Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Updated: February 13, 4:12 PM ET
'86 dunk winner Webb to judge contest
Spud Webb was used as a prop in Nate Robinson's 2006 Slam Dunk Contest victory. This time, Webb will help judge the competition.
Spud Webb became a giant when the 5-foot-6 mighty mite shocked the basketball world by beating 6-8 Atlanta Hawks teammate Dominique Wilkins to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest at Reunion Arena in 1986.
And with the NBA All-Star Game returning to Dallas for the first time since, Webb -- still the shortest champion in the event's history -- will have a big part in determining the next Slam Dunk Contest champion as a judge.
"Having lived in Dallas my entire life, it's great to finally see the All-Star Game back here," Webb said in a statement. "This event brings back a lot of great memories."
Webb, president of basketball operations for the NBA D-League franchise in Frisco, Texas, will have a say in whether 5-9 Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks can become the event's first three-time champion on Saturday at American Airlines Center.
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Robinson, the defending champion and winner of the 2006 event, will be joined in the competition by the Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace.
A fourth participant will be determined in a dunk-off between Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon at halftime of the Rookie Challenge on Friday.
Webb was involved in Robinson's 2006 victory, but as a prop. Webb tossed the ball to Robinson as he leaped over Webb.
"I could make that dunk anytime," Webb said. "I expect Nate not to use props this time. I hope to see some new dunks, otherwise I may have to go put some shorts on and see if I have any springs left in these legs."
The NBA All-Star Game will be held Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. More than 92,000 tickets have been sold, which will shatter the all-time record for attendance for a basketball game.