Slam dunk the NBA slam dunk contest

Its time has come and gone, especially now that the top players won't take part

Originally Published: February 22, 2012
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

When the NBA announced that the participants are Chase Budinger, Paul George, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Williams, I thought for a second that maybe the league was staging a reunion concert of a defunct boy band.

Then I realized: Those are the guys in this weekend's slam dunk contest.

No offense, but who are these people?

I'm being silly, of course. I know who they are. I just don't know why I should care about watching them perform in a contest that's become ...

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