Former NBA player and 3-time Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson made a guest appearance on Untold Stories, where he talked about the first dunk contest he won. Robinson still holds the record for most wins in the dunk contest history, and it all started in 2006 when he participated for the first time and came up with a win. Despite being incredibly athletic for his size, standing at only 5’10”, Robinson remembers Jamal Crawford, who gave him an idea for the contest that also included the former dunk contest champion, legendary Spud Webb.
Robinson remembers Crawford giving him a call in which he suggested Nate should bring Spud Webb and jump over him. At first, Robinson didn’t think it was a great idea because Spud wasn’t so tall, and he could’ve easily jumped over him. Crawford said it’s all about creating a show for the audience, and bringing someone like Webb would initiate a positive reaction from the crowd and the judges.
I got a call from Jamal Crawford, and he was excited and said he has a perfect idea for the dunk contest. I said, bro, shot it whats up. He said you should bring Spud Webb and jump over him. I was like it would be too easy to jump over Spud Webb, and he said it’s not about being easy but about the scene. We changed the way the dunk contest was. I started bringing guys like that, and jumping over Dwight was tough; it was difficult.Nate Robinson, via Untold Stories
Robinson put on an absolute show at the dunk contest, and jumping over Spud Webb definitely helped his overall performance. It’s also worth mentioning Andre Igoudala, who was also spectacular, and some would even say he should’ve won it instead of Robinson. Nate went to win two more dunk contests, and every time he took his performance to the next level. Nevertheless, his duel with Iguodala in 2006 is the type of competition that we could only hope to have these days when the dunk contest reached its absolute low. Players and the fans are no longer engaged in the contest as they used, and the biggest problem is that all-star players no longer wish to participate like they used to before.