Posted by: Jaron on February 28th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Allow me to place the emphasis on LOSER.
*disclaimer: This isn’t first-hand Jazz related, but he is indirectly insulting Jeremy Evans, and I feel the need to defend one of our favorite Jazz players, who on Saturday night won the NBA dunk contest. He is the first player who ever won it while on the Jazz roster, I’ve waited for years for a Jazz player to even participate, let alone win the dunk contest, and to me, this is a big deal.
This is what Paul “the third or fourth time’s a charm” George was quoted as saying in an article I read today.
“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke, I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people”
Wow Paul, talk about disproving the idea that grown men don’t cry. Maybe Jeremy Evans should have done a 360 in the dark with glow in the dark duct tape all over his jersey, or maybe he should have played leapfrog with Gordon Hayward, instead of jumping clean over him seated on a tall stool while catching a double alley-oop and slamming it down on his second try. Or maybe he should have taken four or five tries on two out of his three dunks like you.
Allow me to further rip on this pathetic whiner. If it was an issue of “whoever had the biggest celebrity involved” winning the contest, then Chase Budinger would have won, I am pretty P Diddy is worlds more famous than Kevin Hart. I didn’t even know who Kevin Hart was before this year’s dunk contest. (I had seen him but didn’t know his name)
Breaking down his three dunks: Jumping over Roy Hibbert seemed very impressive, at first glance, only when you watch again you realize he used his hand to propel him over the top. To put this in perspective, Vince Carter jumped over a guy the same size, IN A GAME. While Carter also put his hand on the Russian’s head, he was already clearing him, if you watch Paul George’s attempt, he clearly springboards off of Hibbert’s left shoulder, in order to propel himself up and over to the rim. Vince Carter’s dunk is the best of all time in my opinion, because it was in a game.
Springboarding is nothing impressive. I am 5′7″. In high school I was probably 5′4,” and in my junior year, I springboarded my Samoan friend, who is 6′8″ and 360 pounds. Granted I did not throw down a dunk afterwards, but I did clear him, because I used my hands to springboard me over the top and it was a LOOONG way down after that. Paul George is at least 6′8″ with a much higher vertical jump than mine, making this dunk.. meh.
His second dunk was the most impressive in my opinion, doing it in the dark, however it was not near as impressive as Vince Carter’s version of the dunk years earlier, partly because no one could even see it, and partly because it did not seem near as powerful.
The third dunk was nice, too bad it took him four or five attempts, and he ran out of stickers making half of the dunk completely pointless.
If you made it this far, thank you for enduring my rant. The things he said made my blood boil and I needed to vent. I had no problem with Paul George before these comments, but it is just pathetic to me that a professional athlete is such a sore loser. The dunk contest may not have been the greatest ever, but Jeremy Evans won it fair and square with the most impressive dunk of the contest. Way to go Jeremy!
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