"The one year that Vince Carter dunked. That was the best one I've ever seen and I refuse to go back until he comes back."
- Tim Duncan
It is certainly one of the most memorable nights in the history of All-Star Weekend, even in the minds of his colleagues. Vince Carter's performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest was nothing short of amazing. You may be surprised to hear that it wasn't exactly planned the way it turned out. Carter spoke with us about the dunk contest and gave us some thoughts on a couple of this year's contestants.
This Year's Competitors
"It will be interesting to see what each guy is going to pull out, what they have up their sleeve, because everybody has different ideas in their mind. Every dunker has a different style, a different approach to how to do it."
This was not part of the plan.
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"I think some of the things Josh Smith pulled out last year were pretty darn impressive. They were all pretty good. He has one hell of a one-leg. That right leg is amazing."
"I remember seeing Andre Iguodala in my charity game in his rookie year. He's an athlete."
Two Totally Different Things
"Other than Josh Smith though, I haven't seen any of these guys in a dunk contest. Game dunks and the dunk contest are two totally different things to me. These guys have never been in a dunk contest before, so it's hard to know what they can do. Dunking on a big man and doing a dunk contest dunk are two different things. You have to come up with a trick when you're dunking, some flair and some style."
Change of Plans
"I originally went in there prepared with a routine and ended up doing something totally different. Everybody's different. I don't know if everybody has the ability to switch it up at the last minute."
"The only one I had in mind that I was going to do was the reverse 360 and I had only practiced it once, so I was a little nervous. I had never tried the between-the-legs, I had never tried the arm in the rim. The two-handed free-throw line dunk was just something to do. They said I had already won it and I just had to do a dunk."