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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown: They Dunk, You Decide

This summer, Sprite has held a series of Slam Dunk Showdowns around the country; the top competitor from each of the eight cities that Sprite visited--plus two additional dunkers selected by LeBron James--are now vying for the opportunity to win a $10,000 grand prize and be involved with the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend. Fan voting will determine the winners, with the top four dunkers advancing. You can get more information--and cast your vote--by clicking on this link:

Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

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posted by David Friedman @ 5:32 PM



At Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Fj-3 said...

So even non-NBA dunkers can now be participants? If it is, I've already got a lot in my mind who can compete, and they're youtube sensations... What's up with leBron, what gives him the privilege to choose contestants here? Thanks.

At Friday, July 31, 2009 1:54:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I don't think that the non-NBA dunkers are participating in the actual Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend; they will apparently be part of the event in some unspecified fashion.

LeBron endorses Sprite and is also planning to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest for the first time, so those are two reasons to afford him the privilege of choosing some of the non-NBA dunkers--but the fans get the final vote.

At Monday, August 03, 2009 9:22:00 AM, Blogger madnice said...

Lebron is a game dunker. He doesnt have any creativity and always does the same dunks.

At Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:18:00 AM, Anonymous yogi said...

Hi David,

I saw an interesting post analyzing possessions with network theory and I thought you might be interested.

here's the link:


At Tuesday, August 04, 2009 6:46:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


Thank you for providing a link to a very interesting article; that author--in contrast to many of the self-styled "stat gurus"--understands the limits of what can be quantified and clearly states exactly what can and cannot be currently measured. He proposes a theory as opposed to definitively stating that he knows all the answers.

At Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:22:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Yogi - that was an awesome link to an awesome blog. Thanks!

At Sunday, August 09, 2009 1:35:00 PM, Anonymous J said...

Agreed, thanks for the link, Yogi! That was a very interesting piece, and it's a nice contrast to read an actual scientist writing about basketball with an understanding of its complex and fluid nature (that is not fully captured by current statistics), as opposed to the frauds who feel their rudimentary grasp of basic statistics has allowed them to unlock "the truth" about the value of individual players.


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