Excluding all of the main events, my favorite part of the All-Star weekend is all the candid quotes that come from the invited athletes. With that said, here is John Wall speaking on the 2011 NBA dunk contest:
“I thought he (Javale McGee) should’ve won. Not even because he was my teammate, just some of the stuff he was doing, he really got the crowd into it.” (Wizards’ John Wall on dunking: “I’m more of a dunk contest person”)
That’s not all he had to say on the event, further explaining why he thinks Blake Griffin shouldn’t have been the victor.
“[Griffin] didn’t really jump over the car. Because if you can dunk, you can do that. All you have to do is make sure you don’t hit the front of the car, catch the ball and hang on the rim. I seen guys really jump over the hood and do windmills and stuff. It was big time because it was a Kia and it was in LA.”
McGee wasn’t the only player that Wall thought had outperformed Griffin in the contest.
“I feel DeMar [DeRozan] got snubbed. I’m just giving my opinion and being honest.”
Based on the conversation that followed the 2011 dunk contest plus the commentary that came over due time, Wall’s thoughts wouldn’t classify as an unpopular opinion. With the rise of props affecting the outcome of contests, Griffin dunking over a KIA greatly benefited his chances. McGee’s dunks were more creative and unprecedented while Demar got shafted in the first round, so Griffin could be included in the contest finals.
We’ll see how well John Wall performs tonight as he takes on Paul George, Terrence Ross, Ben McLemore, and others in tonight’s showcase.