Giannis Antetokounmpo Blames Stephen Curry For Dud Dunk Contest: ‘You Changed The Game, It’s Your Fault’


The NBA All-Star Saturday night ended with the bang of water-soaked fireworks. To say the dunk contest, the final event of the night, was a dud would be a monumental understatement. This thing was unmissable.

Unfortunately, my job, which I otherwise love very much, forced me to watch.

I wanted to hide under a blanket it was so embarrassing.

I mean look at the number of times these guys have blown dunks.

Obi Toppin won by default. His opponent in the final, Juan Toscano-Anderson, didn’t even complete a dunk. Toppin could have made his final try and still won. He actually ended up making a pretty impressive dunk, but absolutely no one cared at the time.

Yes, he went through the legs and knocked it off the back wall before slamming it home. It was nice. He tried that dunk earlier and almost got away with a wedgie, but hey, he flushed it when it didn’t matter at all. Hats off.

If I sound bitter, I probably am. The dunk contest should be (and was) a must-watch on TV. And I’m not talking from ages ago with Jordan and Dominique or Vince Carter in Oakland. We all remember that back in 2016, Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon hosted what I believe to be the greatest dunk show in history. We currently have more incredible athletes in the NBA than at any time in the history of the event. It shouldn’t be as bad as on Saturday.

But it was, and Giannis Antetokounmpo believes it was Stephen Curry’s fault. In a rather hilarious exchange captured on tape, Giannis Curry can be heard saying, “It’s your fault. You change the game. It’s your fault.”

Giannis is of course referring to Curry’s 3-point influence, which has actually played a pivotal role in changing the way basketball is played at every level. Everyone wants to shoot now. The 3-pointer – especially the deep 3-pointer – has surpassed the slam dunk as the most exciting game in basketball.

Giannis is obviously joking with Curry, but it’s kind of true. Unless the sport’s biggest names get back into dunk competition, the NBA will have to consider making the 3-Point Contest Saturday night’s All-Star Finals. This has become a marquee.

This is where the bigger names come in, like Curry and Klay Thompson in recent years and Trae Young and Zach LaVine this year. Karl-Anthony Towns broke the final round record and won the 3-point contest on Saturday and it was great. That should have been the nightcap. From then on, watching four non-All-Stars breathe their way through breathy dunk after breathy dunk was a whimper of a finale. The only good thing about the whole thing was that Giannis made fun of it.


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