Nate's dunk and judges' decision raise eyebrows
It's been a couple of days, but people are still talking about it. "It" is the NBA's All-Star Saturday. A big guy won the 3-point shootout. A little guy won the slam dunk contest.
The honors go to 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas for winning the 3-point shooting contest - and to New York Knicks rookie Nate Robinson, who, at 5-foot-9, became the NBA's new jam king. Robinson's performance - and the decision by the judges - forced the crowd to its feet.
Robinson beat out 6-foot-6 Andre Iguodala of Philadelphia, 6-9 Hakim Warrick of Memphis and 6-9 defending champ Josh Smith of Atlanta, conjuring up memories of Spud Webb. Robinson then dunked over the smallest slam champ in NBA history. Some call it skill; others call it theatrics. The story of the dunk contest, however, was the Iguodala/Robinson showdown, in which Robinson missed more than 20 total dunks and still won.
Copyblogger Brian Clark weighs in with an interesting perspective on the big event. Check out his post, The Definition of Irony.
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