For All DeMar DeRozan Cares, Gallagher & Carrot Top Can Compete In Dunk Contest
Ask any “traditional” stand-up comedian and they will tell you that prop comics are the lowest of the low in the hierarchy of comedic excellence and aptitude, barely a step above ventriloquism-based attempts at humor (I’m looking at you, Jeff Dunham, you miserable hack). And if you asked Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan about the inclusion of props in slam dunk competitions, he might agree with his comedian counterparts.
Despite an arsenal of creative dunks in his repertoire, DeRozan didn’t even make it to the final round of the slam dunk competition during NBA All-Star weekend, something he attributes to the fact that he believes the material – in this case, the dunks – should speak for themselves and not be bastardized by the inclusion of silly props and shameful product placements, an obvious dig at Blake Griffin’s dunk over a Kia (as an aside, a Kia? Really?), as well as other competitors utilizing extraneous items, such as an extra basket.
His rant against the trivialization of the dunk contest due to the overuse of props, courtesy of the Toronto Star:
“I’m a dunker. Dunk contests, you go out there and dunk. I’m not into all the props and everything,” DeRozan said at shootaround before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “I try to come out with a creative dunk and do it and go from there. My fans liked it and you can see the reaction from a lot of people afterward.
“If there’s a dunk contest next year I’ll do it. But not no prop dunk contest.
“I think a lot of people probably look at it like that. It seems that way when you watch it,” he said. “This year I put thought into it. I practised, had dunks ready and everything. It is what it is. I did it two years in a row. I’m good.”
“There’s no telling what might happen next year,” DeRozan said. “Somebody might use a trampoline.”
Touche, Mr. DeRozan. Who knows what sort of highfalutin forays into an ever-developing over-reliance on props will be seen at next year’s All-Star Game. A trampoline? Hogwash. At the same time, if anyone ever developed a dunk which somehow incorporated a Sledge-O-Matic into the dunk competition, well, I might have to tune in for that.
DeRozan done competing in ‘prop dunk contest’ [Toronto Star]