I remember being super pumped about Jerry Stackhouse being in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. We’ve watched some decent Pistons dunkers over the years, but very few guys — Stackhouse, Grant Hill and maybe a couple others — who were legitimately athletic enough to compete for a Slam Dunk Title. I had high hopes for Stackhouse who, at one time, before re-inventing himself as more of a spot-up shooter and role player late in his career, was one of the best athletes in the league. Unfortunately, he happened to be in the dunk contest the same year that Vince Carter was still Half Man/Half Amazing Vince Carter and put on one of the finest displays in dunk contest history (and gave us the classic ‘it’s ova’ moment/GIF). Trey Kerby at The Basketball Jones explains how Stackhouse had a bit of an unlucky draw in who he had to follow:
This right here is my personal funniest moment in the history of All-Star Weekend. You can keep Chris Andersen’s botched dunk contest attempts, the Michael Jordan’s wide-open missed dunk and the time Darrell Armstrong shot a layup in the dunk contest. I’ll take Jerry Stackhouse, in the midst of his best season, confidently throwing down a 360 immediately after Vince Carter’s legendary 360. Whoops …
The best part, however, is Jerry’s strut after throwing down his jam. He grabs the ball and walks towards the scoring table confidently, surely thinking to himself, “I nailed it. Nice one, Jer-Bear.” Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, he’s getting killed by the TNT guys and seeing the honorary title of next best UNC shooting guard be given to Vince Carter.
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