Common: Dunk Contest was supposed to end in tie, but one judge screwed up


Not sure in Common can even make a lay-up but his view is expressed here as one of the Judges for the 2020 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.  In an event where the human intervention of “judging” takes place everyone is going to have their own views even if it is political.  Sounds like it was supposed to be a conspired tie but one of the judges goofed.  The staff at Yardbarker as the report:

Numerous fans and even the announcers on TNT were outraged over the outcome of Saturday night’s Dunk Contest, with many, including us, feeling like Aaron Gordon got robbed. According to rapper Common, Gordon did get robbed.

Common was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, along with Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, Chadwick Boseman and Dwyane Wade.

Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. were the finalists and each got perfect 50s on their first two dunks of the finals. They went to a dunk-off, and each got a 50 again on his third dunk. Then for his fourth dunk, Jones Jr. received a 48.

Gordon then brought out Tacko Fall and dunked over the 7-foot-5 big man. Somehow he got only a 47 from the judges, who give scores on a 1-10 scale. The low point total seemed unfair.

Common and Parker both gave Gordon a 10, while the other three judges gave him a 9.

Common says they were supposed to give Gordon a 48 to have it tied.

“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!’” Common told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”

Parker also told Shelburne it was supposed to be a tie. If you look at this picture, it sure seems like Common and Pippen thought Wade was the judge who screwed up.

The conspiracy theory about Dwyane Wade screwing up the final dunk score goes like this: Wade played for the Miami Heat and was a teammate of Derrick Jones Jr. and screwed up the final voting to ensure his friend won.

Maybe Wade will eventually tell us what happened, because the public is owed an explanation.

  • 02/15/20
  • Larry Brown Sports Staff