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Raw Thoughts: Slam Dunk Contest

"I did four straight 50s -- five straight 50s — That's over. It's a wrap. Let's go home. Four 50s in a row in an NBA dunk contest, it's over. But I don't know. Who's running the show?" That’s what Aaron Gordon had to say after being robbed of his second NBA Slam Dunk Contest trophy. Yea, I said he was robbed.

The first robbery happened in 2016. Aaron Gordon was competing with Zach Lavine in the championship round of the contest. Don’t get me wrong, Zach had some pretty great dunks, but Aaron dunked over his team’s mascot while it was spinning around on a hoverboard. You’d think that would secure the win, right? Not at all. Somehow, Zach Lavine came out on top. I’ve never disliked Shaq as much as I did in that moment. I still blame him for that one, but I digress.

Last night’s dunk contest was definitely one for the books, but the outcome overshadows the greatness that was displayed by all of the participants. The contest turned into a full on, guns drawn shootout between Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. Jones’ dunks were great and he displayed pure athleticism. Watching his dunks in slow motion is a thing of beauty, but Aaron Gordon is simply a freak of nature. I can’t name many athletes who would even attempt to dunk over Tacko Fall, who is over seven feet tall, and for AG to pull it off is incredible. Aaron deserved that trophy. That’s just that.

I can (kind of) understand how some people can say that Derrick Jones Jr deserved that trophy. He’s a fierce competitor and all, but his comments after the contest have deterred me from giving him a lot of credit. He said that he’s the “best dunker in the world” and that doesn’t sit right with me at all.

The reactions from other basketball players and sports fans proves that everyone knows that AG was robbed twice. I don’t blame him for not wanting to compete any more because those judges completely disrespected him. I’d like to see Dwayne Wade, Chadwick Boseman or Scottie Pippen do what Aaron did since they’re the ones who deprived him of his trophy.

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