You know the NBA is moving All-Star Weekend away from Charlotte. And you know that word on the street is New Orleans is the front-runner to land the beast of a weekend. What you may not know is the competition is already over. I’ve compiled the ultimate list of reasons New Orleans should land the 2017 All-Star Game. Game over, y’all, this is New Orleans’ time to shine.
Reason No. 1
Last year, claims that the Slam Dunk Contest “is back” littered basketball blogs across the world. Momentum must be maintained in order to keep the crown jewel of All-Star Saturday night in tact. Since geographical dunks are bae, here’s a list of dunk contest ideas that will only work in New Orleans.
LeBeignet James: Throw powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde in the air at the scorers table then hold up a tray of beignets, catching as much of the sugar as you can. Share the treat with the judge’s table before your between-the-legs dunk (with powdered sugar stains on your jersey).
Drew Brees Hail Mary: Stage the future mayor of New Orleans, Drew Brees, in the corner on the opposite end of the floor. Have the Super Bowl XLIV MVP thrown a football up (or a basketball designed as a football) for the next Slam Dunk Champion to rattle the rim with on the other side of the Smoothie King Center.
The Blackout Dunk: Parody the Super Bowl fiasco by cutting off the lights as a dunker is making his way towards the basket. When the lights come back on, he’s hanging on the rim wearing a Ravens jersey.