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Why did the NBA try to kill the Slam Dunk contest in 1998?

It’s NBA law: Every couple of years, we have to declare the Slam Dunk contest dead.

It just takes a year or two where major stars don’t participate, none of the dunks really inspire, and the winner is some benchwarmer that nobody’s ever heard of, and suddenly the event is on the verge of extinction. Then, a year or two later, some young ‘un delivers a star-making performance, or there’s a controversy about an undersung contestant who should’ve won but got robbed, and look, the dunk contest is “back.”

That’s just the life cycle of the climax of All-Star Saturday Night, and most devout followers of the league have learned not t…
NBA | theScore

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