When it comes to NBA All-Star Weekend, the slam dunk contest is often the most exciting event. There’s a good chance the case will be the same this year with four exciting young players competing against each other. NBA All-Star Saturday Night begins at 8 p.m. EST from Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest—the night’s third and final event—will probably start sometime between 9:30 and 10 p.m. EST on TNT. Dennis Smith Jr., Larry Nance Jr., Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell are the participants. There are different reasons to be excited about each contestant. Mitchell might be the current Rookie of the Year, and Oladipo has the inside track to win the 2018 Most Improved Player award. Smith might be the best athlete of the 2017 draft class, and Nance arguably has more impressive in-game dunks than anyone in the contest. If experience counts for anything, Oladipo might have the edge. He was in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, though he came up … [Read more...] about NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2018: Start Time, Participants, Prediction For All-Star Event
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When former Estero High guard Chuck Millan and Cape Coral High basketball standout Tim Lowe used to hone their slam dunk craft on courts and blacktops throughout Southwest Florida, neither one envisioned the path Millan would take.They were YouTube pioneers, and in the early days of the website in the mid-2000s, they would film dunks and post them as soon as possible, looking to maximize their views. They founded Team Flight Brothers, a traveling troupe of slam dunkers that would perform in Fort Myers during the City of Palms Classic and across the country during halftime of college games.This weekend, Millan, 34, will be reaching a career pinnacle.At 8 p.m. Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Millan will be watching the four NBA All-Star game slam dunk contestants with more interest than other viewers. That’s because he will be there working as their coach.Millan, who tutored Glenn Robinson Jr., the winner of the 2017 slam dunk contest, was asked by the NBA to coach … [Read more...] about Estero High grad Chuck Millan hired by NBA to coach their slam dunk contestants
Some of the NBA’s most exciting players will compete in the biggest competitions on All-Star Weekend 2018. A perennial All-Star is favored to win the three-point contest, while a rookie has the best odds to be crowned this year’s slam dunk champion. It’s no surprise that Klay Thompson is the top pick in the three-point shooting competition, and his odds are twice as good as defending champion Eric Gordon’s odds. The choice for who might win the slam dunk contest isn’t as clear with Dennis Smith Jr. having only slightly better odds than Donovan Mitchell. Only two of the eight three-point contestants have better than 5/1 odds. All four slam dunk contestants have better than 5/1 odds. #NBAAllStar 3-Point Contest Odds:https://t.co/HV19wVC4P2 — OddsShark (@OddsShark) February 12, 2018 #NBAAllStar Slam Dunk Contest Odds:@Dennis1SmithJr)@spidadmitchell)@Larrydn22)@VicOladipo) https://t.co/PCqty7gx7j — OddsShark (@OddsShark) February … [Read more...] about NBA All-Star 2018 Odds: Who’ll Win The Slam Dunk, Three-Point Contests?
1 of 13 View 13 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Related Links Legend of Jazz great ‘Pistol Pete’ Maravich lives through Steph Curry, current NBA guards Morning links: Donovan Mitchell was at LeBron James' 'Decision;' John Stockton spotted in Provo NEW ORLEANS — As the Utah Jazz wrapped up shootaround at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Monday morning, the news broke of Aaron Gordon withdrawing from the NBA Slam Dunk contest due to a strained left hip flexor. All eyes then turned to Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell. Would he be open to do it? “Hopefully, I get invited,” Mitchell said smirking. “I’d be excited. Like I said before, I would love to do it.” Then moments later, as he … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell to replace Aaron Gordon in dunk contest: ‘I got a couple ideas’
Victor Oladipo will compete in the 2018 Slam Dunk contest, aiming to defending Glenn Robinson III's title. He'll be the 10th Pacers player to throw down with hopes of hoisting a trophy.Oladipo will take on Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz.Here's a quick look at past performances by Pacers, including former winners Fred Jones, Darnell Hillman and, of course, Robinson:Glenn Robinson III (2017)The defending champ.Robinson stole the show last season when he jumped over three humans and had to duck to miss the rim before completing a reverse dunk. The perfect 50 earned him the trophy over Derrick Jones Jr., then of the Phoenix Suns.“This is just the beginning for me,” Robinson said then.He suffered a broken ankle early this season and has since endured hundreds of hours of rehab. He'll be back with the Pacers soon, but his ankle wasn't ready for this year's dunk … [Read more...] about Can Victor Oladipo top 10 former Pacers who threw down in the slam dunk contest?
By Bill Oram | [email protected] | Orange County Register February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm NEW YORK — Larry Nance Jr. spent more than a week denying that he had been selected to participate in the slam dunk contest when the All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities descend upon Los Angeles later this month. On Friday, it became official: Nance will follow in the footsteps of his father, 1984 slam dunk champion Larry Nance Sr., and participate in the marquee event. A third-year Lakers forward, it is a long-awaited opportunity for Nance, who was injured his first two seasons when invitations were extended. When a report circulated last week that Nance had been selected to the contest, he tweeted, “Don’t fall for #FakeNews …” Joining Nance in the Feb. 17 field will be Indiana All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and 2016 runner-up Aaron Gordon. Larry Nance Sr. won the inaugural dunk contest at the All-Star Game in Denver, beating … [Read more...] about Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. will follow in dad’s footsteps, earns long-awaited invite to dunk contest
1 of 5 View 5 Items Adam Fondren, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts to dunk over New Orleans Pelicans guard Tony Allen (24) as Utah hosts New Orleans at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Time and time again, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has stated the he wouldn’t get caught up in being an NBA All-Star 2018 participant. If it happens, it happens, if not, so what. Although the league has yet to officially announce the players competing in this year’s slam dunk contest, Mitchell said he hasn’t received an invite. “I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be in it. It’s alright that I’m not,” Mitchell said during Wednesday’s shootaround in Michigan. “I’m not really complaining about it but it would’ve been cool. It would’ve been a great experience but hopefully just being a part of that … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell hasn’t received Slam Dunk Contest invite: ‘I had a feeling’
1 of 6 View 6 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Related Links Utah Jazz’s dreams of winning on MLK Day get spoiled by Indiana Pacers Rodney Hood plays through boos from Utah Jazz fans: ‘I feed off of it’ Al Jefferson still carries winning experiences from Utah in veteran career SALT LAKE CITY — Glen Robinson III chilled courtside, watching his Indiana Pacers teammates participate in pregame warmups ahead of the Utah Jazz game Monday. The 24-year-old, Gary, Indiana native inches closer to returning from left ankle surgery, but for now he can only enjoy the action from the sidelines. As NBA All-Star weekend approaches Feb. 16-18, the reigning slam dunk champion won’t be back in time to defend his crown but would like to see Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell … [Read more...] about Donovan Mitchell gets endorsement from reigning NBA dunk contest champ
CHICAGO (AP) — For the NBA, Chicago was a slam dunk to host the 2020 All-Star game.The city will host the showcase event for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the foul line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game.Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bulls executives Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson were on hand Friday for the announcement on the United Center floor.Silver said Chicago faced "a lot of competition" to bring it back and the city's plan put it "over the top."Renovations in and around the arena, a new 10,000-seat facility on the Near South Side and Emanuel's desire helped bring in this one. So did a change of heart by the Bulls.For years, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf opposed hosting the game because of concerns about displacing season ticketholders. But with son Michael — the president and chief operating officer — assuming more authority and grandson Joey in favor, he relented."We've been … [Read more...] about For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities
By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The rising popularity of New Zealand's Labour Party in hotly contested elections is making it less likely that the nationalist New Zealand First Party will play kingmaker, poll averages released on Friday show. The uncertainty over which combination of parties will decide the next government is worsening an already topsy-turvy election, previously seen as a slam dunk for the center-right National Party, which has ruled for almost a decade. Since taking over as leader last month, charismatic politician Jacinda Ardern has almost single-handedly changed the chances of her Labour Party at the Sept. 23 election. "When I go out and knock on doors...there is a feeling for change, there is," Marama Fox, a leader of the Māori Party, said at a televised debate between leaders of smaller parties, referring to Labour's newfound popularity. Fox's party, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous New Zealanders, could play a crucial … [Read more...] about Minor New Zealand parties in focus as hotly contested election gets tighter