Nets Media Hoops Challenge A Success;
Vince Carter Judges Dunk Contest
Matt McQueeny, NJNets.com
September 25th, 2007
Vince Carter judged a dunk contest today for the second time in under a year. Back in February, he was one of a group of dunk legends who judged the NBA’s slam dunk contest during all-star weekend.
This was something much bigger.
Vince – along with Antoine Wright and Nets Human Resources Director Kim Blanco– assessed local media as they tried to show that air time equals hang time. From print to broadcast, they were all there on the court in their high-tops and warm ups. Of course, the hoop was lowered to eight feet – a generous measurement, as it was also bent down – and they were allowed to use small, rubber basketballs. All the same, they showed what they can do above the rim. There were also contests of two-ball - where Nets players teamed with media members - and a traditional three-point contest (college dimensions).
Media divisions were broken down by print, broadcast, and the females. The overall champion – and of course print champion - of the dunk contest was ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who years ago actually played point guard at Oberlin College. For broadcasters, it was Scott Sanford of MY9 who soared to a dunk trophy. Last, but certainly not least, was Yes Network’s Michele Beadle, who took home dunk supremacy in the female division.
Beadle was the lone female in what was supposed to be a battle royale between her and SNY’s Julie Donaldson. Rumor has it that Donaldson turned down attendance when word reached her camp that Beadle had put in three hours of shooting practice with Nets shooting Coach Bob Thate.
In the three-point shooting contest, it was NBA.com’s John Schuhmann who took the print championship and News 12 New Jersey’s Bryan DeNovellis who stood atop the heap for the broadcast division.
Moving to two-ball competition, it was Chris Broussard who garnered another trophy as the top print guy; for the broadcasters, again, Bryan DeNovellis took home the prize. It was in the two-ball event where Nets players directly participated, including Nenad Krstic, Bostjan Nachbar, Robert Hite, and Antoine Wright.
All your favorite Net beat writers were also on hand. Al Iannazzone of the Record and YesNetwork.com and Julian Garcia of the New York Daily News threw down some serious dunks; Garcia also showed some range with his jump shot. The New York Post’s Fred Kerber gave the effort but what appeared to be a balky shoulder kept him from getting full extension on his deep jumper. The Star-Ledger’s Dave Dalessandro attended but did not dress; he was strictly observing.
Nets Coach Lawrence Frank also made an appearance, taking the microphone to give the media members a pep talk and wish them good luck. The entire event was emceed by Nets Vice President of Public Relations, Arena Public Address Announcer, and author of the “Sussman Sez Blog,” Gary Sussman.
As for Carter, he has been back in New Jersey for about a week now. He said he had no exciting vacations this summer and that it was a very relaxing off-season.
“My family complains that we need a vacation. But I say I’m on a vacation.”
With all the star power entering the Atlantic Division this summer, making it very strong on paper, Carter said the Nets fortunes will still come down to how they perform.
“We still have to be us – we still have to play our game and defend and make shots and make plays. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we just have to play Nets basketball.”
With the first 8-of-10 regular season games taking place at home, a good start to the season will also be very important.
“We definitely want to have a better start,” said Vince. “We don’t want to play catch-up.”
Carter likes the addition of Jamaal Magloire, affectionately calling him a “beast”, and has been impressed with him thus far. Integrating Magloire and the other new players will be important in training camp and pre-season.
“Our goal is to win, get everybody on board, and figure out how we can make the whole thing work.”
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