Feb. 17 -- Reverse slam dunks, windmill jams, alley-oops and even a through-the-leg rim rattler -- Andre Iguodala was showing it all.
But this, ladies and gentleman, was the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and NOT the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest.
You might be left wondering what to expect from him on Saturday after he already turned Friday night into his personal dunk fest. Iguodala grabbed MVP honors by scoring 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the Sophomores' 106-96 victory over the Rookies. He was as surprised as anyone by his dazzling display.
"I would have never imagined this," Iguodala said afterward. "So many great players have won this trophy before, like Allen Iverson, Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, so this really means a lot to me and it a great honor."
Iguodala chalked up 24 points in the second half -- most of them on dunks -- as the Sophomores turned a 52-45 halftime lead into an easy win.
Right after the break, a three-pointer from Nate Robinson had just cut the Sophomores' lead to four points before Iguodala took over. Devin Harris fed him three straight times during a 11-0 run that basically put the game beyond doubt. Iguodala literally has high goals in mind and not only for his appearance in the dunk contest tomorrow.
"As long as I keep working hard the sky will be the limit,” he added.
It might very well be on Saturday as he takes on Robinson, Josh Smith and Hakim Warrick in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Content. Fellow contestant Robinson was not scared by Iguodala's MVP performance.
“I am not intimidated,” said the Knicks guard. “It was fun to watch him tonight but I know what to expect. He has got a few tricks up his sleeves.
Dancin' Dwight and Devin embodied the fun-filled atmosphere of the game.
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"I think I know one dunk he is going to put up. It has never been done before so that would be amazing if he could pull that off. But I will be prepared, too."
Coach Del Harris agreed this might be Iguodala's weekend – if his legs stay fresh.
"We might have taken too much out of him tonight,” said the Sophomores' coach. “If his legs are as lively tomorrow night as the were tonight then he has a pretty good chance but I don't know."
Harris was not at all surprised by Iguodala's performance.
"He put almost 30 points on us when we played him with the Mavericks so I really think he has a great future ahead," added Harris.
Emeka Okafor has no doubts about the outcome of tomorrow's Dunk Contest.
"Andre will win it," Okafor said. "He put on an exciting show tonight and he will do the same tomorrow."