This is not the real dunk contest. But at the 2010 All-Star Game in Los Angeles they will have the second-annual dunk contest seeking four of the best dunkers from outside the NBA, which happens separately and promises to be entertaining again.
The NBA has been holding public tryouts across the country, and just launched a Web site where you can watch video of the 10 best dunkers so far.
Here's the most amazing thing about the whole deal: Through the magic of ... life, I guess ... all 10 dunkers have nicknames. Ten for ten! I got a press release from the NBA about this and it included a little Microsoft Excel table with the header "nickname." There were no blanks.
We -- meaning you, me, and everyone else on the planet with an Internet connection -- get to vote for the finalists who will compete in L.A. It says you can vote as many times as you want, so I just voted for T-Dub, Air Bender and Young Hollywood. I may head back one more time to click the box for Junior, too.