“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey
I started loving the game as a kid growing up here in Seattle, Washington. Going to Seattle Sonics games and watching NBA games on TV and going to the store and buying basketball magazines. Cutting out pics and putting them on my wall wishing I could be like them when I get older.
My basketball game got better after being cut every year at Roosevelt High and Shoreline C.C. I kept playing everyday at the playground and at local gyms. Working on my shot. I became a very good shooter. Had a rep as a good shooter in the community here in Seattle. It is what I hate about getting older and the loss of my right lung due to pneumonia. Cannot play the game of basketball like I did before. I have dreams about hoopin!
So again I just love the game. I look forward to the NBA season every year. When the season ends I am depressed as a sports fan. Thank god for NBA TV! And I look forward to the NBA All Star Game every year. The three point contest and Skills Challenge and of the course the dunk contest.
Last year the dunk contest was great Levine from here in the Seattle area winning. This year the dunk contest and the whole weekend was a disappointment in my opinion. Really no excitement. Glenn Robinson III dunk was a really really good but it did not make up for my disappointment. Something needs to be done to make the dunk contest better.
How about the players in the dunk contest represent a charity? Hell, do these multi millionaires need the dollars they get they obtain from being in the dunk contest? HELL NO!! Also some of the “stars” of the NBA need to be in the dunk contest!!
Instead of guys like Derrick Jones Jr. who no has heard of and a cat who has played a few minutes in the NBA!! Come on give me a break!! Lebron James never entered the dunk contest. Dr. J did, Kobe did, “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkens did, my good friend and Seattle area resident Shawn Kemp did and others took part.
Next year how about John Wall or one of the young Lakers enter? How about Russell Westbrook being in the dunk contest? How about Gordon Haywood or Damian Lillard? This is what needs to happen to make the dunk contest great again. The commissioner Adam Silver should try to make this happen.
I want to see a exciting NBA All Star weekend. Including the game. This year’s game featured absolutely ZERO defense and I mean ZERO readers!! The players were not giving one ounce of effort to playing anything near D. There were 75 dunks for goodness sakes!! I know Dr. J sitting at court side liked all the dunks but how about another Seattle area resident the great Bill Russell who by the way recently celebrated his 83rd birthday. Do you think he enjoyed seeing the young fellas playing ZERO D while he sitting courtside? I do not think so.
Yes the ratings were good but as a NBA fan I want to see a exciting NBA All Star game and Dunk Contest. Hope next year changes will be in effect to make it exciting all of the NBA junkies like me.