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REASON NO. 1 This DUNK
LEE JENKINS
February 18, 2013
HALF A LIFETIME AGO, A YOUNG MICHAEL JORDAN TOOK THE ALL-STAR SLAM DUNK TITLE WITH A PERFORMANCE THAT FINALLY WON OVER HIS RIVALS. HERE IS THE STORY OF THAT MEMORABLE DAY
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February 18, 2013

Reason No. 1 This Dunk

HALF A LIFETIME AGO, A YOUNG MICHAEL JORDAN TOOK THE ALL-STAR SLAM DUNK TITLE WITH A PERFORMANCE THAT FINALLY WON OVER HIS RIVALS. HERE IS THE STORY OF THAT MEMORABLE DAY

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HAWKINS: If you check the video, this is what you'll see: He comes down the sideline, to the middle of the floor, and he's got momentum. He takes off behind the free throw line and floats the entire distance, the entire 15 feet. Usually, if somebody is able to do that, the dunk is pretty weak at the end. But he could have floated another couple of feet and still been above the rim. I heard the "Hallelujah" chorus. Dominique came over to the judges' table after. He was pissed off because we gave Michael a 50 and he got a 45. Some people may have looked at the judging as capitulating to the will of a very vocal fandom, but it wasn't the case.

KAHN: His feet are actually over the free throw line, but nobody wanted to acknowledge that. It didn't matter. He was close enough.

GOODRICH: We're splitting hairs here.

JORDAN (to reporters): We have some very good fans. But I think they could have gotten bad.

WILKINS: Michael told me, "We'll talk about this later." We did talk about it. We've always talked about it. Yeah, it was an emotional moment, but we were never enemies. We were friends. There's controversy in every sport. We just wanted to know how we stacked up [against] one another.

NEAL: Nobody said, "It's only a dunk contest. It's only an exhibition." You looked into the stands when it was over and saw guys with their buddies, mimicking the windmill and the takeoff from the free throw line.

MCINTYRE: Walter Iooss was staring at his camera, and this was predigital, so it's not like he was looking at an image. It was more like, Oh, baby, you did it for me again. He got Michael looming large in the air, with the center-hung scoreboard right behind him.

KERSEY: Michael can make it look a little more special than it is, wagging his tongue, moving the ball in his hand, putting in all that extra flair. I'd have voted for Dominique.

HARPER: I'd have voted for Michael. You should have seen Chicago that night. A bunch of the Bulls had parties. They were all packed. It was hard to move around downtown. Everybody was talking about that dunk all night long. They didn't stop talking about it for years.

WELTS: It's the most famous dunk in the history of the NBA.

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