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    Default Iman Shumpert WILL be in the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest!

    CREDIT: Marc Stein ESPN

    He won't be dunking, exactly, but [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] sensation [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has been invited to take part in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando.
    Sources with knowledge of the league's plans told ESPN.com that Knicks rookie [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- one of four dunk-contest entrants alongside [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] forward [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] swingman [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] rookie [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- will be enlisting Lin to "assist" him in a manner similar to the help 2011 champion [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] got from then-[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] teammate [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].



    Lin, a second-year point guard, has started six games and led the Knicks to seven straight wins. His strong performance the past two weeks has drawn international attention, including from President Barack Obama, and led to debate about whether he would be invited to participate in All-Star Weekend.
    The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the NBA is expected to make Lin part of the field for the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night, which would enable him to join Shumpert's dunk routine as well. NBA commissioner David Stern told USA Today earlier this week that Lin will not be a special late addition to the annual Rising Stars game featuring rookies and second-year players All-Star Weekend.
    Griffin is not defending his dunk title, but sources said that the annual dunk contest has a new format which will consist of only one round and in which the winner will be solely determined by fan vote.
    All four competitors in the 2012 dunk field are first-timers and will be formally announced later Thursday, sources said. Each entrant will get three dunks, with fan voting to open after the foursome completes their first dunks.
    When Griffin won on his home court at Staples Center last season -- most notably leaping over the hood of a car and slamming home a lob from Davis as the former Clipper peered out of the sun roof -- dunkers had to complete two rounds, with the first scored by a panel of courtside judges which determined the two finalists.
    Only fan voting will be utilized in the new format, via Twitter for the first time, in addition to online and text voting.




    Shump vs DWill in the finals

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    Not sure how I feel about the voting. On the plus side Kia can't buy the winner, but why let people vote with 67% of the competition left? I guess it could be worse, I don't see a name that's gonna get votes regardless of what they do.

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    I'm not surprise, this dude has some serious hops.

    imo, maybe it's just me...but the dunk contest isn't what it used to be.

    The creativity has been lacking. I'm still shaking my head at Griffins lame dunk over the hood of a small car (he should have done the cannonball one in his commercial).

    If they want to turn allstar break in to advertisement weekend...i'll pass until they get back to displaying unique skillz...something that will make me jump the **** out of my seat.

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    Damn this looks like it's gonna be the worst slam-dunk contest of all time. Just cancel it, no one cares.

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    Oh its going to suck but I like Iman there they snubbed him for the rookie sophmore game. He has been a consistent top 10 on the rookie ladder with a lot of time in the top 5 rookies. So there is nothing wrong with him getting some all star shine somehow.

    Also you know they have to get Lin involved in All Star weekend.

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    Originally Posted by Wargames
    Oh its going to suck but I like Iman there they snubbed him for the rookie sophmore game. He has been a consistent top 10 on the rookie ladder with a lot of time in the top 5 rookies. So there is nothing wrong with him getting some all star shine somehow.

    Also you know they have to get Lin involved in All Star weekend.
    Yea, but what does the NBA say to the car company that paid for John Wall to win in the vicinity of their car when he now has to go against lin?

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    Im kind of suprised Shump is in the contest when he blew so many easy dunks this year that were embarassing.

    BUT

    Shumpert can slam it down and he was known for this in college.

    I think Shump can win this if he just doesn't blow it. I saw him throw down some insane dunks so he can win this thing, and with Lin feeding him passes I think we might see a Blake Griffin -over-the-car dunk again.

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    Screw jumping over a car, that **** was weak.

    Shump basically pulled off a VC-esque 360 windmill. If he does that, I'm pretty sure he's got the dunk contest in the bag.

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    shump hands are the size of a 10 year old boy he is gonna have to do alot of 2 handed slams

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    Shump's hands are too small?

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    He's got it in the bag. With the online voting and Jeremy Lin were gonna show the true power of the #ChinaVote.

    Its gonna be like in "A New Hope" when Darth Vadar blows up Alderaan in front of Princess Leia. Just a small display of what the #ChinaVote will do for the Knicks.


    Next year Lin, Melo, Amare, and Tyson will ALL be starting in the all star game.

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