Obi Toppin hopped over teammate Julius Randle and his father Obadiah Toppin to submerge a windmill, but lost a razor-sharp decision against Anfernee Simons in Sunday’s Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.
The Knicks rookie came second when Simons, the guardian of the Trail Blazer, won 3-2 on the judges’ cards on his last dunk.
Toppin’s last dip was a sprint to the bucket that went from the foul line into the air jumped as he put the ball between his legs and knocked it down. « Air Obi » didn’t seem to get enough buoyancy though.
Simons countered with a « Kiss Dunk » as he caught his own rag, slammed it down when he tried to kiss the edge, but got a few inches too short. However, Simons still got the vote. (The last dunk wasn’t scored.) « I didn’t feel like I was being robbed at all, » said Toppin. “Anfernee is a great dunker and got all three of his dunks on the first try. I had to do the second and third a second time. If I had got it the first time it would have been a different result. I don’t think I was robbed at all. He deserved this trophy. «
On his second dunk, Toppin, the former Dayton star, brought out teammates Randle and his father, known in his streetball heyday as » Dunkers Delight. « They stood in a row when Toppin jumped over them both but missed his first try, converting his second try but not getting enough buoyancy, scoring a 10 and a four 9.
Simon’s first dip was the most creative when he put a ball on a nerf basket that was on 12 feet high, Simons got up, grabbed the ball, and slammed it.
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