursday before a shootaround in Cleveland. "I haven't really thought about it. He's putting a little bit pressure on me, Isaiah. I don't know, man."
Green also thinks his younger teammate should enter the dunk contest. "Of course, it's always good for exposure," Green said. "It will be good to show the world his athleticism. A guy like Jaylen, man, anything for him to get exposed is pretty good, man. And it's his rookie year so I think your rookie year, you get to kind of go out there and have fun, experience it, and then later on in your years you can just focus on things you need to focus on to get better as a player."
"Gerald, he said he's got some ideas for me," Brown said. "So we've got some time. We'll think about it, I guess. I've been in some but this is the NBA dunk contest. It's different. I've got some stuff but I've got to figure it out," Brown added. "It's all about preparation. If I put the game plan together I probably could do it, but at this point I don't know yet."
August 3, 2021 | 2:33 am EDT Update
Casey Holdahl: USA 95, Spain 81: FINAL. 11 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds for @Damian Lillard. USA now moves on to play the winner of Australia vs. Argentina in a semifinal game that will air at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
August 3, 2021 | 1:24 am EDT Update
Jordan Schultz: DeMar DeRozan update: Both the #Clippers and #Spurs remain interested in signing him, per league sources. San Antonio, I’m told, would like him back but isn’t willing to go above market value.
Sean Cunningham: Kyle Guy, who was with the Kings until entering free agency, is on the summer league squad for the Golden State Warriors beginning with the California Classic, which tips off Tuesday at Golden 1 Center
August 3, 2021 | 12:49 am EDT Update
Jake Fischer: Spencer Dinwiddie is nearing an agreement with the Washington Wizards that will pay roughly $60 million over three years, per league sources. Talks are still ongoing in their Los Angeles meeting.