Dwyane Wade speaks out on how he’s going to judge the slam dunk contest
There’s no doubt that the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is one of the most highly-anticipated events during All-Star Weekend. The same definitely holds true for this year’s edition of the spectacle, with some of the best dunkers in the league looking to put on a show for the fans.
Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade will be one of the judges who will be determining who takes home this year’s trophy, and recently, the retired 38-year-old opened up about the approach he intends to take in judging during NBA All-Star Weekend.
“I’ve never judged a dunk contest on this level,” the NBA legend said, via Jamal Collier of the Chicago Tribune. “It’s always been smaller levels, so I’m just looking forward to some creativity. It’s hard to say, show me something we’ve never seen before. You would like to see that, but even if you don’t, you want to see somebody put their stamp on a certain kind of dunk, even if you’ve seen it before.”
Wade is a Chicago native so involving him in this season’s All-Star festivities in the Windy City was a no-brainer. Then again, this being his first time, Wade admits that he has no idea how well he is going to perform as a judge.
“I don’t know how great of a judge I’m going to be,” he said. “I’m not gone be too hard on people, but I’m not going to get too lenient.”
Wade will have the pleasure of critiquing what should be some amazing dunks from this year’s participants. Former NBA Dunk Contest champion Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers headlines the pack, with former first-runner up Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic also in the mix. Miami Heat showstopper Derrick Jones Jr. and Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks are the other two challengers.