Michael Jordan Dunk Competition
(Originally published by the Daily News on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1988; written by Fred Kerber)
CHICAGO - As jordan lined up for his last opportunity inside Slam-Dunk Championship yesterday, Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins had one real chance to win.
A Jordan failure - literally.
Really, Jordan could have ended and hit a jumper through the foul range, in place of jumping as a result for a one-handed, arm-pumping slam for which he was awarded an ideal 50 rating and the tournament the 2nd year in a row. No matter what Jordan performed, there was not a way he was gonna lose.
Perhaps not in Chicago.
Jordan's hometown audience had booed lustily whenever five judges had the neurological to award him a 47 on their earlier dunk - a baseline cradle he introduced kept to right for a two-handed material. That left Air Jordan three things right down to 'Nique.
"it is usually tough to win in another person's hometown, " stated Wilkins, who does state exactly what everyone understood and believed, he had gotten robbed. "I don't think the judges appreciated my last dunk. That has been hard. Show me five guys who can get-up that high after which breeze it with two arms."
With five challengers having dropped because of the wayside, Wilkins and Jordan matched 50s regarding firstly their particular three last round dunks. 'Nique, going very first, used an electrical windmill jam for his 2nd try. Another 50. Jordan then got their 47. Therefore Wilkins, amid the boos, swung their arms like he was making use of a sledgehammer. He got a 45.
"I became shocked as he got a 45, but that provided me with some freedom, " Jordan said, just who thus needed only a 48 to link. "I'd have provided him a 49 or 50."Ny Regular News Nyc Routine Information
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For their last energy, Jordan - while he had done on a single of his semifinal-round dunks - went along to the far end of this judge and arranged his step from foul range.
"I was wanting to consider something to improvise, " he stated. "I saw (teammate) Brad vendors in the really stands and some friends standing on the sidelines. These were all puzzled (about what dunk to try).
"i quickly saw the man, Dr. J., who started using it all started."
Jordan stated Erving recommended the foul-line jump. Jordan attempted. And missed. But got another chance. And Wilkins never ever had the opportunity.
Jordan received $12, 500 for finishing very first, while Wilkins, the champ two years ago, took home $7, 500. Third location finisher Clyde Drexler of Portland obtained $5, 500 while fourth spot had been really worth $2, 500 for Golden State's Otis Smith. Jerome Kersey of Portland, rookie Cadillac Anderson of San Antonio and Spud Webb of Atlanta each got $1, 000. Ron Harper of Cleveland withdrew considering injury.