I don’t often write about basketball here (I’m British, basketball makes as little sense to me as cricket does to you), but this was too good to pass up. The Chinese Basketball Association held its annual All Star Slam Dunk Contest in Guangzhou on Sunday, and it was kind of terrible.
Deadspin reports (and provides the awesome gifs):
The CBA held its all-star game in Guangzhou last night, and like in past years, it was kind of a mess. (The festivities took place between the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs, so anyone who took part had either mentally checked out for the year or had much more important basketball on their mind.) These are the “highlights” of the dunk contest, and we’re suddenly struck by a new appreciation for Terrence Ross.
The winner was Zhai Yi, a third-string guard for Shanghai, and even the champion’s dunks weren’t pretty. The contest was sponsored by shoe company Li-Ning, and for his first dunk, Zhai hoped to slam the ball while sticking a sneaker to the backboard. The shoe stuck, but the ball didn’t go in. He eventually put it in on his third attempt, the shoe hovering as a mute witness to his failure.
Shanghai number one! After failing with his first dunk, Zhai sought to dunk over a tiny go-kart shaped like a trainer… this took three attempts (see top for one).
All in all, definitely not a home run (that’s a basketball term right?). Watch the entire dunk contest below: