The 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest in Dallas didn’t quite live up to the hype, but there was history made Saturday night as Nate Robinson became the first three-time dunk champion.
Robinson, the defending champion, didn’t have to bring his “A” game because the competition failed miserably. Shakira and Alicia Keys had better performances than the slam dunk competitors. Nate “The Great” outlasted rookie DeMar DeRozan in the finals to claim his third dunk trophy. DeRozan had one real good dunk, but seem to run out of ideas once he got to the finals.
Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace, two guys who were thought to be contenders, both fizzled in the first round and their vanilla dunks didn’t impress the judges. I think Brown and Wallace were saving their best dunks in the finals. The problem was, they didn’t make it past the first round.
For highlights of the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, click on the video link courtesy of NBA.com: