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Revealed 6: 12 PM EST Feb 16, 2020
CHICAGO — Amid the controversial still inconsequential complete of the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, the league veered from the guidelines to figure out Saturday’s winner.
Rather of permitting the judges vote for possibly Orlando’s Aaron Gordon or Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. right after the initial dunk of the dunk-off in the closing round, the NBA authorized Gordon and Jones to attempt a 2nd dunk-off dunk, which is not in the procedures.
But simply because Gordon and Jones were placing on a present, the league determined to incorporate a further dunk to the dunk-off. And that’s wherever Jones edged Gordon 48-47 for the title.
“With Derrick and Aaron displaying this kind of extraordinary creative imagination and execution, offering the followers one more round of dunks from these two unbelievable athletes was the ideal way to split the tie,” NBA senior vice president of league functions communications Tim Frank informed United states of america Nowadays Sporting activities.
But that is not how the rulebook states the winner must be identified.
Right after the last round showcasing Gordon and Jones, the two were being tied at 100 soon after every single been given a ideal score of 50 on their two dunks. The Dunk Contest guidelines state that “in the party of a tie immediately after the Final Spherical, a 1-dunk dunk-off will consider place to decide the winner.”
Nevertheless, in Saturday’s competitiveness, Gordon and Jones each and every had two dunks. They were being tied at 50 immediately after their to start with dunks. The policies also condition, “if nevertheless tied after the a single-dunk ‘dunk-off’ in possibly round, the advancing dunker(s) or winner would be determined by ‘Judges’ Option.’ The judges would then be asked to pick the advancing dunker(s) or winner by boosting a card that has the dunker’s identify on it.”
What really should have transpired, in accordance to the initial rules: Following Gordon and Jones have been tied just after the 1-dunk dunk-off, the 5 judges (Scottie Pippen, Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, Frequent and Chadwick Boseman) should have selected their winner and the player with the most votes named the dunk champion.
Perhaps Jones however would’ve won.
Now, this is not that severe. It is just an party at All-Star Weekend with no real consequences other than the difference in prize money among the winner and second-area finisher, satisfaction and bragging rights. Continue to, the result did not sit nicely with all people.
Gordon was irritated that he did not acquire and indicated it was his last Dunk Contest look. Asked if he required to win the function in advance of he retired, he reported, “No, it is really a wrap, bro. It really is a wrap. I really feel like I ought to have two trophies, you know what I mean? It’s more than for that. My upcoming objective is likely to be trying to earn the 3-Point Contest.”
ESPN reported that the judges supposed for Jones and Gordon to tie and share the award, but that also is not permitted beneath the procedures.
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