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The 2020 dunk contest may sadly become known for the absolute travesty that was the judging. Derrick Jones, Jr. technically won the event, even though Aaron Gordon produced five straight perfect scores and then somehow got a 47 despite dunking over a 7’5 guy on the first try. Gordon should have two titles by now. Instead, he was beat unfairly by Zach LaVine in 2016 and defeated even more unfairly by Jones this time.

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NBA All-Star Weekend is a love letter to the most beautiful superfluousness that we’ve come to associate with basketball, its most successful professional sports league, and all the gravitational characters who make it worth treasuring. It’s a time to celebrate physics-obliterating athleticism, unteachable skill, and every spectacle that dances on the periphery.

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Picture yourself on a haunted house ride at your favorite amusement park. You’ll be spooked by pop-out faces, fluorescent lights, and ominous sounds, but you don’t know exactly how, where, or when they will hit you. Intellectually, you know there’s nothing to really fear and you’ll eventually finish the exhibit unscathed. But as soon as you enter that front door, those rational thoughts give way to base fears that you can’t escape. You scream. You yelp. You gasp. You lose your nerve. You’re scared shitless. And you forget, for a brief moment, that the ride is all an illusion.

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Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo missing due to the joyous birth of his first son, Liam Charles Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks still mustered up a victory over the Sacramento Kings 123-111. Now, they have one last game awaiting before most of the team gets a prolonged break during All-Star Weekend.

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard made his return to the Slam Dunk contest at the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend, but was eliminated by placing last in the first round despite a cool tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Howard’s second dunk saw him bust out the Kobe Bryant tribute most assumed was coming after Howard had revealed that Bryant was planning to help him in the dunk contest this year before his tragic passing.

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