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Dunk contest looking better now

2/6/2014

Adam Silver's first press conference as NBA commissioner, looming on All-Star Saturday, might actually be upstaged that night by what actually used to be known as the centerpiece of the NBA's annual February extravaganza.

You remember the dunk contest, don't you?

There would appear to be a decent chance that the 2014 edition, after years of complaints about waning interest in the competition, is going to be remembered for all the right reasons.

That's because, according to some loud rumbles in circulation Wednesday night, some rather big names will be in the field of six dunkers in New Orleans.

How big?

I'm told Eastern Conference All-Stars Paul George and John Wall along with defending champion Terrence Ross -- fresh off Ross' unforgettable detonation on Denver's Kenneth Faried -- are all committing to join Western Conference All-Star Damian Lillard in the dunk field.

Which doesn't sound too shabby.

Can multiple names from the NBA elite actually save the long-suffering dunk contest?

Can the NBA dunk contest actually be saved at this point?

This much we do know: You're going to feel a much stronger pull to tune in to watch for the answers after the lineup of dunkers that'll be formally announced Thursday night on TNT's pregame show.

Trust me.