After spending last summer dunking over such noteworthy types as Blake Griffin and Shawn Kemp, Haneef "Young Hollywood" Munir found himself without an All-Star power forward to scale as he competed in the slam dunk contest at Los Angeles' vaunted Drew League this past weekend. Instead, the 5-foot-10 contest-dunking star used what ingredients he had available: noted unofficial Los Angeles Clippers mascot Clipper Darrell and a folding chair.
The over-the-top, through-the-legs throwdown won the contest for Munir, who faced some stiff competition from a number of extraordinarily athletic and exceptionally flashy dunkers, as detailed here:
Personally, I might have cast my ballot for Jonathan Clark — that split-legged reverse and the way-past-360-degree slam might have been my two favorites of the competition — but I guess when a competitor dunks over one special-guest judge, the others fall in line, lest they too become dunk props. A reasonable concession, you'd surely agree.
Please consider this is just the latest in a long line of reminders that what you need to have a very good and fun dunk contest are very good and fun dunkers doing very good and fun dunks ... and not an unnecessarily complicated format that results in an anticlimactic finish that confuses even the people calling the action on television. Just good, fun dunking. Doesn't seem like it's too much to ask for, right?
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