The Worst Dunk in the History of the NBA’s All-Star Dunk Contest is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Baron Davis’ Blindfolded Sham. A breakdown:
Figure 1:Baron’s headband/“blindfold” clearly has two holes cut for his eyes, but he can’t line them up correctly on his face. You can’t even really call that a blindfold. It’s more of a white, cotton Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Missadunko.
To make matters worse, Kenny Smith, who called the contest for TNT, caught Baron just before his attempt, laughing,
“Look at that hole. I can see your hole, big guy.”
Figure 2:This is what aired live, on national television. Baron clearly misses, as the hoop and net never move. Not an inch.
It’s hysterical to imagine an NBA player taking a ball, jumping, and throwing it straight into the ground.
What followed was great television. Cuttino Mobley, Stromile Swift and Quentin Richardson were aghast. His Airness, Michael Jordan, disapproved from his luxury box, and Baron Davis, himself seemed shocked by the performance.
Figure 3:This replay never made air that night, or since. It was however used during the credits of what I must assume was an NBA’s Greatest Bloopers VHS tape.
Here you really get an appreciation for exacty how far away Davis was from actually completing the dunk It’s important to remember this all took place in a competition where people are judged on their ability to dunk basketballs.
Hats off to you, Baron Davis. As far as I’m concerned, this mega-whiff is right up there beside Jordan’s Free-Throw Dunk, Dominique’s Windmill, and Vince Carter’s entire 2000 repertoire for Most Memorable Dunk of All-Time.