That’s pretty cheesy to be honest
When Aaron Gordon was traded to the Nuggets, he needed to pick a new jersey number. The 00 he used with the Magic was already claimed by Markus Howard, a rookie with a two-way contract, and JaMychal Green had No. 0. So instead of going with No. 11 he used in Arizona or No. Which he used in high school, Gordon chose a number he had never used before: 50. The reason is pretty silly.
According to Katy Winge of Altitude Sports, Gordon’s new issue was inspired by the two times he fell short in the dunk contest.
Gordon and Zach LaVine had a classic duel in the 2016 dunk contest, but LaVine won in sudden death with a dunk between the legs from the free throw line that he improvised on the spot. Gordon sought redemption in 2020 but was defeated by Derrick Jones Jr. after judges awarded Gordon a measly 47 out of 50 for his jump over Tacko Fall.
The snub didn’t sit well with Gordon, who had scored perfect scores in his first four dunks, and said he was done participating in the dunk contest.
“We are here to do four dunks. It should be the best of four dunks. ” told reporters later. “I did four 50s in a row, five 50s in a row. That’s over. It’s a wrap. We’re going home. Four 50s in a row at the NBA Dunk Contest? It’s over. I do not know. Who runs the show?
“It’s a wrap. I feel like it should have two trophies.”
Gordon even produced a 19-minute documentary about the 2020 event, which came out in December. It’s filled with slow-motion, black-and-white shots of Gordon preparing for the pageant. At one point, read a poem about how you want to win.
It’s totally understandable that Gordon is disappointed that he didn’t win after the two stellar performances he had, but it’s still a bit silly that he’s thinking about the 2020 dunk contest 13 months later. Like Gordon said, it’s only four dunks.
Does anyone really care who wins anyway? The subjective opinions of five random ex-players judging the event are the least interesting of the contest. It’s an event designed to relive for years on YouTube, regardless of who takes home the trophy. In fact, Gordon lost the 2020 contest could have made it more memorable than if he had won. It was the fact that he got a 47 for his jump over Fall that made mate an instant classic.
The loss still clearly annoys Gordon, but he believes he could have had a lasting impact on the dunk contest without winning it.
“I have some fears that I ruined the dunk contest, that people don’t want to do it anymore.” he said USA TodayJeff zillgitt before this year’s contest.
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