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February 15, 2009 | K.C. Johnson
When you break out Superman's cape, finding the proper encore can prove difficult. Nevertheless, Dwight Howard promised theatrics in his defense of his Superhero-flavored 2008 slam-dunk championship Saturday night during All-Star weekend. And, being the sultan of slam that he is, Howard knows what won't fly. "Angel wings?" Howard said in mock anger at one suggestion. "I'm not a Victoria's Secret model."
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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
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March 17, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Miami Heat's Harold Miner, formerly of USC, is donating his $20,000 prize for winning the slam dunk contest at the NBA All-Star game to programs at schools and parks in both Inglewood and Miami.
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February 7, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in five events during All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will do the slam dunk contest, the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the three-point contest and he made the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. "A lot of people don't get the opportunity," Lillard told USA TODAY. "So I just felt like it was something that had never been done, and I'm capable of doing all the things that need to be done in all the competitions, so I figured why not go out and be the first one to do everything and get that experience.
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February 7, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks and rookie Kenny Battle of the Phoenix Suns were entered in the NBA Slam Dunk Championship as replacements today. They take the places of Jerome Kersey of the Portland Trail Blazers and Blue Edwards of the Utah Jazz, both of whom pulled out because of injuries. The slam dunk contest will be held Saturday in Miami as part of the NBA All-Star Game festivities.
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February 21, 2005
'David Stern is going to have to up the ante. I think if you give the winner $100,000, second place $75,000 and third 50, then all of the guys would step up. I might even do it then.' Shaquille O'Neal, Eastern Conference All-Star center, on getting more big-nameplayers entered in the All-Star slam dunk contest
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August 10, 1996 | DEBRA CANO and JOHN POPE and MIMI KO CRUZ
A three-on-three basketball tournament, slam-dunk contest and free-throw contest will be Sunday at Mile Square Regional Park. The public may participate in the free event, which will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prizes will include trips to Hawaii with the Los Angeles Lakers, and a Chevrolet Geo. The park is at 16801 Euclid St. Information: (213) 960-3760.
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December 10, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Diane Pucin is a Times staff writer.
The NBA is going to announce today that it will present its All-Star Saturday night program of the slam dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and skill challenge in a three-dimensional format at 80 movie theaters around the country Feb. 14. "This is about embracing new technology and being innovative," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc. and Turner Sports. Levy said he is not concerned that the theater showing would negatively affect television ratings on TNT.
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February 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  I think we've figured out a new event for next year's NBA All-Star game. Forget the slam dunk contest. How about "Half-court shot while doing a front flip?" If that happens, the NBA would have to invite cheerleader Ashlee Arnau to show them how it is done. Arnau, 21, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., made the incredible shot at halftime of her school's game against Auburn-Montgomery. One caveat: She has tried to make the shot at halftime of every home game since Christmas.
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February 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  I think we've figured out a new event for next year's NBA All-Star game. Forget the slam dunk contest. How about "Half-court shot while doing a front flip?" If that happens, the NBA would have to invite cheerleader Ashlee Arnau to show them how it is done. Arnau, 21, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., made the incredible shot at halftime of her school's game against Auburn-Montgomery. One caveat: She has tried to make the shot at halftime of every home game since Christmas.
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January 6, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Blake Griffin's selection to participate in the slam dunk contest during the NBA's All-Star weekend was a nice first step, but Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said, "I know he has more aspirations for All-Star weekend than just the dunk contest. " Griffin is a shoo-in to play in the Rookie Challenge game, but his presence may be required in the All-Star game instead. Griffin averages 21.7 points and 12.5 rebounds, best among rookies. He would seem a natural fit, especially with the game being played at Staples Center.
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November 28, 2009 | By Broderick Turner
Broderick Turner covers the Lakers for the Times. Readers' questions about the Lakers will be answered every week. Question: I would like to see the Lakers acquire a veteran point guard to share the clutch minutes with Derek Fisher. Then Shannon Brown can provide the spark off the bench. I think they should be able to get something decent (in a trade) for Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic (he might be harder to move because he's getting paid so much to sit on the bench). I mentioned those two because I'm finished with them as Lakers.
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February 15, 2009 | K.C. Johnson
When you break out Superman's cape, finding the proper encore can prove difficult. Nevertheless, Dwight Howard promised theatrics in his defense of his Superhero-flavored 2008 slam-dunk championship Saturday night during All-Star weekend. And, being the sultan of slam that he is, Howard knows what won't fly. "Angel wings?" Howard said in mock anger at one suggestion. "I'm not a Victoria's Secret model."
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December 10, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Diane Pucin is a Times staff writer.
The NBA is going to announce today that it will present its All-Star Saturday night program of the slam dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and skill challenge in a three-dimensional format at 80 movie theaters around the country Feb. 14. "This is about embracing new technology and being innovative," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc. and Turner Sports. Levy said he is not concerned that the theater showing would negatively affect television ratings on TNT.
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February 21, 2005
'David Stern is going to have to up the ante. I think if you give the winner $100,000, second place $75,000 and third 50, then all of the guys would step up. I might even do it then.' Shaquille O'Neal, Eastern Conference All-Star center, on getting more big-nameplayers entered in the All-Star slam dunk contest
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February 7, 1988 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Michael Jordan put his arm around Dominique Wilkins as they walked off the court after Saturday's slam-dunk contest, and said, "We'll talk about this later." This season's version of the National Basketball Assn. dunking contest is certain to have hard-core pro basketball observers talking for years. Jordan, the Chicago Bulls' master of midair, used his home-court advantage to defeat Wilkins.
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March 9, 1996 | PETER YOON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Right after the Harvard-Westlake boys' volleyball team finished its Mission League opener against Alemany, the Wolverines erupted in a slam-dunk contest on the basketball rims at Alemany High. "Hey, let's get out of here," Wolverine Coach Jess Quiroz said to his team. "Everybody knows you can dunk." Well, at least those who saw the Wolverines dunk the Indians in the third game of a 15-11, 17-15, 15-3 victory know they can. And dink. And block and, as they did 51 times, kill.
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February 13, 2000 | TIM KAWAKAMI and MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They saved it, and him, for last, and they were wise. The much-anticipated Vince Carter Slam Dunking Spectacular took over the all-star weekend festivities on Saturday night, electrifying an event that was discontinued for years because of a lack of creativity. Not anymore. The Toronto Raptor forward won the slam-dunk contest, racking three perfect 50 scores in five attempts--and getting a 48 and a 49 on his two others--but that wasn't news to those who packed The Arena in Oakland.
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