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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dwight Howard is Superman

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It's a shame that the NBA waited until so late in the evening to hold the Slam Dunk contest, but it was a good show. Howard was superlative, but the dunk I liked best was the "birthday cake" dunk that the Timberwolves' Gerald Green (last year's winner) pulled off in the first round. Green had teammate Rashard McCants put a cupcake with a candle in it on the neck of the rim, and then McCants lit the candle. McCants bounced the ball on the floor, Green zoomed in under it, grabbed the ball with one hand, blew out the candle and then slammed the ball home. The slow-motion replay highlighted Green's artistry and creativity, and while the judges didn't give him a perfect score, the TV commentators were amazed. My guess is that Green has a job waiting for him on the Food Network after he leaves the NBA.

Good fun last night.

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