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Rockets guard Jalen Green talks about Josh Christopher's botched lob in Slam Dunk Contest

Jalen Green honestly shares what went wrong in the 2022 Slam Dunk Contests and proves he's a great teammate by defending Josh Christopher after many called him out for the failed alley-up
Jalen Green 2022 Slam Dunk Contest

Jalen Green 2022 Slam Dunk Contest

The 2022 Slam Dunk Contest has been tagged as the worst iteration of the competition ever. Participants weren’t just missing dunks. The things they prepared were pedestrian compared to the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest — which many say is the greatest competition in modern history.

Botched alley-oop

Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green was expected to bring the house down. He’s young, ridiculously athletic, and is comfortable playing above the rim. Many expected him to win the whole thing. But as it turned out, Green failed to make it to the final round. His first dunk, which he did with the help of teammate Josh Christopher, took several attempts. At one point, judges questioned Christopher’s passing skills. Green was quick to defend his teammate.

“You’re going to make or miss a dunk. I missed too much to win. It was still fun. I’m glad I got to go out there. There was nothing wrong with Josh, nothing on him at all. You miss or make those, especially when you try to do a dunk like that. It’s pretty challenging.”

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I just missed,” Green concluded. “It’s just that simple. “I just missed. I had the height. I had the power. I got up there. It just didn’t go in,” Green said, per USA Today.

2023 and beyond

Green declared his intent to enter the 2023 Slam Dunk Contest. At this point, it’s tricky to tell if we should be pleased about it or not. It’s not that Green’s performance this year was subpar. But the Slam Dunk Contest hasn’t been delivering the goods for the past few years.

So much so that there’s a lot of talk about changing the All-Star Weekend’s format. Ex-NBA players proposed having the 3-point contest as the last Saturday event since it is usually the most exciting. Fans say that the NBA should just get professional dunkers — those who think about the most creative dunks 24/7 — instead of NBA players who usually just come up with their stuff a few days before the contest. Some say that NBA players should imitate the dunks created by professional dunkers.

It’s a matter of wait-and-see at this point. What we do know is that the league is open to changes. They’ve done it in the 3-point contest through the moneyball rack — with each ball worth two points), and the two MTN DEW Zone shots worth three points each. Here’s to hoping the NBA finds a way to make the Slam Dunk Contest entertaining once again.

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