Lakers' Shannon Brown to be part of NBA dunk contest
Well, it looks like Lakers guard Shannon Brown won't have to crash the party. He's already invited.
Nike leaked the news Friday that Brown would be in the NBA dunk contest, but Brown didn't want to get his hopes up in case the official word said otherwise. That led reporters to joke with Brown that he should crash the contest anyway, and maybe even stage his own dunk contest at home against his 15-month-old son, Shannon.
Brown's first challenge is to unseat two-time champion and New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson. Brown will also compete against Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace and the winner between Clippers guard Eric Gordon and Toronto Raptors guard (and USC product) DeMar DeRozan in a dunk contest the previous night.
Though Brown's dunks are well documented, it'll be interesting to see if he can top Robinson's dunk in last year's contest, when he jumped over ( kind of) Dwight Howard's back. I'm sure suggestions will soon come from Kobe Bryant, who won the 1997 contest with a dunk between his legs. Or perhaps Brown can harken back to 2003 when he competed in the McDonald's All-American high school dunk contest against the likes of LeBron James, Von Wafer and J.R. Giddens.
-- Mark Medina
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