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Creativity rules at dunk contest

Originally Published: February 15, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- There's no more important part of All-Star weekend than the dunk contest. If you want to know the state of the NBA in any given year, check the Saturday night dunks. It's the one-stop measure of athletic ability and creativity, the essence of the league. Without those two components, we'd still be looking at two-hand set shots.

A couple of hours after commissioner David Stern proclaimed this a "golden age" for the NBA, Nate Robinson and Dwight Howard demonstrated why, from a competitive ...

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